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Regional Advisor for Communication and Information


The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. UNESCO has 195 Members and eight Associate Members
Post Number : 6KECI0001RP
Grade : P-5
Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Nairobi
Job Family: Communication and Information
Type of contract : Fixed Term
Duration of contract : 2 years
Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-DEC-2019
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
Under the overall supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information (ADG/CI) and the immediate supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Office in Nairobi, and in close cooperation with staff (Directors, Chiefs of Section, Programme Specialists; Advisors for Communication and Information) in CI at Headquarters and in African Field Offices, the incumbent serves as UNESCO Regional Advisor for Communication and Information for Africa and is responsible for defining, in conjunction with senior management, work priorities and translating those into programmatic strategies, designs and activities for the African Region.
The incumbent lead-facilitates the African Field CI staff and multi-disciplinary/intersectoral teams in the achievement of priorities, policy development, locating and engaging resources, maintaining and pursuing strategic partnerships and promoting programmatic work in order to deliver a comprehensive strategy for communication and information. He/she plays a significant role in strategy direction, integration of regional and country CI and UNESCO goals in the Field, and leading resource optimization, execution, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects. He/she builds strong relationships with National Commissions and Member State ministries and other relevant stakeholders, advocating for freedom of expression and media development, and the building of inclusive knowledge societies.
The RA AFR will also be the UNESCO Regional Focal point for addressing Violence against journalists and the Issue of Impunity in Africa, in close cooperation with CI Advisors for communication and information in Africa, and Executive Secretary of the African Regional Committee for Memory of the World (ARCMOW)
The incumbent works within the frameworks of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategies (C/4s) and approved Programmes and Budgets (C/5s), as well as global development plans such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Aspiration 3 of Agenda 2063, the UN Plan of Action for the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, and the World Summit of the Information Society outcomes.
Strategic Vision:
Provide intellectual leadership and guidance to CI programmes, projects, units / teams in the Field in order to develop, drive and ensure the delivery of a comprehensive CI strategy and relevant approaches, partnerships, policies, objectives and deliverables. Analyze, evaluate and contribute to the development of Sector-wide approaches and strategies for harnessing the potential of communication and information and ICTs for fostering inclusive knowledge societies, democracy, the rule of law and sustainable development, and for protecting and promoting human rights throughout the region.
Lead alignment of work with national and UN development frameworks, such as the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP). Define priorities and agenda, proactively mobilize funds and ensure diversification of resources. Identify and pursue improvements to systems, services, processes, networks and cooperation in the area of communication and information in the Field.
Programme Design and Management:
Direct the conceptualization, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of workplans and Regular Funds and voluntary contributions initiatives and activities aligned with the Organization’s priorities, by providing technical inputs to institutional documents such as the C/4s and C/5s, by maintaining strategic dialogue in these areas with Members States to help them identify and formulate their needs, and by coordinating with other multilateral, bilateral and regional organizations, so as to ensure alignment in key operational areas.
Representation, Policy Advice, Knowledge and Expertise Exchange:
Offer technical advice for African Offices on planning and implementing programme activities to achieve the expected results of the C/5s and UNDAFs of the region’s countries, in line with the current reform being implemented by the UNSG; develop new regional projects proposals to be funded by contributions received for the International Programme for Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP), in line with priorities and project quality criteria and implement approved projects including the joint programming activities with the UNCTs.
Represent the CI Field programmes at senior level to internal and external networks, such as universities, agencies, development partners and funders, organizations, National Commissions, and ministries. Establish and pursue alliances on cross-organizational and inter-disciplinary work and develop working frameworks and systemic approaches to increase capacity.
Represent the CI Sector in UNESCO’s contribution to UN project management systems, and support improved reflection of CI-related development goals in frameworks developed at country and region levels, including Common Country Assessments (CCAs), United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) Country Programme Documents (CPDs) and Country Programme Action Plans (CPAPs).
Influence and guide the development of concept notes, policy positions, formulation and implementation. Develop policies and innovative strategies. Interpret guidelines and lead discussions to reconcile competing objectives and priorities. Ensure the development and provision of working tools, guides, outputs and outcomes that meet country needs and Member States’ priorities in the Field.
Facilitate the development of regional priorities in response to Member States needs. Act as the Regional focal Point on the Safety of journalists and the Issue of Impunity. Coordinate the Regional strategy for strengthening the African Judiciary Systems role in protecting and promoting Freedom of Expression and playing a role in linking Headquarters to the extensive developments on Internet issues in the region.
Perform the role of Executive Secretary of the African Regional Committee for Memory of the World (ARCMOW).
Long Description
4. Administrative Management and Staff Development:
Coordinate the preparation of timely inputs to the governing board reports and other documents, publications and reports, by giving quantitative and qualitative information on programme implementation on results, performance indicators and benchmarks as described in C/5s and other reports for projects run with voluntary funds, including contributions received for IPDC, and IFAP) and other briefings as may be required by Headquarters or the UNESCO Office Nairobi, using relevant tools, including the System of Information on Strategies, Tasks and the Evaluation of Results (SISTER).
5. Resource Mobilization:
Lead resource mobilization and develop alternative funding mechanisms for the region and individual countries by developing concepts and project proposals. Deal with UN Agencies seeking or marketing joint programmes, bilateral and multilateral partners, Development Banks and International Institutions. Track submissions and coordinate donor meetings. Establish collaborative and influential partnerships enhancing UNESCO’s standing and influence in the Field.
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Communication (C)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)
Qualifications
Education
·         Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree) in the field of communication and information, political sciences, international relations or related areas.
Work Experience
·         A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the area of communication and information, including with issues related to promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge
·         Proven experience in planning and managing projects/programmes in the area of communication and information (at least five years);
·         Demonstrated experience in leading and managing staff and teams.
Skills and competencies
·         Demonstrated professional competence and mastery of subject matter, in particular with issues related to promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge.
·         Demonstrated project management skills.
·         Demonstrated fund-raising and resource mobilization skills.
·         Excellent negotiation and networking skills.
·         Good knowledge of the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN System.
·         Ability to advice on high profile and sensitive communication challenges.
·         Ability to produce a variety/ of written communications products in a clear, concise style.
Languages
·         Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.
Work Experience
·         Familiarity with the work and general functioning of UNESCO or international organizations in the UN System.
Languages
·         Knowledge of Portuguese.
UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.
For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO’s career website.
How to Apply


Programme Specialist (Education)

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. UNESCO has 195 Members and eight Associate Members
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Multi-sectoral Office in Nairobi, the incumbent will be responsible for the development, planning and implementation of the organisation’s education programme in the countries covered by the UNESCO Nairobi office (Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, and Uganda) as well as, the three national offices (Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania).
In particular, the incumbent will:
·         Promote UNESCO’s vision both internally and externally in the Region; participate in identifying strategic issues, opportunities and risks, to effectively integrate them into organizational objectives.
·         Provide leadership in inter-generational learning for social inclusion focusing experience on adult learning and literacy; early childhood; girls’ education; entrepreneurship and innovative technologies.
·         Provide leadership in policy issues, on learning assessment and teacher performance, through the popularization of ICT and digitalization.
·         Collaborate with others to effectively implement and monitor the strategies of the Multi-sectoral Office, and revise these as circumstances require.
·         Conceptualise, design, develop and implement activities that will improve access and quality of education across the sub-region with particular attention to basic education.
·         Design and coordinate the implementation of capacity development programmes and provide technical contribution to regional and sub-regional organisations, as well as technical backstopping to national offices.
·         Develop joint programmes with other UN agencies and ensure UNESCO’s participation in UN country team (UNCT), UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and the delivering as one programme in the member countries.
·         Develop Regional partnerships to mobilize additional programmes and resources.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
·         Communication (C)
·         Accountability (C)
·         Innovation (C)
·         Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
·         Planning and organizing (C)
·         Results focus (C)
·         Teamwork (C)
·         Building partnerships (M)
·         Driving and managing change (M)
·         Leading and empowering others (M)
·         Making quality decisions (M)
·         Managing performance (M)
·         Strategic thinking (M)
Requirements
Education
·         Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Education, Economics, Social Sciences or related fields.
Work Experience
·         A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant professional  experience in one or several areas of education, of which at least 3 years acquired at the international level.
·         Experience in planning, development, implementation, management and evaluation of educational programmes/projects.
·         Experience in fund raising and resource mobilization.
Skills and competencies
·         Analytical skills, ability to collect, synthesise and analyse information from various sources.
·         Proven ability to identify emerging educational trends and needs.
·         Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, and to translate strategy into priorities and action.
·         Ability to coordinate, negotiate and deal with partners and networks in private and public sectors.
·         Proven ability to prepare, present and discuss findings and recommendations on issues clearly and concisely.
·         Demonstrated skills in results-based planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.
Languages
·         Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and good knowledge of French.
Education
·         Academic background in the field of inter-generational learning focusing experience in adult learning and literacy, early childhood development, girls’ education, entrepreneurship and innovative technologies.
Work Experience
·         Professional experience in the field context, preferably in Africa.
Benefits
UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.
For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO’s career website.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
How to Apply

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