Communications Specialist (Advocacy) at UNICEF, Lilongwe, Malawi

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Deadline: 27 September 2018

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Communications Specialist in Lilongwe, Malawi.

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The Communications Specialist will develop and oversee implementation of partnerships strategy; identify and engage influential individuals from religious organisations, traditional authorities, private sector and celebrities; manage relationships with UNICEF Malawi partners, including celebrity supporters; and act as officer in charge (OIC) for the Chief of Communication, ensuring continuous smooth functioning of the team.

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The Communications Specialist will perform following functions-

  • Ensure that the Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Malawian private sector CEOs, traditional leaders and religious organisations), whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives of the communication strategy.
  • Ensure that 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 that support country programme goals.
  • Identify and engage influential individuals from private sector, religious organizations, traditional authorities and celebrities, in support of the following UNICEF Malawi advocacy.
  • Work with the U-Report Manager on a series of Business Forums for the Private Sector, in support of UNICEF advocacy objectives. Work with other UNICEF sections to identify concrete actions that companies can take, and support the implementation of these.
  • Act as OIC for the Chief of Communication, ensuring continuous smooth functioning of the team during annual leave, field trips and other absences.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

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  • An advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, or another relevant field is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in partnership management, advocacy or communication is required.
  • First university degree in combination with at least 7 years very relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Existing connections and networks with Malawian key influencers, especially private sector CEOs, traditional leaders and religious groups, would be an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and Chichewa, the main local language of Malawi, is required.
  • Knowledge of Yao language would be considered as an asset.
  • Nationality of Malawi.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UNICEF.

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