Job Vacancy: Associate Communication Officer

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Job Vacancy: Job title: Associate Communication Officer

Job description: Details:

Mission and objectives:

The United Nations Information Centre is a field office of the Department of Global Communications of the UN Secretariat whose role is to build support for the work and aims of the UN through communications and advocacy. A major focus at country level is to work with the UN Country Team to promote Agenda 2030 and support the country to achieve the sustainable development goals.


The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria focuses on communicating the development impact of the UN system in Nigeria while mobilizing young people across the country to initiate social changes in the society and across different strata. According to the National Universities Commission, Nigeria has 217 universities: 49 Federal, 57 State and 111 Private (Sept 2022). In addition, there are 104 polytechnics and 82 colleges of education around the country. This implies a total of 403 tertiary institutions of learning in the country, with more than 2 million students. This group of young people have the potential to transform Nigeria, leading it to the path of sustainable development and taking actions using their knowledge, innovations and networks. It is important, therefore, that they are mobilised and engaged in actions to promote the sustainable development goals.


In 2020, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network developed a set of guidelines for integrating sustainability in universities. The guidelines, where possible, call for high-level policy engagement on sustainable development to influence actions in the country, development of innovations, integrating education on sustainable development, developing international partnerships, and establishing new departments or sections to address sustainability issues.

The Nigerian Government has taken Agenda 2030 and the SDGs seriously. The Office of the President coordinates national actions, with the 36 states of the federation each having a focal person on SDGs. The SDGs are mainstreamed in the national development plans, and some states are working on mainstreaming at the local levels. To mobilise support from all sectors, Government has established a national council on SDGs, development partners group, private sector advisory group, civil society group, a national youth network on SDGs and work is ongoing with the creative industry. However, there is not a coordinated effort around academia and their role in promoting the SDGs.

The role of this UNV will be to work with UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders to increase mobilisation and the engagement of tertiary institutions in Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals while using dedicated communication channels.

Task description:

Under the direct supervision of the Director of UNIC Nigeria, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Contribute to developing a strategy and toolkit for UN mobilisation and engagement with students of Nigeria’s tertiary institutions on sustainable development
  • Support the engagement with the students’ networks, youth NGOs and other stake-holders to increase advocacy on the sustainable development goals in Nigeria through tertiary education institutions.
  • Assists in actively communicating through social media and other channels on the solutions and actions of tertiary institutions on the SDGs
  • Participates in organising regular events, including conferences, seminar and public lectures, that will bring the voices of academia on Agenda 2030 and the SDGs
  • Work with academia to create awareness about the research work that addresses the SDGs in Nigeria through exhibitions, events, policy dialogues and other avenues
  • Support the development of partnerships and networking among educational institu-tions in and outside Nigeria on sustainable development
  • Participates in developing an SDGs network for tertiary institutions of education in Nigeria


  • youth engagement and mobilization
  • digital/social media skills
  • communication and presentation skills
  • youth movements or student organizations
  • development sustainability, climate change or Agenda 2030 and the SDGs
  • UN work on youth issues

Competencies and values:

☒ Accountability
☒ Adaptability and Flexibility
☒ Client Orientation
☒ Commitment and Motivation
☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning
☒ Communication
☒ Empowering Others
☒ Self-Management
☒ Technological Awareness
☒ Working in Teams

Area(s) of expertise:

  • Communication
  • Community development
  • Volunteer management

Required education level:

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Other information: Abuja is Nigeria’s capital city which houses the seat of power – the Presidency, Parliament and Judiciary. All diplomatic missions accredited to Nigeria are based in the city, plus some 20 UN agencies with nearly 2000 staff. There is an international airport just 25km along a six lane modern road. There are daily flights to domestic and international destinations from the Abuja International Airport. The city has very good weather (generally hot with a rainy season), green spaces, high-end restaurants, luxury hotels, designer shops, large malls, and cinemas. There is also a big expat community, from a variety of different nations. Abuja is relatively safe and secure and there are nice spots around the city to provide the luxuries of a comfortable stay in the city.

Location: Abuja, FCT

Job date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 05:45:49 GMT

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