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Communication Analyst (National Position)


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kyiv
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed
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Today Ukraine is facing its most serious challenges since achieving independence in 1991. The ongoing war has already resulted in significant loss of life, unprecedented displacement, internally and towards neighboring countries, and devastating destruction of infrastructure. The UN Ukraine Flash Appeal shows that at least 15.7 million people are in immediate need of emergency assistance and protection. Early projections indicate that if the war should continue in the medium to long term, up to 90% of the Ukrainian population could face poverty and extreme economic vulnerability, and the country’s socio-economic progress could be set-back by almost 20 years. In the short-term, 62% of the population is at high risk of falling into poverty. Ukraine’s economy is set to shrink by 45% this year due to the war and even with a moderate recovery in the next few years, by 2025 the GDP would still only be two-thirds of the pre-war GDP in 2021. 
In addition, the country faces losses of many people’s lives and devastative destruction of infrastructures and economic bases. Currently, more than 50% of the energy infrastructure damaged, causing the massive disruption of energy supply nationwide with millions of people experiencing power outages and challenges in heating. Extensive scale of destruction of infrastructure, rehabilitating or constructing infrastructures and installing equipment with necessary supply of the materials is urgently required to restore or maintain life-line and key basic services, followed by removal or mines and explosives as well as debris. 

Through its Regional Development (RD) Programme, UNDP Ukraine assists the government, civil society and people of Ukraine in advancing democratic policies and practices needed to accelerate progress on sustainable human development. This includes advocating for human rights and gender equality, supporting anti-corruption efforts, ensuring that all Ukrainian citizens can protect their rights, strengthening parliament, and empowering civil society and youth activists.

The war in Ukraine has already resulted in significant loss of life, unprecedented displacement, internally and towards neighboring countries, and devastating destruction of infrastructure. Early programmes by UNDP suggest that if the war deepens and expands, up to 90 percent of the population of Ukraine could be facing poverty and vulnerability to poverty by the end of 2022, and 30 percent of the population are likely to require life-saving humanitarian assistance. Eighteen years of socio-economic achievements in Ukraine are at risk. UNDP’s core interest is to preserve development gains as fully as possible, and to return Ukraine to pathways to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as quickly as possible.

In this context, UNDP is recruiting the Communication Analyst, who will ensure the successful UNDP internal and external communication strategy implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities
This position is a national position on a contract modality of “National Personnel Service Agreement” at NPSA-9 level.

Scope of Work 
Within the delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Regional Development Programme Manager, the Communications Analyst will:

A. Ensure development and effective implementation of the IDRPB-Regional Development projects’ communication and outreach strategies: 

  • Support communications related activates of the IDRPB-Regional Development projects, including planning and executing relevant communication strategies and plans across multiple channels at national and regional levels, promoting civic education and community awareness where appropriate to the supported projects;  
  • Support preparation of articles, success stories, and talking points on various issues relevant to the programme/project(s) objectives;  
  • Substantially contribute to the preparation of donor reports; perform editing of projects reports and promotion materials and assure that projects promotion materials meet UN/UNDP and donors communications requirements;  
  • Serve as a focal person and liaise with communications personnel of other projects and UNDP Country Office; convey IDRPB-Regional Development projects news for publication at the UNDP website and social media;  
  • Ensure development and publication of the projects` promotion and information materials such as leaflets, brochures, newsletters, and ensure quality and timeliness of their production; organize interviews for various Mass Media as part of the programme/projects activities;  
  • Coordinate the work of relevant individual consultants contracted within the programme/project(s) for communications and/or monitoring related assignments; coordinate the production and printing agencies involved in creation of audio/video/animation/print products on the request of the programme/ projects under implementation; 
  • Contribute to the successful implementation of grant programmes launched as part of IDRPB-Regional Development projects by leading capacity building for the UNDP grantees in the area of communications and outreach, as well as providing them with advisory support and consultations if needed;   
  • Prepare press-announces and press-releases on the activities of the programme/ projects in both English and Ukrainian (or Russian if needed) languages for distribution to mass media; organize the press-clubs, press-tours, press-conferences, conferences and other media-related events as part of the programme/projects activities. 

B. Contribute to the corporate advocacy and outreach efforts in collaboration with UNDP CO Communication Unit: 

  • Help to promote and disseminate the UNDP corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications; 
  • Help to organize and conduct public information campaigns on issues including UNDP activities, Sustainable Development Goals, and UN Reform; 
  • Help to increase coverage and understanding of the UNDP's work in the country or practice area through regular media contacts and provision of newsworthy information to the national public and, where possible, donors; 
  • Provide support to the organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, launches, etc; 
  • Ensure effective responses to inquiries for information materials related to the supported projects. 

C. Facilitation of knowledge building and management: 

  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities; 
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories; 
  • Provision of trainings for UNDP personnel and partner organizations, including but not limited to UNDP grantees supported under IDRPB-Regional Development projects, on internal and external gender-sensitive and conflict-sensitive communications for development, with a focus on photography, video, blogging, managing social media, working with press, etc. ; 
  • Participate in the training for the programme/project personnel for further professional growth through active learning.  

Institutional Arrangement

The incumbent will directly report to the Regional Development Programme Manager and work in close coordination with Monitoring and Reporting Analyst, as well as UNDP CO Communications team. 

Core Competencies
Achieve Results: 
LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:    
LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements 

Learn Continuously:    
LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:    
LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible 

Act with Determination:     
LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner:    
LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:    
LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination 


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Communications- Media Relations:
Ability to develop media relations across all aspects of media work including relationships with media and preparing media materials such as messages. 

Communications- Multimedia writing/editing: Ability to create and/or edit written content for multimedia. 

General -Public Relations: Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organization, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public. 

Communications-Social Media management: Ability to represent and promote the UNDP brand in virtual communities and Network.

Communications- Digital Awareness and Literacy: Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as  needed.

Required Skills and Experience:

 Education requirements:    

  • ​​​​​​Master’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or in another relevant field; 
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or in another relevant field with 2 additional years of relevant experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree. 

Relevant work experience:     

  • Minimum 2 years with Master’s degree or 4 years with Bachelor’s degree of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations and/or communications; 
  • Experience of work at relevant positions in international organizations, programmes/projects is an asset. 

Required  skills: 

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to build trust; 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in the team, delivering through and with others. 

Desired skills/Experience :

  • Extensive experience in presenting in public forums, including high-level national stakeholders is an asset; 
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with blogging and social media is an asset; 
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with newsletter design, photography or video production will be an asset. 

Required Language(s): 

  • Excellent knowledge of the English and Ukrainian languages (fluency in both spoken and written)  
This is a national position only Ukrainian nationals are eligible to apply for this position.
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