Communication for Development Specialist (P3) TA, Port Moresby, Pap. New Guinea #111617

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 21 Oct 2019

UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to childrens 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 societys 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.

Given the high rates of violence against women and girls and the persistence of gender inequalities and discrimination, one of the main priorities of the UNICEF Papua New Guinea country programme 2018-2022 is the elimination of any form of violence, abuse and neglect of children. As such, the country office joined UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA in the European Union funded Spotlight Initiative (( to end violence against women and girls. The Initiative provides a model for a partnership with donors, civil society, and all UN partners, to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals in a comprehensive manner.

How can you make a difference?

The Communication for Development Specialist reports to the Deputy Representative for general guidance and supervision and works in close collaboration with the chief of child protection, and other teams to ensure coherence and coordination of C4D initiatives related to prevention of violence against children and girls. The Specialist provides technical and operational guidance for developing a systematic, planned and evidence-based C4D strategy and interventions as an integral part of programme development, planning and implementation, with a focus on the Spotlight Initiative. As such, the incumbent will work closely with the UN agencies involved in Spotlight UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA to ensure coordination of the C4D interventions aiming to address violence against children (VAC) and gender-based violence (GBV). Through communication, co-creation and engagement, of stakeholders, communities, children, civil society partners, and government counterparts, s/he promotes measurable behavioral and social change/mobilization interventions. This subsequently contributes to the achievement of sustainable and concrete results in improving womens and childrens rights and wellbeing in the country.

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

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.

Experience: A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required:Â GBV and/or VAC prevention and response; harmful practices; gender; social development programme planning, communication for development, innovation, public advocacy or another related area.

Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

Demonstrated experience in designing, implement and monitor innovative solutions to address violence and harmful practices will be considered a strong asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required.

Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEFs core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are:

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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