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24 Dec 2020

Communication Officer

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Team Leader, the UN volunteer will contribute to the implementation of the overall UNDP Country Office Communications Strategy, with particular focus on the online communication strategy, among which are:

Website

  • Analyse, reorganize and update UNDP South Sudan’s website;
  • Ensure regular updates with respect to human interest stories and compliance with UNDP transparency and other requirements;
  • Write articles and take photos of events organized by the different programs to publish on UNDP’s website.

Social media

  • Analyze the state of social networks that UNDP can access within South Sudan;
  • Manage the Facebook, Twitter, Flickr accounts as well as the YouTube channel for UNDP South Sudan;
  • Create a monthly electronic newsletter pertaining to UNDP’s mandate and activities in South Sudan;
  • Create a monthly Content Forward Plan for online media, but also create social media posts that are linked to the latest news;
  • Train and advise UNDP staff Programmes Unit on the possibilities to use multimedia within their respective programmes;
  • Monitor the effectiveness of UNDP South Sudan’s online footprint through Google Analytics and other available analytical tools.Produce human interest stories
  • Plan with the Programme Units which stories to produce, which projects to highlight;
  • Conduct thematic interviews with partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders linked to the project, while taking pictures and shooting video footage; produce short documentaries;
  • Write and publish human interest stories;
  • Pursue innovative approaches to storytelling and sharing results to reach key audiences;
  • Assist in writing other communication documents such as project proposals, donor reports by providing background case and success stories and footage.

Related communications support

  • Lend communications support to Country Office and joint events;
  • Assist national counterparts through communications support, strengthening, and capacity building as may be required.

Promotion of the UN Volunteer Programme mandate[1]

UN Volunteers are expected to integrate the UN Volunteers Programme mandate within their assignment as well as promote voluntary action through engagement with communities (urban & rural) during the course of their work. As such UN Volunteers should:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and building on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Contributing articles/write-ups on field experiences and submitting them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; initiating and/or participating in local volunteer groups, including assisting them in submitting stories and experiences to the World Volunteer Web site;
  • Promoting or advising local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encouraging relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible;
  • Encouraging, mobilising and supporting co-workers, fellow UN Volunteers and members of the local community to play an active part in peace and development activities on a voluntary basis;
  • Discussing with supervisors on how volunteerism for peace and development can be mainstreamed through the assignment and integrate activities that promote volunteerism for peace and development into work plans;
  • Assisting with the UNV ‘buddy programme” for newly-arrived UN Volunteers.

[1] The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was created by the General Assembly (GA) in 1970 through GA resolution 26/59. Since then, UNV’s mandate has been expanded by GA resolution 31/131 in 1976, GA resolution 56/38 in 2001 and others in the follow-up to the International Year of Volunteers in 2001.

 Bachelor degree or equivalent

University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Development, Political or Social sciences; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication or development area, combined with an advanced university degree in a related discipline.

 36 Months

  • Three years progressively responsible professional work experience in communication, with a focus on social media, preferably in a development context.
  • Excellent drafting skills, with experience in advocacy or promotion. Convey messages in a very simple, yet inspiring way.
  • Fully proficient in English. capable of taking initiative and cope under pressure.
  • Fully proficient in Microsoft Office, Web Content Management Software and Social Media. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or other photo/video editing software a distinct advantage. Organized, have leadership qualities and be a team player.
  • Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • Arabic(Optional), Level – Working Knowledge
 Journalism, mass media and broadcasting, Knowledge management, archiving and documentation, Other communications related experience

The incumbent must be a dynamic, multi-functional person, who supports UNDP South Sudan with professionalism, dedication and client orientation. The following qualifications are required:

  • University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Development, Political or Social sciences; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication or development area, combined with an advanced university degree in a related discipline.
  • Three years progressively responsible professional work experience in communication, with a focus on social media, preferably in a development context.
  • Excellent drafting skills, with experience in advocacy or promotion. Convey messages in a very simple, yet inspiring way.
  • Fully proficient in English.
  • Capable of taking initiative and cope under pressure. Fully proficient in Microsoft Office, Web Content Management Software and Social Media. Experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or other photo/video editing software a distinct advantage. Organized, have leadership qualities and be a team player.
    Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
  • Competencies and values:
  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Development, Political or Social sciences and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  • mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations;
    Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment;
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
    Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.
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Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams

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