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Communication Officer (Social Media), NOA, Fixed Term, Kabul, Afghanistan #90193 (Open to Afghan Nationals Only)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
NOA Entry Professional Full-time Locallly Recruited
Job Expired 25 Apr 2024
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a voice

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job:

Assists in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a communication strategy for digital and social media; contributing to UNICEF Afghanistan’s broader communication strategy to get children’s and women’s issues into the public domain, to strengthen political will in support of UNICEF's mission and objectives in the country, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Communication strategy: Digital media strategy designed, implemented and monitored, contributing to UNICEF Afghanistan’s broader communication strategy; in line with UNICEF Afghanistan’s public advocacy priorities; to stimulate public engagement; and to support resource mobilization.

  • In close coordination with Communication Specialist, design and develop a digital media strategy for UNICEF Afghanistan along with a regularly updated production and engagement plan.
  • Identify priority communication issues in close coordination with programme sections, for inclusion in the multimedia production plan and make sure these are regularly updated to reflect current country office as well as global priorities.
  • Design a monitoring and evaluation plan for the strategy, including the development of indicators, baselines, and regular evaluations of progress made.

2. Management of websites and social media platforms: Websites and social media tools are successfully managed and regularly updated; providing active engagement platforms for youth, civil society, donors, media, and other partners.

  • Effective and timely professional management of the creative implementation of the digital and social media strategy
  • In close cooperation with the Communication Specialist, maintain and regularly update the UNICEF Afghanistan website and social media channels to increase engagement with the public, youth, partners, donors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Identify and develop content and update messages for social media, including translation into Dari and Pashtu
  • Identify new social media opportunities and develop UNICEF Afghanistan’s presence on new social media platforms as appropriate.
  • Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of UNICEF Afghanistan’s engagement online and on social media.

3. Multimedia production: Efficient and high-quality design and production of communication products and materials for digital and social media as well as print as appropriate. This includes videos, human interest stories, photos, profiles, and engaging updates. The production plan is regularly updated in coordination with the Communication Specialist, programme sections, and communication priorities.

  • Support the production of communication materials for use on digital and social media. These include infographics, briefing notes, photographs, and videos that meet the country and global quality standards as set out in the Communication Toolkit.
  • Assist in drafting and editing written content, including human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials for both web-based and traditional media, as appropriate.
  • Follow up on the production of advocacy and communication materials and oversee the quality management of production, including graphic design and presentation, accuracy of translation, coherence, and relevance of the message.
  • Maintain an up-to-date documentation center for communication materials including publications, human interest stories, public statements and press releases, photographs, and audio-visual materials.
  • Recommend appropriate information and communication materials for use in digital and social media, as well as other advocacy and communication activities.
  • Recommend established contacts, networks, resources, and processes to support digital and social communication activities.

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

  • A university degree in communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or related field
  • A minimum of 1 (one) of relevant professional experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media. 
  • Field work experience.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local language Dari and/or Pashto is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. 


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This position is no longer open.