Communications Associate


Marketing & Communications

Unspecified KSh Confidential
4 weeks ago

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Job Description/Requirements


and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

- Professional writing and editing skills
-Drafting situational reports and should have very good organizing skills
- Monitoring skills

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):



Desired languages



Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

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Nature of Position:

Under the supervision of the Head of Sub-Office and in close coordination with the Communications Officer in Branch Office Nairobi, the Communications Associate will coordinate communications, Public Information and Visibility activities in Kakuma sub-Office.

The incumbent will support the HSO and other colleagues in dealing with the challenges posed by the political context, and institutional developments in the area of forced displacement and humanitarian operations in area of operation.

Assist in planning and organizing communications strategy that generates support for UNHCRâs operations from external partners (e.g. the general public, governments, partners, the media, academia and persons of concern). He/she will assist in VIP and donor missions in Kakuma working together with UNHCR colleagues, partners, and refugees. He/she will also provide assistance with regards bilateral meetings and missions; draft situation reports, briefing notes, background material, talking points, fact sheets, articles, etc. 

The Communications Associate will support in planning and organizing advertisements, exhibitions, training seminars, conferences, meetings, social events and other activities to promote a better understanding of UNHCRâs activities and accomplishments to the general public and/or organized groups; support the management of media relations by, inter alia, drafting responses to direct queries, draft press releases and organizing regular briefings and visits to country operations. Organize press briefings for external parties as required and liaise with media and conduct media monitoring in Swahili and English under the guidance and supervision of Head of Sub Office.

Living and Working Conditions:

Kenya is a country that enjoys social stability resulting from the smooth functioning of state institutions with a good level of infrastructure (e.g. roads, distribution of water, electricity, etc.) and a popular tourist destination. The current Security Level in the capital and in SRM Area 1A: Northern Rift Valley ( Kakuma, Lodwar ) is Moderate -3. All UN personnel must comply with UNDSS procedures and recommendations during their assignment to Kakuma. Kakuma is a non-family duty station with a hardship classified E, its living conditions are difficult but the social climate is calm. The weather is hot, dry and sunny. Windy storms are common in December and more pronounced in January till March. Staff live in UNHCR-provided accommodation; the facilities are generally of acceptable condition. The incumbent will be briefed on conditions of accommodations, laundry, meals, communications, air and road transports, recreations and others relevant information. However, staff members are charged rental fee predetermined by the organisation paid upfront on monthly basis. It is also possible to withdraw cash from automatic telling machines found in all banks here in Kakuma. There are limited banking facilities at Kakuma with two banks (Equity & Kenya Commercial Bank ) having branches locally; internet and communications networks are available at the compound with fairly speed. The mobile telephone remains stable with 3G network. Climatic conditions are relatively harsh, and despite fumigation of the compound, insects and even snakes are present in the environment on seasonal climate changes. UNHCR has established a satellite level 1 JMS medical clinic in the compound following COVID-19 situation readily available 24/7 hours ; there is also Kakuma Mission Hospital where a doctor/Surgeon is deployed and paid for by UNHCR to provide assistance to refugees but special arrangements can be made during emergencies for staff members. There are also some pharmacies within Kakuma with basic medical facilities. Evacuation opportunities are limited. Candidates with conditions requiring regular treatment or medical supervision should be appropriately advised. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory and vaccination cards should be updated. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies, but it is recommended to bring specific prescription drugs.

Additional Qualifications

Humanities - Other, Journalism - Other, Social Sciences - OtherNumber of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Working with Persons of Concern: Asylum Seekers, Working with Persons of Concern: Others of Concern, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Innovation & creativity, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Teamwork & collaboration

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Functional clearance

This position doesn't require a functional clearance

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