|Location||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|Date Posted||July 20, 2020|
|Category|| Advertising |
|Job Type|| Full-time |
The incumbent will undertake and lead the communication and visibility related initiatives for the Female Genital Mutilation component of the Spotlight Initiative African Regional Programme, including the work with the Africa Union/African Union Commission (AU/AUC) and other regional initiatives of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change. Spotlight Initiative is an initiative between the United Nations and European Union that support and enhance a regional approach to eliminating Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Harmful Practices including female genital mutilation. UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation is the largest global programme addressing female genital mutilation and it supports national efforts in 21 countries, in addition to undertaking global and regional level initiatives. The incumbent will report to the Coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Accelerating Change and will be stationed within the Technical Division UNFPA Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction. UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
The rationale for having a communication specialist is to support communication, visibility and knowledge management work for the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme through the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM.
You would be responsible for:
● Lead communication and visibility related undertakings for the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme in close collaboration with African Union Commission and other regional partners, particularly the implementation of a communication campaign for the African Union Initiative on Eliminating FGM - The Saleema Initiative
● Support the overall communication initiatives of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation
● Contribute to the knowledge management efforts of Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme through the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation
● Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with various stakeholders and actors engaged in communication work
▪ MA Degree from a recognized educational institute in communication, media or international relations.
Knowledge and Experience:
▪ 5 years of experience with continental and international institutions in communications and advocacy
▪ Experience working in communications and advocacy with Institutional bodies and UN system is an asset
▪ Experience in using technology as a medium for communication and knowledge management
▪ Good understanding of UNFPA and key regional institutions such as AUC and ECA
▪ Ability to take initiative, multitask, work independently and proactively;
▪ Strong reading/writing and analytical skills
▪ Fluency in English; French will be an advantage.
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
UNFPA is formally named the United Nations Population Fund. The organization was created in 1969, the same year the United Nations General Assembly declared “parents have the exclusive right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.”
UNFPA calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services – including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education.
- Reproductive health care for women and youth in more than 150 countries – which are home to more than 80 per cent of the world’s population
- The health of pregnant women, especially the 1 million who face life-threatening complications each month
- Reliable access to modern contraceptives sufficient to benefit 20 million women a year
- Training of thousands of health workers to help ensure at least 90 per cent of all childbirths are supervised by skilled attendants
- Prevention of gender-based violence, which affects 1 in 3 women
- Abandonment of female genital mutilation, which harms 3 million girls annually
- Prevention of teen pregnancies, complications of which are the leading cause of death for girls 15-19 years old
- Efforts to end child marriage, which could affect an estimated 70 million girls over the next 5 years
- Delivery of safe birth supplies, dignity kits and other life-saving materials to survivors of conflict and natural disaster
- Censuses, data collection and analyses, which are essential for development planning