UNFPA-Communication Specialist-P2-Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria
Date Posted: 17-05-2018
The insurgency and counter-insurgency operations led to insecurity, major protection
challenges, food insecurity, and seriously weakened basic socio-economic services. The
2018 humanitarian Response Plan estimates that 7.7 million people in the three most
affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe now depend on humanitarian assistance for
their survival. Of this 7.7 million in need, 6.1 million of them are targeted for urgent response
in 2018. Borno State host the highest burden of displacement with 1.3 million of the internally
displaced people, and about 0.5 million are returnees who are still assessed to be in a
secondary displacement. UNFPA estimates that 1,925,000 women of reproductive age,
including 231,000 pregnant women require essential lifesaving reproductive health services
in general, essential, and emergency obstetric care. The army has continued to make
progress in rescuing more civilians, mostly women and children from inaccessible locations.
The humanitarian situation continues to expose IDPs to protection risks with limited access
to reproductive health and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response services.
Increase in the violence has been witnessed since mid-2014, further deteriorating the
humanitarian situation. An estimated 2.4 million people have been identified to be in need of gender-based violence
(GBV) prevention and response across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. About 48 per
cent of IDPs are women, many of whom are heads of households living in crowded,
culturally inappropriate conditions. The focus of the request is to scale up the provision of
comprehensive services including appropriate health assistance, GBV case management,
psychological first aid accompanied with referral for appropriate services, other forms of
psycho-social support, provision of critical material support as well as enhancing access to
multi-sectoral services through establishing and strengthening referral mechanisms. The
GBV mobile response will be strengthened to extend services in hard-to-reach areas. A
particular focus will be placed on adolescent and child survivors of violence, as well as
approaches that support a gender-sensitive reception and social reintegration needs of
persons returning from captivity and/or formerly associated with armed groups. Priority
Interventions include:
• Coordination of implementation of Minimum Initial Services Packages (MISP) and
support clinical management of sexual violence survivors in the affected areas.
• Prevention of gender based violence with special focus on sexual violence, including
rape, sexual exploitation and abuse and survival sex.
• Clinical management of rape, psychosocial support to survivors of sexual and other
forms of violence.
There is a planned scale up of protection and resilience-based activities to ensure better
quality of our interventions. Capacity building for local partners and Government
counterparts will be prioritized across the response to strengthen national response
mechanisms and ensure sustainability. Almost 800 health facilities, including 21 hospitals
were damaged by the insurgency. 45% of the damaged facilities were destroyed. In Borno
and Yobe States, about 50% Primary Health Care (PHC) network of facilities were damaged,
limiting access to health services. Consequently, in these two States, there is less than one
PHC facility per 10,000 inhabitants (< 1: 10,000)
Organizational Setting
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Country Representative and the direct
supervision of the Deputy Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for enhancing
the information flow and visibility of UNFPA emergency assistance in Nigeria while
highlighting sexual and reproductive health, gender and gender-based violence in
humanitarian response.
More specifically, the incumbent will place UNFPA stories in digital and print media, support
national efforts and local communication campaigns, and advise the Humanitarian
Coordinator on available opportunities to strengthen UNFPA’s media presence in Nigeria
especially in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Cross Rivers States.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities
• Prepare and conduct of communications needs assessments for the humanitarian
• Based on the needs assessment, develop and implement a communications strategy
which supports UNFPA’s country programme and sub offices
• Develop a Humanitarian Hub communication and outreach strategy based on the
Country Office communication needs assessment and communications strategy.

Participate actively in the UN Communications Group and its task forces most
relevant to UNFPA mandate and ensure substantial UNFPA contribution to joint UN
communications activities.
• Contribute to Humanitarian Hub publications’ strategy and plan and take the lead in
identifying and drafting of substantive articles, human interest stories, social media
content and contributing to public debates and information on key development and
humanitarian issues.
• Establish and maintain a system for constant scanning of UNFPA-produced
research, surveys, assessments, notes and statements, as well as field-visit reports
and other such internal information to identify, capture and utilize this material for
advocacy, media and capacity building purposes of the UNFPA staff, the UN system
and UNFPA partners.
• Promote, adapt and disseminate corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship
initiatives and publications.
• Maintain a strong media network in collaboration with the Media Associate and
provide regular news worthy information to the national and international media.
• Organize media activities including roundtable discussions, press conferences,
briefing sessions, interviews and media launches in collaboration with the Media
• Monitor local and regional news and social media, and advise on public statements
and communications to ensure UNFPA’s reputation and public relations.
• Ensure effective responses to media inquiries and timely access for journalists to
subject matter experts.
• Support the organization of high-level missions, events, launches and press
• Prepare talking points and background briefs for events and missions.
• Produce visibility materials to ensure exposure and recognition of UNFPA and
• Collaborate with Government counterparts to take advantage of opportunities for joint
advocacy work.
• Partner with media to arrange interviews and coverage of emerging missions and
events in collaboration with the Media Associate.
Qualification and Experience
• Post-graduate degree in communications, public relations, journalism, advertising or
related field.
• Minimum of 3 years working experience in communications, public relations,
journalism or advertising; preferably some experience with public relations or
information campaigns.
• Experience in or familiarity with a humanitarian setting a major asset.
• Fluency in English is required.
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