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Senior Communication Officer


This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted September 19, 2022.

Qualification Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in communication, public administration, or related discipline.

A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Industry Private Employment Type Full Time Work Hours 8 Hours Salary CAD 141254 Per Year Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3T 1B9 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism Duration of contract: initially 2 years, with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Established in, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) serves as UNESCO’s statistical agency for its 193 member states (MS) and 12 associated members.

The UIS agenda is focused on the delivery of cross-national comparable data for Global, regional, and development agendas, covering the fields of education, science, culture, and communication and information.

The UIS delivers the technical support for MS to produce transformative data based on the 3 pillars (Standards and methodologies; Data production; Brokering and outreach).

The UIS’ vision, described in its 2022-2029 Medium Term strategy, is to ensure that countries’ policies and decision-making Are informed by sound statistical information; that they can benchmark progress toward national and international goals and learn from the experience of others.

The UIS is seeking to build a management team that will lead the successful implementation of that vision.

The UIS provides the data and technical inputs for global, regional, and funding mechanisms for education work, such as the UN Transforming Education Summit, the Global Education Cooperation Mechanism (GCM), G7, G20, and the GPE results framework.

The UIS meets data needs for emerging priorities, for example through its work with UNICEF, World Bank, OECD, and the GEMR on the Joint Survey of national education responses to COVID-19.

Within the mandate of strengthening reporting, the UIS in partnership with the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) achieved consensus on the adoption of an SDG 4 benchmarking process and supports countries in setting and monitoring targets for and as co-leaders of the data and monitoring function of the GCM.

This position leads the Communication and Advocacy Unit of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Under the direct supervision of the UIS Director, the incumbent is responsible for developing the Institute’s communications and advocacy strategy in an integrated manner, And implementing it through impactful, coordinated evidence-based campaigns which promote a culture of data use.

The incumbent will provide support to the Director in building partnerships and positioning across a range of bilateral and multilateral technical, political, and funding partners.

Main responsibilities and tasks Advocacy and partnerships Provide leadership and elaboration of a multi-faceted communications strategy to enhance the visibility of UIS products and their usage as advocacy and policy tools.

Contribute to the development and execution of a resource mobilization strategy, supporting research of opportunities, outreach, and the development of proposals.

Promote the use of UIS data, and establish, strengthen, and maintain the highest level of collaboration with key partners and contacts including representatives of Member States, UNESCO, World Bank, UNICEF, OECD, African Union, regional agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), regional commissions and other operational partners.

Act as spokesperson, representing the UIS to the media and other partners.

Lead the conception, strategy, and work plans to produce a range of communications and advocacy materials and tools in accessible non-technical language for the products generated by the programmatic areas.

Co-ordinate various projects carried out by the team related to public-facing materials in liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors, NGOs, and agencies as appropriate; provide programmatic and substantive reviews of materials for presentation to internal and external stakeholders; ensure that the UIS outputs are of high quality and that materials are clear and accurate.

Dissemination Supervise the multilingual production of UIS materials.

Supervise the development and implementation of a comprehensive distribution strategy, including the maintenance of a contact and distribution database.

Manage the international, regional, and national launches of UIS reports, set the strategic direction, and conceptualize and manage high-profile events.

Develop a vision and implement a strategy for the promotion of a UIS identity in all UIS products.

Contribution to UIS Core work Perform additional activities required in support of the UIS mandate and to ensure the success of the team’s work program.

Contribute to UIS reporting, including the preparation of documents for UIS and UNESCO governing bodies as well as for other internal and external stakeholders including donors and development partners.

Long Description COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) Building partnerships (M) Driving and managing change (M) Leading and empowering others (M) Making quality decisions (M) Managing performance (M) Strategic thinking (M) REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in communication, public administration, or related discipline.

A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the area of communication, of which five (5) years are acquired at the international level.

Experience leading strategic global communications, advocacy, and innovative partnerships aimed at policy influence and adoption at the international level, especially on social and economic transformation issues.

Experience in designing interactive data visualization products and other products designed to engage users in statistical storytelling.

Experience with the production and distribution of multilingual publications, and management of websites.

Skills and competencies Excellent analytical, diplomacy, and advocacy skills, in particular the ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources and convey messages.

Ability to develop communication strategies and manage the implementation of public information campaigns with various promotional and publicity techniques.

Excellent writing skills.

Experience and knowledge of media strategy development.

Languages Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Work Experience Production of content on statistical issues related to UNESCO’s fields.

Production of content in the field of education.

Experience in both private and public sector environments.

Languages Excellent knowledge of French.

Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).

BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days of annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan, etc.For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult ourGuide to Staff Benefits.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS Please note that all candidates must complete an online application and provide complete and accurate information.

To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website.

No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc.

for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

Footer UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence, and integrity.

UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades.

Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture.

Candidates from non
– and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.

Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality.

Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.