Senior Strategic Communication Officer

  Afghanistan Unspecified 105
Date Posted:May 9, 2011
Closing Date:May 21, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Public Relations
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About MBAW/MoF:

The Budget Department within the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is responsible for the preparation of the national budget and for monitoring and reporting on its implementation. The national budget activities, at present, are largely donor/aid co-ordination function with considerable liaison and involvement of international partners. The budget is used as a major co-ordination mechanism of the Government through which it consults, agrees and articulates to all national and international stakeholders the expenditure programmes and priorities of the Government for the year ahead. The National Budget is also the primary instrument for the Government to allocate and manage its financial resources (both internal and external revenues) in a balanced, transparent and accountable manner within a short to medium term framework. The Budget Team is composed of Directorate General Budget, Budget Execution Sectors, Budget Policy, Coordination & Reporting Unit, Provincial Budgeting Unit and Program Budgeting Unit. In addition, the Project Management, Office Management and IT Units provide administrative support to the Budget Department including plan development trainings and office and logistics management. The Project Management, Office Management and IT Unit also coordinate and implement a public information strategy on the National Budget and develop mechanisms to measure and monitor the effectiveness of the delivery of Budget Department’s products and services to key stakeholders and clients.

Job Summary:

• Planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach;
• Elaboration and implementation of the publications strategy and plan;
• Effective running of the Communication unit and focusing on communications related activities;
• Support to business development;
• Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing;

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Summary of Key Functions:
• Planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach;
• Elaboration and implementation of the publications strategy and plan;
• Effective running of the Communication unit and focusing on communications related activities;
• Support to business development;
• Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing;

1. Ensures planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Planning and elaboration of communications needs assessments for UNDP/MBAW;
- Elaboration of the MBAW communications and outreach strategy based on the corporate communications strategy;
- Constructive and timely advice on inclusion of communications components in budget formulations to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of GoA’s development program.

2. Ensures elaboration and implementation of the UNDP/MBAW publications strategy and plan focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Elaboration and implementation of the MBAW/UNDP publications strategy and plan based on the corporate publications policy;
- Identification and development of storylines for publications (as newsletter, website, brochures, folders, etc. and substantive articles contributing to debates on key development issues;
- Coordination and management of all UNDP/MBAW publication activities, including content management, norms for publishing, design, liaison with printers, publishers, designers and other suppliers to oversee production and supervision of publications dissemination.

3. Ensure effective running of Communication related activities and focusing on the following:
- Effective management of the Communications unit, including preparation of the work plan, management of translations and contractual matters.
- Analyses information needs of specific target groups;
- Assist in the development of tools and strategies to ensure genuine participation of the stakeholders (government, civil society, private sector and general population) in Kabul and in the provinces and the active solicitation of their views;
- To back up Budget Department and attend all relevant meetings;
- Assist in the development of key messages which can be easily understood by stakeholders;
- Assist in the preparation and facilitation of national and sub-national communication and PR events related to the preparation of the provincial budgeting;
- Coordinate and assist in the preparation and dissemination of briefing materials in Dari and Pashto for the Parliament, the Ministries, the NGOs, Civil Society, the Media and the general population (booklets, brochures) related to MBAW and National budget
- Prepare media briefings, updates, press releases for the Budget Department and web stories on key policy initiatives and deliver to national and local Afghan media outlets;
- Prepare presentations for meetings, workshops, events and other project related sessions in a clear and simple language that is adapted to local contexts and the socio-cultural background of Afghanistan;
- Establish and maintain close relationships with national and local Afghan media outlets, as well as international news services when required, and provide timely and accurate information upon request;
- Direct press inquiries from national media and Afghan journalists on UNDP/MBAW activities in Afghanistan to senior management;
- Other duties as requested by the UNDP/MBAW and Budget Department.

4. Support to business development:
- Creation and promotion of campaigns to local and regional media that position UNDP and influences the development agenda based on current programme and new initiatives;
- Management, promotion and dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications such as the Budget Execution reports
- Creation, promotion and maintenance of public information campaigns on UNDP activities, results of MDGs, UN Reform, etc. in association with other staff from Business Development Team.

5. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to program country goals and activities;
- Monitor practices, and project-specific news and developments in order to ensure guidance to the office that reflects the best and most current available information;
- Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories.

Other Tasks:
• Any other tasks and responsibilities as required for the implementation of the project and requested by Project Manager.
Reporting Relationship:
• Reports to the MBAW Project Manager;

Job Location:



• Master's Degree in Media Relations, Journalism, publishing.
• At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in media relations, public information or communications field; prior experience in the media at the international level an asset;
• Wide network of contacts within the Afghan media establishment;
• Solid knowledge of the current policy framework in Afghanistan and professional familiarity with economic development and policy issues;
• Proficiency in MS Office software package and internet use including mastery of word processing; knowledge of website management and/or desktop publishing software an asset.
• Knowledge of public sector and UNDP specially on media is desirable
Other Skills:
• Sound political judgment as well as diplomacy, impartiality and discretion and a proven capacity of initiative and autonomy;
• Being initiative and be creative
• Efficiency and results-orientation in a multi-tasking environment;
• Pro-activeness in acquiring and providing information;
• Public relations, communication and advocacy skills;
• Excellent networking and partnering skills; ability to establish good working relationships with national and local authorities and international interlocutors;
• Capacity to perform effectively under pressure; ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
• Cross-cultural and gender sensitivity, diplomatic and protocol competence.

Language Requirements:
Fluency in English and Dari/Pashto with excellent verbal, drafting and editing skills; proven ability to write clearly and accurately in English, Dari and Pashto

Job Keywords:

Public Relations
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