•  Harare
    • January 20, 2021
    • Jan. 27, 2021
    •  Full Time

Job Summary

Reporting to the UN Women Country Representative, the Media and Communications Officer works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ and Regional staff, Spotlight RUNOs, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation.

Duties And Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

As part of the Zimbabwe Spotlight Country Programme, communicate the progress and success of the Initiative to the Spotlight districts, NGOs, and the international community.
Develop a communications and media outreach strategy for the Zimbabwe Country Programme, including the planning and implementation of activities, monitoring and evaluation of activities, and capacity building.
Document the Zimbabwe Country Programme’s work and produce multimedia including digital materials for both local and global channels.

Communications and media outreach:

Provide support to the office’s social media communications, , including editorial support and general guidance to the specialists managing the various thematic areas
Provide innovative strategic direction for the EVAW Unit implementing the Spotlight Initiative relating to communications, outreach and external messaging through use of radio and other tools.
Assess the country communications,programmes provide feedback and suggestions improvements .
Work with Programme Specialists and teams to develop story ideas and outreach activities.
Liaise with colleagues in drawing up impact statements and key messages for higher level reporting/communications, internal key message briefs and corporate communications products.
Act as focal point for stories and media outreach within the office, providing colleagues with advice, editorial inputs, and liaison.
Support implementation of UN Women regional communication strategy:

Ensure proper planning and implementation of programmatic communication activities, in close collaboration with the Programme Specialist for EVAW
Ensure that UN Women visibility and branding guidelines are well implemented
Support communications and advocacy related matters, such as the Knowledge Hub, newsletters, press releases, publications and audiovisual materials
Assist in developing human stories based on the success stories from the different Spotlight Initiative districts as well as other projects
Participate in the UN Communication Group Meetings, and assist in coordinating with other UN agencies on communication and digital media plans
Support UN Women Zimbabwe advocacy events and ensure proper online visibility
Support the development of multimedia material for the programme presence offices and country offices in the region.
Management of Country Office online platforms:

Ensure UN Women’s proper visibility across different platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Maintain UN Women Zimbabwe social media platforms with regular posting and respond to messages and comments in a timely manner;
Provide and sent content to UN Women Africa website in coordination with UN Women ICT Associate in Regional Office and HQ
In collaboration with relevant Programme units, continuously develop and update content for the UN Women Africa website
Develop creative and engaging content for social media platforms promoting the work implemented on the ground and the results achieved
Research and implement new avenues for digital content distribution and promotion
Regularly monitor and report on website analytics to inform digital strategies online (e.g. user experience, information architecture, SEO, etc).
Planning, monitoring and reporting on digital space and online platforms:

Develop a plan for enhancing UN Women country presence on digital space following the communication strategy for the office;
Monitor media impact to UN Women content on the different online platforms;
Provide guidance to thematic teams on interactive and digital communications standards, tools, and trends;
Research latest digital trends in communications space and conceptualize creative opportunities for digital innovation;
Asses arrange for and implement project’s scope, timing, work effort and budget throughout a given project lifecycle for long-term digital products (such as interactive web applications), in coordination with HQ Web and IT teams;
Manage relationships with external vendors and supervise the production schedules and work of designers (interactive, web, UX) and developers (web, mobile) in the development and production of interactive, visual communications and digital products.
Perform other duties as and when required and designated by the supervisor.

Qualifications And Experience

Functional Competencies:

Motivated and able to work in team and independently to deliver outputs
Respect for diversity
Strong interpersonal and communications skills
Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree in the field of international relations, journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.
Knowledge and Expertise in Communications and Digital Media:
Knowledge of best practices in digital outreach and digital advocacy;
Experience in effective management of online platforms and content development;
Excellent knowledge of social media marketing;
Updated knowledge of interactive digital outreach tools;
Creativity in planning digital outreach initiatives to serve UN Women’s mandate;
Strong skills in writing, editing and communications in both English with Knowledge of local languages (Shona and Ndebele);
Knowledge of women’s rights issues.

Required Skills and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism or Public relations.


At least five years of progressively responsible work experience in communication and digital media, print, broadcast, and/or new media. Knowledge of the environment.
Experience in social media and web management;
Experience in content development for online platforms;
Experience in graphic design, photography and photo editing and/or web design;
Experience in filming / video editing is desirable;
Previous experience working in the United Nations System is desirable;
Previous experience working in Zimbabwe is required
Prior experience in communicating complex multi-dimensional issues to a non-specialized audience.

Language Requirements:

Language: English with Knowledge of local languages (Shona and Ndebele)