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Communications Specialist


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: ghana
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-16


Mission and objectives

The Child Protection Programme of UNICEF Ghana is committed to ensuring that by 2022, girls and boys in Ghana, especially the most disadvantaged, increasingly benefit from an equitable and integrated child protection system that better protect them from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. The system is focus on the establishment of effective structures, functions and capacities that can prevent and respond to all child protection issues. It also seeks to integrate the actions of families (and children including adolescents), communities, formal and informal laws and practices together to protect children. To achieve these, strategic investments are made to: i) Bringing relevant policy, legal and regulatory framework in line with international standards and good practices ii) strengthening the capacity of formal and informal service providers actors to prevent and respond effectively to protection issues; and iii) supporting interventions aimed at behavioural and social change among girls, boys, families and communities. Among all children, adolescent girls in Ghana are disproportionately affected by child protection concerns, including exposure to gender discrimination, child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting, sexual violence, unsafe migration and trafficking, among others. The purpose of the proposed UNV assignment is to provide assistance to the Child Protection section of UNICEF Ghana in further developing and strengthening its interventions for better protection of adolescent girls, by working closely with particularly vulnerable group of girls, their families and communities, service providers and other key local and national stakeholders.


For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF believes that all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential to the benefit of a better world. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Task description

Within the UNICEF Ghana Country Office, under the supervision of the Chief, Field Office, Tamale and with a technical supervision reporting line to the Chief, Advocacy and Communication (based in Accra), the UN Volunteer Communications Specialist will undertake the following tasks: •Research, draft and edit high-quality communication materials (articles, press releases, human interest stories, fact sheets, quarterly country update newsletters and others) particularly in relation to advocacy campaigns and emergency response. •Assist in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of an advocacy and communication strategy and action plan to promote respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support UNICEF's mission in the country, with a particular emphasis on supporting the regions covered by the Tamale Field Office. •Work with the Chief, Field Office and Chief, Communication and Advocacy as well as Programme focal points in the Tamale Office to develop and implement partners’ visibility plans showcasing the impact and results of work and partnerships to deliver results for children in the targeted northern regions. •Assist in writing human interest stories and blogs. This may include editing / re-writing stories contributed by non-communication staff. •Work with focal points in the Communication team to develop and implement an emergency preparedness and response communication plan. •Support the UNICEF Field Office with social media coverage, in consultation with the Advocacy & Communication Team. •Support in the preparation of advocacy field visits, partners/donors visits, and high-profile events. This includes drafting agenda, liaising with focal points within UNICEF and key partners, conducting preparatory field visits, drafting key talking points, briefings, engaging audiovisual team and journalists, where appropriate. •Strengthen relations with editors, journalists, key media focal persons in Tamale, Northern Region, and social media influencers. •Mobilize children and young people to promote their participation and give them a voice in relation to child rights and matters that affect them. •Assist the Communication Section with events, launches, campaigns, and other key communication activities. These may include: - Supporting day-to-day activities, including contributing to outreach through organizing events and setting up activities (e.g. workshops, meetings); - Conducting field visits with programme sections and / or audiovisual teams to produce quality assets, including strong social media posts and work with media; - Supporting the development and design of branding materials – e.g. UNICEF and donor branded calendars, notebooks etc. - Assisting in positioning UNICEF as a knowledge leader and pioneer in the area of online communication and social media through the development of social media messages, which include relevant photographs/ films and engaging with key influencers, with visibility for partners/donors.

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