Communications Assistant (GS-6), Seoul, Republic of South Korea (Fixed-Term)

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 04 Dec 2017

Organizational Context and Purpose of the job

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context

The position is located in the Public Partnerships Division (PPD), Seoul Office. The Communications Assistant reports to the Head of Office, PPD Seoul.

The Public Partnerships Division works to strengthen UNICEF's position as a partner of choice for children's rights among governments and public actors around the world. The division is doing this by positioning children’s rights in the intergovernmental and multilateral fora and engaging with governments and public institutions (including IFIs) as resource, policy and programme partners. A key premise for PPD is that the engagement with countries should be holistic based on multiple aspects of partnerships, including policy advocacy and resource mobilization.

Purpose for the job

Under the overall supervision and direction of the Head of Office, the Communication Assistant assists in planning and implementing advocacy and communication strategy to strengthen the visibility of Republic of Korea and UNICEF partnership. S/he also supports advocacy towards parliamentarians and other key influencers in media, academia, and business sectors, to further strengthen UNICEF’s visibility and children’s rights issues and to mobilize/leverage resources for children.

Summary of key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  • Ensure that the production of communication products and materials, including visibility/recognition of UNICEF projects funded by the Government of RoK, are executed in a timely manner and followed up to strengthen partnership with the Government and to support PPD Seoul’s resource mobilization efforts.
  • Strengthen visibility/recognition activities. Gather content and coverage of Government of RoK’s visibilities in coordination with COs.
  • Produce advocacy and communication materials (e.g. media briefings, images, videos, webpages, presentations, etc.). Translate materials from NYHQs, ROs, and COs.
  • Draft and edit articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials as appropriate with a minimal supervision.
  • Maintain the database and inventory of advocacy and communication materials and other relevant information.
  • Organize strategic advocacy events and meetings to support children’s rights issues and SDGs as appropriate, with a view to broadening partnership with government and other public entities.
  • Strengthen the engagement with parliamentarians, especially with members of the Korean Parliamentarian Friends of UNICEF (KPFU).
  • Support the preparation/implementation/follow-up of KPFU Field Trip in partnership with NYHQs, and CO(s).
  • Organize events to raise awareness on children’s rights issues and UNICEF activities among parliamentarians and to mobilize their support for UNICEF.
  • Create communication materials such as calendars, greeting cards, etc.
  • Maintain and strengthen partnerships with NGOs, academia, Korean youth, business sector and etc.
  • Conduct advocacy activities on children’s rights issues based on the office’s advocacy priorities with external partners.
  • Plan and implement events with external partners to raise awareness and support on children’s rights issues and UNICEF activities.
  • Provide logistical and technical support to UNICEF Seoul Office during public and internal activities such as workshops, events, meetings, where it is required.
  • Develop and maintain contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets in RoK to communicate UNICEF’s messages to wider audience.
  • Provide content management and regular update of UNICEF Seoul Office’s website.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • The efficiency and effectiveness of support provided by the Donor Visibility/Communication Assistant ensures that a strong advocacy and visibility platform is provided to the respective sections, which in turn affects the timely and accurate completion of the services provided by advisors and specialists in the team.
  • Decides on action to be taken when acting on behalf of the Seoul office; Response to inquiries, and priority of incoming mail.
  • All decisions could affect unit's work and especially its relations with partners. Recommendations and other performance duties could directly affect the work of the Seoul office, and consequently the efficiency of PPD.
  • Wrong approaches with partners, incorrect information provided would affect the organization's relations with them; loss of funds and/or potential funding sources.
  • Insufficient control on quality and accuracy of documents/correspondence sent to partners would lead to serious embarrassment and strain relations with donors.
  • Failure to proper segregated duties for the financial regulatory compliance will lead to the loss of credibility of the office.
  • Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles)

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (I)
  • Drive for results (I)
  • Functional Competencies:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Planning and organizing (I)
  • Analyzing (I)
  • Following Instructions and Procedures (I)
  • Recruitment Qualifications


    Completion of secondary education (e.g. High School Diploma) is a minimum requirement. University degree in donor visibility and/or communications area is an asset.


    A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible work experience related to donor visibility, communication, and interactive digital media and/or publicity is required. Experience in international working environment is preferred.

    Language Requirements:

    A high level of proficiency in both written and oral languages of English and Korean is required.

    How to Apply

    Applicants must submit an application letter with a completed UN Personal History Form available in UNICEF's website, and a curriculum vitae in Korean language by 4 December 2017. Only qualified applicants will be short-listed and notified for further screening and interview.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link