Funding Windows Communications Analyst- IPSA 9

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    2 weeks ago
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    Communication and Advocacy
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The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Crisis Bureau (CB) anchor UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN). BPPS has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. CB guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery. It has the responsibility for support to prevention, crisis response, resilience and recovery work under the auspices of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. Both bureaux work in an integrated manner, ensuring that issues are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. In this context, the Joint Directorate for the GPN provides support to the leadership of BPPS and CB and serves as the principal management adviser to the Directors and Deputy Bureau Directors of both Bureaux.

Established in 2016, the UNDP Funding Windows are a pooled, flexible funding mechanism that provide a strategic opportunity for partners to contribute to achieving the 2030 agenda for Sustainable development in the areas of Poverty and Inequality, Nature, Climate and Energy, Governance Peacebuilding, Crisis and Resilience, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. They are UNDP’s primary vehicle for providing thematic non-core funding, a critical complement to UNDP’s regular resources.

Hosted in the Joint Directorate for BPPS and CB, the Funding Windows were established with a clear segregation of functions and duties across fund management, fund administration, donor coordination and resource mobilization, and coordination with country offices. These functions represent the nucleus of the ‘Fund Management function’, and are undertaken by several units, including BPPS, CB, the Bureau for Management Services (BMS), the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), and the Regional Bureaux.

Project Description

The Communications Analyst will strengthen the Funding Windows’ communications by supporting the elaboration and implementation of the Funding Windows Communications Plan for 2023 in collaboration with the relevant internal teams including BERA.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Funding Windows Fund Manager, the Communications Analyst is responsible for proactively reaching out and exchanging with the key Funding Windows recipient country offices to gather and communicate effective stories around their delivered results. S/he will be expected to provide advice for strengthening the communications component of the Funding Windows portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve as the focal point for conceptualizing and developing communication products around priority themes and countries (aligning with the BPPS and CB/GPN). Working closely with country office focal points, regional focal points, relevant technical teams, the Funding Windows team, BERA and the GPN Communications team, the incumbent will support:

  • Planning: Elaborate a Funding Windows Communications Plan for 2023
  • Writing: Initiate, draft and edit media-friendly materials, including relatable, engaging and impactful beneficiary stories and country ‘features’, media advisories, press releases, fact sheets and infographics of interest to targeted contributing partners.
  • External Outreach: Roll out a visibility campaign for the Funding Windows contributing partners, building on the Communications Guideline and Communications Plan. Ensure the dissemination of information through various channels (website, newsletters, social media), UNDP advisories and other relevant communication avenues. Update the Funding Windows webpage and its accompanying partner profile pages. Maintain and populate the Funding Windows Sparkblue pages. Build a library of talking points for external use.
  • Social Media: Develop social media assets around the 2022 Annual Report of the Funding Windows as well as adaptations of country ‘features’ to things such as social media cards, short videos, GIFs, photos, animated graphics and impactful text. Support media monitoring of #FundingWindows mentions using organizational tools and provide news reports on important development news and trends.
  • Videos: Create content and lead the production of a video introducing the Funding Windows as one of UNDP’s funding instruments, its unique value, its performance and showcasing examples of country results.
  • Media Relations: Identify and develop new opportunities for positive media coverage of UNDP’s Funding Windows. Maintain a database of media interactions, including interviews, stories published, op-eds, and media mentions.
  • Digital Campaigns: Link the Funding Windows to UNDP global campaigns.
  • Events: As relevant, organize events and partner outreach at HQ to position the Funding Windows and give due visibility to relevant contributing partners in media outlets. Provide such support as back up to the regional BERA Comms focal points to select country offices.
  • Perform other duties within the functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.

Institutional Arrangements 

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Funding Windows Fund Manager in the Joint Directorate of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and Crisis Bureau, UNDP/HQ. The assignment is office-based. No official travel is envisaged for this assignment, but should it arise, and subject to (local) Covid-19 health permissions, such travel shall be at UNDP’s expense and processed in accordance with UNDP’s travel guidance and policy. 



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

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

Cross-Functional and Technical

Thematic Area



Business Management


-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

-Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Digital Awareness and Literacy

Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Digital and Innovation

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.

Social Media

Knowledge of social media and ability to advise the use of social media for development outcomes

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education


Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications or digital communications, and content creation. First degree acceptable with an additional two (2) years of experience in relevant field.

Min. years of relevant work experience

A minimum of two (2) years with Master’s degree or four (4) years with first degree of professional experience producing digital communications content and advocacy multi-media materials (i.e. print, media/social media, video, graphics, web page designing).

Required skills

· Demonstrated experience in developing content from conceptualization to publication on digital channels.

· Familiarity with creative desktop and mobile tools, such as the Adobe Creative Suite, and/or online tools such as Canva or Figma. In absence of such experience, demonstrated ability to oversee design and production processes is required.

· Experience working in the field of development, UN system country office settings or with a multilateral organization of similar size and complexity; familiarity with UN editorial guidelines and templates.

· Experience providing support and guidance on the production and dissemination of communication products, including reports/publications, newsletters, graphics, social media assets, social media-friendly videos.

Desired skills in addition to the

competencies covered in the Competencies section

· Prior experience with UNDP is an asset.

• Experience in media relations.

· Demonstrated ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views.

Required Language(s)

• Fluency in written and spoken English required.

• Knowledge of additional UN language(s) is an asset.

Professional Certificates


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