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Communication Specialist, P3 TA 364 days Bamako, Mali (Not for Malian Nationals)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bamako
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-21

UNICEF Mali is looking for a multi-media content producer communication expert to join its communication and advocacy team in Bamako to work on capturing sensitively children’s stories and the results from our partnerships in child protection and other key programmes. If you are a journalist or multi-media content producer that is fluent in French and English, and knows how to bring great stories about children to life, and you would like to live in Mali, this is the role for you!

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.

For every child, Hope

UNICEF Mali is looking for a multi-media content producer communication expert to join its communication and advocacy team in Bamako to work on capturing sensitively children’s stories and the results from our partnerships in child protection and other key programmes. If you are a journalist or multi-media content producer that is fluent in French and English, and knows how to bring great stories about children to life, and you would like to live in Mali, this is the role for you!

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of committed professionals working to realize the rights of every child in Mali. Working in a dynamic office the communication specialist would develop, coordinate and implement an editorial production plan for child protection programmes and other key programmes. They would be travelling to various locations across Mali (subject to the security situation) and around Bamako to capture photos, videos and interviews with children and key stakeholders/partners around child protection and child rights. They will also support donor visibility plans, advocacy campaigns, build networks, provide analysis and provide some capacity building on content creation. The role requires creative and practical skills to develop innovative content in a diverse media environment, including digital and social media. Working with children and young people to build their capacity in media skills and advocacy, as well as amplifying their voices is another key requirement of the job. Working as part of a larger team of humanitarian and development experts the communication specialist has the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of girls and boys in Mali.

Mali remains one of the poorest countries in the world and 56 per cent of children still suffer from at least three deprivations. Despite some progress, significant economic, geographic and gender-based inequities remain. Limited budget allocations to social sectors and insufficient transfer of resources to decentralized authorities further undermine the social inclusion agenda. Since 2012, Mali has faced numerous multidimensional crises, including armed conflicts in the north and centre of the country, which have been exacerbated by frequent natural disasters such as floods and drought. UNICEF Mali has developed a comprehensive country Programme (2020 – 2024) and is implementing a life cycle approach with highly integrated results and interventions at all levels.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. To learn more about UNICEF, visit

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job:

Accountable for developing, managing, co-ordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring a communication strategy, editorial plan and associated products and activities on on-going basis, in-line with donor visibility plans. The objective is to promote UNICEF’s work in child protection and other key programmatic areas and the support provided by donors. Promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF's mission, priorities and programmes with a specific focus on sensitive issues, especially those related to child protection is a key objective. Sensitively capturing stories related to child rights and child protection from children and other key stakeholders is another objective.


1. Communication strategy: The Country Office has a clear communication strategy and associated editorial plan to get children’s issues into the public domain, strengthen partnerships in support of UNICEF's mission and objectives, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand. A clear content production plan is developed and coordinated to ensure stories and results are captured sensitively, especially around child protection issues and in support of donor partnership agreements on visibility for child protection and other key partnerships.

2. Networking and partnerships: The Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and partners whose support

is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives. This includes working closely with and coordinating with other content producers including vendors.

3. Special events: Support is provided to capture and document special events related to child protection and other key partnerships.

4. Resource mobilization support: Global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective communication strategy and activities, specifically through the creation of multi-media content.

5. Monitoring and evaluation: Communication products are regularly evaluated and analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of the products. Results and reports are prepared and shared.

6. Capacity building and support: The communication section and the country programme team are provided with professional expertise and advice on content creation. Regular training provided on creating multi-media content.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An  Advanced University Degree in Communication, Journalism or Public Relations.

(*A first University degree in Communication, Journalism or Public Relations, combined with 2 additional years of professional experience in communication, journalism or public relations may be accepted, in lieu of an Advanced University Degree, in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.)

  • A minimum of five years practical, professional experience communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media. International and national work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency situations.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Functional competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)
  • Persuading and Influencing (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (II)
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking (II)
  • Learning and Researching (II)
  • Planning and Organizing (II)

Technical Knowledge:

  • Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc. is essential.
  • Photography – hands on experience shooting and editing is required.
    Video – hands on experience shooting and editing is required.
    Writing – hands on experience writing a variety of content (feature, web and social media) is required.
  • Experience in production planning is required.
    Experience in conducting interviews and producing content around sensitive topics/issues (e.g. violence, or other child protection challenges) is required.
  • Knowledge of theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy is required.
  • Knowledge and experience interacting with the United Nations or other international organizations is an asset.
  • Awareness of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women is an asset.

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

  • Expertise in managing communication strategy and networking.
  • Child protection programme and policies.
  • Resource mobilization and partnership strategies

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

** Bamako is a Category D. Non-Family duty station. The Rest and Recuperation Cycle is 8 weeks

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