Junior Communications Officer – IPSA 9

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    6 days ago
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    Communication and Advocacy
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Office/Unit/Project Description 

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) is UNDPs dedicated Global Policy Centre for Governance issues. It promotes transformative governance for peaceful, just and inclusive societies. The Centre creates knowledge, insight and data on key governance challenges by drawing on the experience of practitioners, policymakers and researchers. OGC responds to complex and rapidly evolving policy landscapes by creating mutually reinforcing linkages between UNDPs on the ground governance work in over 170 countries and territories and global thought-leadership. Through this converging of perspectives, we unravel complex governance puzzles and frontier challenges in a way that benefits both global dialogue and citizen experience, restoring faith in democratic governance at all levels.

This position will primarily go under the Centre’s outputs on strategic communications, engagement and advocacy supported to co-create new ideas, enrich discussion, and inform the global discourse on inclusive governance.

Strategic communication is a centerpiece of establishing the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. OGC is a conversation starter that engages the public and key stakeholders in an open debate on how to solve the acute governance issues of our time. This will be achieved through a communications strategy that provides guidance and clarity on the tools to be used.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Implement the communications strategy that promotes the work of the Centre and encourages discussion on governance ideas, knowledge and insights in the media;
  2. Be a clear and bold communicator of key governance issues and start conversations on solutions;
  3. Convene partners to share knowledge and lessons learned from their work on governance;
  4. Provide OGC staff with intelligence on internal and external communications and identify areas of priority;
  5. Contribute to identifying entry points and develop strategies to strengthen UNDP and OGCs visibility and outreach;
  6. Strengthen UNDP’s and OGCs visibility and outreach on key governance issues;
  7. Draft talking points and background notes for OGC staff and senior UNDP officials;
  8. Draft op-eds and talking points for press engagement and place UNDP’s news stories in media outlets;
  9. Pitch interviews with Staff and guests to media outlets;
  10. Manage OGCs external communications through websites and social media;
  11. Participate in internal and external meetings in support of the above;
  12. Provide support to other work areas of OGC as required.

Institutional Arrangement

The Officer will report to both the Director of the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and Team Lead for Strategic Communications and Knowledge Management.

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 & Technical competencies

Thematic Area Name Definition
Communications Social Media management
  • Ability to represent and promote the UNDP brand in virtual communities and networks


Writing and editing
  • Ability to create and/or edit written content in different UN languages.


Multimedia writing/editing
  • Ability to create and/or edit written content for multimedia
Digital & Innovation

Digital & Innovation



Data storytelling and communications

Social Media

SDG16, Civil Society Engagement, Inclusion and Participation

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


Required Skills and Experience
Min. Academic Education Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, international affairs, development or relevant field.
Min. years of relevant Work experience
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience plus minimum Bachelor’s Degree OR 2 years of experience plus Master’s Degree in the field of international affairs and/or communications
Required skills and competencies
  • Proven ability to interact with national and international media and press;
  • Relevant experience with development policies and governance issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations.
Desired additional skills and competencies
  • Previous working experience with UNDP, UN or an international organization;
  • Excellent understanding of international development issues and knowledge of the UN system;
  • Network and contact with Nordic journalists and key media outlets.
Required Language(s) (at working level)
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Norwegian.
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