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Communication and Advocacy Officer

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About UNESCO Kabul

Afghanistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, currently estimated at about 30% of the
adult population (15 years of age and above). Female literacy levels are on average at 17%, with high
variation – the highest female literacy rates – 35% – are found in the capital, Kabul, while rates as
low as 2% are found in the southern provinces of Zabul and Helmand. Male literacy rates average
about 45%, again with high variation. The highest male literacy rates are in Panjshir l – 78% – and
the lowest in Helmand (10%) and Uruzgan (15%). Progress in schooling over the past decade and in
literacy acquisition by young adults have resulted in higher literacy rates of 15-24 age group. Rates
for young women average 24% - about twice as high as the national average for all female adults.
The Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) programme began as a multi-dimensional project
with two distinct activities: first, the provision of literacy (basic and skill-based), and second, building
capacity within the Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy (DMoEL) of Government of the
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to plan, manage, and implement literacy programmes in
the sector. ELA1 and 2 were designed as a six-year project, launched in 2008, with implementation
starting in 2009. It aimed to deliver literacy classes to 600,000 youth and adults by April 2013, of
whom 60% were to be female. The first phase and second phase of ELA aimed to institutionalize
processes and place structures for the gradual extension of the programme across the country. The
third phase of ELA aimed to cover 27 provinces in delivering literacy classes to 580,000 youths and
adults for 3 years (2014 -2016). ELA programme has strengthened the ownership and sustainability
of the programme within GIRoA in achieving gradual transition of the ELA programme from
UNESCO to the Ministry of Education in line with a wider transition process in Afghanistan.
Communication and advocacy constitutes a core part of UNESCO’s education programming. The
Communication and Advocacy Officer will support the management in the implementation of
communication and advocacy strategies to raise awareness on youth and adult literacy in
Afghanistan. The incumbent is also expected to support redefining the technical role of UNESCO in
education sector and the positioning of youth and adult literacy on the national priorities geared
towards education and 2030 sustainable development agenda, promoting public and media outreach,
UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as are nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities
equally are encouraged to apply.
Worldwide mobility is required as staff members must be ready to serve in other duty stations in accordance with UNESCO’s geographical
mobility policy.
UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.
UNESCO DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
and mobilizing support for youth and adult education. In addition, the incumbent is expected to
provide leadership in showcasing UNESCO Kabul’s role as technical lead and knowledge provider
in adult education and lifelong learning as well as a provider of impactful education interventions on
the ground. UNESCO also plays a key role by facilitating coordination process with other UN
agencies, NGOs and other partners working with youth and adult education.

Job Summary

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Job Details

Date Posted: 28 Oct 2018 Reference: KAB/ED/SC/18/10/04
Closing Date: 10 Nov 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Communication Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 12 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Kabul office and overall supervision of Chief
of Education Unit, and the direct supervision of the ELA Programme Manager, the incumbent shall
perform the following functions:
 Provide leadership and support to the Education unit in the area of communication and advocacy
to ensure that effective communication strategies have been in put in place to support education
programmes especially the ELA programme;
 Coordinate with programmes team and Ministry of Education counterparts to ensure
communication and advocacy activities remain relevant to the education programmes in
accordance with both UNESCO and DMoEL strategic plan. UNESCO being the lead technical
agency working with the DMOEL;
 Facilitate capacity development of the DMoEL staff in the areas of communication and advocacy
and conduct regular communications needs assessments for UNESCO Kabul’s Education unit in
the area of advocacy and communications;
 Collaborate with UNESCO ELA staff, relevant government departments, officials and other
partners to identify advocacy materials and properly communicate it via UNESCO Afghanistan
ELA website and other outlets;
 Identification of storylines for publications and drafting of substantive articles contributing to
UNESCO websites and debates on key development issues. This may involve regular travel to
the field.
 Participate in UNESCO supported events, including launches, workshops, training,
programmatic activities and others and prepare press releases and storylines.
 Develop/produce communication and advocacy materials for awareness-raising and
communication for and about results, including briefing materials and press releases in
coordination with program team and management.
 Provide technical leadership in writing, editing and arranging production of newsletters, in-house
magazines, pamphlets and brochures, and their dissemination;
 Manage the communication and advocacy activities of Education unit, such as drafting concept
notes, terms of references, supporting design of print and visual media material, planning media
engagement, maintenance of regular contact with printers, photographers and other vendors to
ensure production and dissemination;
 Prepare and update the contents for the web and social media sites in coordination with program
staff and management;
 Organize roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, launches, etc.
in consultation with UNESCO Senior management, if need arises;
UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as are nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities
equally are encouraged to apply.
Worldwide mobility is required as staff members must be ready to serve in other duty stations in accordance with UNESCO’s geographical
mobility policy.
UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.
UNESCO DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
 Prepare donor reports, civic education and community awareness where appropriate to support
projects, as well as responses to inquiries for public information materials and also engage on
social media in consultation with supervisor;
 Provide trainings, consultancy and advice to UNESCO Education unit staff and its partners on
communications for development.

Skills

A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies:
Core Competencies
 Accountability
 Communication
 Teamwork
 Commitment
 Results focus
 Planning and organizing
 Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in media relations, journalism, communication, public relations, publishing
development or related field
 At least 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations,
communications or advocacy. Previous experience with a multilateral or international
organization is helpful but not mandatory.
 Experience with advocacy on education issues is required.
 Prior experience in UN system will be an advantage.
 Experience with the full Microsoft Office software package is required, while experience with
InDesign and Photoshop would be an asset.
 Good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems would also be
an asset.
 Experience using social media for organizational advocacy and awareness-raising is required.
 Must have ability of travelling to provinces and districts all over Afghanistan.
 Experience in capacity building and institutional strengthening of Government institutions is an
asset

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Candidates are requested to send their application, including a CV and cover letter (in English) indicating
the vacancy number (KAB/ED/SC/18/10/04) and send it before midnight (Afghanistan time),
10 November 2018 to below email

Submission Email

k.human-resource@unesco.org

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