Communications Specialist

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Afghanistan has emerged as one of the worldโ€™s most complex emergencies, and the worldโ€™s largest humanitarian crisis. The crisis dynamics in the country are multi-layered. Afghan people are grappling with the devastating effects of conflict, increasing poverty, economic decline and natural disasters, all of which are amplified by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, Afghan women and girls face unique vulnerabilities and require urgent support as gender inequality is interwoven with conflict dynamics and humanitarian needs. While the Taliban has provided assurances on womenโ€™s participation in humanitarian work and their right to study, work and marry under Islamic Law,developments on the ground reflect an altogether different reality. Many women have been instructed to stay at home for their own safety, have not been allowed to work outside the home or attend school beyond the sixth grade, have been required to have a male chaperone when leaving the house, and/or have not been allowed into public places. Furthermore, no woman has been appointed to the interim government, which was announced on 7 September 2021. These recent discriminations against women exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities in a country that ranked 166 out of 167 countries on the Gender Development Index in 2019 and where conservative social norms are deeply rooted.

UN Women has been present in Afghanistan for two decades. The criticality of UN Womenโ€™s mandate in Afghanistan during this period is particularly pertinent. It is essential that Afghan women and girls can continue to shape the development of their country, and that their gains are protected. UN Women remains fully committed to supporting Afghan women and girls and to putting them at the center of the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan. UN Womenโ€™s programming approach is informed by an assessment of the political, economic and humanitarian situation, risks to and capacities of partner organizations, and needs of Afghan women and girls, and will remain adaptive to respond to emerging priorities in a rapidly shifting context. UN Women is committed to monitoring the situation closely to ensure that approaches evolve in line with a dynamic and volatile context and to ensure close coordination with its partners who are supporting the implementation of UN Womenโ€™s Strategic Note in Afghanistan. The do no harm principle will inform all interventions.

UN Women Afghanistan is proposing a focused five step approach to staying and delivering in Afghanistan that includes the following elements:

  1. Operationalizing Programming Priorities
  2. Influencing the System: Coordination Role
  3. Strengthening our Field Presence
  4. Expanding Thought Leadership
  5. Growing our Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships

    Reporting to the Deputy Country Representative, Communications Specialist will collaborate closely with the Headquarters, Regional, sub offices colleagues to ensure communications strategies, media relations and organizational outreach efforts are aligned with corporate communications policies and initiatives. The Communications Specialist also collaborates with RO colleagues to support outreach campaigns, resource mobilization and donor relations initiatives; The Communication Specialist mobilizes support in conjunction with intergovernmental processes, and support the activities and special events organized for UN Women.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Lead the development and implementation of communication and outreach/advocacy strategies and plans, with a specific focus on media

  6. Conduct communication needs assessments for ACO, including projects, programmes and corporate change initiatives;
Design, develop, and implement communication and outreach/advocacy strategies, including media strategies; ensure gender perspective;Integrate communication, advocacy and outreach strategies into proposals for project/programmes and other initiatives;Monitor and analyze print and social media and prepare reports;Launch in-country UN Women/ UN system corporate and local/regional campaigns and special events;Provide advice and guidance to and coordinate with ACO in the region.

Lead the development and dissemination of advocacy materials in Afghanistan

Develop and produce communication and advocacy instruments and materials, including briefing materials, press releases, and articles and coordinate its dissemination through effective channels;Identify and launch information opportunities, activities, approaches and platforms and partners;Provide advice on advocacy materials and coordinate launching flagship initiatives and publications in the region;Lead the engagement and supervision of video producers and other communication specialists to produce audio/ visual material on UN Womenโ€™s work;Develop brochures, factsheets, stories from the field to inform media and general public at the regional level;Follow guidelines from and report to HQ.

Manage media relations for the ACO

Lead relationship building with press in country; maintain and update database of relevant press;Respond timely and clearly to media inquiries and to a variety of inquiries and information requests; prepare related correspondence; identify topics, background information, news-related development and coverage of interest;Organize roundtable discussions, press conferences, and briefing sessions with press;Facilitate interviews with senior managers; connect media with UN Women subject experts;Finalize talking points.

Build and maintain partnerships and maintain relations with donors

Identify and develop new communication partnerships and alliances to enhance visibility; manage and nurture existing partnerships;Liaise with advocacy partners and undertake outreach to civil society organizations, governments, and other groups to ensure that newsworthy information reaches the public and donors;Guide and collaborate closely with communication colleagues in other offices to ensure consistency with corporate policies, messaging and initiatives;Submit packages for programme initiatives for donor review.

Oversee the COโ€™s web/ online presence

Oversee and maintain (regional) websites, including developing design and content;Coordinate MCO and COsโ€™ web-presence in the line with corporate web policy;Oversee and manage (regional) social media accounts in line with corporate social media policy.

Facilitate knowledge building and sharing

Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned from CO directly linked to programme country goals and activities and ensure exchange of information;Provide training and workshops on communication and advocacy as appropriate.

Key Performance Indicators

Quality communications strategy and timely implementation which leads to greater exposure and understanding of UN Womenโ€™s workQuality and relevant advocacy materials and content or the website and social media channelsRegular interactions with mass media, as shown by coverageRegular interactions with donors, as shown in increased fundsRegular exchange of information between ACO in region as shown in coherent and relevant regional public presence


Core Values:

Respect for DiversityIntegrityProfessionalism

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender IssuesAccountabilityCreative Problem SolvingEffective CommunicationInclusive CollaborationStakeholder EngagementLeading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Womenโ€™s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies

Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituenciesStrong knowledge of managing web-based knowledge management systemsStrong understanding of production, graphic design and photography standardsStrong knowledge of social media platforms and experience in social media outreachStrong oral and written communication and editing skillsStrong communication, networking and advocacy skillsAbility to provide advice and be strategic and analyticalGood knowledge of local country media landscapeKnowledge of gender and human rights issues is desirable

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

Masterโ€™s degree (or equivalent) in communications, public relations, journalism or relevant field is requiredA first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


At least 5 years of professional work experience at national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy, including in media relations;Experience in the use of social media;Experience in media relations is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is requiredKnowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Application and recruitment process | About us: Careers at UN Women | UN Women โ€“ Headquarters Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW, and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

Inclusion Statement:

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits employ, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity, and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Womenโ€™s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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