Communication Officer

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United Nations Children's Fund




The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic Communication Advocacy and Partnerships (CAP) team. In your role as Communication Officer (Donor Relations and Brand), you will be responsible for supporting the overall communication and advocacy goals of the country office, and specifically enhance its partner engagement and donor visibility plans to contribute to improved donor relations and fundraising.  Additionally, you will support smooth project management activities within the CAP Section, the country office’s overall brand and visibility goals and contribute to strategic communication output in emergency contexts. In your role, you will report to the Chief Communication, Advocacy and Partnership for general guidance, while you will be providing technical support on communication and advocacy in partnership with Chiefs of Sections and Programme Managers.

This position therefore offers a unique opportunity for a qualified, motivated and committed individual to make a significant impact on quality reporting and donor relations and branding. By excelling professionally, you will contribute to the overall achievement of transformative results for children by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to:  

Partnerships and Donor Relations 

  • Creating and implementing donor visibility plans for major new and existing grants and updating the generic donor visibility strategy.  
  • Coordinating closely with the Partnerships Specialist to ensure communication and visibility requirements are met for donor reports.  
  • Managing partner/donor related events, including the preparation of communication and branding assets.  
  • Creating a partner engagement calendar for partner and national committee field visits to support the country’s offices resource mobilization initiatives and donor stewardship.  

Communication asset generation  

  • Producing quality multimedia content and stories to support the country office priorities to strengthen fundraising and UNICEF’s role as the leading voice of children in Malawi. 
  • Developing quality communication and media plans for humanitarian emergency response.  
  • Contributing as part of the CAP Section, for the smooth functioning and planning of key public ‘moments’. 
  • Supporting the Chief, Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships in the successful management and coordination of communication with consultants to ensure that they are supporting the section’s communication deliverables.  

Develop and maintain the UNICEF brand and visibility  

  • Producing and monitoring the implementation of UNICEF Malawi Country Office’s brand and visibility strategy.  
  • Supporting the production of visibility assets, ensuring compliance with UNICEF branding guidelines. 

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…


  • A university degree in Communications, Journalism, Social Sciences, International Relations, Management, etc.  


  • At least two years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national or international levels in one or a combination of the following fields of work: communication, donor relations.
  • Proven experience in developing communication and donor relations strategies, also in writing press releases, stories, social media posts in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Demonstrable experience in designing and developing reports for donors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Experience of project management of high-level events.
  • Experience of interviewing families and individuals living in rural / remote terrains and writing stories / report based on interviews, evidence gathered.
  • Experience of budgetary management.
  • Engagement with a variety of stakeholders, including donors and representatives of the government considered a strong asset. 
  • Experience of delivering communication output in emergency situation considered an asset.
  • Previous experience in a UN agency is considered a strong asset.  

Technical knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent technical skills in writing, in particular story-telling and reporting. 
  • Strong skills in leading and organizing high-profile events, including visits. 
  • Strong skills in creative development and content generation.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to engage easily with a variety of personalities, from prominent figures to engaging with young people and children.  
  • Skills in photography, and developing engaging presentations. 
  • Strong coordination skills.  
  • Quick learner and team player.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in multicultural environment. 


  • Fluency in English required with strong verbal and written skills. Knowledge of the local working language (Chichewa) is an asset.





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