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Communications Officer 26 April 2021 Nat. Specialist UNAIDS South Africa
South Africa
Johannesburg (ZAF)
01 June 2021
6 months
26 April 2021

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Regional Operations Manager or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Communications Officer will fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Supports the implementation of the regional communication strategy to keep AIDS high on the political agenda, by taking into consideration regional priorities and issues. This includes advocating for strengthened political will and mobilizing the media in the response to AIDS and supporting the UNAIDS mandate, objectives and priorities.
  • Provide guidance and support to country offices for a communication assessment and analysis leading to the development and implementation of communication strategies based on national priorities and country contexts. This includes the training of communication staff, production and sharing of information materials and support for special events.
  • Ensures that HIV is kept on the political agenda through media and communications support for the Regional Director’s high-level advocacy with government, civil society and other partners; visits by UNAIDS EXD, and/or other senior UNAIDS leadership; and support for high level meetings and conferences.
  • Undertakes a range of internal writing assignments, including key messages and talking points for media engagement, media advisories, press releases, feature stories, presentations and acting as lead reviewer for UNAIDS publications at a country and regional level. Adapt and disseminate advocacy and information materials from Geneva, especially for key international days and campaigns.
  • Maintains close collaboration with the news media through activities such as media interviews or engagements on key issues, provision information and press materials on the AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence and COVID-19 epidemics in the ESA region and UNAIDS’s role therein.
  • Manages UNAIDS RST ESA’s online and social media, including the RST ESA website, Twitter and Facebook accounts. This includes daily posts on social media and at least one story on UNAIDS global website and/or RST ESA website per week. Liaises with web designer to ensure RST ESA website’s look and feel is maintained and regularly updated.
  • Participates actively in the regional inter-agency working group for the 2gether4SRHR programme and leads on UNAIDS-accountable activities in the 2gether4SRHR workplan.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Master degree or equivalent

Advanced university degree at the Master’s level or equivalent in communication, public relations, journalism, public or business administration, social sciences, international relations

60 Months

A minimum of five years’ experience in communications, media relations, public relations or development field with governments, the United Nations System or other international bodies, including experience in project management, event management, coordination and/or facilitation of interagency working groups and partners’ meetings at national and international level.

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Public information and reporting

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Communication, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

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Application deadline: 26 April 2021