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Communications Specialist (Writer/Editor)

Remote | Geneva

  • Organization: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
  • Location: Remote | Geneva
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-05

Result of Service
Increased visibility and awareness of the UN-REDD Programme and its contributions to climate change mitigation and sustainable development. Development of compelling narratives, stories, and publications that illustrate the critical importance of forest conservation and the positive outcomes of the Programme. Enhanced engagement with global audiences through effective communication strategies, leading to greater support and participation in forest-action initiatives. Production of high-quality knowledge products, including reports and briefs, that serve as valuable resources for stakeholders and partners involved in forest and climate action.
Work Location
Home Based
Expected duration
12 months
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP, through its Climate Change Mitigation Unit, is a key partner in the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD programme), which builds on the combined convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme and UNEP. This position is homebased, under the overall supervision of the UNEP UN-REDD Knowledge Management and Communications Global Team Leader. Duties and responsibilities: 1. Developing, writing, and editing engaging stories that highlight the key successes, lessons learned, challenges, and results of the UN-REDD Programme and its partner countries in climate change mitigation. 2. Conducting thorough research to create informative content that supports UNEP's and UN-REDD's initiatives, emphasizing the importance of conserving forest ecosystems, sustainably managing forests, and promoting sustainable development. 3. Conducting field missions and visits to partner communities to tell 'action-oriented' stories. These narratives aim to do more than just showcase UN-REDD’s efforts and results; they support technology transfer and capacity building in communities, emphasizing respect for and integration of Indigenous Peoples rights in these processes. 4. Leading the production of a variety of knowledge products, including technical and annual reports and the bi-monthly newsletter, ensuring they are accessible to a broad audience. 5. Crafting compelling content for social media platforms, speeches, case studies, and briefing notes that effectively communicate UNEP’s and UN-REDD’s mission and the critical role of forests in combating climate change. 6. Coordinating with experts and stakeholders to gather insights and testimonials that will enrich the narrative around forest conservation, sustainable forest management and climate action. 7. Coordinating the dissemination of information and knowledge through various channels, aiming to mobilize support and raise awareness of the Programme’s work among the global community and local partners. 8. Editing and refining content contributed by team members and partners, ensuring clarity, accuracy, and consistency with UNEP’s and UN-REDD's messaging and advocacy goals. 9. Writing and documenting knowledge and insights, turning them into compelling narratives that facilitate knowledge generation and exchange.
Qualifications/special skills
• Bachelor's degree in communications, environmental science, or a related field is required. • Additional certification in media, journalism, or environmental studies is preferable. • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in editing reports and publications is required. • Proven track record of producing high-quality written content, including reports, articles, and social media posts related to climate change and deforestation is required. • Experience in multimedia and visual storytelling, including photography and video, is highly desirable. Skills: • Strong practical background on journalism and media relations is required. • Standard computer software application literacy is required. • A demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, knowledge of the United Nations system and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter is desirable. • Ability to identify priorities and to work under tight deadlines is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of any other official UN languages would be an asset.
Additional Information
Not available.
No Fee
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