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Communications Analyst

Ankara (Turkey)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Ankara (Turkey)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-02

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Background

UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

In Turkey, in line with its global Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and Country Strategic Note (2019-2022), and the overall UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, UN Women works towards three overarching goals: 1) Women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems; 2) All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; 3) Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.

Towards these goals, UN Women implements programmes and projects that aim to advance gender equality, improve women’s access to opportunities, rights and services in political, social and economic life and combat gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence, as required by international and national legal and policy commitments. UN Women collaborates with numerous partners – central and local level government authorities, civil society organizations, including women’s organizations and platforms, academia, private sector companies, other UN agencies. It commits itself to the Leaving No One Behind principle, by supporting targeted actions to remove the obstacles that marginalized and vulnerable groups of women face in accessing their rights and to promote them as agents of change.

Reporting to the Country Director, the Communications Analyst is responsible for assisting in the planning and implementation of the Office communications and advocacy strategies to increase the standing and awareness of UN Women with partners, the media and the public.

The Communication Analyst works in close collaboration with the Communications, Programmes and Operations team, relevant UN Women Regional Office and HQ staff, as well as various national partners to ensure successful implementation of UN Women’s communication and advocacy strategy nationwide and across the programs. The Analyst will act as secondary supervisor to the members of the UN Women Turkey Office communications team (i.e communications assistants, analysts, interns, and consultants) employed under all projects and will also work in close collaboration with related UN inter-agency result groups and teams to ensure complementarity and coherent and effective UN action.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Plan and design communication and outreach/advocacy strategies and plans

  • Prepare and conduct communication needs assessments for the UN Women Turkey Country Office, including projects, programmes and corporate change initiatives;
  • Develop Communication and Advocacy Strategy for UN Women Turkey Office
  • Analyze requirements and synthesize proposals for elaboration of communication strategies; ensure gender perspective within UN Women and interagency communications products and strategies;
  • Provide inputs to programme formulation and implementation, as it relates to communication and advocacy;
  • Monitor and analyze traditional and social media coverage and produce reports on communications results
  • Coordinate in-country UN Women/ UN system corporate and local campaigns and special events;
  • Provide advice and guidance to UN Women Turkey Office on advocacy on emerging issues.
  • Plan and supervise the launch of in-country UN Women/ UN system corporate and local campaigns and special events.

2. Coordinate and implement the development and dissemination of advocacy materials in the country/region

  • Develop and produce communication instruments and materials, including briefing materials, press releases, and drafts of articles, and manage its dissemination;
  • Identify and propose information opportunities, activities, approaches and platforms and partners;
  • Develop, promote and disseminate corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives, publications, and campaigns;
  • Coordinate the translation/adaption/rewriting of information received into local language, printing and dissemination of publications and audio-visual materials;
  • Contribute to identifying storylines for publications and articles contributing to debates on key development issues;
  • Follow guidelines from HQ and RO.

3. Coordinate media relations for the UN Women Turkey Country Office

  • Manage relationships with press in country; maintain and update database of relevant press;
  • Respond to a variety of inquiries and information requests from national media, or international media pertaining to the realities of the local context; prepare related correspondence;
  • Organize roundtable discussions, press conferences, and briefing sessions for press, as required;
  • Draft talking points.

4. Build and maintain partnerships and maintain relations with donors and the other UN Agencies

  • Identify and develop new communication partnerships and alliances to enhance visibility;
  • Liaise with advocacy partners and undertake outreach to civil society organizations, governments, and other groups to ensure that newsworthy information reaches the public and donors;
  • Provide inputs to packages for programme initiatives for donor review.
  • Represent UN Women in UNCT Communication Group and provide inputs to joint UN campaigns/ communication and visibility materials 

5. Maintain the UN Women Turkey Country Office web/ online presence

  • Manage the CO/MCO’s social media accounts in line with corporate social media policy;
  • Identify, propose, draft and publish stories and news based on UN Women Turkey’s programme and activities for dissemination in the regional and HQ websites as appropriate, on a regular basis throughout the year and in response to specific call for stories around main campaigns (e.g. International Women’s Day, 16 Days).
  • Plan/develop UN Women Turkey Country Office website if and once agreed with the Regional and HQ Comms sections.
  • Oversee uploading of information to knowledge management system on a regular basis, including news, updates, and resources.

6. Facilitate knowledge building and sharing

  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities;
  • Provide training and workshops on communication and advocacy, as appropriate.

Key Performance Indicators 

  • Quality inputs and analysis into the communications strategy for the office
  • Timely monitoring of current events and trends
  • Quality and relevant advocacy materials and content
  • Timely updating of website and social media
  • Timely dissemination of materials as shown by knowledge of UN Women’s activities in country
  • Regular interactions with mass media, as shown by coverage

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies
  • Good knowledge of web-based knowledge management systems
  • Good understanding of production, graphic design and photography standards
  • Good knowledge of social media platforms and experience in social media outreach
  • Good knowledge of local country media landscape
  • Good communication, presentation, networking and advocacy skills
  • Ability to be strategic and analytical
  • Knowledge of gender and human rights issues desirable

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, public relations, journalism or relevant field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifyingexperience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience:
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience at national or international level inpublic relations, communications or advocacy;
  • Experience in communication and advocacy in the field of gender equality is a strongasset.
  • Experience in media relations is an asset;
  • Experience in the use of social media is an asset
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Turkish is required

The application package for the UN Women Communications Analyst (NoB) position should consist of:

How to Submit the Application:

  • Download and complete the UN Women Personal History Form (P11) -https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558
  • Merge your UN Women Personal History Form (P11), CV and Motivation Letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement).
  • Click 'Apply Now' button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click 'Submit Application;'
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above).
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Notes:

  • UN Women retains the right to contact references directly. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.  

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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