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Communications Analyst

Bangkok (Thailand)

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

The UN Environment is the United Nations systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. The overall objective of the UN Environment's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities (http://www.unep.org/dtie/).

Led by UN Environment in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute, the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a global multi-stakeholder initiative comprising 90 member institutions, including governments, global private sector actors, SMEs, research institutes and civil society organizations. The initiative is dedicated to contributing to a sustainable global rice sector. UN Environment currently hosts the SRP Secretariat and serves as its legal entity.

Having developed and launched the world’s first rice sustainability standard and performance indicators, the SRP is now embarking on its next phase of operation, which entails upscaling of smallholder adoption of sustainable best practice under the SRP Standard, development of sustainable supply chains and assurance model, and engagement with downstream supply chain actors and consumers. This will necessitate a significant increase in the Secretariat’s human resource capacity.

The Sustainable Rice Platform is seeking a Communications Consultant with direct experience in implementing organizational communication strategies, to work with the SRP Secretariat and SRP member organizations to implement SRP’s communication strategy, focusing on farmers, retailers, consumers and member outreach activities.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The Communications Analyst will work with the SRP Coordinator and will report to the Associate Programme Officer of Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture. This post is located in UN Environment – Asia and the Pacific Office duty station.

The Analyst will be primarily engaged in operational support of the SRP Secretariat, particularly in assisting the areas of communications and stakeholder engagement to ensure efficient implementation of the SRP Communication Strategy.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Associate Programme Officer of the Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture, the Analyst will have the following responsibilities:

1.      Provide support in the development, implementation and evaluation of the SRP Communication Strategy

  1. Participate in the drafting of an annual communication plan following the SRP Communication Strategy;
  2. Assist in management, as well as the effective and timely implementation of key communication activities as outlined in the annual communication plan;
  3. Assist the team in drafting year-end evaluation of implemented activities to support the periodic review and/or revision of the SRP Communication Strategy; and
  4. Ensure the availability and accessibility of updated information, communication and knowledge products and platforms for internal and external stakeholders.

2.      Assist in strengthening stakeholder engagement with SRP member institutions

  1. Assist the team coordination of membership programme by employing member recruitment, retention and recovery strategies;
  2. Support with member application and contribution processes as per UN Environment requirements;
  3. Promote stakeholder visibility across existing communication channels;
  4. Support organization of stakeholder meetings, activities, and other related events; and
  5. Maintain an updated database of member representatives and contact information.

3.      Support the operational review and coordination of SRP Secretariat programmes

  1. Liaise with focal partners and provide support in strategic organizational development and programme coordination; and
  2. Assist in identifying requirements and provide recommendations and communications support as needed.

Impact of results

Effective management and implementation of SRP communication and stakeholder engagement strategies

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Above listed tasks successfully delivered, including satisfactory acceptance by UN Environment;
  • Deadlines successfully met.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education
  • Advanced (master's) university degree in Communications, Development Studies, International Studies or related field is required. A first-level University degree (bachelor's) in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
b. Work Experience
  • Minimum 2-year relevant work experience after advanced degree, of which at least 1 year at international level, with direct experience in strategic communications, project management and administration, including coordination with private and public sectors;
  • Preferably prior knowledge of working in a UN environment.
c. Languages
  • Fluency in verbal and written English is required.  Knowledge of other UN language is an asset. (Other UN languages are Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, French, Spanish, Russian)

Functional competencies

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of sustainable development issues;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and build relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Ability to analyze, plan and organize strategies well;
  • Planning and organization skills;
  • Ability to effectively use ICT tools, including website management and social media;
  • Experience in a developing country context would be an advantage;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Competencies

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: International Specialist Level 1 (ICS9 equivalent)
Contract duration: 6 months initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS. 

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-23

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