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Background

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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About UNICEF

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: 572152
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Santo Domingo
Level: G-6
Location: Dominican Republic
Categories: Communication

Deadline: 30 May 2024 SA Western Standard Time

Responsibilities

  • Design graphic materials and follow up on the production of films, videos, photos, audio-visuals, etc., and oversee the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, reviews of layout and graphic design etc.) to meet standards as set out in the Communication Toolkit and approval of the supervisor.
  • In consultation with the supervisor is responsible for coordinating and improving UNICEF’s graphic, audio-visual and photography assets to serve programmatic, advocacy and partnerships/fundraising purposes.
  • Maintain an up-to-date documentation center for communication materials including photographs, audio-visual materials, and make it available for communication and partnerships /fundraising.
  • Helps identify, selects, supervise and evaluate suppliers for photography, film, edit, design, etc. Keeps an updated a database of suppliers. 
  • In consultations with supervisor coordinates audio-visual and photo coverage of relevant country efforts, activities, projects and events for dissemination and fundraising materials. 
  • Implement the tasks in the country communication work plan and strategy as assigned. 
  • Helps supervisor select and supervise suppliers for editing, designing, illustration, printing, etc. of materials and publications. Manages the roster of suppliers. Monitors the industrial production and distribution of publications. 
  • Provides editorial support for scientific, technical and/or promotional materials produced by the CO for specific internal/external audiences, ensuring quality and integrity of information, orthography, and proofreading of content. 
  • Keeps and maintains files of all the publications and materials and updates the publications stock. 
  • Coordinate the editorial committee and editorial policy, coordinates meetings, keeps records and archives resolutions. 
  • Checks that all material (publications, dissemination and fundraising) complies with UNICEF’s Brand Book and Brand Tool Kit standards. Provides technical support in the promotion of a focused branding and strategic approach to the Organization’s name, visual recognition, across all entity’s visual communication. 
  • Handles distribution of publications and materials to other areas of the office and counterparts.

Support media relations

  • Assist in maintaining and updating media relations contact list/database and the rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media. 
  • Assist in developing and maintaining close collaboration with mass media, as well as with multimedia groups and organizations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy, communication, and fundraising objectives.
  • Prepare background communication and promotional materials for briefing and visits of media and other special interest groups. Assist in the planning, logistic and administrative arrangements for them.
  • Assist in organizing activities such as project site visits, press-conferences, one on one interview.
  • Collaborate in: Monitoring and evaluating the use and effectiveness of media materials; Maintaining a library of coverage (clippings, coverage etc.); Elaborating monthly reports to monitor the progress on media presence.

Administrative assistance

  • In consultation with the supervisor, implements a style guide for UNICEF´s materials. Ensure that interactions and messaging are consistent with UNICEF positions. Ensures the voice, tone and mix of content fits UNICEF´s strategy.
  • Organize data and information, maintains records, files and work plans for the monitoring of project/programme implementation.
  • Assist in the financial and administrative processes for the communication section including preparation of contracts, procurement requests, PCAs.
  • Assist in monitoring the annual budget of the communication section and financial expenditures.
  • Assist in data collection and analysis in line with KPIs outlined in the communication strategy, including media monitoring and the survey on the public perception of UNICEF in the country.

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: SJD-Communication Associate G6-104607-Dominican Republic. Advertised.pdf

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

The following minimum requirements:

  • Education: Completion of secondary education is required, supplemented by courses in communications, journalism, public relations, advertising communication and/or graphic design.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, interactive digital media and/or publicity is required.For this position, a bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution in a relevant field may replace three years of related work experience. A master’s degree may replace additional two years.Experience in graphic designing and photography skills is required.
  • Language: Fluency in Spanish and English is required.

The following desirables:

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency. 
  • Specific expertise in Graphic designing and writing skills.
  • Expertise in the implementation, monitoring and review and evaluation related to events.
  • Experience in assisting in the production of films, videos, photos, audio-visuals.
  • Familiar with children’s rights and gender issues in the context of humanitarian action.
  • Ability to synthesize complex documents into key messages.
  • Experience in editorial, grammar and proofreading of documents. 
  • Experience in financial and administrative processes.
  • Work experience in an international organization or UN agency is desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others

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