Media Specialist – UNFPA – New York

New York, United States
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Media Specialist – UNFPA – New York

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Media Specialist – UNFPA – New York

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Develops, leads and executes global communications /public relations strategies and high-visibility campaigns to promote and protect the UNFPA brand and mandate. A key objective will be to raise the visibility and awareness of the UNFPA brand and its work in key thematic areas, such as family planning, maternal health, and gender-based violence.
  • Protects UNFPA’s reputation by proactively and reactively handling any attacks on UNFPA’s mandate and reputation.
  • Develops clear, concise and pithy messages for use by the UNFPA Executive Director and senior staff to support their interactions with media and for use at high-profile events.
  • Advises UNFPA communications officers around the world on their communications outreach.
  • Maintains personal relationships with key journalists and pitches stories to them
  • Drafts or edits talking points for UNFPA spokespeople, press releases, op-eds, and media advisories to promote UNFPA’s major messages, issues and work.
  • Develops creative and innovative ways to promote UNFPA’s work and mandate to audiences not yet familiar with UNFPA’s work. This could include driving partnerships with non-traditional partners, influencers, and Goodwill Ambassadors.
  • Drives relationships and oversees the work of communications vendors such as marketing and PR agencies and ensures proper administrative procedures are followed with regard to engagement of vendors.
  • Represents DCS in interdivisional and Fund-wide working groups defining strategies for advocacy, information management and dissemination. Represents UNFPA in meetings of UN Communications Group and other UN system partners and NGOs, as requested.
  • Carries out any other duties assigned by the Chief of MCB.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree required: Social Sciences, Public Relations or related field, Communications, Journalism and Advertising or Marketing.
Knowledge and Experience
  • 7 years of experience at national and international level.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute effective communications strategies and campaigns to promote an organization, such as UNFPA, and its work;
  • Proven track record in generating substantial media coverage and managing high-visibility campaigns or projects. Strong skills in pitching stories to media, social media and other influencers.
  • Proven ability to handle media crises and drive brand and reputation-protection efforts.
  • Superior writing skills in English.
  • Knowledge of content creation and digital marketing, of public relations tools and techniques.
  • Experience in direct advertising/marketing, public relations, public information, and digital marketing experience would be a clear advantage.
  • Knowledge of social media best practices, content creation and marketing, and basic monitoring skills.
  • Experience dealing with issues such as gender equality, family planning, maternal health, gender based violence
  • Experience living or working internationally or working with diverse international teams
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Self-starter, proactive, passion for the issues. Team leader and team builder.
  • Fluency in English required, and knowledge of French or other official UN languages is an asset.
Closing date for applications 20 March 2020 before midnight.

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