UNDP is recruiting Outreach and Communication Officer in Nigeria
Job Title: Outreach and Communication Officer ( Part Time)
Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Level : SB-4
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 26-Mar-2012
Duration of Initial Contract : One Year
Under the direct supervision of the International Project Co-ordinator (TIP and SOM) and the overall guidance of the UNODC Country Representative for Nigeria, the Outreach and Communication Officer will work on this project for 50 percent of his/her time. The rest of the time s/he will work for other projects in UNODC. For the time s/he will work under this project, s/he will be responsible for all communication and outreach activities that will be undertaken by the project. S/he will work in close teaming with other colleagues to ensure that s/he captures the communication and outreach opportunities for all activities under the project in line with the overall requirements of the project, including the European Union (EU) visibility requirements. S/he will work in close teaming with all project partners to ensure synergy and effective implementation of the communication and outreach strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
- Generally lead, develop, and support implementation of a communication and outreach plan for the project
- In close teaming with other team members and stakeholders, develop and ensure timely implementation of a work plan on communication and outreach that ensures full consonance with the EU visibility guidelines and plan
- Oversee the development of appropriate communication and outreach materials, such as various publications, posters, banners, flyers, fabrics, T-Shirts and brochures, amongst others
- Direct and support the creation of communication outlets for the project, such as a website, facebook page, twitter, etc
- Create appropriate links between the various communication means, including with project partners and national counterparts, as appropriate
- Explore and identify opportunities available to strengthen EU’s visibility and UNODC’s role and profile in Nigeria as executing agency of the project
- Take appropriate and pre-emptive measures to avoid unwarranted publicity on project activities
- Manage and advise UNODC and the project leadership on potential and/or actual communication issues
- Organize regular press briefings, press releases and interviews to communicate project activities and outcomes, and the role of EU and UNODC as partners in Nigeria’s anti-SOM and TIP efforts, as appropriate
- Engage with electronic and print media (e.g. to explore the possibility of using radio/TV shows to enhance project/EU visibility)
- Compile a database of various interlocutors and stakeholders, including from the media
- Develop a list of useful members of the press and maintain good relationship with them
- Keep abreast of news reports about the project and related matters
- Share and respond to requests for information and assistance on the project
- Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and approaches for communicating across different constituencies; demonstrated ability to communicate orally with accuracy and professionalism; good knowledge of the field of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants; ability to conceptualize and analyze issues and data; ability to identify and contribute to the solution of problems/issues. Shows pride in work and achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- Communication: Proven ability to communicate across a variety of audiences and to match the message to the particular audience; ability to prepare a range of communications, including communiqués, press releases and packages, conference and meeting reports, newsletters, and talking points amongst others; ability to conduct presentations by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely, conveying maximum necessary information as well as making, defending and articulating organizational positions; solid drafting skills with proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to match style and format to audience.
- Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from the clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- Teamwork: Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; works collaboratively with colleagues within and outside of UNODC to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing other ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology; is proficient in the use of relevant software packages such as MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and MS Publisher.
Critical Success Factors:
- The project’s communication and visibility activities are carried out in a timely and The project activities and achievements are communicated to the public accurately and appropriately
- The requirements of the donor on visibility and communication are fully adhered to, as per the communication and visibility strategy developed
- The nature and impact of TIP and SOM are more widely known through the development and use of quality iconic communication tools on TIP and SOM
- There is synergy amongst the various communication activities of various partners, as appropriate
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university level degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication, social studies, law, criminology, or business administration.
- A first-level university degree in combination with an additional 2 more years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least three (3) years overall experience in communications and/or public relations/journalism or related field.
- Experience with public information campaigns required.
- Sound understanding of development issues, in particular in UNODC areas of focus, such as TIP, SOM, crime, drugs, anti money laundering, judicial reform and good governance in general required.
- Experience or familiarity with the United Nations and the EU a distinct asset.
Language: Fluency in any UN (preferably English) and national language of the duty station.
Other Skills: Up-to-date knowledge and practical experience of United Nations programme, policies and guidelines are desirable.
Method of Application
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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.