NATIONAL POST: Programme Associate on Advocacy/Communications, GS-7, Uzbekistan CO

8 December 2020


Job Description

Job Title                              NATIONAL POST: Programme Associate on Advocacy/Communications, GS-7, Uzbekistan CO
Job ID                                 33564
Location                              Eastern Europe, Central Asia
Full/Part Time                    Full-Time
Regular/Temporary           Regular
Rotation                              This post is non-rotational.

Background Information
Please note that this vacancy is open only for nationals of Uzbekistan.
Closing date: 8th of December 2020
Duration: one year renewable*
* No expectancy of renewal in accordance with the Staff Regulations 4.5
Organizational Setting
The Programme Associate on Advocacy/Communications position is located in the Uzbekistan country office. Under the direct supervision of the Representative and in close coordination with the programme and operations team, regional and HQs communication adviser(s), partnership adviser(s), and UN communication groups among others, the incumbent provides significant input into planning and implementing
the country office’s advocacy/communication efforts and provide support to partnership building and resource mobilization.
Main Tasks & Responsibilities
The Programme Associate substantively contributes to the development and implementation of the Country Office advocacy and communication strategy, partnership strategy and resource mobilization strategy.
The Programme Associate applies established systems and procedures and assists in the creation of substantive knowledge by compiling, synthesizing and analyzing information relevant to population dynamics, reproductive health and gender issues in the context of country office’s advocacy/communication and partnership building efforts. S/he is instrumental in facilitating programme implementation using and developing appropriate mechanisms and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures.
• Provides input in the development and supports the implementation of the country office’s advocacy and communications strategy, partnership strategy and resource mobilization strategy by compiling and analyzing information, receiving inputs from CO’s staff and partners, and drafts the document.
• Maintains relationships with key national and international partners to strengthen the overall effectiveness of UNFPA public information activities;
• Supports development and execution of UNFPA communication campaigns by liaising with mass media, drafting speeches for Representative and Assistant Representative, preparing press releases, articles and human interest stories for local press and HQ/RO, coordinating production of TV and radio programmes and disseminating information about UNFPA to the requesting parties;
• Monitors implementation of country office’s advocacy and communications activities, establishing and implementing mechanisms to systematically assess the achievement of results, conducting field visits, participating in review meetings and evaluation missions and preparing regular inputs to status and progress reports. Analyzes basic factors affecting the achievement of results, recommends corrective actions and follows up on recommendations;
• In coordination with national counterparts and country office, guides routine implementation of the country office’s advocacy and communications strategy, coordinating delivery of the strategy inputs, ensuring participation of national counterparts;
• Coordinates development and production of general promotional tools and items as well as information, education and communication materials for the specific country programme components;
• Maintains/updates the country office’s online communication channels, including the country office’s website as well as social media platforms; Monitors press coverage of UNFPA work and ICPD issues and contributes press clippings to the weekly regional media monitoring report;
• Acts as a resource person on communication/advocacy, including UNFPA publications and knowledge sharing and related tasks in relation to both HQ/RO
and UN sister agencies, represents UNFPA in the country UN Communication Group;
• Contributes to creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the CO, and drafting relevant materials for dissemination. In close cooperation with Assistant Representative and Programme Analysts, conducts regular environmental scanning and prepares weekly briefs for the Representative and the staff on the political and socio-economic developments in the country relevant to UNFPA country programme;
• Liaises with regional Advocacy/Communication Adviser and relevant UNFPA headquarters’ units on regional and global advocacy/communication initiatives and relevant information requests;
• Ensures application of the regional publication policy and submission of publication requests to the regional publications committee.
The Programme Associate maintains collaborative relationships with all programme and project staff at the country office. Internal contacts include the Assistant Representative, the Programme Analysts, the country office’s programme/technical team, and the country office’s administrative management team. The incumbent also works closely with HQs and Regional communication adviser(s) and partnership adviser(s).
Qualifications and Experience
First level university degree in Media Relations, Journalism, Publishing, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field
Knowledge and Experience:
• At least 7 years of professional experience in communication, advertising, marketing, public relations, journalism etc. Experience in project and programme management is desirable.
• Proficiency in current office software applications, Adobe suites (such as Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, Premieres, etc.) or other publishing and design software, web design applications, and corporate IT systems.
Languages: Fluency in oral and written English, Russian and Uzbek.
Required Competencies
• Exemplifying integrity
• Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
• Embracing cultural diversity
• Embracing change
Core Competencies:
• Achieve results
• Being accountable
• Developing and applying professional expertise/ business acumen
• Thinking analytically and strategically
• Working in teams/ managing ourselves and our relationships
• Communicating for impact
Functional Skill Set:
• Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
• Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
• Delivering results-oriented programmes
• Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization
Closing Statement
Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.

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