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Communication Specialist

Bonn (Germany)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Bonn (Germany)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-14

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Background Information - UNOPS

WEC Background information

UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster (WEC) supports the design and management of multi-stakeholder initiatives by providing services in financial and grant management, procurement, human resources, and project management.The cluster has supported projects in the areas of water resource management, climate change adaptation, mitigation and transparency, energy access and distribution and environmental conservation under the Paris Agreement. 
The WEC has also supported operations and financial management services, in Vienna, the rest of the ECR region and beyond.The main partners include UN agencies, bilateral agreements (with the Nordics, Germany, and Italy ), the Green Climate Fund and several NGOs (such as CIFF and CWF).

Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) helps countries better assess the impacts of their climate policies and actions, and fulfil their transparency commitments under the Paris Agreement. It does this by increasing the overall transparency capacities of countries, including the capacity to assess the contribution of climate policies and actions on countries’ development objectives, and providing appropriate methodological information and tools to support evidence-based policy-making. ICAT’s innovative approach is to integrate these two aspects.

ICAT works with over 30 developing countries worldwide to support their work on NDCs, including tracking of implementation, further policy development and related MRV.  Work covers sectoral policies (renewables, energy efficiency, transport, etc.) and cross-cutting aspects such as the link to sustainable development benefits, transformational change, and integration of subnational and non-state actors.

ICAT is funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Italian Ministry of the Environment (IMELS) and the ClimateWorks Foundation.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the ICAT Director, the incumbent is responsible for drafting and implementing a communication strategy for ICAT covering internal and external communications, coordinating and administrating the ICAT website and other outreach material, designing and implementing social media content, managing databases and maintaining and updating all digital and online assets. He/She will contribute to the ICAT's communications and outreach goals and targets by providing support to partners, administration, and advice, as well as monitoring of communication activities. 

Functional Responsibilities

The Communications Specialist is expected to deliver the following functions:

Communications strategy:

  • Develop a proposal for the communications strategy for ICAT, including social media guidelines, to ensure coordinated, targeted and coherent communication with existing partners, future prospects and external audiences in line with key messaging across various initiative and action areas, and coordinate its implementation;
  • Coordinate the ICAT communications group in consultation with ICAT Director, consisting of representatives of the ICAT Implementing Partners, which includes managing regular communications calls;
  • Provide social media strategies to support and strengthen work by partners and initiatives in order to promote ICAT activities and objectives;
  • Prepare usage statistics and other reports and analyze traffic to the website and other related mediums; conduct ad hoc surveys, and keep abreast of current developments in technology and undertake investigations of new initiatives where appropriate; planning on website policy and guidelines,

External communications:

  • Maintain the ICAT website, in collaboration with the implementing partners of ICAT;
  • Prepare content and creative inputs to ICAT communication activities and events, including follow-up with partners through the planning and execution of integrated multi-channel communication (website, social media, email marketing, webinars, side events to global climate conferences, etc.);
  • Preparation of outreach material, such as flyers, brochures, power-point presentations, regular newsletters etc.;
  • Specify appropriate communication channels, dissemination methods and media such as video, print, web/online media, traditional media, and social media, among others, to effectively communicate key messages to specific stakeholders;
  • Respond to external information requests;
  • Support partnership and relationships management with other initiatives and organizations;
  • Support donor relationship management, by developing proposals for a donor outreach and fund-raising strategy and support its implementation;

Knowledge management and internal communications:

  • Support of the development of a knowledge management activities and preparation of tools for implementing it;
  • Support ICAT Director in developing ICAT internal communication flows with the Donor Steering Committee, the Advisory Committee and the Initiative Coordination Team;
  • Develop the preparation of project and programmatic documents for expanding ICAT;
  • Provide any additional support as required.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Experience

  • Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Environmental Management, Communication or any other relevant subject is required;
  • A first level University degree with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant past experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years (7 years if combined with a Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience within the fields of communication is required. Experience with climate policy and sustainable development  is highly desirable;
  • Experience of working within the international development sector, and on climate action and transparency matters in particular, is a significant asset; 
  • Experience in web design is desirable;
  • Experience working with social media and website management (including content creation) is desirable;
  • Knowledge of the UN climate process is desirable.

Computer Literacy

  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills required. Experience with Adobe In-Design is an asset.
Language Skills
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Working knowledge of another, official UN language is desirable


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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.

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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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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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