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National Post: Communications/Knowledge Management Specialist, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, NOC

Rotation This post is non-rotational.
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Closing Date: 15 December 2020
Duration: One Year (*)
Post Type: Fixed-Term Appointment

Please note that this vacancy is open to Internal/External nationals of Ethiopia.
*No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5
Organizational Setting

The Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Program (SIARP) is focused on eliminating sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices (HP) and addressing their links to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Africa.  The program prioritises strengthening existing strategies and initiatives, such as the AU Gender Strategy 2017 -2027, Agenda 2063, the Maputo Plan of Action and harnesses the respective strengths of multi-sectoral, multi-level partnerships which will support the acceleration of transformative change. The joint program, implemented by UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women, under the leadership of the UN DCO- Regional Office for Africa, will work closely with the AU, with the RECs (via the AU), and other key regional partners and stakeholders.
The Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Program Knowledge Management and Communications  Specialist is a member of the Africa Coordination Unit (ACU) team, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and led by UNFPA.  S/he will be responsible for developing and implementing the SIARP Communications Plan in consultation with all partners. S/he will also develop and implement the Knowledge Management strategy and associated tools and systems for the Regional Programme.  S/he will report to the Africa Spotlight Regional Program Coordinator.
The position will work closely with the Knowledge Management and Communications staff across all four UN agencies delivering the Regional Program – UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women - and with the AUC.

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 a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; 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.
 Main Tasks & Responsibilities
Your responsibilities will be to:
Provide capacity development support on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management for the Fund’s programmes:

•    Provide technical inputs to the development of a capacity development on EVAWG/HP strategy for the Spotlight Initiative (SI) and ensure its implementation;
•    Develop and convene high-quality capacity development workshops for the regional SLI partners on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management; 
•    Provide evidence-based knowledge including research, good practices, upstream policy analysis, design and development of guidance and operational tools aimed at strengthening the regional SI response and approach to EVAWG/HP;
•    Coordinate the provision of training and coaching on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management to the regional SI teams and implementing partners at regional and national levels;
•    Provide advice/information/guidance to the regional and country SI teams on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management;

Strengthen knowledge building and management of the SI at regional and country levels:

•    Draft the knowledge management strategy for the regional SI and ensure its implementation, which include support at country level.
•    Provide technical support to development of high-quality knowledge products for the regional SI, capturing as well country achievements.
•    Ensure that the knowledge generated from the regional and country SI are thoroughly documented, stored, disseminated, used for institutional learning and shared with partners;
•    Establish Communities of Practice and mobilize technical officers of national and regional programmes to share experiences, lessons-learned and good practices;
•    Provide technical Support to key intra-regional South-South/Triangular Cooperation opportunities in close collaboration with of the SI core implementing agencies and partners;
•    Keep abreast of developments in the area of EVAWG/HP, exploring innovative approaches to support initiatives at regional and country levels to end VAWG.
•    Coordinate and Contribute to the active exchange of information with the SI teams and partners.
•    Manage the regional SI Communities of Practice;
•    Provide technical and coordination support to global meetings organised under the regional SI programme.

Coordinate the collection of good practices and lessons-learned for scale up and replication of the regional SI activities:

•    Develop guidance and training materials for the identification and collection of good practices and lessons learned at the level of country and national programmes;
•    Coordinate the design of a data base and knowledge platform for the identification, collection, and dissemination to the Fund’s programme teams and relevant stakeholders’ best practices and lessons learned on EVAWG/HP policies and programming interventions;
•    Develop a strategy for dissemination of lessons-learned and good practices outside of the SI;
•    Develop a Technical Guide for replication based on the experiences and lessons learnt from national and regional programmes.
•    Perform other related duties and assignments as and when requested by supervisor.

Support design, planning, and implementation of SI Communication and Visibility strategies and plans

•    Support the development of comprehensive communication and visibility strategy and action plan
•    Support the Spotlight Secretariat Communications and Advocacy Team to manage, evaluate, and  implement high impact communications’ products (e.g. web, electronic, etc.);
•    Coordinate the implementation of visibility, communications, and outreach activities with partners including RUNOs;
•    Ensure wide dissemination and visibility of programme achievements;
•    Monitor and evaluate communication and visibility campaigns;
•    Track progress against established work plans and outputs;
•    Write and/or disseminate press releases, policy briefs, pamphlets, talking points, speeches, editorials, branded materials, and other written communications materials;
•    Provide communications and advocacy support to joint regional campaigns, launching initiatives, and publications;
•    Manage contracts with consultancies and vendors;
•    Develop and support management of relationship with members of the media;
•    Design and maintain a digital presence, including robust social media footprint for the Spotlight Initiative.

Coordinate the design and planning of communication for development and social and behavioral change communication strategies and messages.

•    Support partners to design and implement coordinated C4D and SBCC campaigns and messaging across programming areas;
•    Assess and/or recommend appropriate information materials for C4D and SBCC initiatives, ensuring accuracy, quality, and consistency with related messages and materials;
•    Engage with RUNOs to ensure coordination and consistency in implementation of C4D and SBCC activities and campaigns.
Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership. 
    Qualifications and Experience
Master Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or a related field
Knowledge and Experience:

•    At least 5 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation, results-based program development and management.
•    Experience in developing indicators, data collection tools, M&E plans and results frameworks in GBV, SRH and gender. 
•    Experience in data analysis, preferred.
•    Experience of working with the AU, working at a regional level and working on UN joint programmes preferred
•    Ability to write clear and comprehensive reports.
•    Experience in capacity building on M&E.
•    Excellent computer skills especially Access, Excel, and SPSS with experience in data analysis.


•    Fluent in English with excellent writing, analysis and communication skills. Knowledge of French is preferred.
    Required Competencies


•    Exemplifying integrity
•    Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
•    Embracing diversity in all its forms
•    Embracing change

Core Competencies:

•    Achieving Results 
•    Being Accountable
•    Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
•    Thinking analytically and Strategically
•    Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
•    Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:
•    Building strategic alliances and partnerships
•    Internal and external communication and advocacy for results and advancing a policy-oriented agenda
•    Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience
•    Managing and packaging information for effective communication and visibility
•    Engaging internal/ external partners and stakeholders
•    Leading, developing and empowering people/ creating a culture of performance
•    Making decisions and exercising judgment
    UNFPA Work Environment
    UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

    Compensation and Benefits
    This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary.

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