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Media Assistant (100 series)

Job Category:
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Posted On:
12 June, 2007
Last Date to apply:
25 June, 2007
Experience in years
2 to 4

3 to 5 years of relevant experience in communications, public relations and administration. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.). Experience in handling of web-based management systems.


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Media and Advocacy Analyst, the Media Assistant supports the implementation of the media and advocacy strategies of the office to increase the standing and awareness of UNDP with partners, the media and the public. The Media Assistant promotes a client-oriented approach in UNDP.
The Media Assistant works in close collaboration with the Management Support, Programme, Operations and project staff in the Country Office.
Summary of key functions:

Communication Planning: Assist his/her supervisor in the development and implementation of the communication strategy and annual work plan.

Public Affairs: Assist in organizing and coordinating press conferences, press launches, field visits, interviews, and media briefings for Resident Representative and other staff. Manage media campaigns and events related to all relevant UNDP activities. Prepare press kits for use by staff and media.

Public Information: Draft, edit and update UNDP public information materials. Responsible for timely issuance of UNDP press releases and for the production and update of brochures, booklets and reports aimed at ensuring the visibility of UNDP and its projects. Ensures that public information material released by the Office and the projects are in line with UNDP style, branding and other standards.

Publications: Responsible for producing fact sheets, updates and briefing material. Ensures that publications released by the Office are in line with UNDP style, branding and other standards. Maintains a system of classification and record for incoming UNDP publications.

Coordination of Projects’ Communication Staff: Assist in providing guidance to and organizing regular contact with projects’ communication specialists. Assist in developing the communications components for UNDP projects and provide assistance to projects in organizing media events. Identify potential stories from projects and collect photographs for the country office database.

Relations with the Media: Establish and maintain contacts with print and electronic media nationally and internationally, particularly with those covering UNDP activities. Establish and maintain contacts with UN publications and UN agencies’ communication staff.

Outreach: Assist in developing and implementing activities and programmes to promote public awareness/knowledge of and access to UNDP’s services, information and materials.

Media Monitoring: Daily review and record media coverage of UNDP and circulate to relevant authorities. Coordinate with media monitoring firm to ensure timely receipt of coverage report.
Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without favouritism
Functional Competencies
Knowledge Management and Learning
Shares knowledge and experience
Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to perform a variety of standard specialized and non-specialized tasks and work processes that are fully documented, researched, recorded and reported
Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust discrepancies, identify and resolve operational problems
Uses Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource
Leadership and Self-Management
Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
 Qualified Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesSecondary School CertficateMatriculation / O levelsUniversity Degree desirable, but it is not a requirement.