TA Emergency Communications Specialist


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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.


For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


Purpose of the Position

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication, the incumbent will support a wide range of communication and public advocacy work focusing on the emergency in northeast Nigeria, including media engagement and the preparation of external communication materials.


Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

Support the Communication Section by:

  • Preparing and sharing appropriate and timely materials with National Committees and the UNICEF Department of Communication – across digital, social media, video, stills and feature stories; this to include research and writing, as well as editing photographs, stories, blogs, and field diaries supplied by UNICEF staff 
  • Monitoring the situation for input to key messages and Q&As and keeping all such materials updated and accurate 
  • Coordinating writers, photographers and videographers contracted by the Country Office
  • Prepare and distribute required communication and visibility materials for existing donors and materials for potential donors
  • Supporting UNICEF Nigeria social media presence 
  • Supporting the preparation and execution of visits by media
  • Supporting the preparation and execution of visits by National Committees
  • Supporting the maintenance of a log of media interviews and clips conducted by the Country Office
  • Monitoring media for and log mention of UNICEF Nigeria and relevant stories about Nigeria
  • Scanning traditional and social media to search for new platforms / opportunities for UNICEF to pitch stories about the crisis in North-East Nigeria
  • Supporting Nigeria Country Office non-emergency communications as required
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate



Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations (or an undergraduate degree plus at least 5 years of demonstrated professional experience in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.)



  • 5 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • International and national work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency situations.



Excellent English, both written and spoken, is required.

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Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Information Technology

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

5 - 7 years