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Communication Officer Re-ad (Anti-Corruption) (NPSA9)

Port Moresby

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Port Moresby
  • Grade: Junior level - NPSA-9, National Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date: Closed
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Corruption is a global phenomenon that negatively impacts development. Papua New Guinea is no exception to this. The Government of Papua New Guinea has attempted to address corruption over the last three decades, but its efforts have met with varying degrees of success. Papua New Guinea was the Pacific region’s first country to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), signing it in 2004, and ratifying it in 2007. This has been followed by a number of key developments, among them:
  • Development of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2010-2030) and its associated rolling Plans of Action. 
  • Active participation in the mechanism for the review of implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption or UNCAC (UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism), as a State under review and a reviewing State.
  • Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in 2014. 
  • Commitments by the Government to pass legislation to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), implement freedom of information (FOI) and protect whistle-blowers, the last of which saw legislation enacted in February 2020 and the unanimous vote of the national Parliament in November 2020 to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption.  

The United Nations has played an important role in supporting, facilitating and advising on various aspects of this effort. In 2020, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with support from the European Union, designed a projectnto support the Government of Papua New Guinea and key stakeholders to progress their national anti-corruption priorities. 

The overall goal of the Project on Preventing and Countering Corruption in Papua New Guinea (the ‘PNG Anti-Corruption Project’) is to support the Government, key national institutions, civil society and communities to strengthen their commitment and capacities to address corruption in line with the UNCAC, in order to more effectively progress the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for the benefit of all Papua New Guineans. 

Specifically, the Project aims to strengthen Papua New Guinea’s national integrity system through the strengthening of core anti-corruption institutions and processes, through support for key Government and non-government bodies. The Project is being implemented by UNDP and UNODC.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP and UNODC Anti-Corruption Technical Advisers, the Communications Officer is responsible for coordination of implementation of the Communications and Visibility plan of the PNG Anti-Corruption Project. The Communications Officer organizes, coordinates and synchronizes all major visibility events as needed, ensures that all supplies, communication material and knowledge material are in line with the Communications and Visibility plan, liaise with implementing project partners to ensure their compliance to EU visibility and provide inputs to the annual visibility plan report. The Communications Officer supports implementation and coordinates activities related to the communication and visibility activities of the Project. The Communications Officer works in close collaboration with the project staff and key external partners to implement the project Communications and Visibility plan effectively. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Coordinates implementation of project Communications and Visibility plan focusing on achieving the following results:

  • Coordinate closely with the EU, UNDP and UNODC communications teams to: Organize, coordinate and synchronize as needed all major visibility events, ensure that all supplies, communication material and knowledge management outputs are identified with the EU logo, liaise with implementing project partners to ensure their compliance to EU visibility, provide inputs to the annual visibility plan report as required.
  • Review and implement the existing Project Communications and Visibility plan.
  • Support development of the project visibility material (symbol, logo, titles) in English and Tok Pisin as required.
  • Produce press releases and other communication material.
  • Produce project newsletters twice a year, including designing, drafting content with the assistance of the UNDP and UNODC Advisers, and promoting the newsletters.
  • Take photos and videos of project events, as well as coordinate with photographers, videographers and UNODC and UNDP Project teams in development and finalization of video and photo material and support the development of this material.
  • Use websites and social media accounts to promote the Project, including publish relevant posts on the project events and achievements on social media.
  • Support development, design and dissemination of communications, visibility, awareness and advocacy products, also together with government counterparts (e.g. Independent Commission Against Corruption) clearly identified in the Project Document (particularly Output 2.2.4).
  • Support project teams in coordination, communication, awareness and advocacy work with the Government and non-government institutions (particularly for Outcomes 1, 2 and 4).
  • Enhance quality assurance of the project communications material.
  • Support preparation of public events, ensuring visibility of those events in accordance with the Communications and Visibility Plan.
  • Prepare talking point drafts and speeches as required under the guidance of the UNODC and UNDP technical advisers.
  • Support design of other relevant communications and visibility material.
  • Support preparation of the project progress reports, annual reports and other reports for the donor, UNODC and UNDP and key partners as required.

Support the effective coordination and communications of the PNG Anti-Corruption Project focusing on achieving the following results:

  • Coordinate with the key stakeholders (UNODC and UNDP Communications teams, EU, Government, civil society organizations (CSOs), media, faith-based organizations and private sector) to ensure the satisfactory execution of the Project's activities, including but not limited to the development of the knowledge, awareness, education products, advocacy activities and visibility plans.
  • Coordinate and communicate with the Project's partners to ensure the Project's added value for them, a regular two-way flow of relevant information, and mutual trust to achieve common goals.
  • Communicate, and where required, coordinate with the Project's communications consultants.
  • Coordinate and communicate with Project’s technical consultants and experts, to ensure an appropriate visibility and communication of their activities as required.
  • Coordinate and communicate with UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (ROSEAP) and UNDP PNG Office communications and project teams to consult and share updates on the Project's plans and results as well as on related good practices and lessons learned.
  • Review and disseminate press releases and other materials and update relevant information including web publications.

Support information management and dissemination of information on the PNG Anti-Corruption Project in the PNG and the Asia Pacific region focusing on the following results:

  • Review and disseminate press releases and other public communications and update public information about the Project including on relevant websites.
  • Monitor and analyze media reports relevant to the Project and provide briefs to the Project teams. 
  • Draft programme reports and external communications to communicate the impact of the Project to partners, media, and beneficiaries.
  • Support proper information management by the Project teams, including assisting to maintain updated and detailed records of Project's activities and key stakeholders, such as participants in activities, consultants, experts and partners and ensure that related data is desegregated by institutional affiliation, gender, age, countries and other factors.
  • Share relevant information with PINA and AP-INTACT and support collaboration with PACJN (Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists’ Network and other similar organization.
  • Manage, collect and compile names and contact details of key relevant journalists and media persons at the regional and country level and maintain regular communication channels with them to facilitate their engagement on Project's activities.
  • Create, edit, translate and upload materials, including audio-visual products, the Project's newsletter and other written materials on the websites and social media outlets utilized by the PNG Anti-Corruption Project, including the UNODC ROSEAP website.

Support provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achieving the following results:

  • Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues to help to identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to Project objectives.
  • Support project communication and engagement with national stakeholders on specific anti-corruption areas, as identified by the UNODC and UNDP advisers on capacity and risk assessments, whistleblower protection, asset disclosure, right to information, legislation reforms, ethics and other areas as required, including in the provinces.
  • Support project work related to developing anti-corruption knowledge, including project reporting and communications.
  • Support development and communication of small grants for CSOs, including development the guidelines and other documentation and communication on application and selection process and grants outcomes.
  • Support communication and capacity building of the grantees and grants applicants for broader results.
  • Support information sharing about the grants process, the grantees and their activities through the UNDP website, Project webpage, social media and other channels, to raise awareness about the work of the grantees and what was achieved with the grants.
  • Support preparation and dissemination of education and awareness material for ICAC and other government institutions as required.
  • Promote public surveys, research and analysis conducted under or with the support of the Project, to help strengthen the ICAC’s preventive capacity.
  • Promote other public awareness campaigns about the ICAC in cooperation with non-State actors. 
  • Support capacity building, workshops and other Project activities related to the media, CSOs, faith-based organizations and private sector.
  • Promote gender equality through gender sensitive programme planning, implementation, communication, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Perform other work-related duties as may be required or directed.
  • Support development of website updates for the Project, including on small grants programme and grantee work.

Core competencies: 

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

People Management Competencies:

  • UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies: 

Business Development:          

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need
  • Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally 

Business Management

  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channel

Digital & Innovation

  • Story telling: Ability to empathize with people's perceptions, motivations, feelings and mental models and craft narratives to build an emotive argument for change accordingly. 
  • Ability to present data, insights or information in compelling ways to mobilize resources, talent or action.
  • Ability to choose media and channels that is fit for purpose to reach specific target audiences. 

General (across the functions): Public relations:       

  • Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organisation, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public 


  • Campaign management: Ability to produce and implement communications and advocacy campaigns which lead to impactful change 
  • Media relations: Ability to develop media relations across all aspects of media work including relationships with media and preparing media materials such as messages 
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in media & communications, business or social sciences. In lieu of an advanced degree, a bachelor degree with additional two years of experience will be accepted.
  • A minimum of 2 years with Master’s Degree or 4 years with Bachelor’s degree of experience related to coordination and communications.
  • Experience of PNG and the Pacific is an advantage
  • Strong inter-personal skills, in particular, demonstrated team leadership qualities and excellent oral communication skills.
  • High level planning, organizational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to change, and to remain calm under pressure.
  • Experience in PNG, the Pacific region or in a Small Island Developing State is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience of working effectively with senior government officials in desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience of working in or with media and/or Civil Society Organisations is desirable.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder facilitation and consensus building.
  • Good understanding of UNODC and UNDP policies, procedures, programming modalities is an asset.

Required Languages:

  • Fluency in English and in Tok Pisin


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