The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has a new cooperation program in Paraguay for the period 2020-2024, which will focus on the most vulnerable children and adolescents, such as those living in poverty, in rural areas, indigenous and disabled populations, promoting the guarantee of the fulfillment of their rights.
UNICEF's cooperation, which has a 5-year cycle, will provide technical assistance, knowledge and international experience, as well as non-reimbursable financing with own and donor resources for four programmatic axes: a) “First years”, which prioritizes integral development of girls and boys from 0 to 10 years old; b) “Adolescents”, which addresses the factors that determine the full development of people aged 11 to 17; c) “Generation of evidence for the strengthening of public policies, plans and programs”, which accompanies the actions; and d) “Program effectiveness”, which deals with coordination, management, monitoring and evaluation.
The country programme will rely on strategies such as evidence-based advocacy to influence public policy and decision-making that favor children, strengthening the capacities of government and civil society institutions, promotion of protective and healthy social practices and norms, promotion and application of innovation, evidence-based management and the promotion of a social dialogue on children´s rights with the participation of adolescents and key actors.
In line with the above, UNICEF's new cooperation program in Paraguay will guide its actions during the period 2020-2024 with a view to contribute to improving the situation of children and adolescents in the country.
For every child, rights
Under the supervision of the Representative, the communication officer will assist in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating an 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 in the country, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties and end results.Strategic Communication: Provide strategic and technical guidance to strategic communication initiatives, including strategy design and implementation, advocacy, and thematic and fundraising campaigns, as well as to the production of communication products and materials timely executed and followed up to support country, regional and global campaigns and priorities. Media and external relations: Effective and timely professional assistance and support are provided in developing, drafting and maintaining contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – in the country, to communicate the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience. Private sector engagement: Support private sector stakeholders’ engagement by guiding and supporting understanding of partnerships with private sector to support programme and advocacy priorities, in line with UNICEF´s organizational strategy on business for results. Develop beneficial, strong relationships directly with key decision makers at prospect businesses, engaging externally and internally at senior levels and credibly representing UNICEF in negotiations on high value partnerships. Fundraising: Support strategic planning and implementation of Fundraising activities; review program proposals and budgets in the context of corporate alliances and multi-sector partnerships; identify long-term opportunities that will promote greater income generation. Monitoring and evaluation: Regular monitoring and evaluation activities are undertaken according to the work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of country communication efforts. Results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis. Celebrities, partners and special events: The Country Office’s contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), is maintained and further developed, whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives and who support and are able to actively participate in special events and activities that further the country programme goals.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, international relations, communications, government and public relations, public or social policy, sociology, social or community development, or another relevant technical field. Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional development experience that combines technical and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international and national level, some of which served in a developing country is required. Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Language: Fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Core competenciesCommunication Working with people Drive for results
Functional CompetenciesFormulating strategies/concepts Analyzing Relating and networking Deciding and initiating action Persuading and influencing Leading and supervising
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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.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Availability to undertake field missions/trips on a regular basis and as required by the country programme is a condition of national officer professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
**This post is for a National Officer, therefore it is available only for Paraguayan candidates**
This vacancy is archived.