UN Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya 2019
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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

Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector
(CI)

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.
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).
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.
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
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Advanced university degree (Masters
or equivalent degree) in the field of communication and information, political
sciences, international relations or related areas.
·        
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.
·        
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.
·        
Excellent knowledge of English or
French and good knowledge of the other language.
·        
Familiarity with the work and general
functioning of UNESCO or international organizations in the UN System.
·        
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.
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)
·        
Advanced University degree (Master’s
or equivalent) in Education, Economics, Social Sciences or related fields.
·        
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.
·        
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.
·        
Excellent knowledge (written and
spoken) of English and good knowledge of French.
·        
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.
·        
Professional experience in the field
context, preferably in Africa.
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.

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