Communication Specialist

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)
Geneva, Switzerland
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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, an advocate…

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Principal Advisor, WASH, the Communication Specialist will support the overall achievement of Sanitation and Water for All's (SWA) vision by ensuring excellent communications with both external and internal audiences. The incumbent will also work in close collaboration with the other members of the SWA Secretariat, the SWA leadership (including Steering Committee and Global Leadership Council) and communications counterparts in SWA partner country governments and organizations

1. Develop, maintain and implement an SWA communications strategy and work plan to position SWA’s work into the public domain, strengthen political will in support of SWA’s vision and objectives, and enhance the partnership’s credibility and positioning; effectively manage human and financial resources for the communications team; plan and communicate SWA’s involvement in key events; support documentation of outcomes and meeting reports; support the production of speeches, videos and presentations;. Supervise the work of the SWA communications team, including procure and manage the services of external contractors including translators, graphic designers, proofreaders and editors, photographers and videographers, and film producers; monitor and evaluate regularly the achievement of objectives of the communication strategy; in the context of the SWA results framework, monitor the contribution made by SWA’s communications work.

2. Develop and implement campaigns around special projects and events, such as the Mutual Accountability Mechanism, and High-Level Meetings.

3. Maintain media relations and networks of journalists and media outlets covering all media and social media – print, TV, radio, web, photo, etc.; identify target outlets and journalists, include social media influencers; reach out to journalists to offer interviews and op-eds by SWA leadership; maintain SWA’s social media platforms and website;

4. Advise CEO, other SWA leadership and SWA groups on external communications and key platforms; ensure the visibility of SWA leadership in the press and through digital platforms; draft and distribute opinion-editorials, speeches, presentations, quotes and other materials as required; support SWA leadership in fundraising through the production of communications materials and reports to donors for funding proposals; provide speaking notes for SWA leadership as required and assist in the preparation of panel discussions and media interviews.

5. Maintain communication within the partnership and the SWA partner database; draft and distribute the SWA partner newsletter and other communications with partners as required.

6. Produce communications materials as required: draft, review and finalize a range of communications materials including fact sheets, annual reports, meeting reports, newsletters, the SWA website, and social media content; ensure compliance with SWA style guide and brand guidelines; provide advice and support to other Secretariat team members and SWA leadership to ensure that all communication that go out under SWA’s name meets the same high standard.

The key results have an impact on the extent to which SWA is able to work with countries and other global partners to make a contribution to the achievement of the water, sanitation and hygiene for all, always and everywhere. In particular, the key results have an impact on SWA’s positioning of the partnership and its contribution to achievement of the SDGs. Good quality communications, both internal and external, will underpin the success of all other efforts undertaken by the SWA partners, leadership and Secretariat.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…

An advanced university degree (Masters) in Communication, Journalism, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Sciences or International Development, is required.

A minimum of eight (8) years relevant work experience in communication is required.

At least five (5) years’ experience at the UN and/or any other international development organization is highly desirable.

Experience should include the design and implementation of communication strategies and communications materials.

Experience should include advising high-level leadership.

Experience in the development sphere on behalf of partnerships is highly considered.

Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.

For every child, you demonstrate…

Our core values are Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.  To view our competency framework, please click here

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.

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.

Opening Date Thu Jul 18 2019 15:00:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time) Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date Sat Aug 03 2019 05:55:00 GMT+0200 (Central European Summer Time)