Communication Officer

Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted September 14, 2022
Category Communication
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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, a champion
The traditional and digital media has a vital role in helping to bring children’s issues to the attention of the Government, stakeholders and general public and rally them to make further strides to secure the rights and development of every Ethiopian child, especially during an emergency. Content plays a critical role in influencing popular opinion, promoting awareness and increasing knowledge and changing behaviours. In addition, donors require visibility and content to demonstrate results of their contribution and secure ongoing funding. This is especially important to showcase UNICEF’s response to the ongoing drought in the country and the conflict in northern Ethiopia.
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF Ethiopia requires professional expertise to assist the communication team in developing, managing, coordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities and specifically in collecting, packaging and disseminating content, covering children and their families’ stories during emergencies and in regular programming.
Summary Of Key Functions And Accountabilities

  • Produce a wide variety of content for UNICEF’s programmes and response to emergencies and development programming.
  • Supports in-house production of high-end audio-visual and visual materials with graphics for social media.
  • Effective and timely professional assistance and support are provided in developing, drafting and maintaining contact information and relationships with journalists and media outlets to encourage coverage and interviews on UNICEF’s programmes and emergency response.
  • Support in conceptualization, budgeting, planning and implementation of UNICEF’s digital and social media strategies for major initiatives and integrated advocacy campaigns to strengthen UNICEF’s efforts in maximizing UNICEF Ethiopia’s voice, reach and engagement.
  • Coordinate and facilitate events in collaboration with programme sections and partners and support the visibility and coverage of the event in media and for UNICEF Ethiopia’s digital platforms.
  • Help organise and generate public support for special events and activities to promote UNICEF goals.
  • Gather human interest stories to be used in various formats (feature articles, web features, photo stories, and videos) to showcase UNICEF’s role in emergencies and development programmes.
  • Work with freelance photographers, writers and videographers to prepare a wide variety of coverage of UNICEF’s programmes and response to emergencies.
  • Draft background briefing notes media, donor, UNICEF National Committees and other special interest groups for visits. Assist in the planning, logistic and administrative arrangements for visits. Coordinate and facilitate donor visibility for donor visits as needed.
  • Provide timely emergency-focused contributions for the national, regional and international online platforms.
  • Promote a better understanding of, respect and support for children’s and women’s rights and issues by carrying out advocacy activities in support of UNICEF programmes and humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia.
  • Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media, UNICEF National Committees, local individual and corporate donors.
  • Ensure or enhance the quality, consistency and appropriateness of country-specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages shared with partners.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or a related field
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity in operating in humanitarian contexts is considered an asset.
  • Experience in content gathering (story, photo and video) from the field to document UNICEF’s programme.
  • Experience in editing photo and videos for the web and social media (desirable).
  • Experience in organizing high level events and working with Government partners.
  • Ability to shape editorial and system content planning from overall communication and advocacy strategy for implementation.
  • Experience and current in digital and social media content and audience trends with due consideration of geographical regional differences.
  • Prior content strategy/management experience working with a global organization, especially working on projects of similar scale, involving multiple users and groups.
  • Direct experience managing digital communication channels (web and social media channels). Ability to draft, publish content on digital platforms.
  • Knowledge of current best practices in digital communication strategy and engagement and knowledge of best-in-class digital media platforms.
  • Background/familiarity Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:
UNICEF Competencies Required For This Post Are…

  • 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)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
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.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are 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 medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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