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Communications Analyst (100 series)

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

2 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy. Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization is helpful but not mandatory. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems.


Organizational Context

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the designated person, the Communications Analyst in a medium / large office implements the corporate communications strategy, as well as provides inputs to the design, management and implementation of the Country Office communications and publication strategies which are geared to influence the development agenda, promote public and media outreach and mobilize political and financial support for UNDP. 

The Communications Analyst may supervise and lead the communications staff of the country office and maintains a regular working relationship with the Regional Communications Manager. The Communications Analyst works in close collaboration with the Senior Management, Programme and Operations teams, staff of other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff (Communications Office) and Government officials, international and local media, subject matter experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP communication strategy implementation.

A communications strategy tightly linked to program priorities helps position the Country Office in key development markets as a leader in ways that boost demand for various service lines and increase overall business opportunities.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Summary of Key Functions:
Planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach
Implementation of the publications strategy and plan
Supervision of the design and maintenance of the UNDP web site, intranet, CO web-based knowledge management system
Support to business development
Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
Effective management of the Communications Office and supervision of Communications staff

1.Ensures planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach focusing on achievement of the following results:

Preparation and conduct of communications needs assessments for CO (projects, country programme and corporate change initiatives, etc)
Drafting/editing of CO communications and outreach strategy based on the corporate communications strategy.
Analysis of requirements and synthesis of proposals on ways to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of UNDP’s development programme during programme formulations.

2.Ensures implementation of the CO publications strategy and plan focusing on the achievement of the following results:

Implementation of the CO publications strategy and plan, based on the corporate publications policy.
Identification of storylines for publications and drafting of substantive articles contributing to debates on key development issues.
Coordination and management of CO publication activities, such as content management, norms for publishing, design, etc.
Contact with printers and other suppliers to ensure production and ensure publications dissemination.

3.Supervision of the design and maintenance of the UNDP web site, intranet, CO web-based knowledge management system focusing on achievement of the following results:

Supervision of the design and maintenance of the office web sites based on corporate requirements in cooperation with the ICT staff.
Preparation of the content for the web sites to ensure consistency of the materials.

4.Supports the business development focusing on achievement of the following results:

Launches and campaigns

Promotion and maintenance of public information campaigns on UNDP activities, UN Reform, results of MDGs, in association with other.
Promotion and dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications such as the Human Development Report.
Packaging and submission of programme initiatives for donor review in collaboration with programme staff and supervisor.


Maintenance of increased coverage and understanding of the UNDP’s work in the country or practice area through regular media contacts and provision of newsworthy information to national public and, where possible, donors.
Organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, launches, etc.
Forging of a “one UN” image through publicizing the significance of local UN reform efforts, joint programmes, and common services. Organization and implementation of joint UN information campaigns (UN Day, World AIDS Day, etc.)
Ensured access for journalists to subject matter experts.
Drafting/production of regular newsletter to donors.
Preparation of donor reports, civic education and community awareness where appropriate to support projects

Public information

Effective responses to inquiries for public information materials.
5.Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities.
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories.
Provision of training, consultancy and advice to UNDP staff on communications for development

Competencies and Critical Success Factors

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Advocates and 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 favoritism

Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to UNDP Practice Areas
Encourages office staff to share knowledge and contribute to UNDP Practice Areas
Develops deep knowledge  in Practice Areas
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
Ability to implement communications and publications strategies
Ability to advocate effectively
Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies
Demonstrates excellent ability to write and communicate orally with accuracy and professionalism
Good knowledge of current development issues particularly those pertinent to UNDP’s Practice Areas.  Ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data
Demonstrates strong IT skills

Management and Leadership:

Focuses on impact and result for the client
Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

 Qualified Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMastersMasters DegreeMaster's degree in media relations, journalism, publishing.