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Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/22/FT36
Title: Director, Communications
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 4 May 2022
Application Deadline: 18 May 2022
Currently accepting applications
Organization unit: AI UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (AI)
Communications Unit/Policy, Advocacy, and Knowledge Branch (PAK)
Duty station:  Geneva Switzerland
Serving Communities and Countries to end inequalities and end AIDS.
We, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), lead the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. By placing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to reduction of inequalities at the heart of our work, we lead the global response to AIDS by: (i) maximizing equitable and equal access to HIV services, (ii) breaking down barriers to achieving HIV outcomes, and (iii) integrating efficient HIV responses into wider health and protection systems.
We are committed to creating an equal, safe and empowering workplace culture where all people in all their diversity thrive. We live our values of Commitment to the AIDS Response, Integrity and Respect for Diversity.
Communications is one of five units in the Policy, Advocacy, and Knowledge Branch (PAK). It is home to UNAIDS' communications, partnerships, and strategic political work-mobilizing a spectrum of tools and relationships to support building an environment enabling the ultimate goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. It ensures effectiveness, impact and consistency in the organization-wide advocacy effort with a specific attention on addressing inequalities that drive pandemics and make some people, in some places, particularly susceptible to them. The communications team, responsible for external-facing communicating across all of UNAIDS's media platforms and networked to regional offices in all six UNAIDS regions works in close coordination with the Influencing and Partnerships team, responsible for building organization-wide initiatives and platforms to advance the UNAIDS' policy and political agenda.
Main tasks and Responsibilities of the Position:
Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director of PAK, Head of Communications is responsible for the development of media and communications strategies aligned with the goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

He / she has the following key responsibilities:

1. Communications

Conceptualizes, designs and executes the overall UNAIDS communication strategy, initiatives and activities, coordinating all channels: traditional media, social media, multimedia, web and emerging channels, ensuring quality, consistency and impact of outputs.
Coordinates the provision of communication support to - or supports directly, as appropriate - UNAIDS senior leadership and subject matter experts at the global, regional and country level ensuring appropriate media presence. This includes the identification of key moments for media engagement such as launching of important reports and publications.
Oversees the preparation of key communication products from research to publication. Ensures that these products maintain high-quality standards and are clear, objective and coherent with the organizational and the unit's strategic direction.
Ensures punctual and ongoing dissemination across communication channels, including via overseeing the creation and maintenance of networks of high-level communications contacts. Maintains personal contact with key external communication stakeholders.
Proactively builds a strong UNAIDS brand and helps develop key messaging that enhances the global narrative around ending AIDS and pandemics. Works to ensures that the UNAIDS narrative is embraced and used by a wide range of strategic partners.

2. Management and leadership

Provides leadership, guides and supports staff. Nurtures an equal, safe and empowering work environment and team culture. Ensures compliance with all corporate Human Resources processes and frameworks.
Provides overall direction for its effective functioning and contributions to all corporate-wide processes such as development of the strategic plan, people, resource, time and financial management and performance monitoring.
Engages senior leaders across the United Nations, including UNAIDS co-sponsors and regional leaders, to build collaborative communications strategies and global initiatives.
Provides quality assurance to and coordinates the substantive work of the team. Carries out monitoring of the effective performance and use of resources.
Proactively supports UNAIDS resource mobilization efforts.

Performs other related functions as assigned.
Essential: Advanced university degree at Masters' level in communications, international relations, management, political science, public policy, public health or another area related to the duties and responsibilities.
A relevant first university degree and seventeen (17) years of relevant professional experience will be considered as equivalent for internal candidates.
UNAIDS Values:
Commitment to the AIDS response; Integrity; Respect for diversity.

Core competencies:
Working in Teams; Communication with Impact; Applying Expertise; Delivering Results; Driving Change and Innovation; Being Accountable.

Managerial competencies:
Vision and strategic thinking; Leading Teams; Building Relationships and Networks; Developing and Empowering Others; Managing Performance and Resources; Exercising Sound Judgement.
Essential: At least 15 years of experience at the international level in the area of communications, public information and/or journalism, a significant part of which dedicated to managing large-scale strategic communications or public relations. Demonstrated experience leading efforts that influence public/political opinion. Managerial experience commensurate with the key responsibilities described.

Desirable: Prior experience in HIV response, global health, international development or a related field. Experience in brand management.
Essential: Proficiency in English.

Desirable: Knowledge of additional UN official languages.
Additional Information:
Positions at the international professional category within UNAIDS will be subject to the Organization's Mobility Policy. The abovementioned position is a rotational position and its standard duration of assignment is linked to the ICSC hardship classification of the duty station.

In addition to the salary, the post adjustment for Geneva applies.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 103,660 at single rate
Post Adjustment: 81 % 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.
Currently accepting applications

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