National Officer

Communications Officer

22 January 2017

Freetown

Under the general supervision of the Representative, the Communications Officer provides effective functioning of communication and media relations in support of the Country Office programme. S/he works closely with programme staff as well as UN Agencies, Government, CSOs, Media houses and other stakeholders in support of Country Office.

S/he delivers quality services in media relations to internal and external clients mastering all relevant rules, guidelines, processes and procedures. S/he takes a client oriented and results focused approach in the service of the Country programme and UNFPA supported programmes.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Adapts processes and procedures, anticipates and manages operational requirements of the Country Office in the area of communications media relations.
  • Support the development and implementation of the country program communication strategy
  • Creates and documents knowledge about UNFPAs activities in the area of Population and Development, RH and Gender; providing news feeds to the electronic and print media.
  • Monitors local and international media for stories and articles relating to UNFPA interventions.
  • Promotes the visibility of UNFPA by serving as an effective interface between the Country Office and media houses.
  • Facilitates media programmes, interviews and documentaries to create awareness of UNFPA programmes.
  • Works with the media network to promote UNFPA’s work through the use of traditional media / social networking platforms.
  • Identifies and obtains feature stories and other media materials required to facilitate advocacy and fund-raising activities, particularly in support of resources mobilization effort.
  • Supports country office knowledge building strategies through contribution to identification,
  • Synthesis and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to the programmes;
  • Support the maintenance and regular updating of the UNFPA Sierra Leone Electronic Media sites.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor or his/her representative.

We are looking for Candidates with the following competencies:

  • The ability for advocate and advance policy oriented agenda
  • Result based programme development and management
  • A track record in innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Integrity, commitment and respect for diversity
  • Skills to manage relationship, work in teams and develop people
  • An ability for analytical and strategic thinking and result orientation
  • Proficient in current software applications
  • Ability to operate the computer and demonstrate good competence in information technology
  • Transparent decision making, effective negotiating and communications skills
  • Ability to work with people with diverse socio-cultural background
  • Ability to apply guidelines in relation to UNFPA operational rules and regulations

Job Requirements

  • A Postgraduate degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related fields.
  • 4-7 years of professional experience in the field of  public relations, communications and/or advocacy including use of  multi-media and social networking approaches with a multilateral or international organization, the private sector or governmental bodies
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Computer Proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as graphic designing software such as Photoshop and others.
  • Dedication to United Nations principles and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously within a team and with different nationalities.

Language: Fluency in English and ability to write clearly and concisely.

Method of Application: Applicants should collect detailed Job description from UNFPA reception download P11 and apply.

Applications with a functional e-mail address and mobile numbers including detailed curriculum vitae (CV) as well as copies of all academic and professional certificates should be addressed under confidential cover stating the post applied for to:

The Representative
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
12-16 Signal Hill Road, Congo Cross
Freetown