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Communication Officer Post Level IICA 2 Position status Non-rotational. Project Title Africa Adaptation Project (AAP) Org Unit AFO Duty Station Nairobi, Kenya
Duration 12 months. Closing Date 19 September 2011 Under the guidance of the Communications Specialist and the Project Coordinator of the  Media Capacity Building Project, the Communications Officer will provide the following  forms of communications support:
Manage the production of the AAP newsletter (electronic and print), including  writing and/or assigning articles, editing drafts, securing photographs and graphics,  translation, layout and distribution
Provide quality control on major AAP documents with respect to use of language  and design
Manage contracts with writers, editors, translators, designers, and electronic media  producers, among other suppliers, in the production of the newsletter and other  communications products
Assist in the development of strategic planning and creative development of the  AAP communications program with a view to the particular communications  opportunities presented by mobile social media, in addition to traditional media  channels
Provide communications advice including the identification of emerging challenges  and opportunities requiring a communications response, and proposals for appropriate reactive and/or proactive communications initiatives
Draft key messages, press releases, media backgrounders, press kits and other materials for journalists
Draft and manage the production of AAP advocacy products
Assist in the planning and implementation of special events

Required Selection Criteria

 Advanced university degree in Communications (journalism, marketing or public relations) or International Relations, Political Science, Environment and/or Sustainable  Development
  At least five years’ experience as a writer and/or editor. Seven years of relevant work  experience preferably in combination with a bachelor’s degree, may substitute for the
requirement for a master’s degree 
  Excellent command of English with highly-developed writing skills 
  Knowledgeable of major issues in international development and familiarity with the United Nations are assets
  Self-motivated and proven ability to take initiative
  Strong organizational and time-management skills 
  Ability to work in a team, under pressure and against tight deadlines 
  Strong computer skills (MS Word, In design, Publishing, Content Management Systems,  Excel, Adobe Acrobat and Dreamweaver). 
Submission of Applications
Qualified candidates may submit  their application,  including a  letter of  interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and  an  updated  United  Nations  Personal  History  Form  (P.11)  (available  on  our  website)  via  e-mail  to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line
when applying by email.
Additional Considerations
-   Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
-   Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified. 
-  Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
-  UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.
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