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Communication Officer, (NO-2), Fixed Term, #00 2138, Algiers, Algeria-MENA

Algiers

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Algiers
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-16

Communication Officer, (NO-2), Fixed Term, #00 2138, Algiers, Algeria-MENA

Communication Officer, (NO-2), Fixed Term, #00 2138, Algiers, Algeria-MENA

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

www.unicef.org/algeria

For Every Child, chance...

 The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make the difference?

Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Representative in Algeria, the Communication Officer will lead the work of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the organization's communication and advocacy strategy in Algeria. She / He will be responsible for promoting the well-being of children, girls and boys, young people and women, and promoting the action of the organization and its partners for the achievement of priorities Algeria for children, especially the most vulnerable. Working as a team with all UNICEF staff, colleagues from United Nations agencies in Algeria and all partners committed for children, she / he will participate in the achievement by 2030 of the Goals of Sustainable Development (SDG). She / he will strengthen through his / her work the credibility, reputation and brand of UNICEF as an actor for the development of children in Algeria,

 

KEY END-RESULTS

  1. Communication strategy:

The production of communication products and materials are timely executed and followed up to support country communication strategy, regional and global campaigns and priorities, and to support resource mobilization as set out in the work plan.

  1. Media relations:

Effective and timely professional assistance and support are provided in developing, drafting and maintaining contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – in the country, to communicate the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience.

  1. Monitoring and evaluation:

 Regular monitoring and evaluation activities are undertaken according to the work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of country communication efforts. Results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.

  1. Celebrities, partners and special events:

The Country Office’s contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts) is maintained and further developed, whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives and who support and are able to actively participate in special events and activities that further the country programme goals.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS

Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties and end results.

1. Communication materials

Ensure that the production of communication products and materials is timely executed and followed up to support country communication strategy, regional and global campaigns and priorities and to support resource mobilization as set out in the work plan.

Duties & Tasks

· Implement the tasks in the country communication work plan and strategy as assigned.

· Gather content and coverage of relevant country efforts to identify effective relevant country programme activities and results. Develop complementary, country specific and local community materials and activities.

. Produce advocacy and communication materials (e.g. briefing notes, images, video. Web pages etc.) that meet the country and global standards as set out in the CommunicationToolkit.

· Assist in drafting and editing articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials for both web-based and traditional media, as appropriate.

· Follow up on the production of advocacy and communication materials (e.g., films, videos, audio-visuals, etc.), and oversee the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, translations, reviews of layout and graphic design etc.) to meet standards as set out in the Communication Toolkit. · Establish or maintain an up-to-date documentation centre for communication materials including publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc. · Recommend appropriate information and communication materials for use in media, and other advocacy and communication activities; recommend the appropriateness, quality and dissemination of printed and audio-visual materials. · Recommend established contacts, networks, resources and processes to support communication activities.

 2. Media relations

 Effective and timely professional assistance and support are provided in developing, drafting and maintaining contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – in the country, to communicate the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience. Duties & Tasks · Maintain and update media relations contact list/database.

Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media.

· Assist in developing and maintaining close collaboration with mass media, as well as with groups and organizations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives. · Assist in drafting and editing articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials in all media formats, as appropriate.

· Prepare background communication and promotional materials for briefing and visits of media and other special interest groups.

 Assist in the planning, logistic and administrative arrangements for them.

 · Assist in collaborating with the media through activities such as organizing project site visits, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.

· Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials

. Maintain a library of coverage (clippings, coverage etc.)

 3. Monitoring and evaluation

Regular monitoring and evaluation activities are undertaken according to the work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of country communication efforts.

Ensure results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.

 Duties & Tasks

· Contribute to developing an advocacy and communication strategy by coordinating appropriate audience research and compiling and analysing relevant data.

· Monitor and evaluate the appropriate and timely dissemination of advocacy and communication materials to target audiences, and participate in the evaluation of their impact.

Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of coverage (clippings, coverage etc.)

· Monitor the public perception of UNICEF in the country and recommend appropriate action to maintain a positive image for the organization. · Assist in providing feedback to DOC on the use and appropriateness of global communication materials such as publications, images and multimedia products.

· Ensure good quality data collection, analysis and evaluation and reporting to ensure effective communication strategies, planning and effective and efficient advocacy.

 · Undertake lessons learned review of successful and unsuccessful communication experiences as directed by supervisor.

  1. Celebrities, partners and special events

Ensure that the Country Office’s contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), are maintained and further developed, whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives and who support and are able to actively participate in special events and activities that further the country programme goals.

Duties & Tasks

· Help organize and generate public support for special events and activities to promote country programme goals.

 · Assist in developing and maintaining close collaboration with mass media, as well as with groups and organizations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives. · Maintain and update celebrity and partner contact lists/database for country office.

· Monitor/document process and effectiveness of working with these individuals/organizations.

 · Prepare background communication and promotional materials for briefings and visits of media, Goodwill Ambassadors, donors, National Committee representatives and other special interest groups. The task includes preparing information materials (e.g., press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits), and assisting in the planning, logistics and administrative arrangements

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  1. Education :

University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or a related field.

  1. Work Experience

Selected candidates for the position should demonstrate professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media (no less than 2 years).

Candidates should demonstrate their capacity to deliver under pressure and adapt to changing and unexpected situations, including emergency.

  1. Language Proficiency

Fluency in French, Arabic and English is required

 For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF values and competency Required (based on the updated Framework)

i) Core Values

· Care

· Respect

· Integrity

· Trust

· Accountability

Functional competencies of Formulating strategies and concepts, applying technical expertise, Planning and organizing, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing and Learning and Researching.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

ii) Core Competencies (For Staff with Supervisory Responsibilities) *

· Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

 · Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

 · Works Collaboratively with others (2)

 · Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

· Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

 · Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

· Drive to achieve impactful results (2)

 · Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

iii)Technical Knowledge

  1. Specific Technical Knowledge Required  Specific and up-to-date working knowledge of:
  • Executive Board and other policy documents.
  • Executive Directives,
  • Thorough knowledge of Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)
  • UN/UNICEF Policy Papers § UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF
  • General administrative and financial guidelines.
  • Human resources manual
  • UNICEF communication and other DOC guidelines
  • Communication toolkit
  • Brand Toolkit and Brand Book
  • UNICEF Stylebook
  • Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children

 b) Common Technical Knowledge Required  General knowledge of:

  • Communication practice, methodology and practical application.
  • Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research
  • planning and strategy.
  • Fundamentals of working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Computer systems, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
  • United Nations or other international organizations; good understanding of world affairs, current events, and international development issues
  • Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and current
  • UNCEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF communication goals, visions, positions, policies, guidelines and strategies.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues, including emergencies.
  • UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies and approaches, including emergency preparedness.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

 c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced 

  • Knowledge and expertise in management, communication strategy and networking.
  • Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.

 

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. For this position, eligible and suitable male candidates will be prioritized.

Remarks:

Position Opened for Algerian Nationals Only

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

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