Consultant – Communication – UNICEF – Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa
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Consultant – Communication – UNICEF – Pretoria, South Africa

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Consultant – Communications – UNICEF – Pretoria, South Africa

Scope of Work 

Under the guidance of the Chief of Communication and Partnership, the Consultant will assist in advocating for children, building and growing media partnership and increasing the visibility of UNICEF, it’s mandate and work in South Africa and the situation of children in the country.

Various communication channels exist, namely, a country office web site, social media channels, local press, radio, television, magazines, featured programmes, UN publications, national and international news correspondents and other public awareness activities.

Media relations

The Country Office has a well maintained and continually updated contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web, photo etc. – and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to communicate about children issues and UNICEF’s key advocacy messages.

Networking and partnerships

The Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and UN communication counterparts are developed, maintained and enhanced.

Celebrities and special events

The Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of appropriate, nationally-known personalities who have been identified, engaged and support UNICEF’s effort and who actively participate in special events and activities organized by UNICEF.

Global priorities and campaigns

The Country Office has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF’s global communications priorities, campaigns and partnerships, relevant to the Country Programme priorities, and for disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience  

  • Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
  • At least five years of experience either working in the media, government, development agency, research documentation and report writing specialized in working with and for children.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, including writing skills and attention to details and judgement. Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and produce and edit content in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Given the ad-hoc nature of some of the work, the candidate should be flexible and adaptable as well as amenable to unexpected tasks.
  • Proven skills in communication, networking, and advocacy.
  • Knowledge of current developments and practices in communication including digital media, national media, community organization and participation.
  • Knowledge of the work of UNICEF and children’s rights and rights-based approach would be an asset
  • Knowledge of UNICEF’s roles and mandate, UNICEF’s Global Communication and Advocacy Strategy, UNICEF’s Country Programme in South Africa, and familiar with the principles for ethical reporting on children
  • Local knowledge and understanding of media landscape, key stakeholders, and cultural and socio-economic sensitivities in South Africa.
Closing date for applications 22 January 2020 before midnight.

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