UNICEF - Communication Specialist

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated.

There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nation.

You are invited to review the VA below and kindly express your interest should you wish to be considered and deem yourself as meeting the required qualifications indicated below. We look forward to reviewing your candidature.

For every child, a geographically mobile & diverse workforce

The Private Sector Partnerships Division of UNICEF has a new strategic plan, with ambitious financial goals and influencing targets. A major strategy of the new plan is to increase the number and depth of private sector partners, with new integrated partnerships across multiple markets being a key feature of the new strategy. The division has been reorganized with the partnerships support team (communication) being streamlined and organized to support both corporate and philanthropic partnerships to develop strategic communication plans, raise brand and visibility and ensure partner objectives are being met.

The purpose of the post is to ensure appropriate UNICEF visibility, messaging and branding in private sector engagement with corporate partners (Fundraising and CRB) and to manage UNICEF's communication response around reputational risk issues linked to engaging with the corporate sector.

How can you make a difference?

  • Develops measurable global marketing, communication strategies and content assets for UNICEF's priority global corporate partnerships including Marketing campaigns and corporate foundations objectives. Maintains a steady two-way flow of information with National Committees and DOC, responds to enquiries and informs them of issues of interest and sensitive issues that could affect their local media markets.

  • Provides strategic direction to marketing, communication and media work linked to corporate engagement, ensuring that related activities are in line with Private Fundraising and Partnerships’ (PFP) fundraising, CRB, advocacy, and brand positioning objectives, as well as UNICEF's ethical and brand guidelines. Helps manage the media and communication/PR expectations of corporate fundraising partnerships. Creates, maintains and updates organizational policies to guide global communication around corporate engagement.

  • Develops and implements marketing and communication activities in close coordination with external partners and PFP Corporate Fundraising, Global Philanthropy and CRB units to include: marketing plan for key partner, drafts communication materials such as news notes, social media packs and photo briefs, sources engaging content for external communication channels, reviews and edits partner communication materials referencing UNICEF; coordinates with DOC regarding press conferences and launches, and assists the UNICEF Geneva Spokesperson as needed for press briefings. Ensures effective profiling of corporate and foundations relationships through UNICEF external global channels (website, reports, and social media channels) to ensure compliance in recognition tools. Assists in the planning and coordination of visits by corporate fundraising partners to country offices.

  • Supports key CRB initiatives with targeted communication to the business community to raise awareness of UNICEF's CRB offer position UNICEF as a partner of choice.

  • In close consultation with the supervisor of the post and/or the Chief of Communication, manages communication around risk issues linked to corporate and foundations engagement, contributes to the prevention of PR crises and, works with internal stakeholders, corporate partners and agencies to successfully manage response.

  • Supports the global, integrated campaigns (Cause Framework) by linking to aligned corporate and philanthropic partnerships. In close collaboration with the section chief, identifies possible corporate partner alignment with different causes, and co-ordinates with campaign leads for messaging and activations to fulfill partner and campaign objectives.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:


An advanced university degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communication, Journalism or equivalent professional work experience. A first degree with commensurate work experience would also qualify an applicant for the post.


A minimum of five years working in the field of communication or marketing including experience with private sector companies on communication and public relations.
Experience working in a UNICEF field office and familiarity with the work of UNICEF National Committees would be an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English required. Working knowledge of another UN language (French, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Spanish) would be an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values

  • Commitment

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Drive for Results (Level III)

  • Communication (Level III)

  • Working with People (Level II)

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (Level II)

  • Relating and Networking (Level II)

  • Persuading and Influencing (Level II)

  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level II)

To view our competency framework, please click here.

A majority of our positions are classified as “rotational,” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.