This link of a job advert at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has recently been making rounds in various WhatsApp groups. The advert, offering a salary range of Kshs 10769.94 – Kshs 16154.91 weekly, seeks to hire volunteers who will be providing humanitarian and development aid to children.
One of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been job losses and the contraction of the economies of various countries. Kenya, in particular, reported a 16% reduction in the formal employment sector between March and April 2020. Firms in the hospitality industry saw a decline of 10% in the numbers of employees in April 2020 and a further decline of 5% in May 2020. This was during the first half of 2020, at the onset of the pandemic.
Using raha18.com as the domain name, we checked the details of this website using a WHOIS lookup tool.
This website, whose country origin is Tanzania, was created on March 1, 2021, through GoDaddy, one of the world’s largest domain registrars.
Additionally, some official non-governmental organizations may have a .org domain name extension. We ran a comparison with UNICEF’s domain name (see screengrab below).
To debunk these claims further, a tweet by the UNICEF offices in Tanzania disputed this advert as being fake. Normally, job vacancies are communicated through the official websites and social media platforms of these organizations.
Ujumbe za namna hii 👇🏾umekuwa ukisambaa kwenye mitandao ya kijamii. UNICEF Tanzania inataadharisha umma kuzipuuza maana si za kweli. Kazi rasmi za UNICEF Tanzania zinatangazwa kwenye tavuti yetu (https://t.co/2RZ5CSfUYp) au kwenye mitandao yetu ya kijamii.
Epuka utapeli! pic.twitter.com/irqzB0HLL2
— UNICEF Tanzania (@UNICEFTanzania) April 20, 2021
This advert claiming to offer jobs at the UNICEF is FAKE.