Communication Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Finland



Communication Specialist, (Strategic Storyteller), P3, Global Learning Innovation Hub, Office of Innovation Helsinki, Finland, post #126264 (Temporary Appointment), 364 days

Job no: 566102
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Helsinki
Level: P-3
Location: Finland
Categories: Communication, Innovation

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, innovation

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships, and technologies that support the realization of children’s rights are key to improving children’s lives.

Worldwide, we innovate to tackle the most pressing problems faced by the most vulnerable children. We take a systematic approach to innovation, applying skills and energy across new tools and technologies, products, innovative financing, and new ways of working to boost our impact.

The Office of Innovation (OOI) is a creative, unique, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, the tools, the know-how and the partners that turn ideas and energy into scalable solutions for children.

As part of OOI expansion, the Learning Innovation Hub has recently been established in Helsinki with the mission to radically transform education around the world by making it a wonderful adventure for every child. Working with corporates and nonprofit partners, the Learning Innovation Hub supports governments in accelerating access to digital learning; invests from pilot to scale on game-changing edtech innovations and explores how new innovative pedagogies and technologies can create environments where children can learn, unleash their unique talent, and become true entrepreneurs of their life. It is part of Reimagine Education initiative and has the bold ambition to become a global “home for the architects of the future of learning”.

How can you make a difference?

You will work under the direction of the Head of Learning Innovation Hub (P5) and in close collaboration with the Partnership Specialist (P3). This position will also be matrix-managed by the Communication Manager (P4). Given we are at the startup phase, you will be a founding member of a fast-paced and multi-disciplinary team and be required to undertake a range of different areas of strategic support to the Office of Innovation.

You will oversee Learning Hub external and internal communications to strategically position the Learning Hub as global leader in transforming education; help attract new partners to the initiative and keep existing donors and partners informed of its progress with creative and strategic storytelling. To achieve this, the Communications Specialist will need to have a high level of familiarity with the innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship/business space, as well with the nuance and particularities of Education sector and have experience bridging the public and private sector at the highest level.

Working in close collaboration with OOI Communication team based on Stockholm, the primarily role of the Communications Specialist is to actively seek out opportunities to promote Learning Hub in the media, public events and various UNICEF channels ensuring that the image, brand, and visibility of the Learning Hub work is amplified to its target audience.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Develop and implement communication strategy and associated work in line with the Learning Innovation Hub mission and objectives.
  • Crafting the Learning Hub narrative and maintenance of Communications Portfolio.
  • Create and manage content for various communication channels, including websites, social media, newsletters, press releases, and other relevant platforms.
  • Ensure clear and consistent messaging across all internal and external communications.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather information and develop compelling stories, articles, and other communication materials.
  • Monitor and analyze communication activities, assess their effectiveness, and make recommendations for improvements.
    Build and maintain media and external relations.
  • Coordinate and organize events, conferences, and other communication-related activities.
  • Provide guidance and support to colleagues on communication-related matters.
    Please find attached the full JD with related information Download File JD_ P3 Communication Specialist (Startegic Stotyteller)_FINAL.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations. (*A first University Degree combined with a total of 7 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations, or corporate communications.)
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in communication (advocacy, print, broadcast, and/or new media) demonstrating creative and ambitious brand building and powerful story telling about innovation or technology is required (especially using social and other web media)
  • A strong track record of crafting clear, inspiring, and persuasive stories about complex concepts. Excellent verbal communication, and perfect (error-free) writing and editing skills are required.
  • Visual design skills and excellent attention to detail, to make visually appealing communication materials including websites, social media, newsletters, and other platforms is required.
  • Significant experience working with international print and broadcast media, preferably with a tech/innovation perspective.
  • Experience in crafting and/or implementing communications strategies in either public or private sector is required.
  • Advance graphic design skills and video editing skills are an asset.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Outstanding communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills; team-first mentality.
  • Experience working with technology, education and innovative solutions is an asset.
  • A demonstrable history in taking initiatives especially in engaging partners and collaborators.
  • English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
    For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) competency (Nurtures, leads and manages people).

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 23 Sep 2023 FLE Daylight Time
Deadline: 06 Oct 2023 FLE Daylight Time

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