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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/13/FT45
Title: Regional Communications Adviser, RST LA
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 4 July 2013
Application Deadline: 3 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Organization unit: AI/RSP Regional Support Team, Latin America (AI/RSP)
Duty station:  Panama City Panama
The mandate of the Regional Support Team is to provide leadership and coordinate support for an expanded UN System response to AIDS at regional and country levels. Promote, support and provide guidance to the UN System in the region on Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and implementing the Global Task Team recommendations. Coordinate the development of strategic information and document the trends on the epidemic and the response as well as provide intellectual leadership on the status of AIDS response in the region. Provide managerial support and technical advice and guidance to UNAIDS country offices.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Under the overall supervision and the guidance of the RST Director, the incumbent will:
1. Coordinate, develop and implement communication strategies at the regional level and provide guidance and support for country communication strategies and activities focused on creating higher profile for AIDS issues and UNAIDS within the region.
2. 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.
3. Lead and manage press conferences and line up interviews with UNAIDS officials. Develop press and other background materials including Q&As and key messages and talking points. Organize briefings with UNAIDS officials, advising them on key issues. This includes media management and crisis communications.
4. In collaboration with the communications team at UNAIDS HQ manage media outreach for UNAIDS on regular basis, including maintaining contacts with journalists, lining up interviews for senior UNAIDS staff and proposing story ideas at regional and country level.
5. Develop and pitch different news stories in mainstream media on UNAIDS covering at least each of the countries within the region. (UNAIDS does not pay for stories or story placement in the media.). At least 30 original stories must appear within the region.
6. Undertake a range of internal writing assignments including key messages, talking points for national and international press events and interviews.
7. Manage communications for high-level, high-profile trips to the region including planning media visits and management of the production of multimedia materials.
8. 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.
9. Profile documents and write feature stories, press releases, statements, briefings and case studies for the UNAIDS web site and key publications on issues concerning the region.
10. Develop media partnerships with mainstream media in the region, including developing networks, programme partnerships and media related policies around AIDS related issues.
11. Develop and capitalize on social media and networking opportunities to showcase HIV issues within the region.
12. Work with Headquarters Communications department on showcasing UNAIDS work at country level with global audiences.
13. All other related duties as required.
University degree in communications, journalism, or public relations.
Desirable: Advanced degree in similar fields above.
1. Commitment to the AIDS response
2. Integrity
3. Respect for diversity

Core competencies
1. Working in teams
2. Communicating with impact
3. Applying expertise
4. Delivering results
5. Driving change and innovation
6. Being accountable

Managerial competencies
1. Vision and strategic thinking
2. Leading teams
3. Managing performance and resources
4. Developing and empowering others
5. Exercising sound judgment
6. Building relationships and Networks
At least 7 years progressive experience in public relations, media relations, event management or journalist writing including experience in media placement, event management with high profile individuals and journalistic writing. Previous experience in managing media trips and organizing press conferences and briefings. Extensive experience in writing op-eds, message development and media materials. Experience in social media (twitter, facebook, blogs etc.)
Desirable: Ability to coach and train others in effective communications. Experience in coordination of working groups, multi-level projects at the national and international level. Experience with governmental/international institutions or the UN System and working in a developing country in the region.
Excellent knowledge of Spanish and English.
Desirable: Knowledge of another UN official language.
Additional Information:
Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy. The above-mentioned position is a rotational position and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. Staff in need of placement are encouraged to apply to internal vacancies.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
67483 US$ at single rate
72467 US$ with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 40 % 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.
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