Sr. Communications Specialist, PMA

Sr. Communications Specialist needed to provide vision and leadership for the Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) program communication strategy and to work in close coordination with PMA 2.0 staff to ensure that PMA communications encourage and promote increased use of data and market PMA to potential donors.  This includes developing a global communications plan, working with in-country implementing partners to ensure that they develop and operationalize their own national level plans and ensuring that PMA program results are interpreted, disseminated, and communicated appropriately.  Sr. Specialist will also organize and support communication strategies and messages for dissemination mechanisms including the PMA website, social media channels, webinars, and regional/international conferences and identify additional dissemination channels through which to promote PMA’s work and reach new audiences.

In collaboration with Sr. Data Visualization Specialist, Sr. Specialist will develop content for communications materials for PMA (i.e. infographics, presentations, fact sheets, etc.).  Lastly, Sr. Specialist will also be responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and overall direction to the program’s learning and knowledge management efforts. This includes identifying and facilitating strategic learning opportunities to share knowledge within and across countries and among the program’s many collaborators and stakeholders and developing innovative mechanisms and tools to ensure that PMA results and achievements are shared.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement annual communications strategy (with an integrated data translation plan) to increase visibility of PMA, the use of its data and engagement in important initiatives
  • Oversee content of all printed and electronic communications shared with external and internal audiences, including publications, data materials, newsletters, brochure texts, social media, articles, special communications
  • Manage and post content to PMA website and social media channels
  • Identify learning opportunities on social media to reach existing and new audiences
  • Gather and research web analytics to develop and analyze reports regarding effectiveness of web sites and web-based/electronic-based communications
  • Identify needs and implement changes to increase effectiveness to meet and exceed goals
  • Provide communication guidance and capacity-building to PMA staff and implementing partners in developing communications strategies and data translation plans, and communicating data messages
  • Provide input into selection and oversight of communications vendors (e.g., printing, website developmentand management and marketing) as needed
  • Liaise with Jhpiego Global External Communication Office (GECO) for additional support (editing, graphics, website development, etc.) as needed
  • Manage and facilitate external stakeholder engagements (as needed from a data use and communications function) in close coordination with Sr. Data Visualization Specialist  and technical unit
  • Provide input into marketing plan and implementation
  • Develop marketing specific materials to pitch PMA to potential donors
  • Keep abreast of best practices in data use

Required Qualifications

  • BA in related field with 5+ years Communications experience
  • Experience establishing communication plans, messages and approaches
  • Exceptional ability to communicate through written materials
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical concepts and data into broadly accessible stories
  • Demonstrated marketing and knowledge management skills
  • Ability to build relationships across organization
  • Proficient French language skills preferred
  • Work well with diverse constituencies
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team, in a deadline-oriented setting
  • Excellent verbal communication and organizational skills
  • Highly detail oriented
  • Ability to set priorities for themselves and others effectively, as well as work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • First-hand experience with web content management systems – preferably WordPress
  • Familiar with strategic social media engagememnt
  • Knowledge of interactive web features including survey, video, audio, and animation components
  • Experience with Office 365 and understanding of cloud-based applications
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a high degree of professionalism and the ability to exercise good judgment, diplomacy, and discretion with diverse populations and situations
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Communications Associate

Location : Khartoum, SUDAN
Application Deadline : 04-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 15d 17h 5m
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Level : SB-3
Languages Required : Arabic   English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-May-2019
Duration of Initial Contract : ONE YEAR
Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 Months

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women is mandated to lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It is also mandated to provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN-Women Sudan’s Strategic Note (SN) 2018-2021 was approved in 2017. The overall development objective of the Country Programme (2018-2021) has been “to consolidate efforts that contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sudan. Key strategies for the implementation of the programme include capacity building, advocacy, gender mainstreaming, evidence, information and data collection and the use of media to highlight and inform the general population of Sudan. The SN outlines the overall strategy and plan of action for the UN-Women Sudan Country office for the years 2014-16 and includes a Development Results Framework (DRF) and an Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Framework (OEEF) with expected results and targets/ indicators/ baselines. The SN 2018-2021 covers three impact areas, namely: 1) Women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development; 2) Women and girls live a life free from violence; 3) Peace and security and humanitarian action are shaped by women’s leadership and participation.

It is to support the establishment of a sound Monitoring and Evaluation framework that UN Women in Sudan has decided to hire a Monitoring Evaluation Associate.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the Country Representative, in permanent consultation with the Programme and Operations teams, the Communications Associate will work to support implementation of UN Women Communication Strategy in Sudan:

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Support effective implementation of communications strategy;
  • Technical support in organizing public events; managing and supporting effective media relations and information dissemination;
  • Support development of publication and communication materials;
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

Support effective implementation of UN Women Sudan communications strategy:

  • Support development of communications plans and strategies;
  • Support designing and development of communication tools and materials for effective communication and publications;
  • Preparation and organization of events e.g. workshops, high level events, conferences, IPs and partners’ meetings;
  • On-going liaison, support and facilitation between the UN Women CO and Regional Communication Officers in preparing information-related materials;
  • Attend to UN Women’s visibility and work in Sudan and the East African Region;
  • Compile information/content for UN Women CO and partners through outlets such as the online newsletter, and submission to other appropriate information-sharing tools;
  • Ensure that updated documentation and communication on UN Women CO activities and achievements is available and accessible;
  • Support in development of content, publishing and dissemination of documents and materials on UN Women in Sudan and East Africa Region;
  • Prepare quality materials for presentation, press releases, speeches talking points and concept notes;
  • Contribute meaningfully, on behalf of UN Women, to the work of UNCT Communication task forces and thematic groups, as required.

Technical support organizing public events; and manage; and supports effective media relations and information dissemination:

  • Provide communications advice and support to the country office as required, including media relations, documentation and reporting of success stories and events, quality control of branding and documentation, and generally improve communications capacity;
  • Maintain and develop effective working relationships with media representatives;
  • Organize media meetings such as press conferences, press briefings for the CO events;
  • Provide and update media kits;
  • Support UN Women partners in media relations, ensuring that supported activities receive media attention;
  • Provide media relations support (including training), and develop and maintain database of media contacts;
  • Enhance media coverage for targeted events and stakeholders, including social media;
  • Support the designing and development of a website of UN Women Sudan CO;
  • Manage photos’ production and storage of UN Women CO initiatives and event.
  • Maintain and update automated database and mailing list of UN Women CO target audiences/IPs/partners;
  • Distribute and disseminate advocacy and public information materials.

Support development of publication and communication materials:

  • Support development/production of communication and advocacy materials for awareness-raising and communication for and about results, including briefing materials and press releases in coordination with the Programme Specialists and project officers;
  • Support management of some CO communication and advocacy activities, such as drafting concept notes, terms of references, supporting design of print and visual media material, planning media engagement, maintenance of regular contact with printers, photographers and other vendors to ensure production and dissemination;
  • Assist with the development and management of internal communications systems.

Support effective knowledge building and sharing on communication:

  • Ensure that Sudan Country office activities and programmes are publicized in the UN Sudan newsletter;
  • Support identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to UN Women Sudan Country programme goals and activities;
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including the ones established by UN Women regional and HQ on communications repositories;
  • Contribute to provision of trainings to UN Women staff and IPs on communications for development;
  • Professional growth through active learning.

Results/Expected Output:

The incumbent is expected to contribute to the creation of effective communications and dissemination of information on UN Women in Sudan, advocate as knowledge provider on gender equality. In particular, ensure the key results have an impact on the implementation of UN Women communications and advocacy strategies across the main impact areas of UN Women Sudan AWP 2019; which will in turn impact the overall effectiveness of UN Women’s programmes in the Sudan CO.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

University degree or equivalent in social sciences, journalism, media relations, development, gender studies or a related field.

Experience:

  • At least 4 years’ experience in development work, communication or advocacy with specific emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment, preferably in the context of humanitarian, peace and security, economic empowerment, or EVAW/G;
  • Recognized experience in the field of gender and development;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in development, monitoring the implementation and the evaluation of development projects and capacity building
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Mine Action Sub-Cluster Coordinator

Application Closing Date – 27 March 2019

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Head of Cluster is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. It is headed by the Head of Cluster who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.

Functional Responsibilities

The Mine Action Sub-Cluster (MASC) Coordinator is accountable to the Head of Program Office/Senior Program Officer and the Protection Cluster Coordinator and is responsible for representing the interests of the sub-cluster members (UN, NGO and other) and cluster system as a whole to the Government and other stakeholders. This post will be required to travel outside Erbil, by air and vehicle, to attend coordination forums as relevant and required, specifically in Mosul, Duhok, Kirkuk, Baghdad, and other locations.

A. Support a coordinated approach

  • Maintain coordination mechanisms through a platform of information sharing, both at the national and regional levels, in close collaboration with government counterparts.
  • Meet with the Mine Action Authorities on a monthly basis to brief them on current and planned MASC activities to support the coordinated response.
  • Assist the relevant government counterparts in the articulation of humanitarian requirements in liberated areas to provide adequate emergency mine action responses to affected populations (both IDPs and refugees).
  • Interface between the humanitarian mine action partners and the UN system and government counterparts to ensure mine action related needs of the affected population are properly covered.
  • Proactively engage with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, donors and government counterparts for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners.
  • Ensure effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination with national cluster and other sub-national cluster coordinators and focal points under the Protection Cluster.
  • Maintain a close link with the Global Mine Action AoR though its Coordinator (Geneva office), including for seeking technical and political advice when appropriate.

B. Coordination of needs assessment and gap analysis and prioritization to support the HCT:

  • Ensure mine action is included in multi-sector needs assessments and secondary data reviews.
  • Ensure mine action is relevant and represented in discussions and documents submitted to the Protection Cluster, ICCG, and the Humanitarian Country Team.
  • To track, collate and analyse needs assessments and field visit reports in order to form an understanding of the situation in specified governorate’s with respect to mine action and make recommendations to the Protection Cluster Coordinator and sub-cluster members.
  • Coordinate with other relevant clusters (especially HLP Sub Cluster, as well as Shelter, Child Protection, CCCM, Education, Returns Working Group, Access Working Group, Assessment Working Group, Advocacy Working Group, CCS, and Communication with Communities (CwC)) on field level to ensure targeted and comprehensive assistance.
  • Cooperation with the REACH Initiative is encouraged with respect to developing relevant indicators for country-wide assessments (i.e. Multi-Cluster Needs Analysis) and iMMAP.

C. Planning and strategy development:

  • Support process for prioritization of mine action interventions, in collaboration with government counterparts, for pooled funding mechanisms such as the IHPF.
  • Ensure inclusion of mine action in relevant United Nations Iraq planning and strategy documents.
  • Lead on the compilation and drafting of the mine action component of the Humanitarian Needs Overview, Humanitarian Response Plan and Mine Action Portfolio, in collaboration with government counterparts and sub-cluster members.

D. Advocacy:

  • Identify advocacy concerns, including resource requirements and contribute to broader advocacy initiatives.
  • Advocacy to address identified concerns on behalf of cluster participants and on behalf of the affected population.
  • Ensure all sub-cluster members and government counterparts, are aware of and utilizing the Gender Guidelines for Mine Action Programs to mainstream gender considerations and strive for gender balance in the planning, implementation and evaluation of mine action programs.

E. Monitoring and reporting:

  • Monitoring and reporting on the mine action strategy, humanitarian response plan and results, highlight gaps and recommend options for addressing the gaps.
  • Support the collection of information for vital Information Management (IM) tasks and functions carried out by the Cluster IM colleagues, to support the information needs of Cluster partners’ and OCHA, including monthly dashboards, mapping of 3W data, full reporting on activity info, maintaining an updated contact list, etc.
  • Support liaison into Government information management databases.
  • Update the necessary Protection Cluster websites.
  • Ensure that adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review the outcome of cluster member activities and the progress against implementation plans.
  • In close collaboration with the sub-cluster members, collect information and data to effectively feed in the Cluster’s reporting systems and tools.

F. Contingency planning/preparedness/capacity building:

  • Work with partners and government counterparts to ensure that cluster guidelines and technical notes are understood and respected.
  • Link into sub-cluster member initiatives for opportunities for capacity development of government coordination mechanisms.
  • Support training of government counterparts on the humanitarian program cycle and the mine action portfolio.
  • Ensure mine action is mainstreamed in other cluster response plans.
  • Implement any other tasks requested.

Expected output:

The MA Sub-Cluster Coordinator is responsible for facilitating a process aimed at ensuring the achievement of the following results:

  1. Represent the interests of humanitarian mine action partners into the cluster system, the government and other stakeholders.
  2. In collaboration with the relevant government entities, support a coordinated response to humanitarian needs in liberated areas, with a specific focus on supporting IDPs.
  3. Support relevant government entities involved in mine action coordination in liberated areas to engage with and utilize the cluster system.

Project reporting:

The MA Sub-Cluster (MASC) Coordinator is accountable to the Head of Program Office/Senior Program Officer and the Protection Cluster Coordinator.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Minimum Years of Experience:
  • Advanced university degree (master or equivalent) in Emergency or Humanitarian Programming, Conflict Studies, International Relations, Project Management, Social Sciences or any other related field with 5 years relevant experience; OR
  • First level university degree (bachelor or equivalent) in Emergency or Humanitarian Programming, Conflict Studies, International Relations, Project Management, Social Sciences or any other related field with 7 years relevant experience.
Experience:
  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in the mine action sector or the cluster system with UN, NGO or other relevant mine action organizations
  • Experience in hostile/conflict environments is required.
  • Experience in inter-agency coordination of mine action in emergency response or emergency response coordination (e.g. clusters or sectors) is desired
  • Experience with the use of international mine action standards, relevant treaties, global trends and coordination mechanisms is desired
  • Experience in advocacy is desired
  • Knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law, particularly concerning the protection of IDPs and refugees, is desirable.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English and Arabic (reading, writing and speaking) is required
  • Fluency in another UN official language is desired
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Director, Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media

 

ISSUED BY: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

VACANCY NUMBER: VNSECP01411

VACANCY TYPE: International Contracted

FIELD OF EXPERTISE: Political Affairs

GRADE: D1

NUMBER OF POSTS: 1

DUTY STATION: Vienna

DATE OF ISSUE: 5 March 2019

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 16 April 2019 – 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)

Background 

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.

Free expression and free media are basic human rights. To ensure compliance with media-freedom commitments agreed upon by participating States, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) was established in December 1997. The function of the Representative is to observe relevant media developments in OSCE participating States with a view to providing early warning on violations of freedom of expression. The Representative concentrates on rapid response to serious non-compliance with OSCE principles and commitments by participating States. In case of serious problems caused, for instance, by obstruction of media activities and unfavourable working conditions for journalists, the Representative seeks direct contacts with the participating State and other parties involved, assesses the facts and contributes to the resolution of the issue. Another task is to assist participating States by advocating and promoting full compliance with OSCE principles and commitments regarding freedom of expression and free media. Assistance is typically provided in the form of legal analyses of legislation, organizing conferences and roundtables during which best practices are shared and promoted, preparing topical publications and guidebooks on media freedom matters and providing training seminars for media and government officials.

The OSCE is committed to gender equality. This is a senior management role and women are currently underrepresented in senior management grades across the Organization. Women candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Representative on Freedom of the Media, the successful candidate will be tasked with:

  1. Organizing and managing the team of RFoM, including reporting lines, procedures, respecting deadlines, and the proactive planning of office activities;
  2. Co-ordinating the work of the Representative with OSCE institutions, field operations, other international organizations and international media NGOs; co-ordinating with the Secretary-General and the Chairmanship when required;
  3. Overall responsibility for budgetary and personnel-related issues, including liaising with the respective units of the Secretariat;
  4. Assessing and responding to major policy issues, procedures and practices to improve the effectiveness and to increase the visibility of the RFoM; managerial follow-up on the implementation of its media-related decisions and policies;
  5. Maintaining the political calendar; keeping deadlines and organizing the Office in a way that allows the Representative to fulfil her/his political mandate;
  6. Screening and commenting on proposals submitted for the decision of the Representative including complex and sensitive issues requiring action in relation to the functions, structure and activities of this independent OSCE Institution;
  7. Overseeing and contributing to the report writing of the Office and maintaining the necessary contacts to diplomatic representations of OSCE participating States;
  8. Developing and maintaining a network in support of the wide range of tasks, drawing on extensive diplomatic and multilateral experience and representing the Representative by attending high level meetings on her/his behalf, as required;
  9. Performing other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Second-level university degree in communications, political science, international relations, journalism or a related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree;
  • A minimum of twelve years of progressively responsible experience, including at management level, in a governmental, intergovernmental or international organization;
  • Experience in the promotion/protection of human rights, especially in the freedom of expression field, profound knowledge, proven adherence and practice of international standards in that respect;
  • Knowledge of the OSCE’s activities, and demonstrated experience in budgetary and personnel related matters;
  • Political sensitivity and mature judgement; strong analytical and/or negotiation skills;
  • Ability to master a wide range of administrative and political issues simultaneously;
  • Ability to identify and analyse emerging problems and propose solutions;
  • Professional fluency in English, with excellent communication skills and drafting and editing ability; knowledge of other OSCE languages is an asset;
  • Media and/or communications experience;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing, internet and other software applications.

Required Competencies

Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities

Remuneration Package 

Monthly remuneration is approximately EUR 10,512, depending on post adjustment and family status. OSCE salaries are exempt from taxation in Austria. Social benefits will include possibility of participation in the Cigna medical insurance scheme and the OSCE Provident Fund. Other allowances and benefits are similar to those offered under the United Nations Common System.

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