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Communications Associate

Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-25

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office (NRO) is located in Copenhagen with satellite offices in Norway, Finland and Sweden. It serves as a liaison and communication office, which works to share knowledge and raise awareness about UNDP’s mandate, work and results. NRO works both as a liaison office between UNDP’s headquarter in New York and the Nordic member states, and as a communication office, which focuses on reaching the public through the media, public events, presentations, field trips and cooperation with Nordic stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, and schools and research institutions.  
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Partnerships and Communication Specialist, the Communications Associate supports the formulation and implementation of communications strategies to increase awareness and knowledge of the work of the United Nations and global development, including the Sustainable Development Goals to the public and key audiences. The Communications Associate promotes a client-oriented approach in UNDP.
The Communications Associate works in close collaboration with staff in the Nordic Representation Office, staff of other UN organizations, Government officials, media, youth, civil society and other partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

Supports the formulation and implementation of communications strategies
  • Provision of inputs and information for strategies and communication programme design;
  • Coordination and adaptation of UNDP global campaigns and initiatives for a Swedish audience;
  • Coordination and implementation of joint UN information campaigns and initiatives;
  • Support the monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of communications efforts;
  • Support reporting to external partner on communications results.
Editor of digital platforms 
  • Contributes to strategies and plans to enhance digital communications with the purpose of increasing knowledge and engagement in development issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Updates, maintains and develops digital platforms, such as websites and interactive tools, including www.globalamå
  • Supports the development of campaigns and content for social media platforms;
  • Develops communications assets and materials for digital platforms;
  • Prepares campaign kits and content for partner platforms as needed;
  • Under guidance, project manage digital communications initiatives as needed.
Supports external engagement efforts 
  • Under guidance, responsible for event management of knowledge-sharing events such as seminars, briefings and report launches, including liaising with external and internal stakeholders, logistics and event marketing;
  • Under guidance, responsible for the development of communications materials for marketing and awareness-raising, including briefing materials and media materials.
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management 
  • Support in identification, documentation and drafting of best practices and lessons learned;
  • Organization of training for staff on effective digital communications as needed.


Core Competencies 
Level: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others
  • Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management
Level: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform 
Level: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Technical/Functional Competencies
Level applies for all below listed competencies: 
Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
  • Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy
Building Strategic Partnerships
  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships 
Client Orientation
  • Ability to focus on results for clients by providing information, being accessible, understanding need and giving them due priority. 
Social Media
  • Ability to represent and promote the UNDP brand in virtual communities / networks and promote citizen engagement in UNDP's work
Knowing your audience
  • Ability to use a range of techniques and intelligence to develop and implement customized initiatives to target varied audiences to meet UNDP's  objectives.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Secondary Education with at least seven (6) years relevant experience, or Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Media Relations, Journalism or related with relevant experience of at least three (3) years;
  • Master’s degree in Communications, Media Relations, Journalism or related is an asset.
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience of working with communications;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.). Experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • 3-6 years of relevant experience in providing communication packages to promote the activities of international development organization;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Experience in handling of, and developing content for, web-based management systems. 
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Swedish is a requirement; 
  • Other official language of the UN will be desirable. 



Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Candidates selected pursuant to this vacancy may be subject to UNDP’s policy on Probation upon assignment.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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