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Communications Senior Associate

Cotabato (Philippines)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Cotabato (Philippines)
  • Grade: LICA-7, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-24

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development. UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to organizational needs and structure:
Background Information – Philippines
UNOPS Philippines was established in early 2016 to support, develop and oversee UNOPS' growing portfolio of programmes and projects in the Philippines. The office currently provides implementation services to a range of projects where we work very closely with development partners, the Government and the Supreme Court focusing on the Governance/Justice, health and infrastructure sector.

The office is based in Manila, Philippines with a project site in the Guiuan area.
UNOPS Philippines is in the process of expanding its area of engagement in cooperation with its development partners and is looking for qualified and committed experts.

Background Information - Job-specific
Support to the Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) Programme, the Action, is a 5-year programme funded by the European Union to contribute to a smooth and timely undertaking of the transition, through capacity building of the three branches of the Bangsamoro Government. This will promote an enabling good governance environment and support the efficient implementation of policies set up by the transition plan, with a focus on capacities that are critical for a sound functioning of interim institutions. These include: capacity of the BTA’s executive branch superstructure to drive and coordinate key transitional policies; capacity of the Parliament to exercise its law making and oversight functions; capacity of the Justice System to adjudicate litigations and improve access to justice, and capacity of the civil society to contribute to a peaceful transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). 

The Action supports the institutional components of the peace process set out by the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, Bangsamoro Comprehensive Agreement and their implementing arrangements as well as BOL’s art. XVI provisions on the transition, through an integrated approach combining institution building and capacity building of core Bangsamoro democratic governance institutions, to efficiently undertake the transition, including post-transition.

UNOPS is one of the implementing partners of  the SUBATRA Programme under Indirect Management and will be responsible for the provision of logistical and administrative support, which may include the organization of training, workshops, seminars and study tours; procurement of goods and services; infrastructure; and communication and visibility.  

Role Specific:  Working under the supervision of the Communications Senior Officer or designated supervisor, the Communications Senior Assistant will assist in coordinating the development and implementation of the Communication and Visibility Plan of the Action.

Taking into consideration EU Requirements for Communications and Visibility, the Communications Senior Assistant will also support both the development and dissemination of internal/external communication relating to the project’s activities, events and engagements in order to facilitate greater exposure of the project as well as to support the enhancement of community engagement knowledge as a means of bolstering public opinion and trust.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Support the definition of project communication plans and their implementation 
  • Provide support to communications with the media representatives and other stakeholders and partners
  • Support the production of communications material including fast facts, infographics,  brochures, newsletters and publications
  • Establish and maintain the project’s calendar of events
  • Maintain archive of projects photos and media coverage
  • Support to organize project events, donors/VIP visits, press conferences and other media opportunities  
  • Assist in the development of technical specifications and terms of references for purchase of services and goods needed for the conduct of communications activities
  • Provide communication support for organization of workshops/trainings
  • Participate in the relevant UNOPS’ Communities of Practice and the UN Communications Group in Philippines
  • Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above
  • Assist in updating SUBATRA social media accounts and website on a regular basis with relevant material, highlighting key events and achievements;
  • Assist in developing presentation and IEC materials;
  • Provide support in developing press and public statements capturing key messages;
  • Assist in writing press releases and feature articles related to activities/events;
  • Monitor deliveries of goods and services related to communications requirements and activities.


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.


  • Completion of secondary school/high school diploma is required. 
  • An Advanced University degree or a first University degree, preferably in Communication, Media, Social Studies, International relations, Visual Arts, Multimedia Arts, Graphic Design, Journalism or in any other relevant area, may substitute required years of work experience.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience  (or less depending on academic credentials)in the area of communications, media, campaigns and operations, preferably with an international organization. 
  • Experience of working in an international NGO, UN agency or other international technical cooperation agency is desired.
  • Competent in the use of all commonly used computer software, including G Suite, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and Google Suite, is desirable.
  • Experience in graphic design is desired.
  • Knowledge of digital analytics is desired.
  • Proven capacity to interact with a variety of stakeholders is desirable.


Fluency in both English and Tagalog is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA) 
  • Contract level: LICA 7/ ICS 7
  • Contract duration: Open-ended
  • Duty station: Cotabato, Philippines. Cotabato is a non-family duty station.
This is a local position, so only Philippine nationality is eligible to apply.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • 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.
  • 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/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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