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Communications Analyst

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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Background

Over the past decades, Bangladesh made remarkable human development progress, despite frequent intensive and extensive disasters, impact of climate change and, more recently, the Rohingya refugee crisis. As one of the world's fastest growing economies, the country is an aspirant of LDC graduate and aims to become a developed nation by 2041. 
 
However, its development gains have not been distributed in an equitable way resulting in widening inequality despite making good progress women economic empowerment. Its economic reliance on foreign remittances and RMG have increasingly being exposed to 4th Industrial Revolution and more recently COVID-19. While urbanization and industrialization continue to offer an economic dividend, they have a compound negative impact on eco-system health. Besides, climate and disaster remain major fault-line in the economy and society. 
 
In addressing the challenges, the country was able to maintain a forward-facing policy environment. As a result, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and becoming a resilient nation remain the GoB's top priority. The country is also known for its accelerated implementation approach of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through nationally driven policies and investments. 
 
In support of the country's ambition, UNDP has been a strong partner of the government in co-designing policy solutions, capacity building and promoting innovations. The expectation from UNDP to play an SDG integrator role is growing in the context of the post-UN reform.  
 
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Resident Representative the Communications Analyst participates in the implementation of the corporate communications strategy, as well as in the design, management, and implementation of the Country Office communications and publication strategies, with a focus on equipping teams to communicate, which are geared toward influencing the development agenda, promoting public and media outreach, and mobilizing political and financial support for UNDP.  
 
The Communications Analyst maintains a working relationship with the Regional Communications Adviser. The Communications Analyst works in close collaboration with the Programme and Operations teams, staff of other UN Agencies, and the UNDP Communications Group staff (Regional Communications Adviser and HQ), ensuring the successful UNDP communication strategy implementation. 
 
The Communications Analyst supervises the Communications Team and endeavors to facilitate and provides capacity to programme staff on communication strategies that benefit and promote their thematic interventions and activities and enhances the visibility of UNDP. 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

1.Provides support to the planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach 
 
•Conduct of communications needs assessments for CO (projects, country programme and corporate change initiatives, etc.).
•Analysis of requirements and synthesis of proposals, including service infrastructure and analysis of strategic positioning, analytics, and equipment, for elaboration of the CO communications and outreach strategy based on corporate strategic priorities and the UNDP External Communications Action Plan.
•Development/production of communication and advocacy instruments and materials for marketing and awareness-raising campaigns, including briefing materials and media materials in coordination with the supervisor.
•Develops and synthesizes proposals for project formulations to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of UNDP’s development programme.
•Represents and leads UNDP’s contributions to the UN Country Team’s communications strategies.
 
2.Ensures the implementation of the CO publications strategy and plan 
 
•Effective implementation of the CO publications strategy and plan.
•Provision of support to programme teams in publishing.
•Management of CO publication activities, such as drafting articles, content management, norms for publishing, design, maintenance of regular contact with printers and other suppliers to ensure production and publications dissemination.
•Ensures the use of innovative tools and resources for the dissemination of UNDP programme products and the promotion of the organization’s value proposition. 
 
3.Provides support to the maintenance of the UNDP website, intranet, CO web-based knowledge management system 
 
•Management of the office websites based on corporate requirements in cooperation with the ICT staff.
•Preparation of the content for the websites and social media platforms to ensure consistency of the materials.
•Supervision of the design and maintenance of the office web sites based on corporate requirements in cooperation with the ICT staff.
•Approval of the content for the web sites to ensure consistency of the materials.
•Develops social media platforms and oversees the maintenance and updating.
 
4.Supports the corporate advocacy and outreach efforts  
 
•Promotion and dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications, such as the Human Development Report.
•Promotion and maintenance of public information campaigns on issues including UNDP activities, Sustainable Development Goals, and UN Reform, under the supervision of the Country Director.
•Provision of support to programme teams in reporting.
•Preparation/Review and dissemination of newsletter to donors, donor reports, and civic education and community awareness, where appropriate, to support projects.
 
Launches and campaigns
•Promotion and maintenance of public information campaigns on RCO and JO’s activities, results of SDGs, in association with other.
•Promotion and dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications such as the Human Development Report.
•Packaging and submission of programme initiatives for donor review in collaboration with programme staff and supervisor.
 
Outreach
•Maintenance of increased coverage and understanding of the UNDP's work in the country or practice area through regular media contacts and provision of newsworthy information to national public and, where possible, donors.
•Organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, launches, etc.
•Forging of a "one UN" image through publicizing the significance of local UN reform efforts, joint programmes, common services. Organization and implementation of joint UN information campaigns (UN Day, World AIDS Day, etc.)
•Ensured access for journalists to subject matter experts.
•Drafting/production of regular newsletter to donors.
•Preparation of donor reports, civic education and community awareness where appropriate to support projects
•Public information
•Effective responses to inquiries for public information materials.
 
5.Facilitation of knowledge building and management 
 
•Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities.
•Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories.
•Provision of trainings and clinics for UNDP staff on internal and external communications for development, with a focus on photography, video, blogging, managing social media, working with press, etc.
•Professional growth through active learning.
 
 

 

Competencies

Core
 
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
 
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 4: Models independent thinking and action 
 
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
 
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
 
Technical/Functional
 
Advocacy
Preparing information required for advocacy for the inclusion of UNDP’s focus areas. Devising and communicating strategies. Influencing the public policy agenda.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Collaboration and Partnerships
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP .
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Client Orientation
Ability to Understand and meet or exceed client needs.  Anticipating and addressing client needs and concerns.  Developing innovative approaches to meeting client needs. Ensuring overall provision of quality services to clients.
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Knowledge Management
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge
Level 4: apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Learning and Development
Knowledge of enterprise learning and development issues, concepts, and principles, and ability to apply them to enhance the fulfillment and performance of employees 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Multimedia / Content Development
Ability to Originate and/or edit written content for media and the general public to be disseminated through press or other online outlets
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Brand Quality Management
Ability to strengthen UNDP's identity and distinction through its brand and uphold it to a high level of quality
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Social Media
Ability to represent and promote the UNDP’s work in virtual communities / networks and promote citizen engagement in UNDP's work
Level 4: apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
 

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:Master's degree or Bachelor’s in media relations, journalism, publishing
 
Experience:
•Master’s Degree with 2 years or Bachelor’s with 4 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy.
•Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems
•Advanced knowledge of and experience with photography and video will be an asset.
•Advanced knowledge of and experience with blogging and social media will be an asset.
•Advanced user level with computers and office software packages.
•Good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems.
 
Language Requirements:
•Fluency in English. 2nd UN language is desirable. 
 

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