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UNICEF, originally called the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund in full, now officially United Nations Children’s Fund, is an agency of the United Nations responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.

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UNICEF, which stands for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that focuses on promoting the rights and well-being of children worldwide. It was established in 1946 to provide emergency relief and support to children in countries affected by World War II.

UNICEF’s Mission:
UNICEF’s mission is to ensure that every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, has access to healthcare, education, protection, and support, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable and marginalized children.

Key Areas of Work:

  1. Health and Nutrition: UNICEF works to improve access to quality healthcare services, immunizations, nutrition, and hygiene practices to prevent child mortality and ensure healthy development.
  2. Education: UNICEF supports inclusive, quality education for every child, aiming to provide equitable access to learning opportunities, teacher training, safe school environments, and educational supplies.
  3. Child Protection: UNICEF works to protect children from violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. It advocates for child rights, supports child-friendly justice systems, and provides assistance to children affected by emergencies and conflicts.
  4. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): UNICEF focuses on improving access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education to prevent waterborne diseases and promote healthy living conditions for children and their families.
  5. Social Inclusion: UNICEF promotes social inclusion and fights discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, disability, and other factors. It strives to ensure that every child has equal opportunities and can fully participate in society.
  6. Emergency Response: UNICEF provides rapid and effective humanitarian assistance during emergencies, including natural disasters, conflicts, and epidemics. It delivers life-saving supplies, establishes child-friendly spaces, and supports the recovery and resilience of affected communities.

Why work at UNICEF

Working at UNICEF offers numerous compelling reasons that attract individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children and contributing to global development. Here are some key reasons why people choose to work at UNICEF:

  1. Mission-driven Organization: UNICEF’s mission to protect the rights and well-being of children is highly meaningful and inspiring. Working at UNICEF allows individuals to contribute to significant and impactful work that directly improves the lives of children worldwide.
  2. Global Impact: UNICEF operates in over 190 countries and territories, providing an opportunity to work on a global scale and address various challenges faced by children across different contexts. This global reach allows employees to have a broad and far-reaching impact.
  3. Multidisciplinary Work: UNICEF employs professionals from diverse fields, including development, education, health, social sciences, communications, and more. It fosters a multidisciplinary work environment that encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas to tackle complex issues comprehensively.
  4. Commitment to Equity and Inclusion: UNICEF is committed to promoting equity and inclusion, ensuring that every child has equal opportunities and rights, regardless of their background or circumstances. Working at UNICEF provides an opportunity to contribute to creating a more equitable and inclusive world.
  5. Professional Development: UNICEF emphasizes the professional growth and development of its employees. It offers various learning and development opportunities, including training programs, workshops, and access to a vast network of experts and professionals in the development sector.
  6. Collaborative Work Culture: UNICEF values teamwork, collaboration, and diversity of perspectives. Working with colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures fosters a rich and stimulating work environment, encouraging innovation and creativity.
  7. Field Work and Travel Opportunities: UNICEF’s work often involves field assignments, allowing employees to directly engage with communities and witness the impact of their work firsthand. This provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable field experience and develop a deeper understanding of local contexts.
  8. Competitive Employment Benefits: UNICEF offers competitive employment packages, including salary, benefits, and comprehensive support for staff members and their families. These benefits may include health insurance, retirement plans, leave entitlements, and other allowances.
  9. Prestige and Networking: Working at UNICEF provides an opportunity to be part of a prestigious global organization with a strong reputation in the development sector. It allows individuals to build valuable connections and networks with professionals, experts, and policymakers from around the world.
  10. Personal Fulfillment: Many individuals find personal fulfillment in working for an organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and contributing to sustainable development. The work at UNICEF often provides a sense of purpose and satisfaction that goes beyond financial rewards.

Details on the posts

Job no: 572100
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Peru
Categories: Communication

Applications close: 31 May 2024 SA Pacific Standard Time


The staff member will support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of effective, integrated advocacy and communication strategies. S/he will work collaboratively with colleagues across teams and with external partners to drive changes in policy and practice and secure political and financial commitments for children.

• Advocacy strategy: By collecting information from programme colleagues, counterparts, stakeholders, national and regional media and other partners, supports the elaboration and implementation of communication and advocacy strategy and contents, contributing to a range of tactics, such as: the production of assets (advocacy briefs, messages, press releases, talking points, op eds, statements, defining the “buyer persona” and transforming complex data into easy-to-digest messages), developing narratives, delivering creative campaign activations, organizing events, and cultivating new strategic partnerships.
• Research current and potential partners and stakeholders, including regional and national media, assist and maintain a database of formal and informal partnerships and networks whose support is essential to achieving objectives, support the flow of information to key stakeholders. Provides technical assistance to counterparts and allies on how to strategically perform communication and advocacy strategies. Information and knowledge management; establishing and maintaining mappings of key advocacy stake holders.
• Support the establishment of baselines against which advocacy and communication results are regularly monitored; analyze the effectiveness of the strategy, approach and activities; produce and disseminate M&E results on a regular basis. Document and disseminate advocacy good practice to build internal UNICEF capacities in advocacy and communication.
• Support the day-to-day delivery of key projects/ workstreams, developing and tracking project plans to ensure progress and address obstacles and bottlenecks. 
• Act as secretariat of the Editorial and Advocacy committee (In Spanish, CALE) following up on the actions points and ensuring that there is smooth approval of the publications and close coordination publications and content committees. 
• Contributing advocacy content of UNICEF’s webpages and internal communication the Country Office’s sharepoint folders related to advocacy. 
• Others: Undertake other key responsibilities to support the performance and impact of advocacy and communications work, as required, including the administrative tasks required for these purposes. 

Accountable for the full spectrum of advocacy and communication support activities. The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the country office and success in the implementation of communication and advocacy activities. Accurate communication and advocacy monitoring and recommendations, data entry and presentation of information ensure proper decision-making.

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

The following minimum requirements:

• Education: Secondary education*, preferably supplemented by technical or university studies in communications for development, journalism, Political and social science or in a related field. 

*A bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution in a field relevant to the position may replace three years of related work experience. A master’s degree may replace an additional two years.

• Work Experience: Minimum of seven years of relevant work experience in government, civil society or NGOs in areas related to communication, advocacy or campaigning at a national, regional or global level, or as a journalist in print and broadcast media or interactive digital media or in a related field is required.

• Language Requirements: Fluency in Spanish is required. Knowledge of English at a fluent level is required. Native languages of Peru, such as Quechua, Aimara, Ashaninka or Shipibo-Konibo, are desirable


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