Ongoing Recruitments at UNICEF


Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified graduates for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Recruitments. The Application deadline is 26th March, 2019.

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946. On Rajchman’s suggestion, the American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director, serving from 1947 until his death in 1965. In 1950, UNICEF’s mandate was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words “international” and “emergency” were dropped from the organization’s name, making it simply the United Nations Children’s Fund, retaining the original acronym, “UNICEF”.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: TA Polio Communication and Media Specialist – P3, (364 days)

Job Number: 519005
Location: Abuja-Nigeria
Work Type: Temporary Appointment
Job Description

  • The efficiency and efficacy of the incumbent will contribute to improve policy advice on the articulation of C4D strategies and priorities in NERICC work plans, with an emphasis on those that promote equity for children and social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups.

Key Functions

  • Media strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed at the national, state and LGA levels
  • Press releases prepared and distributed, periodic media briefs, and media missions to update media on the polio situation and challenges organized in Nigeria before each round of IPDs, in collaborate with the Public Relations Unit at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency
  • Strategies that ensures the full participation and support of the media and leverage mass media through such activities as media mapping, partnership with Nigeria Television authority, National Orientation Agency, federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Guild of editors supported technically. Foreign correspondents based in Nigeria engaged through regular meetings, workshops, and interactive sessions to promote the inclusion of polio issues on their agendas
  • Quarterly Media training/workshops for national and state-based and select LGA-based reporters/journalists organized to ensure support in creation/copy writing of relevant material.
  • Technical support effectively provided to government counterparts including the NPHCDA for the development of a database of mass media products such as advocacy kits, radio and video documentaries, photographs, Fact Sheets, etc
  • Daily media analysis of the dailies in the country conducted and fed back regularly to partners at the National, State and LGA levels. Quarterly informal interaction-meetings organized with editors/senior correspondents to brief them on the Polio Eradication Initiative and EPI and associated issues (diarrhoea management, nutrition, sanitation etc) in order to bolster positive and factual media coverage of the programme, based upon the media analysis and the monthly media update prepared by the Media Specialist.
  • Budget properly planned, monitored and controlled, ensuring allocated funds optimally appropriated.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Programme communication programme strategy, plan and implementation for behavioural change:
  • In collaboration with the Chief of Communication, Polio, and other stakeholders and partners, the Communication Specialist, Media designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of a media, strategy and plans of action aiming at informing donors, policy makers and the general public on developments being made at the national state and LGD levels to eradicate polio and ensuring increased coverage of routine immunization.

Information Dissemination:

  • In collaboration with partners, the Communication Specialist, Media develops mechanisms for collecting information and segmenting the information for dissemination of the different audiences having a stake in the programme including HQ and RO

Partnerships for social mobilization:

  • Develops partnerships with various media organizations and institutions (foreign and local) both electronic and print capable of advocating for a better understanding of the issues involved in polio eradication and EPI.

Capacity building support:

  • Develops training materials and activities to build capacity the capacity of journalists and other media practitioners at the LGA, State and national levels on reporting for on polio and EPI

Coordination and collaboration with government and partners:

  • Support government agencies like the NPHCDA and the Ministry of Information build a database of media support materials which can be a quick and accessible resource for information on polio and EPI.

Monitoring and evaluation:

  • Monitors and evaluates media activities.
  • Prepare reports based upon a thorough analysis and evaluation of data, contributes to the completion of donor reports including Human Interest Stories and notes where donor has been specifically mentioned in social media.

Budget planning and management of program funds:

  • Participates in and contributes to the budget and programme review and planning. Establishes programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
  • Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
  • Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Improves programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Job Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
  • A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Local working language of the duty station an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:



Job Title: Nutrition Specialist, P3
Job Number: 520838
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Work Type: Temporary Appointment
Purpose of the Post

  • The purpose of the post will be to support the nutrition section in the country office to provide guidance and coordination to the Government of Nigeria to conduct national Dietary Assessment and Micronutrients Survey.

Major Responsibilities

  • Carry out day-to-day management of survey funds and operation of dietary assessment and micronutrients survey activities.
  • Liaise with, and coordinate CDC Atlanta to ensure continuous and timely technical support to the Government of Nigeria on the biomarker component of the survey.
  • Â Consolidate various pieces of technical information, documents, tools, meeting decisions/minutes, and others as may be required and ensure their timely availability to inform survey decisions.
  • Work closely with IITA to ensure survey activities are implemented as plan.
  • Monitor implementing partner work plans and provide recommendations for corrective measures and/or improvement of the survey implementation.
  • Prepare and consolidate reports in line with agreed reporting modalities, requirements and needs.
  • Take part in development of concepts, proposals and strategic notes in relation with the survey.
  • Coordinate and follow up on supplies requirements and availability and to ensure the supplies and materials for the biomarkers meet national and international standards.
  • Conduct due diligent of technical/financial reports of the assigned component of the survey.
  • Provide technical support to the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies to ensure micronutrients data collection, collation and reporting meet national and international standard.
  • Perform any other duty as may be required for the success of the micronutrients survey.

Qualifications, Experience and Competencies
Academic Qualifications:

  • Advance degree in Nutrition, Nutrition Epidemiology and/or relevant to Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Sciences, International Health, Community Health and Nutrition, Health and Nutrition Promotion and Disease Prevention, or other relevant discipline(s).

Work Experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience working in nutrition programming or nutrition research
  • Extensive experience in implementing nutrition surveys
  • Technical knowledge and experience in micronutrients and dietary assessment
  • Proven knowledge and experience in designing and implementing large scale micronutrients surveys is particularly preferred.
  • Strong analytical, research methodology and statistical skills
  • Capacity to work in a team with diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken).

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:


  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Application Deadline: 26th March, 2019; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

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