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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT21
Title: Chief, Communications
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Date: 23 April 2013
Application Deadline: 22 May 2013 Vacancy declared unsuccessful
Organization unit:
Duty station:  Geneva Switzerland
Our mission is to effectively position UNAIDS and our issues with key audiences. And to create, manage and share knowledge with partners and potential partners in the AIDS response.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Key responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of Director, Communications the incumbent is responsible for the Communications unit with the following responsibilities:
- To provide leadership for the elaboration of communications strategies and policies to seize opportunities and enhance UNAIDS' visibility, including but not limited to harnessing expertise and collaboration throughout the Secretariat and collaboration between Communications Department and a broad range of players.
- To design and update effective communications policies and strategies to continuously enhance UNAIDS brand value and position UNAIDS Secretariat's visibility.
- To establish/lead the establishment of innovative long term and mid-term communication, messaging, branding and various communications guidelines, programmes, partnership and tools towards strengthening UNAIDS corporate image, priorities and strategic framework goals, and their implementation at all level at headquarters, regional and country offices, including but not limited to ensuring the proactive systems to follow-up on strategies and goals in a disciplined and result-driven manner, identifying gaps and adapting strategies and tactics to meet new challenges and/or changing needs.
- To analyse, critically review existing activities and operating framework with a view to develop/oversee the development of feedback-loop environment to better build and strengthen the communication and knowledge sharing capacity of UNAIDS, setting performance metrics and measuring performance against those, as well as taking a lead role in capacity building and relationships across programme areas by challenging conventional thinking and taking informed risks.
- To lead and oversee Communications staff and consultants, empowering and supporting teams towards the creation of new opportunities for collaboration to advance UNAIDS capacity and capability in new and emerging areas, attracting, retaining, motivating and managing them to ensure that UNAIDS is a credible force for innovation in the areas of communication and knowledge sharing.
- To develop and manage Communications workplans and budget, ensuring that managerial and decisions are strategically and economically sound and appropriately focused on results and impact.
- With the delegated authority, to represent Communications Department and UNAIDS.
- Undertake related assignments as required by the Director, Political and Public Affairs Branch and the Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Advanced degree in public policy, public health, journalism, economic development and international relations.
Studies or degree in public or business management
University degree in communications, public relations, journalism, business administration or a relevant combination of academic preparation and experiences.

- Commitment to the AIDS response
- Integrity
- Respect for diversity

Core Competencies
- Working in teams
- Communicating with impact
- Applying expertise
- Delivering results
- Driving change and innovation
- Being accountable

Managerial Competencies
- Leading teams
- Building relationships and networks
- Developing and empowering others
- Managing performance and resources
- Vision and strategic thinking
- Exercising sound judgement
- A minimum of eleven to fifteen years of working experience in public affairs, public relations, communications, public policy, including successfully designing, managing and implementing communications policies and strategies, complemented by experiences in building and leading teams in a proactive manner, at both national and international level
-Experience in an international organization and/or experience relating to AIDS and/or development issues
- Advanced knowledge of English and a working knowledge of French
- Knowledge of another UN official language
Additional Information:
Positions at the International category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's mobility policy
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
80,831 USD at single rate
87,008 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the figure(s) on the left side. This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

Applicants will be required to take a test. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

Applications from people living with HIV are particularly welcome. Applications from women and from nationals of non- and under-represented member states are particularly encouraged.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to the Staff Regulations and Rules of the World Health Organization (WHO) adjusted, as necessary, to take into account the particular operational needs of UNAIDS, and any subsequent amendments.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Note: The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer or promotion of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. The medical criterion for recruitment is fitness to work in the particular post. The United Nations HIV/AIDS Personnel Policy clearly stipulates that no staff and/or potential candidates shall be discriminated against on the basis of real or perceived HIV status. HIV infection, in itself, does not constitute lack of fitness to work. There is no obligation to disclose HIV-related personal information.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable UNAIDS to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit UNAIDS's e-Recruitment website at: https://erecruit.unaids.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
Vacancy declared unsuccessful

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