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UN Women recruiting Communications Specialist


Cairo, Egypt, 08 January 2014

Background

The UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Under the supervision of the Regional Director, in close collaboration with UN Women’s field-based presences and relevant HQ units, the Communications Specialist is responsible for developing strategic communications and media initiatives and managing media/press coverage and oversees the production of a range of communications materials for UN Women, including for the UN Women Regional Office website, and for online and offline audiences. S/he is responsible for timely, accurate and high-quality informational materials, such as press releases & media advisories, news briefs, fact sheets, stories from the field etc. for media outreach, the UN Women website, and inclusion in informational kits for further public outreach. The Communications Specialist will collaborate closely with the Headquarters, Regional, Multi-Country Office and Country Offices’ (RO/MCO/CO) colleagues to ensure communications strategies, media relations and organizational outreach efforts are aligned with corporate communications policies and initiatives. S/he also collaborates with RO/MCO and CO colleagues to support outreach campaigns, resource mobilization and donor relations initiatives; s/he mobilizes support in conjunction with intergovernmental processes, and support the activities and special events organized for UN Women.

Summary of Key Functions

  • Manage UN Women media/press relation.

  • Oversee and maintain regional online outreach and produce information materials for public outreach.

  • Provide advice and support to UN Women special events and campaigns.

  • Liaise closely with UN Women Communications Team at HQ to feed regional/national initiatives into corporate communications initiatives and vice versa. Coordinate communication activities with UN communication colleagues at regional / national level.

  • Build communications partnerships and media alliances.

Manage UN Women media/press relations:

  • Media strategies conceived, planned and implemented in line with corporate guidelines to enhance the positioning of UN Women with the media, with a special focus on regional priority areas of concern;

  • Opportunities for press conferences identified and press conferences organized; interviews with senior managers facilitated;

  • Press releases and media kits drafted;

  • Clear, consistent and timely responses to media inquiries; issuance of statement and corporate positions to media and other external audiences;

  • Maintained and expanded contacts with regional media; topics, background information, news-related developments and coverage of interest to each identified.

Oversee and maintain regional online outreach and produces information materials for public outreach:

  • Oversees regional web site technical and editorially and coordinates web presence of multi-country and COs in the region and in line with the corporate web policy;

  • Oversees and manages regional social media accounts in line with corporate social media policy or provides inputs to corporate social media accounts;

  • Drafts brochures, fact sheets, stories from the field to inform media and general public;

  • Video producers hired and supervised to produce relevant video material on UN Women’s work  ;

  • Effective channels for dissemination of all information products to relevant target audiences identified and distribution supervised.

Provide advice and support to UN Women special events and campaigns:

  • Communications components of UN Women and/or UN campaigns, implemented, e.g. Say NO to Violence against Women campaign; UNite campaign;

  • Special events or UN Women inputs to special events conceptualized and organized with a view to reaching wider audiences; to that end, concepts conceived and relevant materials developed and compiled. 

Liaise closely with UN Women Communications Team at HQ to feed regional/national initiatives into corporate communications initiatives and vice versa. Coordinate communication activities with UN communication colleagues at regional /national level:

  • Regular consultation with HQ Communications Section to ensure consistency with corporate policies, messaging and initiatives;

  • Feedback to HQ communications team provided with a view to coordinate communications initiatives: informs about regional /national activities, provides comments on and inputs for corporate initiatives, seeks advice and support;

  • Regular contributions to and advice provided on UN Women corporate materials, e.g. corporate web site, illustrated Annual Report, video productions etc. to highlight regional / national initiatives and ensure visibility at the corporate / international level;

  • Regular liaison with Communications Officers from other UN entities at the regional / country level to provide UN Women inputs to joint UN initiatives; to that end, represented UN Women on the UN Communications Group.

Build communications partnerships and media alliances:

  • Identifies and develops new communications partnerships and media alliances to enhance the visibility and cement UN Women as a thought-leader; manages and nurtures existing partnerships;

  • Identifies innovative opportunities and new communications tools and platforms which can serve to highlight the work of UN Women;

  • Guides and collaborates closely with MCO/CO communications officers to advance regional and national communications partnerships.

Impact of Results

The results have a substantial impact on the effectiveness of UN Women’s regional communications and outreach efforts, enhancing the visibility, raising awareness and understanding of UN Women and its mission with the media and among the general public, building and maintaining supportive constituencies and leading to enhanced political and financial support for UN Women and its strategic areas, thus helping ensure UN Women achieves its strategic goals.

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