Closing Date: Friday, 06 September 2013
The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Uganda is supporting the Government of Uganda to address key development challenges based on the UN Development Assistance Framework and the Government of Uganda’s five year National Development Plan. In line with UN Reforms, the Resident Coordinator’s Office supports full coordination within the UNCT by promoting collaboration through joint programming including a Joint Programming on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.
The UN Joint Programming on Gender Equality (UNJPGE) entails collaboration among 8 participating UN Agencies in the concept of Delivering as One, the Government of Uganda (GOU) and civil society with financial support from DFID. The JPGE is coordinated by UN Women. The JPGE includes provision of resources for strengthening capacity of the strategic institutions within government in gender mainstreaming activities.
Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and under direct supervision of the coordinator of the joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, (GEWE).
The Communication and Advocacy Officer works with UN Women Joint Programme on Gender Equality, other Participating UN Agencies, Government, civil society and other implementing partners ensuring successful visibility of Joint Programme on gender equality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Participates in the formulation and implementation of communications and outreach strategy focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Analysis of requirements, synthesis of proposals and provision of information by conducting communications needs assessments for elaboration of the UNJPGE communications and outreach strategy based on the corporate communications strategy;
Drafting/editing of communications and outreach strategy based on corporate communications strategy and in strong support of resource mobilization efforts in support of the Country Programme’s strategic plan;
Assisting in the preparation of UNJPGE communication and advocacy instruments including presentations, briefing material for dissemination to different audiences as need be. These include, for instance, donor bulletins, brochures, factsheets, banners, updated information leaflets per programme and project, etc;
Synthesis of proposals for project formulations to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of UN Women’s programmes.
Ensures elaboration and implementation of the UNJPGE publications strategy and plan based on the corporate publications policy, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Identification and development of story lines for publications and substantive articles contributing to debates on key development issues;
Coordination and management of all UNJPGE events, publications and web activities, including content management, norms for photography, video production, publishing, design, liaison with printers and other suppliers to oversee production and supervision of publications dissemination;
Supervises the design and maintenance of the UNJPGE website and intranet focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Design and maintenance of the office websites based on corporate requirements in cooperation with relevant staff members;
Generation, preparation and editing of content for the web sites to ensure material is consistent and up to date.
Provides support for CO projects and events to boost visibility and awareness building focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Promotion and dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications with relevant staff members;
Promotion and maintenance of public information campaigns on UN Women activities;
Development of communication materials, including briefing materials and press releases, for UNJPGE events in coordination with relevant staff members;
Writing, editing and supervising translation of speeches and public statements for senior management and programme staff;
Preparation and dissemination of UNJPGE newsletter to donors, and other relevant partners to support projects;
Dissemination of communication materials and media mobilization through a regularly updated and populated contact database;
Support to corporate and donor reporting requirements;
Timely and effective responses to inquiries to media as well as for public information materials;
Arrange media briefings and trips to UN Women programme areas to explore new means of outreach;
Forging of a “One UN” image through acting as focal point for the organization and implementation of joint UN information campaigns with the UNCG.
Facilitates knowledge building and knowledge sharing for UNJPGE Staff and external groups focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities;
Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories.
Provision of trainings for UNJPGE staff on communications for development;
Professional growth through active learning.
Management of digital media monitoring, archiving and dissemination system focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Identification of storylines for publications and articles contributing to debates on key development issues and addressing problematic coverage;
Technical supervision of translation/adaptation/rewriting of information received, and dissemination of press clippings and translated synopses to within, UNJPGE, CO and to HQ;
Maintaining and populating organized and searchable digital databases for text and images;
Compiling specialized media coverage press packages for projects/events as deemed necessary and planning dissemination to strategic target audiences.
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Creates effective advocacy strategies;
Contributes to the elaboration of advocacy strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication means;
Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work.
Building Strategic Partnerships
Sensitizes UN Partners, donors and other international organizations to UN Women’s strategic agenda, identifying areas for joint efforts;
Promotes UN Women’s agenda in inter-agency meetings.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Continues to seeks new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit;
Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
Excellent English writing and editing skills and a demonstrated ability to clearly communicate development ideas and experiences.
Creating Visibility for UN Women/Supporting UN Womens Capacity to Advocate
Develops promotional activities based on monitoring/evaluation information identifying areas requiring higher visibility;
Develops messages for use by UN Women staff when working with partners, internationally and nationally;
Reviews documents and materials intended for use within and outside the organization in order to ensure consistency and validity of messages.
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UN Women’s Goals
Creates effective global advocacy messages/strategies;
Contributes to the elaboration of a global advocacy strategy by identifying and prioritizing audiences and message.
Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents;
Building support and political acumen;
Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
Building and promoting effective teams;
Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
Leveraging conflict in the interests of UN Women standards;
Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
Required Skills and Experience
Master's degree in communications development, media relations, journalism, publishing or related field.
5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy.
Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization is an added advantage;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems;
Experience in conceptualizing and managing the production of printed materials, including detailed reports, brochure, banners is an advantage;
Experience in developing video and photographic materials in-house and in commissioning films is an advantage.
Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing communication and/or media outreach plans in support of overall corporate goals is desirable;
Demonstrated experience in developing content that clearly communicates development ideas for media, web, print production, and audio-visual productions.
Proficiency in oral and written English.
UN Women is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
(OPEN TO UGANDAN NATIONALS ONLY)
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