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Advocacy Specialist (Immunization/Polio), P-4 At UNICEF – APPLY NOW

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Experience8 years
  • LocationNairobi
  • Job FieldMedia / Advertising / Branding¬†


  • Manage every element of the regional advocacy strategy process, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, from defining advocacy outcomes, power analysis, and developing a clear theory of change to win the support of decision makers and mobilize key constituencies.
  • Drive and support the implementation of advocacy plans in focus countries across the region, working across teams to ensure all strands of the strategy are progressed and mutually reinforcing, for example: data, policy, influencer research and engagement, media, public mobilization, events, and partnerships. Supervise the development of cogent and compelling advocacy and campaign narratives, and the delivery of creative campaign tactics.

Communication Strategy

  • Design effective communication plans that will deliver the aims of key advocacy strategies and help to mobilize public and private support to eradicate polio and boost immunization in the region.
  • Supervise the implementation of these plans, ensuring they are delivering against agreed outcomes and always in keeping with UNICEF‚Äôs mandate.
  • In line with objectives, and with the support of the ESARO social media lead, develop appropriate digital strategies, including budgeting, planning, coordination, execution and digital content creation, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of digital initiatives and integrated advocacy campaigns for key audiences.

Capacity Building

  • Work with key country offices (Somalia, Madagascar and any other country identified as high risk for polio transmission) on advocacy strategy building.
  • Contribute to building internal (RO/CO) UNICEF capacities in advocacy and communication, through coaching, training and sharing of expertise, at management and programme team level at the RO and COs.

Advocacy And Communication M&E

  • Facilitate the development of a clear advocacy and communication M&E framework: setting baselines against which results are regularly monitored; conducting analysis to continuously improve the effectiveness of the strategy, approach and activities; and overseeing the production and dissemination of M&E results.
  • With support of the team programme associate, track and monitor budget and other resources.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders in the region, including media, to build awareness and support of UNICEF‚Äôs collaborative efforts to eradicate polio and boost immunization rates.
  • Partners will include key internal stakeholders, other UN entities, influencers, youth ambassadors, goodwill ambassadors, academics, business leaders and other public and private sector partners.
  • Ensure that effective advocacy and communication strategies and plans are co-created with partners, to leverage their power to contribute to UNICEF‚Äôs polio eradication and immunization goals.
  • Ensure that feedback from key stakeholders is incorporated into strategy design, implementation and team learning.


  • Support the wider capacity building efforts on advocacy strategy and implementation across the ESA region, and in the RO/programme teams.
  • Assist the wider tasks of the ESARO communication & advocacy team, as guided by supervisor.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced University degree is required in one of the following fields: International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, Communication or related fields.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree


  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in advocacy/campaigning and communication is required.
  • Technical expertise in immunization, polio eradication and/or familiarity with emergency contexts is considered an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required. Spoken French is an asset.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF on to apply

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