Communications Specialist, Islamabad, Pakistan, P-4

Level: P-4
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 30 July 2020 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: Islamabad
Job ID: 31632

The Position:
 
The Communication Specialist is responsible for providing strategic advice and leadership to ensure best possible coverage for reproductive health and gender issues, and to produce relevant, high quality and results-driven communication materials. 
You will establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of all types of media, including traditional and digital media, news networks, services and agencies 
You will work in an integrated manner with the programme and technical staff in UNFPA Pakistan and partner organizations to raise visibility for the project titled “Sihat Mand Khaandaan: Healthy Families for Pakistan through Accelerated Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services”. 
Under the guidance of the UNFPA Representative and Deputy Representative’s direct supervision, you will coordinate and lead communication and media activities around ICPD Programme of Action and SDGs. 
 
How you can make a difference:
 
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. 
In the face of challenges resulting from the delay in reducing fertility in Pakistan, including gaps in fulfilment of women’s reproductive rights, the need for significant expansion of infrastructure and services to serve a larger population, the difficulty in achieving education goals with the growth of its school-aged population and a less favorable age structure for economic development, UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need principled and ethical staff, who embody human rights norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
 
Job Purpose:
 
In a complex operating environment, you will play a vital role in coordinating and leading communication and media activities around key project priorities and events in the areas of reproductive health, gender and population and development.
 
You will ensure that substantial programme events, success stories and good practices, along with challenges and gaps that must be addressed, are well documented and communicated in social, broadcast and print media, highlighting the roles of donor community and partners.  
You will establish and maintain close working relationships with senior and other relevant representatives of the media, including editors, reporters and correspondents to generate positive reporting on women’s and youth reproductive health, gender and population and development issues. 

Requirements:

The Position:
 
The Communication Specialist is responsible for providing strategic advice and leadership to ensure best possible coverage for reproductive health and gender issues, and to produce relevant, high quality and results-driven communication materials. 
You will establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of all types of media, including traditional and digital media, news networks, services and agencies 
You will work in an integrated manner with the programme and technical staff in UNFPA Pakistan and partner organizations to raise visibility for the project titled “Sihat Mand Khaandaan: Healthy Families for Pakistan through Accelerated Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services”. 
Under the guidance of the UNFPA Representative and Deputy Representative’s direct supervision, you will coordinate and lead communication and media activities around ICPD Programme of Action and SDGs. 
 
Qualifications and Experience 

Education:  
 
Advanced university degree (Master’s) in communications, media relations, journalism or relevant social sciences
 
Knowledge and Experience: 
 
• 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy;
• Substantive knowledge and practical experience in communication strategy development;
• Strong media contacts and proven success pitching stories to media outlets;
• Excellent research and writing skills, with experience writing reports, newsletters and programme updates, video production and developing web content;
• Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems;
• Client oriented and strong team work;
• Proficiency in current office software applications;
• Field experience is strongly desirable; 
• Knowledge of the UN system would be an advantage. 
 
Languages: 
 
Fluency in oral and written English is required and working knowledge of other UN Languages is desirable.
 
 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Pakistan
Population : 220.9 mil
Fertility rate
3.4
Maternal Mortality Ratio
140
Contraceptives prevalence rate
24
Population aged 10-24
30%
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 40%
Girls 34%