UNICEF Communication Specialist Job Kenya-September 2015


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Kenya Country Office

Vacancy Announcement: “KCO/A&P/2015-039”

Candidates who applied previously are welcome to re-apply.

Open Only to Kenyan Nationals

Duty Station: Nairobi

Communication Specialist, NO-C

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Post #05826

Date of Issue: 25 September 2015

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position in UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO), Nairobi

Purpose of the Post: Under the supervision of the Chief, Advocacy and Partnerships, contributes to the conceptualization, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a public advocacy and communication strategy to get children’s and women’s issues into the public domain, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives at national and county levels, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With the Chief of Communication develops and implements a public advocacy and communication strategy to get children’s’ and women’s issues into the public domain, and strengthens political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives. Develops key partnerships with parliamentarians, county leaders, civil society organizations and other leaders to advance the social policy advocacy agenda. Develops communication indicators and monitors the impact of communication and advocacy strategies.
  • Develops close collaboration with mass media through activities such as organizing visits to project sites, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage, and utilizes both digital media and traditional media when appropriate to generate and maintain public interest in children’s and women’s issues, to tell the story of UNICEF’s cooperation to a wider audience.
  • Coordinates the development, posting and maintenance of new and updated material for the UNICEF Kenya web-site. Identifies the need for radio and television programmes, publications, photographs etc., to advocate and promote organizational/programme goals within the country, and manages their production and distribution to the target audiences. Adapts and disseminates advocacy materials from New York, Geneva and the Regional Office to identified target audiences, arranging translations into local language(s), as necessary.
  • Strengthens capacity of groups and organizations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives through appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to updated information, supplies and equipment and through experience-sharing.
  • Engages nationally known personalities and organizes special events and activities to support country programme goals. Generates public support for special events, including the launch of the UNICEF flagship publication, e.g. the State of the World’s Children Report.
  • Assists the Country Office, HQ and the Regional Office in identifying and writing feature stories and other material to facilitate global/regional advocacy and fund-raising activities, particularly in support of National Committee efforts to mobilize resources.
  • Identifies, recruits and supervises technical resources and consultants, as necessary, for the above activities.
  • Plans visits of Goodwill ambassadors, National Committee representatives and Executive Board members, including preparation of information materials (e.g., press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits), and makes the necessary logistical arrangements.
  • Participates in UN Communication Group meetings, including support for the development and implementation of the Communicating as One advocacy and communication strategy (e.g. articles for monthly newsletters, media briefings and coordination of UN day activities with other members of the UNCG).

Required Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area, combined with an advanced university degree in a related discipline.

Experience: Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media or interactive digital media, of which two years should be in developing countries.

Language: Good knowledge of English language and knowledge of the working language of the duty station.


Core Values (Required)
i) Commitment
Diversity and Inclusion
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
Communication [II]
Working with People [I]
Drive for Results [I]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]
Relating and Networking [I]
Persuading and Influencing [I]
Applying Technical Expertise [I]
Learning and Researching [II]
Planning and Organizing [II]

How to Apply

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curriculum vitae, P-11 form (CLICK HERE to download) – (Internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to: The Human Resources Manager UNICEF Kenya Country Office Email address: [email protected] Please indicate: Reference No. “KCO/A&P/2015-039” in the email subject.
Closing Date: 08 October 2015
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from Kenyan nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Regret letters will only be sent to shortlisted candidates.