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Communications Assistant - G5, FTA - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNFPA PSB - United Nations Population Fund, Procurement Services Branch
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: ICSC-5 - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-16

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This post is non-rotational.


Post type: Fixed Term Appointment

Closing Date: 16 October 2019 (midnight CPH time)

Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark

Duration: One year renewable (*)

Possibility for roster


(*) No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5

Background Information

The Position:

The UNFPA Nordic Office works to maintain and strengthen relations with key external
partners including governments, parliaments, NGOs, academia, the private sector, and
media in the Nordic countries.

As a member of an efficient, ambitious small team, you will take active part in preparing and
executing communication and visibility events and reach out to media to strengthen
UNFPAs voice in the Nordic region. You will also execute in a well-organized way
administrative tasks related to the daily running the office.

You will report directly to the Chief of Nordic Office.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every
childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA's new strategic plan
(2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths;
end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff,
who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them
courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained
results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources
entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The Nordic countries continue to be among the strongest supporters of ensuring sexual and
reproductive health and rights in both development and humanitarian contexts and the
Nordic countries provide substantial financial and political support to the work of UNFPA.
Your job is to use your creative skills when communicating data and human-interest stories
to the Nordic partners about the tangible results generated in the more than 150 countries
where UNFPA work - and to highlight where support is still needed.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for:


  • Draft and pitch articles for Nordic news outlets on issues related to UNFPA mandate;
  • Collect and analyze data and information for background paper and briefing notes;
  • Prepare and send out periodic newsletters to alert audiences on new material and make presentations on UNFPA mandate;
  • Manage and further strengthen social media accounts;
  • Develop and execute advocacy events, seminars and campaigns in the Nordic countries such as the launch of the State of World Population report, photo exhibitions, and relevant UN days.
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships
  • Manage the Nordic Internship program in UNFPA country offices with Nordic academic institutions.

Administrative tasks

  • Prepare invitations, flyers, etc. in InDesign in relation with campaigns and conferences;
  • Identify opportunities for innovation that improve the running of the office when performing administrative tasks; including filing, travel claims, use of finance systems (UNFPA finance system);
  • Provide logistical support for instance in relation to high-level visits to the region.

Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Completion of secondary education is required.
  • University degree in communication and/or development or other relevant area is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5 years of relevant work experience (e.g. communication, media, journalism, etc.) is required. However, an Advanced University degree in a relevant field in combination with 3 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of 5 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office, InDesign and Photoshop is a strong asset.
  • Ability to work independently and structured;
  • Open to change and ability to receive constructive feedback and differing points of view.


Fluency in English and in one of the Nordic languages is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages, preferably French and/or Spanish, is desirable


Required Competencies


  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving Results
  • Being Accountable
  • Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen
  • Thinking analytically and Strategically
  • Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships
  • Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Planning and organizing
  • Media relations
  • Client orientation
  • Networking skills
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Quality assurance
  • Creating and innovating



Applications in English should be submitted no later than 16 October 2019 at 24:00 (Copenhagen time) via the link to UNFPA e-recruit system:

Please note that the link may only work in Internet Explore. If you face any problems with your application, kindly let us know through the e-mail

Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a written test or other assessment methodologies followed by a competency-based interview.

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.


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Notice to applicants: In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; (c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.

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