Important: Under the JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of the Republic of Korea. For detailed information on the JPO Programme and recruitment criteria, please visit https://www.undp.org/jposc
The UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme:
The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) JPO Programme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system.
HDRO produces annually the editorially independent, UNDP flagship - global Human Development Report (HDR), Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) among other reports. Since inception in 1990 the report has acted as a highly visible and influential people-centered contribution to development thinking. Each edition is launched around the world by UNDP HQ and country, liaison offices as contributions to public debate and policy making at national, regional and global levels; picked up by global and national media, and the analysis – and annually updated human development indices and data sets are used by governments, civil society, academia and development partners in their policy formulation and advocacy. HDRO also supports the development, quality assurance and promotion of regional and national human development reports.
Throughout the year, the office also seeks to promote the human development concept and approach to analysis and policy making through targeted outreach mechanisms, including via the web and social media, to influential stakeholders, through engagement with academic networks and by convening and participating in expert and high-visibility events, including but not limited to the global human development forum and other relevant conferences. An ongoing engagement with global media, internal stakeholders is important in this regard.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Communications Specialist (Outreach), the Communications and Outreach Analyst performs functions to coordinate and implement the outreach and communications strategy for the annual Human Development Report (HDR), organize events and ongoing outreach on human development. Working with other bureaus and offices of UNDP, the Analyst acts as HDRO focal point in contributing to the selection of appropriate media to promote human development, HDR, MPI, and for the development of presentations, advocacy materials; identifies and maintains a database of relevant international stakeholders among policy makers, experts and opinion leaders (public/private), media etc. and applies suitable means of outreach for them. The Analyst works on developing relations with the media, keeps abreast with key events where HDRO could further advocate human development concept, HDR, organizing events and identifying opportunities to influence debates. The Analyst acts as support to communication strategies for regional and national reports. The key functions would be communication and outreach: strategy and implementation; contributions to the launch of the annual HDR; and other editorial functions.Content and Methodology of Supervision
Title of Supervisor: Communications Specialist (Outreach), HDRO
Under the overall supervision of the Director of HDRO key duties of Communications and Outreach Analyst are as follows:Supports the implementation of HDRO outreach and partnerships; Coordination of events organized by HDRO and the participation of the Director events, including coordination of missions; Support the coordination of launch events.
Training and Learning:
Duties and Responsibilities
Implementation of HDRO Communication Strategy designs and implements an ongoing media and outreach strategies in order to generate greater awareness, understanding and supports Human Development, HDR, MPI: Maintains a calendar of relevant conferences and events that provides opportunities for showcasing HD, HDR, MPI; Produces social media content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across a range of integrated online platforms including UNDP sharepoint and HDRO external website, Twitter and Facebook pages; Monitors media tracking and assesses the general reaction of the public to HDRO work on the basis of information gathered from media, organized groups and correspondence
Coordinates media activities and actively engages international media as well as respond to media inquiries:Prepares and edits news releases, features, question and answer documents; brochures and other publicity material for HDRO outreach: Acts as media focal point and implements a comprehensive media toolkit; Contributes development of HDRO fundraising material and reports in the context of communication; Coordination of launch events (global, regional, national etc. levels): Designs and implements the communication and media strategies for the launch and dissemination of the Human Development Reports, including identification of facilitators, coordination with speakers; organizational issues such as invitations, concept notes, agendas, panelists’ kits and invitees folders; Establishes and maintains pro-active, effective and dynamic relations with key international media outlets and relevant publications to communicate and/or to seek their support for the launch of HDR, MPI; Plans and drafts key messages, briefing and press releases for the HDR, MPI launches; designs the social media strategy for the launch of the HDR, MPI; Liaises with relevant UNDP offices to identify the possible global launch venues, coordinates preparations for the global, regional and national launches, organizes pre-launch substantive briefings for relevant UNDP staff including Country Offices and dissemination of launch-related materials, including a launch kit; Liaises with BERA, representative offices on high profile launches and in countries without UNDP country offices; Coordinates with communications/production colleagues to ensure timely posting and dissemination of documents/materials
Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:Staff will oversee the work and deliverables of the Communications IPSA (where feasible).
Core Competencies: Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process 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
Technical and cross-functional competencies:Multimedia production - Ability to create and combine images, text and audiovisuals to produce multimedia content Media Relations - Ability to develop media relations across all aspects of media work including relationships with media and preparing media materials such as messages Web and Social Media Analytics - Ability to analyse and interpret data and statistics to measure web and social media performance Data Analysis - Ability to extract, analyse and visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making Data storytelling and communications - Skilled in building a narrative around a set of data and its accompanying visualizations to help convey the meaning of that data in a powerful and compelling fashion. Behaviour change communication/communication for development - Knowledge of appropriate digital communication methodologies for development and behaviour change, and ability to apply them practically
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in international affairs, development studies or related area Experience: Minimum 2 years of paid and relevant experience in development, international relations, communications, social science, economics, or related field. Experience in development sector Knowledge of and/or professional experience in communications, data analysis is highly desirable Professional experience within the United Nations System is desirable Understanding of political, social and economic research tools and instruments
Nationality: Under the JPO programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of the Republic of Korea. For detailed information on the JPO Programme and recruitment criteria, please visit https://www.undp.org/jposc
Languages (required): Fluency in Korean and English. Applicants should submit a certificate to prove a minimum of (1) TOEFL iBT 100 or (2) TEPS 430 or (3) IELTS 7 or (4) TOEIC 900 * Note: TOEFL ‘MyBest Scores’ are not accepted, and test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date.
Age Requirement: Not older than 32 years of age as of 31 December, 2023 (born after 1 January, 1991). The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended accordingly:One year will be extended for those who served for less than one year; Two years will be extended for those who served for more than one year and less than two years; Three years will be extended for those who served for two years or more.
Military service: Male applicants shall have completed the Korean military service or be exempted from it. Those who will be discharged from military service in the year of the application may also apply.
Attachments needed (please note that once the application is submitted in the system, you cannot go back to upload documents or edit information)A brief motivation letter in English that explains why you're the perfect candidate for the position by using examples of your interests and achievements A scanned copy of applicant’s Resident Register in English Copy of your passport Copy of your Master degree Copy of English proficiency test certificate. Please check the minimum requirements/scores above. Only for male applicants who have completed the national military service: A certificate of Korean Military Service in English: The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended in accordance with the Support for Discharged Soldiers Act and the Military Service Law. Only for low-income applicants: A scanned copy of a certificate of National Basic Livelihood Security Recipients issued in Korean and its unofficial translation in English. Only for persons with disability: A scanned copy of a certificate of person with disability issued in Korean and English.
For general information on the JPO Programme of the Republic of Korea, please visit the website of the International Organizations Recruitment Center, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea: https://UNrecruit.mofa.go.kr Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.
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