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Temporary Appointment (6 months) - Communication Specialist, P-3, Public Partnerships Division/NYHQ #81907

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-3
Location: United States
Categories: Private Fundraising and Partnerships

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, hope . . .

The Division of Public Partnerships (PPD) works to strengthen UNICEF's position as a partner of choice for children's rights among governments and public actors around the world. The division connects UNICEF’s positioning on child rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora to negotiations and engagement with governments and public institutions (including IFIs) as resource, policy and program partners. A key premise for PPD is that the engagement with countries is based on multiple levels of partnerships, including around resource mobilization and policy advocacy.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance and direction of the Senior Adviser, Public Partnerships Division, NY Office, - the Communication Specialist coordinates PPD's advocacy and communication framework to strengthen public partnerships through evidence-based policy advocacy for realizing children's rights in the context of UNICEF's Strategic Plan and in support of the Agenda 2030. The role also enhance PPD’s support to field offices, where several donors are devolving funding decisions to and where there is a need for smart communication tools on donor intelligence and advocacy on funding priorities and donor key policy issues such as value-for-money, transparency, etc.

  • Act as PPD focal point on communication and advocacy guidelines and standards for public-sector partners, such as on donor visibility/recognition and the related SOPs, capacity and training incl. e-course and webinars; improving guidance on proposal and reporting;

  • Produce advocacy and communication materials, including the annual Compendium of Resource Partner Contributions, annual Cases for Support, internal Quarterly Public Sector Partner newsletter, fact sheets on partner priorities (e.g. transparency, value-for-money, etc.), as well as opportunistic messaging such as press releases; 
  • Support drafting and production of institutional reports such as the Executive Directors Annual Report, UNICEF Annual Report, Regular Resources Report, Annual Results Reports, and the divisional Annual Report;
  • Maintain and innovate PPD’s Intranet and Internet sites, with the latest and most targeted messages for resource mobilization and partnership building with donors as well as capacity building of UNICEF field office colleagues;
  • Modernize PPD’s resource mobilization through new digital tools for communication and dissemination of donor intelligence and key advocacy materials; 
  • Leverage of PPD’s iCON for dissemination of the division’s work as appropriate.  Advise and recommend PPD colleagues, ROs, COs on the effective use of digital and knowledge management tools.  Collaborate with DOC as required; 

  • Oversee PPD integrated work especially with DOC, PD and PFP on the advocacy campaigns and focal point to the Publications Committee, Brand Reference Group, Digital Transformation Project, and UNICEF media desk; 
  • Support multi-partner communication events, such as the annual Executive Board Structured Dialogue, UN Pledging Conference, Annual Results Reports briefings, and UNICEF 101 capacity building and the division’s annual / mid-year retreats;

  • Management: identify, recruit, and supervise technical resources and consultants, as necessary, for the above activities.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in communication, journalism, public relations or a related field is required.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3)
  • Innovates and embraces change (3)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (3)

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.

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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