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National Post: Communications Associate, South Africa, GS7

Job ID: 30484

Duty Station: Johannesburg, South Africa

Closing Date: 22 May 2020

Duration: 364 days (*)

Post Type: Temporary Appointment, Non-Rotational

Please note that this vacancy is open to nationals and permanent residence of South Africa. 

*No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5

Organizational Setting

The Communications Associate will provide communications, research and programmatic support to the work of UNFPA on SRHR and HIV.

S/He will report on a daily basis to the Programme Manager: SRHR/HIV, support the work of the Regional Advisers for HIV and GBV and will be overall supervised by the Regional Communications Advisor.

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 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, and in East and Southern Africa we also strive to end the sexual transmission of HIV.

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.

Job Purpose:

UNFPA is the lead agency on the 2gether 4 SRHR Programme, a Joint UN Regional Programme that aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of all people.

The Communications Associate will be overall responsible to plan, support, implement, monitor, evaluate and report on all internal and external communications activities, advocacy, knowledge management and information dissemination in relation to SRHR, HIV and gender based violence in partnership with the four participating UN agencies, relevant units of UNFPA ESARO, and regional partners.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

The Communications Associate will be responsible for:

  • Developing talking points, briefing notes, and press releases for senior policy and decision makers,
  • Working with the participating UN agencies, units of UNFPA, other partners and country offices to collate information, write, edit and design and disseminate quarterly newsletters, human interest stories, best and promising practices, and content for UNFPA and partners digital platforms.
  • Overseeing the design, layout, printing and dissemination of marketing materials, publications and research (print and digital) produced on SRHR and HIV.
  • Producing consumer friendly versions of publications and research using a mix of data visualization techniques.
  • Monitoring and engage media networks to promote regular and appropriate reporting on SRHR and HIV related issues; 
  • Implementing periodic social media campaigns to increase awareness on SRHR and HIV.
  • Establishing and maintaining an internal regional information sharing platforms for the sharing publications and information tools and resources.
  • Ensuring that all materials are appropriately branded and conform to the visual identity as required.

Key Outcome

  • Increased visibility of the work of 2gether 4 SRHR and UNFPA ESARO on SRHR and HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience


Completed Secondary Level Education required.

Basic degree in Communications, multimedia, digital media, communications, journalism, marketing, health education/promotion, public health, social sciences, or other field directly related to the substantive areas of this position is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in communication and/or multimedia or similar work experience with government, UN or NGOs on issues related to SRHR, health education, adolescent health or related areas;
  • Demonstrated experience in communications, marketing, website management and strategy and social media;  
  • Strong advocacy and networking skills with the ability to liaise with and engage government, UN agencies, CSOs, media and other stakeholders in a professional and friendly manner;
  • Strong communication skills and proven experience with the use of social media and other channels for effective advocacy, knowledge sharing and campaigning

Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French is desirable.

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:

  • Creating visibility for the organization
  • Ensuring operational effectiveness
  • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information
  • Managing information and workflow
  • Planning, organising and multitasking

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.



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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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