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Chief Communication for Development

UNICEF Full-Time  Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique 11 Sep 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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.

For every child, development.

UNICEF and partners in support to the Government of Mozambique are committed to address key challenges faced by children and women and help them fully realize their full rights.  Those challenges include high vulnerability to poverty, high level of chronic malnutrition, high rates of child marriage and low access to quality social services. UNICEF is fully committed to guarantee the survival, development, protection and participation of Mozambican children.

How can you make a difference?

With the general guidance of the Representative, and in close coordination with the Communication Specialist, the incumbent of this post is responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a communication for development strategy in support of the country programme and for the conceptualization, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of an advocacy and communication strategy to promote respect for children`s and women`s rights, and support UNICEF`s mission in the country. In addition, the incumbent is responsible to foster and support strategic partnerships with a variety of social actors like civil society organizations, opinion leaders, artists, the media and private sector.

Key functions/accountabilities

  1. Set policy direction for communication for development teams and ensure the communication programme is in line with Country Office and MTSP priorities, CCCs and UN reform;
  2. Provide vision, expert advice and assistance to communication for development teams;
  3. Provide leadership in the management of operations process and plans of communication for development;
  4. Lead and facilitate the development of key partnerships and intersectoral alliances;
  5. Provide expert advice on appropriate use of communication and approach for social development, aimed at both individual behavior change and collective action;
  6. Builds capacity of the communication for development team;
  7. Effectively mobilizes and manages resources.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field;
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, including 6 years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication for development planning processes to specific programmes. Public advocacy experience is also required;
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish or Italian is preferable;
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Leading and supervising (III);
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (III);
  • Relating and networking (III);
  • Persuading and influencing (III);
  • Applying technical expertise (II);
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (III).

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.


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.


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