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Communications Specialist

Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

  • Advanced university degree preferably in communications, marketing, social science, economics, or related area.
  • Bachelor’s degree with two (2) years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.    
Work Experience
Required Experience
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in communications is required.
  • Experience on preventing violent extremism, counterterrorism, peace and security or other related topics is required.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and managing the production of communication and public relations materials, including social media and audio-visual content, brand development and detailed reports and presentations is required.
  • Experience with managing websites and media/social media is required.
Desired Experience: The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply
  • Experience designing, implementing and managing strategic communication and media plans for highly sensitive and global issues would be an asset.
  • Experience in overseeing translations work would be an asset.
  • Competent with office software packages, including PowerPoint, excel, basic design software.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required


The Communications Advisor will provide technical guidance as follows: 
  • Support the development of a public relations strategy related to UNOCT/UNCCT PRR and PCVE capacity building and programmatic delivery;
  • Support the design and delivery of a strategic communications plan for the Global Programmes on PRR and PCVE;
  • Provide support on media relations for both Global Programmes —respond to enquiries, develop media outreach plans as required, and ensure that material for the media can be readily used by the media and understood by the public;
  • Develop a common brand for presentations and training material to promote the Global Programmes on PRR and PCVE at meetings, workshops, and conferences;
  • Support the development and publishing of content on the UN website for both Global Programmes;
  • Issue regular statements through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the UNOCT/UN Website on recent PRR and PCVE projects and developments;
  • Support the planning and implementation of an annual PRR roundtable, annual CT Week PRR event and annual General Assembly Event on PRR;
  • Organize events, conferences and panel discussions to raise the profile of UNOCT/UNCCT coordination mandate, capacity building and programmatic delivery, and knowledge products;
  • Support internal communication and communication amongst UN agencies.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
The specialist will:
  • Ensure clear, coherent and consistent communications about the UNOCT/UNCCT Global Programmes on PRR and PCVE.
  • Support the management of media relations on behalf of the two Global Programmes.
  • Support internal UN communication among agencies, by preparing regular updates on events and activities.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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