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LEADER IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT VACANCY NO. : UNFPA/IND/2008/007 ISSUE DATE : 12th March 2008 CLOSING DATE : 7th April 2008 POST TITLE : Senior Advocacy & Communications Officer POST LEVEL : ICS 10 DUTY STATION : New Delhi, India DURATION : Annual, renewable Organizational Setting Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Representative, the Senior Advocacy and Communication Officer (SACO) will be responsible for overall design and implementation of advocacy strategies and interventions related to the implementation of the UNFPA Country programme. The Senior Advocacy and Communication Officer will be responsible for maintaining the relationships with the media as part of an effective corporate advocacy for UNFPA. He/she will also interact closely with the advocacy counterparts in other UN and bilateral agencies and implement joint UN advocacy initiatives. The SACO will promote UNFPA’s mandate through the advocacy networks of NGOs, corporate enterprises and professional agencies. He/she will be fully acquainted in matters related to reproductive health, population and development and gender with special focus on the pre-natal sex selection. He/she will guide the Communication Officer and work in close collaboration with other staff of UNFPA, including the State Programme Coordinators. Main tasks and responsibilities 1. Manage the overall communication and advocacy strategy of the country office. Provide substantive leadership and high level technical inputs for the development of the advocacy and communication components of the annual workplans Identify and develop partnerships with key opinion makers, including the Goodwill Ambassadors. Conceive project proposals and monitor/evaluate the impact of the advocacy interventions Support the UNFPA state offices in their advocacy and communication activities. Take the lead in organizing special events, press conferences and observance of special days and prepare relevant interventions during these events. Guide the design and development of advocacy and communication material relevant to the country programme or special topics Liaise with the regional UNFPA information officer and the relevant departments in UNFPA HQ. 2. Develop and implement strategies for advocacy on policy issues in population, RH, gender and adolescents. Identify the opportunities for advocacy and design appropriate interventions Conceptualize the positioning of the issue, and identify the messaging and nuances Identify experiences of best practice and demonstrate leadership in communicating them with the media and other channels of communication. Develop and manage partnerships including government, media, civil society, entertainment industry, youth and others Take part in training activities on advocacy/communication for UNFPA staff and counterparts in the GoI and civil society Design, commission and monitor operational research that may be needed to guide advocacy and communication efforts. 3. Implement the advocacy and communication strategy of the country office for prevention of prenatal Sex Selection Conceptualize the positioning of the issue, and identify the messaging considering related nuances Develop and manage partnerships to enable roll out of strategies, including government, media, civil society, entertainment industry, youth and others Guide the design and development of advocacy and communication materials 4. Manage financial and human resources available to UNFPA for undertaking advocacy and communication Develop, manage and monitor a portfolio of interventions related to advocacy and communication. Prepare related reports and documentation Contribute to the resource mobilization strategy Manage and monitor relevant financial resources Manage staff and consultants and coordinate with peers who are involved with advocacy and communication. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE A minimum of Master’s degree in communication, journalism, development studies or related social sciences. 5-8 years progressively responsible experience in the development and implementation of communication and advocacy programmes. Managerial as well as professional experience in the media and private sector communication industry is highly desirable. Full proficiency in English (including excellent writing and communication skills), knowledge of one of the official Indian language Proficiency in current office software applications and multi media applications HOW TO APPLY Please submit your application along with resume to: The Representative, UNFPA, 55-Lodi Estate, New Delhi indicating the post and vacancy number on the envelope. Closing date for applications: 7th April 2008. Applications may also be sent through email at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the post and vacancy number in the subject line. Candidates should also complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11). The P-11 form is available on the UNFPA website at http://www.unfpa.org/employment/docs/p-11.doc. The completed P-11 form should be submitted along with the application. UNFPA offers an attractive compensation package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits. UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the value of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or any other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process.
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