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Communications Associate


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Tashkent
  • Grade: Administrative support - LICA-6, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed

Background Information - Job-specific

Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO)

The Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) is part of the UNOPS Europe and Central Asia Region (ECR). Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, focused on:

  • Infrastructure

  • Procurement 

  • Project Management (full service, back on track)

  • HR and Transactional Services

  • Grants Management 

  • Technical and Advisory Services

  • Project Information

Project Information

The UNOPS Uzbekistan Project Office currently has two ongoing projects both of which are major contributions to SDG3 (Good Health and Wellbeing). 

The first project, “Support to Development of Oncology Services in Uzbekistan” is funded through a major loan from the Islamic Development Bank. UNOPS will support the Government of Uzbekistan in strengthening the preparedness of its national healthcare system, and preventing and treating oncological cases in an effective and timely manner. By identifying, procuring, delivering and operationalizing urgently needed medical, laboratory, radiological and ICT equipment, the project will significantly contribute to improved access and quality healthcare services for local communities in 14 regional locations including Tashkent and throughout the country.

The second project is the “Uzbekistan COVID-19 Emergency Response Project” with the Republic of Uzbekistan's Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health Service (SES). Funded through two major loans from the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. In this project UNOPS will support the Government of Uzbekistan to upgrade up to 54 existing laboratory and treatment facilities across the country, procure diagnostic equipment and supplies, and establish an ICT system for monitoring the epidemiological situation to strengthen preparedness and resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic and other epidemics.

*** Only nationals of Uzbekistan or persons in Uzbekistan with residence and work permit are eligible for this position***

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Management Specialist, the Communication Associate will carry out the following duties, in full compliance with UNOPS rules, regulations and policies to support communications and reporting efforts within UNOPS key focus and service areas:

  1. Communications Content

  2. Communications Focal Point 

  3. Content Management

  4. Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

1. Communications Content:

  • Write and edit a variety of communications materials, including stories, press releases, speeches, articles, web content and social media posts.

  • Draft official letters, speeches, press releases, press invitations, website and newsletter stories

  • Design and produce infographics, videos and other visual materials to support UNOPS' communications efforts.

  • Support communications efforts of UNOPS' project teams, including the development of project-specific communications materials and the organization of events and press conferences.

  • Develop and maintain web content for relevant UNOPS intra-/internet pages and social media.

  • Ensure compliance of communications activities according to UNOPS rules, regulations, policies and strategies.

2. Communications Focal Point: 

  • Develop and implement communications plans and campaigns that promote UNOPS' mandate, activities and achievements to a wide range of audiences.

  • Build and maintain relationships with media outlets and journalists to secure coverage of UNOPS' activities and achievements.

  • Work with the UNOPS' Communications team to ensure consistency of messaging and branding across all communications materials and platforms.

  • Support in building good relations with relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector companies, UN agencies, INGOs, research institutes and media. 

  • Co-organize media facilitation for donor visits and field visits. 

  • Provide communication support for organization of workshops and training.

  • Manage and maintain local UNOPS' social media accounts, including support to social media strategies and campaigns.

  • Support the development of ideas for new and innovative ways of communicating with the local population.

  • Provide suggestions on cultural sensitivities for communications. 

3. Content Management:

  • Keep up-to-date communication materials and a photo library with project photos.

  • Contribute to communication outputs to share information about UNOPS Uzbekistan projects and results achieved, in liaison with relevant project and communication teams. 

  • Follow local media for humanitarian and development related content. 

  • Contribute communications content for briefing reports to the MCO / Regional Office and/or partners/donors. 

  • Develop and maintain a database of relevant project contacts including local journalists / press contacts, partners and the international community.

4. Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

  • Provide guidance and training to project teams on communications best practices and UNOPS' communications policies and guidelines.

  • Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice by synthesizing lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in communications.

  • Contribute feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilize productively.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education

  • Secondary school (High School or equivalent) with a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience is required.

  • A first level university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in Communications, Media, Social Studies, International Relations or related fields may substitute for some years of experience, but is not required. 

b. Work experience 

  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant working experience within the communications field is required.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication, planning and coordination skills are required. 

  • Experience in social media management is an asset. 

  • Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is an asset.

c. Languages

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Fluency in Uzbek or Russian is required. Fluency in both is an advantage.


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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: Local Support Level 6, LICA-6, ICS-6
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, satisfactory performance, and project duration. 

*** Only nationals of Uzbekistan or persons in Uzbekistan with residence and work permit are eligible for this position***

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

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 

  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions 

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post. 

  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.

  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.

  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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