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Regional Senior Communications Officer

Vacancy #:   6344
Unit:   PACO Regional Communication
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   West and Central Africa Regional Office, Dakar, Senegal
Reporting to:   Regional Programme Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 May 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   31 March 2023
Decision to split the Institutional Development and Communication unit into a separate unit each.


The Senior Regional Communications position is expected to comply with the IUCN Delegation of Authority (DoA) current at any particular time, and the sub-delegations issued thereof. Such compliance must be exercised with due diligence and regard for the letter, spirit and purpose of the DoA.


Working closely with the Regional Director and the PACO Programme team, the Senior Regional Communications Officer take the lead in developing and managing the overall Programme Communications strategy for the IUCN PACO Regional Office (IUCN PACO) to increase IUCN PACO’s visibility in the region. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing internal communications strategies and plans that engage, align, and inspire in line with IUCN PACO’s vision and strategy, and drive various stakeholders understanding and engagement on PACO priorities and key initiatives.

• Act as Communications Focal Point for the IUCN PACO ensuring all communications products, strategies and knowledge and management systems conform with IUCN standards and guidelines
• Develop, implement and monitor the IUCN PACO Programme Communications Strategy.
• Working closely with the programme team ensure that the IUCN PCAO website and other communication products are up to date, relevant to constituents, and reflect IUCN’s desired image and position;
• Proactively develop and maintain positive relationships with targeted news media - delivering press materials to increase press coverage of IUCN PACO and conservation issues of concern to IUCN; and ensuring regular contact with target media and appropriate response to media requests.
• Ensure the IUCN corporate identity and image in communications products (letterhead, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, briefs, publications etc) and other communications policies and procedures are strictly followed by all staff and consultants.
• Work with the Regional Programmes Coordinator to ensure strategic communications are integrated into all project concepts, proposals, budgets and work plans and is effectively implemented in the IUCN PACO Programme.
• Produce high quality communications and knowledge products in a range of formats including reports, presentations, publications, brochures, policy briefs, web stories, press releases, short films, podcasts, etc.
• Oversee the production of the quarterly IUCN PACO CONNECT newsletter.
• Develop and manage web content and digital resources
• Contribute content to regional and global communications activities and products.
• Disseminate IUCN global communication to Members and/or NRCs and track all correspondence in the CRM;
• Encourage Members/NRCs to publish news and/or information from respective region on the Union Portal, as necessary;
• Publish relevant news from Members on regional pages of IUCN website.
• Provide IUCN Members and National/Regional Committees all the necessary support to ensure that the Union Portal is widely and constantly used;
• Support in preparing communication on the announcement of new State Members for the IUCN website and Portal.
• Ensure that relevant regional information is communicated to the membership; Collect and disseminate stories from IUCN members, National/Regional Committees and Regional Offices highlighting constituency engagement using the One Programme approach;
• Disseminate and distribute Members achievements and success stories to the greater IUCN network.

4.1 Education

Master’s Degree in Communication, Public Relations, Social Sciences or related field.

• 4.2 Work Experience

At least 5 years professional experience in designing and implementing communication strategies, developing promotional materials and communicating information to a wide range of audiences;

• Experience working with international NGOs in the field of environment, conservation and sustainable development

• Experience working in various media formats print, audio, video and websites;

• Experience of working within the membership function;

• Demonstrate in-depth proficiency in writing or editing complex communications products;

• 4.3 Technical Knowledge

Knowledge and expertise in communication strategy and networking.

• Proven qualification in External Relations /Partnership Development

• Excellent communication skills both written and oral

• Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills

• Proficiency with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube required;

• Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint)

• Proficient audio-visual skills

• Good knowledge of, and experience in using, a membership CRM database is an added advantage.

• 4.4 Language requirements:

Fluency in French and English, both written and verbal is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese is an added advantage.

• 4.5 Core Competencies

Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.

• Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

• Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.

• Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

• 4.6 Function Competencies:

Adheres to IUCN PACO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;

• Excellent interpersonal skills to support building networks and partnerships;

• Must be a strong team player with proven diplomacy skills and ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams displaying sensitivity and respect for diversity;

• Must possess excellent interpersonal skills

• Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision to prioritize tasking and manage workflow in a high-pressure environment;

• Hands-on, highly motivated, results driven and resourceful individual

• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure managing competing demands and complex situations and deliver satisfactory and timely results;

• Must be a proactive individual who is able to energize and motivate teams

• Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

• Willing to travel frequently within the region.

• Please Note: The above TOR contains the main responsibilities and duties of this position. However, in an ever-evolving organization such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR. Where any task becomes a regular part of staff member’s responsibilities, the TOR should be changed in consultation between the manager, the staff member and the HR Unit. Any one of the three may initiate the consultation.

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Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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