UNAIDS Job Vacancy in Nigeria for Communications and Global Outreach Officer

 UNAIDS is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNAIDS' Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy clearly stipulates that no staff and/or potential candidates shall be discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. HIV infection, in itself, does not constitute lack of fitness to work. There is no obligation to disclose HIV-related personal information.

Job Title: Communications and Global Outreach Officer

The thrust of the UNAIDS Office is to effectively contribute to the national AIDS response with high level policy, strategic guidance and technical support to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. In this regard the UNAIDS Country Office will be playing a high level policy driven role, providing intellectual and strategic leadership on AIDS, high quality technical support, promoting and advocating for sustained high level engagement of government and civil society. In addition, the UNAIDS Country Office will continue to play an important role in facilitating the leveraging of Global Fund resources and monitoring grants performance by supporting the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM). As convener of the Joint UN Team on AIDS and a Secretariat of the UN Theme Group on AIDS, the Country Office will strive to ensure strategic relevance, coherence, simplification and harmonization of the Joint UN Support Plan to the National Strategic Plan and monitor its implementation.

Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the supervision of the UNAIDS Country Coordinator, and in collaboration Global Outreach and Parliamentary Relations and Special Initiatives, the Advisor will:
1. Generate and negotiate key advocacy partnerships to promote the goals and work of UNAIDS at the country level.
2. Develop, implement and evaluate targeted advocacy strategies around significant national policy events and issues that aim to support country level responses.
3. Initiate and manage the implementation of events and campaigns including the development of related advocacy materials that effectively support UNAIDS' work.
4. Manage and cultivate the engagement of high-level personalities at the national level in the work of UNAIDS, including but not limited to Goodwill Ambassadors.
5. Act as primary focal point for the UNAIDS Country Coordinator and the Joint Team in the planning and facilitation of advocacy activities.
6. Prepares strategies, briefing packages and undertake a wide range of other writing assignments including talking points and key messages related to UNAIDS advocacy campaigns and high profile events.
7. Initiates and develops social marketing initiatives related to UNAIDS advocacy campaigns.
8. Lead and manage press conferences and line up interviews with UNAIDS officials. Develop press and other background materials including Q&As and key messages and talking points. Organize briefings with UNAIDS officials, advising them on key issues. This includes media management and crisis communications.
9. Develop and pitch different news stories in mainstream media on UNAIDS work in the country. (UNAIDS does not pay for stories or story placement in the media.)
10. Work with Headquarters Communications department on showcasing UNAIDS work at country level with global audiences.
11. Develop new media partnerships and trainings (where appropriate) with mainstream media to ensure accurate reporting and development of national media related policies around AIDS related issues.
12. Coordinate special initiatives related work within the country in close collaboration with the HQ/regional team.
13. Conduct twice monthly update meetings and annual strategic planning meeting on global outreach and advocacy processes.
14. Undertake all other related advocacy assignments as required.


Advanced university degree in communications, public relations, public or business administration, social sciences or related field.

UNAIDS Values:
1. Commitment to the AIDS response
2. Integrity
3. Respect for diversity

Core Competencies:
1. Working in teams
2. Communicating with impact
3. Applying expertise
4. Delivering results
5. Driving change and innovation
6. Being accountable

Managerial competencies:
1. Vision and strategic thinking
2. Exercises sound judgment
3. Builds relationships and network

A minimum of 7 to 10 years' experience in the development field, working with governments, the United Nations system or other international bodies. Experience in event management, coordinating or managing advocacy programmes, organizing and facilitating interagency working groups, task forces and partners meetings at national and international level.

Essential: Advanced knowledge of English or another UN language depending on duty station.
Desirable: Working knowledge of another UN official language.

Additional Information:
Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy and the standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants

Application Method

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Deadline: November 23rd, 2012

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