Communication for Development Specialist, (NOC), Mogadishu, Somalia #105548

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF supports a response to children affected by AIDS by providing protection, care and support to mitigate the impact of the HIV epidemic on households, but also to support increased access and retention into HIV treatment and care programmes. UNICEF supports strong linkages to child protection systems to provide social care and protection to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Somalia is in a protracted complex humanitarian crisis. Epidemiological mapping shows very different profiles and morbidity/mortality burdens for HIV in the different parts of Somalia - indicating different programme strategies. The financing of health services in Somalia is largely through humanitarian funds and so targeted to geographically limited service delivery projects for short periods of time. The GF grants to Somalia represent a significant proportion of total health financing and some of the most predictable financing available. As such they provide an important strategic element to the financing of health services in Somalia.

The current HIV grant to Somalia is approximately a $20 million initiative over two and half years that is implemented through a broad range of partners. UNICEF, as the Principal Recipient (PR), is required to ensure effective planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the programme.

For every child, health


How can you make a difference?

The Communications for Development Specialist reports to the head of section or Deputy Representative for general guidance and supervision. The Specialist provides technical and operational support in the development of a systematic, planned and evidence-based strategy and process for C4D as an integral part of program development, planning and implementation to promote measureable behavioral and social change/mobilization through communication, engagement, empowerment and participation of stakeholders, partners constituents, communities and civil society to achieve successful and sustainable concrete (program/project) results on children`s rights, survival and wellbeing in the country.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities
Implementation of C4D activities
Technical and operational support
Advocacy, networking and partnership building
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have"¦

An Advanced University Degree in social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or other related social science field is required.
A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in areas of social development program planning, communications and development, public advocacy and/or related areas at the international and/or large organization some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in related areas in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate"¦

UNICEF`s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Technical competencies required for this post:

Collaborate with internal CO, RO and/or RO colleagues to contribute to the development of strategies, approaches, policies and the planning of C4D social and resource mobilization initiatives in support of programs/projects implementation and delivery of results, including humanitarian response.
Participate in CO strategic discussions to collaborate on policy and agenda setting for C4D advocacy and investments and related external relations and resource mobilization initiatives.
Participate in budget planning and management of program funds and prepare financial plan for C4D initiatives. Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.

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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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Mogadishu is a non-family duty station.

How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link