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UNAIDS is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT22
Title: Communications Manager (Country Focus)
Grade: P4
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 supervision of the Chief, Communications team, the incumbent has the following responsibilities:
- To coordinate and implement communications strategy at the regional and country levels, and activities of Regional Communication officers, including regular conference calls and annual meetings to, inter alia, provide guidance and support for regional/country communication strategies and activities
- Provide guidance and support to country offices for a communication assessment and analysis leading to development of a national communication strategic plan to promote, mobilize and empower the population on HIV prevention addressing key issues namely stigma and discrimination and gender inequality, drivers of the epidemic
- To undertake a range of assignments including but not limited to writing press releases, holding statements, fact sheets, Q&As, newsletters, op-eds, as well as key messages, talking points for national and international press events and interviews and presentations
- Lead and manage press conferences and briefings with UNAIDS officials, line up interviews with UNAIDS officials and prepare talking points, advising them on key issues and developing press materials and background materials, including Q&As, key messages
- In collaboration with the communications team and Regional Communications Officers, manage media outreach for UNAIDS on regular basis, including maintaining contacts with journalists, lining up interviews for senior UNAIDS staff and proposing story ideas
- Provide strategic guidance to Regional and Country offices in the implementation of their communication strategy and plan through training of communication staff, production and sharing of information materials and support for special events and identification and provision of consultant when needed
- Guide country and regional offices in development of media partnerships, including relationships with media organizations and channels
- Within the delegated authority, to commission and manage consultants, interns and other staff briefing them on UNAIDS style, needs and procedures
- To undertake related assignments as required by the Chief, Communications team, and to replace other Communications Managers during absences and share workload during periods of high demands
- All other related duties as required
Advanced degree in communication, public relations, journalism, public or business administration, social sciences, international relations.
- 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
- Building relationships and networks
- Managing performance and resources
- Exercising sound judgement
Essential: At least seven to ten years of experience in communications, media relations, public relations or development field with governments, the United Nations System or other international bodies, includes experience in project management, event management, coordination and/or facilitation of interagency working groups and partners' meetings at national and international level.
Essential: Advanced knowledge of French and English.
Desirable: Knowledge of Spanish or of another UN official language.
Additional Information:
Position at the International Professional Category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
67,564 USD at single rate
72,554 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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