Deadline: 08 April, 2022

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has opened applications for the role of Chief of Advocacy and Communication.

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


  • Lead every element of the advocacy strategy process
  • Drive the implementation of advocacy strategies and plans
  • Design effective communication plans that will deliver on the aims of key advocacy strategies and help to mobilise public and private support for the cause of children
  • Lead and manage the office’s advocacy and communication team that effectively executes a comprehensive digital strategy
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with journalists and media outlets
  • Supervise the development of a clear advocacy and communication monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Provide a protective, nurturing environment for the team
  • Ensure effective and transparent management of budget and resources
  • In addition to local/national campaigns, ensure that the country office has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF’s global communications priorities and campaigns
  • Ensure that global and country-level fundraising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities
  • Ensure that the country office has a well-managed national celebrity relations programme with a well maintained and continually developed contact list of appropriate, nationally-known personalities who have been identified, engaged, and support UNICEF’s efforts and who actively participate in special events and activities that support country programme goals
  • Ensure that the human resources (the communication team) and financial resources (budget planning, management, and monitoring) for the communication section of the country office are both effectively managed and optimally used
  • Build internal UNICEF capacities in advocacy and communication through coaching, training, and sharing of expertise
  • As a member of the CMT, work alongside senior colleagues to ensure the performance of the country office, manage risk, and set overarching strategic direction
  • As a member of the senior management team, work alongside colleagues to oversee the overall performance of the office, create a positive workplace environment, and ensure the well-being of staff


  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, or a related field
  • Ten years, minimum, of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in advocacy/campaigning and communication, with two years, minimum, at the international level
  • Experience in leading the development and implementation of advocacy and communication strategies, with clear theories of change, specific, measurable, and time-bound objectives, and performance indicators
  • Track record of achieving or contributing to tangible policy change
  • Proven experience in deploying a range of advocacy and communication tactics based on a clear theory of change
  • Experience in building and maintaining a network of external stakeholders, and in working with coalitions
  • Experience in building strong relationships with traditional and social media entities and using media relations and channels to engage public audiences
  • Experience in leading the development, implementation, and monitoring of digital strategies
  • Experience in handling digital and social media content and audience trends as well as in managing online platforms and channels
  • Experience in managing a team, with a proven commitment to a diverse and inclusive recruiting process
  • Experience managing a multicultural team is an asset
  • Demonstrated experience in design and management of projects, including budget management and monitoring and evaluation of results
  • Knowledge of international development, humanitarian issues, and children’s rights
  • Experience in training and facilitation is an asset
  • Experience working in a developing and emergency environment is an asset
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset

To apply and for more information, click here.

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