National Programme Officer At UNESCO Ghana

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2 Jun, 2014

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Under the just concluded “Field Offices Reform in Africa”, the UNESCO Accra is downsising from its cluster status before the reform process to a National Office, focusing its activities in Ghana. The establishment of the NOA post in Communication and Information corresponds to the new structure following the reform. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office, the incumbent of this post will be responsible for the implementation of Regular and extra-budgetary programme activities in Communication and Information (CI) in Ghana. The responsibilities under this post will include the identification of priority needs, planning, resources mobilisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting on progress and the status of the CI programme.

The incumbent will be guided by the UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (C/4s) and global development plans such as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Plan of Action adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society in establishing partnerships with the relevant government agencies, the national Commission for UNESCO, development partners, and other UN agencies, in the context of the UNDAF/One UN programme framework.

Specific tasks for the post will be as follows:

• Providing assistance in the development of strategies and projects for harnessing the potential of information and communication for development in Ghana.
• Assist in planning and implementing programme activities included in C/5s by assisting in preparing new project options and proposals to be funded by contributions received for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP), in line with priorities and project quality criteria, and in implementing approved projects; assists in developing approaches to raising extrabudgetary funds, and assists in planning and implementing projects funded by these funds.
• Assist in UNESCO’s involvement in the establishment of UN project management system including the preparation of Common Country Assessment (CCA), United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), Country Programme Document (CPDs) and country Programme Action Plan (CPAPs) in the light of Media Development Indicators and other relevant standard setting instruments prepared by the sector.

• Provides input, including data and statistics to the preparation of reports on the implementation of programmes and projects (funded within C/5s and by extrabudgetary funds, including contributions received for IPDC and IFAP) and other briefings as may be required by Headquarters or the UNESCO Office in Accra, using relevant tools, including the System of Information on Strategies, Tasks and the Evaluation of Results (SISTER).

• Assist in planning, developing and implementing outreach strategies aimed at programme expansion; supports the organisation of consultations with national authorities; and assist in developing strategies and policies in the area of communication and information to government, civil society organisations and the private sector.

• Maintains a knowledge base on the programme; contributes to policy through identifying and analysing available research; provides information and data for the preparation of background documents and reports; and facilitates exchange of information of best practices. Provides regular news and information on communication and information programmes in Ghana for both conventional and on-line publication through UNESCO’s websites.

Duration: 2 years (renewable)
Annual salary: A competitive compensation and benefits package as per the UN salary scale

Qualification Required & Experience

• Advanced university degree (at least equivalent to a Master degree) in
communication, journalism and/or information management.

Work Experience:

• Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in the area of
• communication, journalism, information management at a national or sub-regional level. Experience in working with information technologies and ability to work in a multicultural environment.



• Analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
• Ability to prioritise, plan and effectively implement programme activities.
• Very good ability to mobilise and interact with different partners (national authorities, social partners and private sector representatives, civil society organisations, NGOs, etc.)
• Proven ability to work in a team and in multicultural environment
• Excellent knowledge and skills in TT solutions


• Fluency in written and spoken English and in local language is required.
• Working knowledge in French will be an asset.

Skills/Competencies: Drive for results, persuading and influencing, coping with pressure
and setbacks

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Interested candidates with desired qualifications and skills should directly send their CV with cover letter in English to:-

[email protected] or

Finance and Administrative Officer,
UNESCO Accra office.

Closing Date: 27 June, 2014

Please mention the post title on the subject line of your application.


Recruitment open to: Internal and external candidates

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