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Digital Communications and Engagement Analyst (IPSA 9)- Home based

Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Junior level - IPSA-9, International Personnel Services Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Design (digital, product, graphics or visual design)
  • Closing Date: Closed
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Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP's Strategic Plan. BPPS's staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government, and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP's Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP's development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

BPPS’s Hubs on Nature, Climate, Energy and Waste, with the support of the Vertical Fund Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit, works with governments, civil society, and private sector partners to integrate nature, climate, energy and waste related concerns into national and sector planning and inclusive growth policies, support country obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and oversee the implementation of the UN’s largest portfolio of in-country programming nature, climate change, energy and waste.

The newly established UNDP Climate Hub is the arrowhead of UNDP’s commitment to the “Climate Promise” that aims to support programming countries designing and implementing pledges under the Paris Agreement, including ambitious National Determined Contributions, with climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions fully embedded in the national development planning and budgetary processes. The Climate Hub will build on UNDP’s existing over USD 4 billion country-level climate portfolio on Climate Change Policies and Strategies, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate and Forests, covering over 142 countries, as well as on UNDP’s Nature portfolio, UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub, UNDP’s Digital offer and other relevant portfolios on youth, gender, health, climate security among others. 

The UNDP Climate Hub is responsible for: 

  • Thought leadership on Climate and to be the custodian of UNDP policy positions on Climate; 
  • Strategy and vision formulation; 
  • Pipeline development in coordination with the other hubs and the Vertical Fund Programme Support, Oversight and Compliance Unit; 
  • Provision of integrated policy and programme support to Country Offices; 
  • Global engagement, advocacy in collaboration with BERA; 
  • Integration across thematic areas; 
  • Strategic Partnerships development and resource mobilization; 
  • Lead and Support global flagship initiatives and partnerships on Climate; 
  • Serve as focal point with relevant UN coordination mechanisms and Conventions (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change); 
  • Cross-organization knowledge and learning; and 
  • Innovation.

UNDP is recruiting a Digital Communications and Engagement Analyst to work with UNDP’s Climate Hub communications unit, providing support on UNDP Climate and Forests digital communications and visibility needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP is looking to engage a Digital Communications and Engagement Analyst to work with UNDP’s Climate Hub communications unit, providing support on UNDP Climate and Forests digital communications and visibility needs. This role entails working in close coordination with UNDP’s Climate and Forests team and communication specialists across the Climate Hub, as well as on regional and country office levels. 
  • Act as the focal point for the Climate and Forests portfolio's communications work within the Climate Hub;
  • Contribute to the design and deployment of Climate and Forests communications strategies, enhancing their online and social media presence by maintaining a steady pipeline of content;
  • Contribute to the creation and dissemination of visual communications products (including videos, graphics, animations) across a variety of digital multimedia platforms,
  • Contribute to the layout and design of knowledge products (reports, info briefs, one pagers) in line with UNDP and Climate Hub’s branding guidelines,
  • Develop new and innovative communication products for target audiences, with a focus on social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn and/or related platforms) and digital channels (website, newsletter, podcast) in a frequent, regular interval;
  • Contribute to the development of digital advocacy campaigns that promote constructive dialogue around Climate and Forests’ vision and strategic priorities to external audiences,
  • Participate in the Climate Hub's communications team and liaise with colleagues working on communications in other UNDP teams, including the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy;
  • Lead visibility and outreach for Climate and Forests efforts, by providing creative support during key events such as COP, Climate Weeks, UNGA and other important milestones. 
  • Support the production process, including scripting, planning and editing of audiovisual products.

Institutional Arrangement

The Digital Communications and Engagement Analyst reports directly to the Climate & Forests Programme Management Specialist, with secondary reporting to the Climate Hub Communications Specialist. S/he will be part of the larger Climate Hub. 

The assignment is home-based. If travel is required, and subject to (local) Covid-19 health permission, such travel shall be at UNDP’s expense and processed in accordance with UNDP’s travel guidance and policy. 

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 

Cross-functional and technical competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition
Business Management Digital Awareness & 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
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 channels

2030 Agenda: Planet Nature, Climate & Energy Climate and Forests: Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation
2030 Agenda: Planet Nature, Climate & Energy Climate Change Policies: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Education requirements Master's degree in communications, journalism, or related field. Bachelor’s degree with four (4) years of relevant professional experience acceptable.
Min. years of relevant work experience  A minimum of two (2) years with master’s degree or four (4) years with bachelor’s degree of relevant professional experience in the field of communications, public relations, journalism, digital media management or advocacy.
Required  skills 
  • Solid experience with social media campaigns and community engagement required.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information to readily understood content by a variety of audiences.
  • Strong practical background in the production of multimedia products. Demonstrated storytelling ability across a variety of platforms.
  • Experience with graphic design and publishing programmes such as Adobe CC, Canva, Spark, InDesign or equivalent.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Experience with video editing tools is an advantage.
  • Experience in the developing country context and working in different cultural settings is an advantage. 
  • Familiarity with international development and climate change issues is an advantage. 
Required Language(s) 
  • Excellent oral and written communications and presentations skills in English required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in French or Spanish is an advantage.
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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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.
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 
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