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Communication Assistant

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-21

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Background

The UN Secretary-General's bold new global reform agenda launched on 1 January 2019, in response to General Assembly resolution 71/243, repositions the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for dignity, prosperity, and peace on a healthy planet. Central to this process, and as further mandated by General Assembly resolution 72/279, a new generation of UN Resident Coordinator Offices across the world are being strengthened under the leadership of an empowered UN Resident Coordinator, the highest-ranking representative of the UN Development System at country level.
 
In order to effectively coordinate the collective work of UN Country Teams in support of national aspirations, Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) enhanced core capacities will include expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economics, tailored policy support, results monitoring and evaluation, strategic partnerships and robust communications. The Resident Coordinator leads the United Nations Team for Saudi Arabia, which is represented by several United Nations agencies, funds and programmes.
 
Of the operational agencies comprising the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) for Saudi Arabia, there are 20 in total. Twelve agencies, funds and programs present in country, out of which three are principally in support of operations in Yemen. Eight operate through regional offices and (or) HQs.
 
Under the direct supervision of the RCO Senior Economist, the Interns will supports the efforts of the RCO and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to ensure a well-researched, analytical, coordinated and harmonized response of the UN system.
 
The Research Assistants (Interns) will work with the RCO Senior Economist to provide well researched literature reviews, policy briefs, monitoring papers, etc. to enhance and accelerate development of the KSA towards achieving Vision 2030 and the SDGs.
 
This is a call for 3 Internships, which are Home-Based & Un-Paid. The interns will gain insights into the work of the UN at the country level, the research done within RCO (look at this blog for some details https://saudiarabia.un.org/en/123906-rco-economics-3-questions-every-resident-coordinator-can-explore-about-their-countrys-sdgs and this page for the research papers https://saudiarabia.un.org/en/resources/publications), and the coordination, outreach, partnerships and communication efforts done by the office and the Resident Coordinator herself. We will try to tailor the specific tasks of each intern to suit their specific strenghts. This internships can be also done concurrently to studying, if the needed time out of studying is devoted to the tasks. The RCO will also support the professional development of the interns, encourage the interns to grow and pursue other opportunities, and will be flexible in releasing the interns early when such opportunities in the best interest of the interns arise. That being said, the internship does not hold any promise from the RCO side for future eployment within the United Nations. 
 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Communications Officer, the intern will provide full support for the communications activities of the RCO, committing to confidentiality in all aspects of assignments, maintenance of protocol procedures, and management of information flow by assisting in follow-up on deadlines and commitments made.
The Communications Assistant works with the RCO Communications and Advocacy Officer to support the formulation and implementation of the communications and advocacy strategies to increase the standing and awareness of UN in country with partners, the media and the public. The Communications Assistant will support RCO to ensure effective implementation of communications strategies, media relations and organizational outreach efforts. The Communications Assistant promotes a client-oriented approach in RCO. Central to this function will be the provision of communications support to the administration of the Communications Group (UNCG), including through the management of the UNCT  website, curation of social media posts and drafting and / or editing of communications materials to support advocacy activities in its efforts to increase the UN’s visibility and affect perceptions as well as Agenda 2030-SDGs at the national level.
•Social Media Management and Media Monitoring activities
•Support in content creation for external digital platforms (Website, Social Media, Campaigns..)
•Support in executing events such as (UN Day, UN International Days..)
•Ensuring Communication Group meetings are effectively organised and minuted
•Support in coordination activities of the Communication Group; Preparing monthly content calendar, reports,  and other documents.
•Brainstorm with the UN Communications Group and create designs inspired by style guides.
•Liaise with vendors to ensure UN branding requirements are met and the execution of items meet the standards 
•Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Competencies

•Familiarity with social media platforms and knowledge of best practices for infographic design
•Ability to work independently on developing original content into articles, stories and social media posts
•Must be able to handle multiple tasks and perform to meet tight deadlines
•Demonstrate ability to be proactive and anticipating potential issues before they occur
•Strong design skills represented by even stronger online portfolio
•Proven talent in visual design, layout for web, product, and print
•Passion for design and storytelling
•Ability to work independently and as a team
•Enthusiastic about the fast-paced life of a transitioning culture
•Adaptable, eager and hungry to learn
Preferred: 
•Experience in Keynote and/or PowerPoint, including designing presentations and developing content is a plus
•Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud Applications (Specifically Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat)
•Event design experience is a plus
•Filming and Video editing is a plus
•Experience in photography is a plus
•Strong sketching and storyboarding skills are a plus
 
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas workLevel 1: Assesses work with critical eye
 
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to followLevel 1: Takes responsibility for and ensures high quality of own work
 
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfactionLevel 1: Understands personal and team roles, responsibilities and objectives
 
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transformLevel 1: Reliably and consistently listens and interprets information and instruction correctly
 
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgementLevel 1: Meets goals and timelines for team deliverables
 
Technical/Functional
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Level 1: Replicate Reliably: Carry out work, as directed, and demonstrate motivation to develop)
 
Teamwork: Acts as a team player and facilitates team work; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Level 1: Replicate Reliably: Carry out work, as directed, and demonstrate motivation to develop
 
Commitment to continuous learning: willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.Level 1: Replicate Reliably: Carry out work, as directed, and demonstrate motivation to develop
 

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:BA in Communications or any relevant field such as Advertising/Marketing
 
Experience:0-2 years
 
Language Requirements:English/Arabic
 

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