UNDP Communications Officer - South Sudan

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UN Volunteers - National Specialist UNDP
CountrySouth Sudan
Duty Station Juba (SSD)

Language Skills

Start DateImmediate
Duration12 months

Application Deadline20 May 2020

Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.
Description of task
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Chair of the SSPRC or his/her designated official, the NUNV communication officer will report to the Project Manager, Peace and Community Cohesion Project, UNDP in undertaking the following duties:

Typical Overall Functions include:
  • Receive data and share it with CEWERU Coordinator for analysis.
  • Facilitate information sharing between the steering committee and partners.
  • Support the CEWERU Coordinator in data filtering in Situation room.
  • Support the websites of the CEWERU/Commission.
  • Manage information flow from National, States, Counties and Payam level.
  • Work closely with the CEWERU Coordinator to ensure that data received and shared are credible.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide support in the development and implementation of key messages across all communications vehicle, ensuring branded templates are in place and in use.
  • In coordination with the CEWERU Coordinator, translate project materials and data into communicable and relevant pieces of information in the form of infographics, and ensure that project results are profiled and communicated to the Supervisor
  • Support the writing and editing of press materials, policy positions, briefs, reports and statements on issues related to peace and social cohesion.
  • Assist CEWERU members with brand adherence for all external communications including supporting staff trainings.
  • Monitor and report on CEWERU key performance metrics on a monthly basis.
  • Manage and update the SSPRC website and assist CEWERU in editing data at CEWERU Website and generate website content such as blog posts, program pages, etc.
  • Support the ongoing governance and maintenance of core content on SSPRC website.
  • Support SSPRC social media presence (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram).
  • Work closely with the M&E officer to translate evidence and data into messages for policy makers and other key stakeholders.
  • Including implementing search engine optimization activities for the website and tracking web traffic against targets.
  • Contribute to documenting and growing the organization’s success stories, photo and video library and other materials for communication.
  • Keep abreast of (and appropriately communicate to the team) developing trends and news items related to our vision, strategy, and objectives via media monitoring.
  • Collaborate with programme team to support the National Research Institutes and Situation room
  • Design and implement an appropriate communications plan and support the formulation and implementation of SSPRC communications and advocacy strategies.
  • Organize and conduct the communication component of project activities/events including drafting the background notes, media relations, taking photos, preparing talking points, invitations and press-releases.
  • Produce quality and appropriate information and communication materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media and supports the production of reporting (like newsletters, reports and print and online/social media update).
  • Identify and use of the most effective channels for dissemination of all information products to relevant target audiences ensure the visibility of the SSPRC.
  • Edit and design all the documents to be shared externally or published and maintain a database of knowledge products.
  • Producing periodical and ad hoc reports on communications activities, including peacebuilding and conflict related media analysis.
  • Provides communication support as need for seminars, lectures, conferences, meetings, forums and public events by SSPRC and affiliated structures.
  • Providing background information and briefing materials as per request.
  • Conduct other duties as requested by SSPRC.

Required degree level: Bachelor degree or equivalent
Education - Additional Comments:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Communications, Media Studies, Journalisms, Broadcast Communication, Visual Arts and Design or related field.

Required experience: 36 Months
Experience remark:
Minimum 2-5 years of relevant experience in communications and media in the peacebuilding and development sector
Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Arabic(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge

Area of expertise: Journalism, mass media and broadcasting, Public information and reporting, Web and graphic design
Area of expertise details:
  • Experience with International Organizations and UN is an asset.
  • Demonstrates ability to extract, interpret, analyse data and present it in a comprehensive and reader-friendly way.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing communication and media outreach strategies.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Possesses Advanced Excel skills (e.g. pivot tables, functions, etc.).
  • Ability to compile and holistically analyse diverse datasets.
  • Demonstrated information management skills and experience in writing articles.
  • Demonstrated understanding of different data collection methodologies and relational data theory with proven skills to analyse statistical information.
  • Experience in web design and software development and programming is an asset.
  • Experience in producing communication materials (print and online) for a variety of media.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement communication plans and outreach strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability in supporting knowledge management and learning efforts.
  • Excellent understanding of the local context.
  • Good understanding of new and evolving technologies and digital platforms.
  • Excellent design skills, including typography, layout, colour, user interface and navigation.
  • Basic understanding of web development (HTML, PHP, etc) technologies.
  • Experience in the usage of computers (Microsoft Office, Publisher and other application, etc).
  • IT Literacy, proficient in the usage of computers and software applications (Knowledge of Photoshop, PaintNet, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Premier Pro, Scribus, Word, PowerPoint and other graphics applications).
  • Experience in web design and software development and programming is an asset.
b) Competencies and values
  • Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNDP; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNDP procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNDP in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
  • 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;
  • Communication: 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; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNDP’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Driving license: No
Competencies values:
Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams

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