Advocacy Specialist (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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How can you make a difference?

As a member of the Advocacy section in UNICEF's Division of Communication, the post holder will lead the development of an advocacy and communications strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and lead the implementation of that strategy. The post holder will work collaboratively with colleagues in UNICEF's Division of Communication, Programme and other Divisions, country and regional offices, external partners, and others.

Key functions/accountabilities:

  • Develop an advocacy and communications strategy (2019-2021) to ensure UNICEF and partners realize their ambitious goals on WASH.
  • Research and build evidence-based advocacy arguments in support of WASH, working with technical colleagues in other divisions to identify gaps in evidence and arguments and ensure those gaps are adequately filled.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with other advocacy priorities of UNICEF and partners in the areas of nutrition, health, education, gender, disabilities, humanitarian relief, child survival, growth, and development.
  • Work closely with UNICEF country and regional offices to support the development of regional and country-level advocacy and communications strategies for WASH.
  • Provide strategic advocacy and communication inputs to the development and execution of UNICEF's global communication initiatives and campaigns in support of UNICEF's mission, objectives, and brand.
  • Explore and recommend ways to enhance UNICEF's overall advocacy, communication, and outreach efforts; use resources strategically to optimize overarching results.
  • Develop strong partnerships with key stakeholders and networks whose advocacy and communications support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives. This includes representing UNICEF and WASH in UN Water, EWEC, and other such coordinating networks.
  • Develop and implement advocacy and communication plans, including the development of factsheets, key messages, and targeted advocacy asks. Coordinate the production of advocacy and communication materials (e.g. videos, websites, publications, social media products, and others).
  • Regularly liaise with other divisions, country and regional offices, national committees, and other partners for content development, information exchange, and collaborative communication and advocacy efforts.
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation updates and reports as needed.
  • Support major global events as they relate to UNICEF's organizational and advocacy priorities.
  • May be requested to work on weekends and holidays.
  • May be requested to travel in line with UNICEF rules and regulations.
  • Perform other tasks as required.

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

  • Advanced degree in Communications, Public Policy, Political Science, International Development, Public Administration, International Relations, or other related field.
  • At least five years of experience in advocacy, communications, and campaigns, preferably at a global and national level.
  • Experience in developing clear theories of change, with specific, measurable, and timebound objectives and performance indicators.
  • Experience in strategic public engagement activity, based on an understanding of the target audience.
  • Knowledge of international development, humanitarian issues, and children's rights.
  • Experience working for an advocacy or campaigning organization (e.g. international or national NGO, UN or other multilateral organization). 
  • Fluency in English is required.  Excellent English writing and editing skills is a must. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
  • Experience developing and implementing global advocacy and campaigns strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce cogent and compelling text that aligns with advocacy objectives.
  • Experience or familiarity with WASH is desirable but not required.
  • Field experience is desirable.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF's work is a plus.