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UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. UNDP has been working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years on climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods, and rule of law. Under the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in close coordination with other UN agencies, UNDP is supporting Afghan people’s aspiration for peace, prosperity, and sustainability through a flagship crisis response programme, ABADEI (Area Based Approach to Development Emergency Initiatives), as part of the ongoing UN-led response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of Afghanistan’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power. To support UN joint programming in the provision of basic human needs, a Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan (hereinafter referred as the Fund or STFA) was established on 20 October 2021.
The Fund serves as an inter-agency mechanism to enable donors to channel their resources and coordinate their support to the UN joint programmes initially developed using the ABADEI Strategy which was tied to the UN Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF). Future programming will be guided by the United Nations Strategic Framework for Afghanistan (UNSFA), a successor document to the TEF, which will serve as the strategic planning framework for the United Nations in Afghanistan. The Steering Committee is the decision making structure for the Fund while the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) acts as the Administrative Agent. The Trust Fund Management Unit (TFMU) is the Fund Secretariat for STFA and is the entity responsible for the operational functioning of the Fund and provides technical and management support to the Steering Committee. The STFA is being strategically positioned to become part of the One UN Funding Framework from 2023 and will be directly supervised by the Resident Coordinator while UNDP will provide administrative support to the Secretariat, TFMU.
Under the direct supervision of the Communications Specialist, the Communications Analyst will provide technical assistance and support in (1) communicating STFA’s results and activities; (2) contribute material for social media presence through social platforms managed by the Fund; (3) produce information/communication products to increase the awareness of the Fund’s activities among stakeholders, donors, and the public; and, (4) keep abreast of latest updates related to the Fund and support knowledge sharing and management among STFA stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Communications Analyst will work under the direct supervision of the Communications Specialist. The Communications Analyst will work closely with the TFMU, PUNO Communication focal points and STFA stakeholders on communications. The Communications Analyst will also liaise with the PUNOs, de facto authorities (when required), community groups, and civil society organizations, as applicable and relevant. The duty station for the Communications Analyst is Kabul following the working hours and weekends as applicable to all UN staff in Afghanistan.
The TFMU is seeking to recruit a Communications Analyst, who will be responsible for the following:
Reporting and visibility
- Support communication of STFA results and progress to its audiences using the most effective tools and channels including social media and regularly monitor communication platforms to ensure that the latest and up-to-date information is reflected.
- Support the TFMU in the development and implementation of standardized templates with donor taglines for reporting on events, workshops, training sessions, as applicable.
- Develop success stories and provide relevant inputs for the development of newsletters and website articles for the Fund.
- Undertake field visits to produce high-quality digital media content (videos and photos) with strong and impactful narratives.
- Produce high-quality photography, videography, and other digital media products for the Fund when needed.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Information and knowledge sharing
- Support development and implementation of a stakeholder engagement approach, including an up-to-date list of STFA stakeholders, and maintain effective relations with all stakeholders to encourage their support to STFA programming activities.
- Support liaision with STFA joint programme teams and respective PUNOs communications teams to ensure a cooperative approach towards communications and that STFA activities are reflected in the online and mass media.
- Promote knowledge management and knowledge sharing through maintaining the TFMU communications site with easy access to all STFA publications and knowledge resources.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Coordination of communications functions
- Provide support to meetings including STFA Technical Coordination Working Group (TCWG) meetings, Steering Committee meetings, and TFMU meetings with donor representatives.
- Support event planning to promote the Fund’s messages among stakeholders, and beneficiaries.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- 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 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 & Technical competencies:
- Knowledge generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a need.
- 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.
- Digital Awareness and Literacy Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skilfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed.
- Social media management: Ability to represent and promote the STFA brand in virtual communities and networks.
- Photo production: Ability to create, edit, organize and coordinate photographic material.
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in communications, journalism, media studies, or any other relevant field; Or Bachelor’s degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.
- With Master’s two years or Bachelor’s four years of experience in communications or related area
- Proven experience with software tools used in designing and creating infographics, presentations, and reports is required.
- Proven experience in performing communication functions in an international organization or UN Agency is required.
- Strong communication skills both written and verbal.
- Demonstrated expertise in managing communications sites using Microsoft SharePoint or other online platforms is desirable.
- Previous experience of working with local non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and community-based groups is desirable.
- Prior experience with multi-partner trust funds and/or multi-million joint programmes is desirable.
- Working experience with diverse and multi-cultural teams is desirable.
- Proficiency in English – both written and oral is required.
- Knowledge of the local language Dari and/or Pashto is required.
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