Communication Specialist (Partnership & Advocacy), Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Tajikistan

City: Dushanbe

Office: UNICEF Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Thursday, 19 August 2021

Internal/External Vacancy: Communication Specialist (Partnership & Advocacy), P4 level on Temporary Appointment (TA), Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Job no: 543670

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Tajikistan Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS

School/Unit: Tajikistan

Department/Office: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Categories: Communication / External Relations

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,

The Communication Specialist (Partnership and Advocacy) is accountable for developing, managing, coordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring partnership, advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities on on-going basis with partners and public audiences, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF’s mission, priorities and programmes in the country office, and at a regional/global level and those of the UN Country Team. Advice on the articulation of policies and strategies, with an emphasis on those that promote gender equality and equity.

The Communication Specialist (Partnership and Advocacy) is accountable for deepening collaboration with key stakeholders and provide an interface for environmental scanning, knowledge exchange, resource mobilization, and policy influence within the scope of assignment. The Specialist will also serve as focal point and resource for CO staff on specific thematic areas of strategic relevance for partnership development. The key result is to ensure greater visibility for UNICEF and influence in support of its mission.

How can you make a difference?

Key end-results:

1. Communication strategy:

The Office has a clear communication strategy and associated work plan to get children’s issues into the public domain, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.

2. Media relations:

The Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media - print, TV, radio, web, photo etc. - and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to communicate the story of UNICEF’s cooperation.

3. Networking and partnerships:

The Country Office has a clear partnership strategy and associated work plan to ensure effective and results oriented partnerships with public and private sector entities. This should include a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations, and for a whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the CO advocacy, communication, and resource mobilization objectives. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and Development Partners are developed, maintained and enhanced. Global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities.

4. Management: Human resources (the communication team) and financial resources (budget planning, management, and monitoring) are both effectively managed and optimally used.

5. Monitoring and evaluation:

Partnerships and communication baselines are established against which the achievement of objectives of the partnership and communication strategies are regularly evaluated; analysis are undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of partnership and communication strategies and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared.

6. Capacity building and support:

The Representative or Regional Communication and Partnership Advisors as well as the country programme team are provided with professional expertise, preparations and advice on all aspects of external relations communication and partnerships as required.

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

1.Education: Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations. (*A first University Degree combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.)

2. Work Experience:

Eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, new media and/or partnership management.

International and national work experience.

Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.

3.Language Proficiency: Sophisticated fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian or a local language is an asset.

For more details, pls. refer to the Job Profile: JP Communication Specialist, Partnership and Advocacy, P4.doc

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.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Competencies (Required)

Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

Works Collaboratively with others (2)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies (Required)

Analyzing (2)

Applying Technical Expertise (2)

Planning and Organizing (3)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Technical Knowledge [ II ]

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job) [ II ] (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)

Specific, detailed, and up-to-date knowledge of:

Executive Board and other policy documents.

Executive Directives

Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)

UN/UNICEF Policy Papers

UNICEF programme policy, procedures, and guidelines.

Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF

General administrative and financial guidelines.

Human resources manual

UNICEF partnership and communication and other PPD, PFP and DOC guidelines

Partnership and Communication toolkits

Brand Toolkit and Brand Book

UNICEF Stylebook

Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [II]

General knowledge of:

Communication and partnership management. Knowledge of theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.

Fundamentals for working in various media formats - print, audio, video, web etc.

Computer systems/applications and network, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.

Knowledge of United Nations or other international organizations;
Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.

UNICEF communication and partnership goals, policies, guidelines and strategies.

UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues.

UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies.

Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Skills

Diplomatic communication and negotiation skills to establish and maintain trusted partnerships for achievement of objectives and to develop close and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders.

Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation.

In-depth knowledge of partnership development and resource mobilization.

Demonstrated ability to formulate new approaches in respect of resources management and outreach- related activities.

Skill in the identification of new opportunities or requirements to meet challenges in the field and propose changes.

Excellent communications skills, verbal and written (including ability of strategic writing).

In-depth familiarity with political and governmental processes

Ability to conduct sound policy analysis and construct convincing arguments.

Excellent human skills and ability to effectively work in a multi-culture team and a diverse group of professionals.

Ability to work under pressure and within tide deadlines

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.


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.

Advertised: Aug 09 2021 West Asia Standard Time Application close: Aug 19 2021 West Asia Standard Time

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