Communications Analyst 08.12.2017

  • Added Date: Thursday, 07 December 2017
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 08 December 2017

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Communications Analyst

Job ID


Practice Area - Job Family

National Volunteer Scheme

Vacancy End Date

(Midnight New York, USA)


Time Left

1d 19h 10m

Duty Station

Bridgetown, Barbados

Education & Work Experience

G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience







Vacancy Type

National Regular UN Volunteer

Posting Type



Latin America & the Caribbean

Contract Duration

6 months with possibility for extension

Must be a citizen of Barbados as this is for a National UN Volunteer

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The Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of United Nations system at the country level. Resident Coordinator Stephen O’Malley leads the United Nations Subregional Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which is represented by several United Nations programmes, funds and specialized agencies, with shared responsibility for ten OECS countries and territories. The sub-region is comprised of seven independent nations (Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) and three British Over-seas Territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Montserrat).

Of the operational agencies comprising the United Nations Subregional Team (UNST) for Barbados and the OECS, the eight resident agencies are based in Barbados. Working closely with national governments, the Resident Coordinator and the UN Subregional Team advocates the interests and mandates of the UN System while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family. All representatives of UN organisations at the country level report to the RC on matters related to the working of the UN Subregional Team and implementation of the jointly agreed work programme derived from the UN Multicountry Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF).

The National UN Volunteer will have the opportunity to join the RCO for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which includes the Resident Coordinator, Executive Association, Coordination Analyst and Human Rights Officer.


The United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF) defines how the UN will jointly achieve development results in partnership with 18 English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries and Overseas Territories for the period 2017-2021. The MSDF articulates a vision for how the Caribbean will advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the region’s governments, Across four cross-cutting priority areas:

1. An Inclusive, Equitable and Prosperous Caribbean

2. A Healthy Caribbean

3. A Safe, Cohesive and Just Caribbean

4. A Sustainable and Resilient Caribbean

While the region’s leaders have been engaged throughout the adoption of the SDGs and the formation of the 2017-2021 MSDF, the technical officers and citizens are largely unaware of these development frameworks. There is therefore a need to increase communication and public relation around the SDGs and the MSDF within the sub-region.

The RCO, which is responsible for coordination efforts for the various UN agencies, monitors the implementation of the MSDF and SDG achievements, and communicates on issues of common concern to the UN system.The National UN Volunteer will be assigned to the RCO and work directly with the UN Coordination Analyst and the UN Resident Coordinator to accomplish the following goals:

Firstly, the finalization of a communication strategy for agencies in the sub-region and the preparation of relevant articles, messages and templates will offer guidance to UN communication personnel and programme staff.

Secondly,the creation of an interactive, mobile gallery showcasing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals within the Caribbean MSDF will meet two strategic objectives of the 2017 – 2018 SDGs/MSDF Communications and Advocacy Strategy: (1) Raise awareness and advocacy towards the localization and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and (2) Promote national, regional and international awareness and engagement of the UN Caribbean MSDF priority areas.


Aims and objectives

The assignment has the following aims and objectives:

1. To increase visibility of 2017-2021 Caribbean UN MSDF and the SDGs.

2. To increase visibility of UN work in highlighted thematic areas.

3. To partner with government and development partners to showcase how the MSDF and SDGs support national development priorities.

4. To heighten the Caribbean public awareness of SDGs and connection with their day-to-day lives.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of UN Coordination Analyst and the UN Resident Coordinator the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Communication Support

· Support the UN Communications Group by providing inputs and finalise a communication strategy around MSDF/SDG implementation in the sub-region.

· Provide communication support for the hurricane recovery effort in the Eastern Caribbean

· Help curate an audiovisual archive for the UN Subregional Team’s development initiatives. This may include developing templates or filing system for communication materials, including photographs, blogs, videos etc.

· Prepare communications materials as requested.

SDG Mobile Gallery

· Curate a multi-sensory, interactive, mobile gallery rooted in the Caribbean context. The national UN volunteer should curate the gallery tour, pulling on historical material as well as resources from ongoing initiatives.

o Multi-sensory: Create a multi-sensory, hands-on experience the gallery must incorporate a range of elements related to the UN’s work within the Caribbean. This ranges from photos and murals to video reels, audio clips, tactile resources such as seeds, medical instruments etc.

o Interactive: Create brief exercises for different age levels to showcase development work across four priority areas. (For instance, this may include a 3-5-minute exercise highlighting humanitarian resource in emergency condition. For example, students may be asked to prep a ‘Return to Happiness’ kit or ‘Dignity Kit’ with limited items).

o Mobile: Create a gallery easily and quickly dissembled and reassembled as needed. To facilitate travel, create a gallery that fits into a compact storage kit of reasonable weight. Create a guide to assembling that will be included to support the process.

o Localized: The gallery must incorporate elements that allow Barbados and OECS countries to easily add local material and narratives. The guide should incorporate some practical suggestions of where and what sort of material could be added to the gallery.

· With support of the UN Coordination Analyst, liaise with the UN Communications Group, MSDF Regional Task Team for Communications, the UN Information Centre and other UN agencies across the region to source relevant material.

· Incorporate messaging that will be accessible to a wide range of audiences

· Liaise with suppliers to obtain quotes and procure services

· Develop toolkit that will be used as guidance for the setting up of the gallery.

· Work with the UN Coordination Analyst to support communications materials and other templates as required for new frameworks;

· Work with UN Online Volunteers to support in some of the work for the mobile gallery;

· Provide additional support as required.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

· Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);

· Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

· Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;

· Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNVpublications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc;

· Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

· Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output:

· Communications strategy completed

· Filing system and strategy for accessing communication files, particularly photos and audiovisual files established

· List of media contacts within and outside of the region to share/ carry communication products compiled.

· Agreed upon number of press releases/ articles prepared per month

· Mobile Gallery curated

· Pilot Mobile Gallery showcased in Barbados and in one other OECS country;

· Toolguide developed with instructions regarding the set up and take down of the mobile gallery;

· Community Based volunteers recruited and trained to support the Mobile Gallery within Barbados and the OECS;

· A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.


· Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to prioritise and manage competing priroties;

· Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence;

· Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexitites;

· Excellent command of written and oral English;

· Demonstrate ability to engage and educate a wide range of stakeholders on relevant technical material;

· Practical knowledge of Microsoft Office business application software;

· Ability to work under pressure;

· Ability to work in a team;

· Strong analytical skills, ability to conceptualize, plan and express important results;

· Ability to formulate and encapsulate innovative ideas;

· Dispalys open, co-operative behaviour with team members and colleagues;

· Maintains strong relationships with partners and clients;

· Remains calm and in control and good humoured even under pressure

· Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of views;

· Sets priorities, produces quality outputs, meets deadliens and manages time efficiently;

· Creative in their day to day work and able to think outside of the box to create fresh, innovative and new ideas to promote UN”s work, the SDGs and the MSDF.

Required Skills and Experience

· Degree in Library/Museum studies, History, illustration and design, arts, communications or a related field;

· Minimum 2 years professional experience in Curation and/or Communications and Public Relations, Graphic or Visual Arts, Illustration, Design or related field;

· Must be a citizen of Barbados or a non-national who is residing legally in Barbados and is recognized as stateless or a refugee.


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