Fresher Communications Analyst UN Jobs – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:    Communications Analyst
Organisation: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: UNDP
Resident Representative
Grade: NOB
About UNDP
The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s Global Development Network, advocating for change
and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people
build a better life. We are on the ground in over 170 countries, employing
participatory approaches to developing local solutions to national and global
development challenges. UNDP’s core vision is to help countries achieve
simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities
and exclusion.  We do this through three main areas of work which are:
(1) sustainable development (2) inclusive and effective democratic governance,
and (3) climate and disaster resilience.
Job Summary: The Communication
Analyst leads the design and implementation of UNDP’s communications, advocacy
and publication strategies, as they relate to the Country Office programme.
She/he ensures that UNDP communicates and reports its strategic focus and
activities clearly and consistently to stakeholders to promote understanding of
its programme; contribution of the country office to the national development
aspirations, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, and promotion of
gender equality, through in part, innovative public awareness, strategic media
outreach and mobilization of political and financial support for UNDP. The
Communications Analyst is responsible for ensuring that the Country Office
benefits from corporate initiatives and feeds into corporate products. She/he
will ensure that strategic communication products, tools and services are well
known by staff and partners. She/he will ensure that communication and advocacy
initiatives raise the profile and understanding of UNDP mandate, work and
capabilities to help influence partnerships and delivery. She/he will ensure
that UNDP contributes to UN system wide common communication priorities. In
undertaking the above, the Communication Analyst supervises the communication
support team and maintains a regular working relationship with UNDP’s programme
team, Senior Management, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, staff of other
UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff, Government officials, development partners, media,
local state and non-state actors.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensures planning and design of
internal and external strategies for communications and outreach focusing on
achievement of the following results:
  • Preparation and conduct of
    communications needs assessments for CO (projects, country programme and
    corporate change initiatives, etc.);
  • Drafting/editing of CO communications
    and outreach strategy based on the corporate communications strategy;
  • Analysis of requirements and synthesis
    of proposals on ways to integrate advocacy and communication strategies
    into all aspects of UNDP’s development programme and operations.
Ensures implementation of the
CO publications strategy and plan focusing on the achievement of the following
  • Tasked with the implementation of the CO
    publications strategy and plan, based on the corporate publications policy
    and programme priorities;
  • Identification of storylines for publications
    and drafting of substantive articles contributing to debates on key
    development issues;
  • Coordination and management of CO
    publication activities, such as content management, norms for publishing,
    design, etc.
  • Contact with printers and other suppliers
    to ensure production and ensure publications dissemination.
Supervise the design and
maintenance of the UNDP web site, intranet, CO web-based knowledge management
system focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Design and maintenance of the office web
    sites based on corporate requirements in cooperation with the ICT staff;
  • Keenly review programme content for the
    web sites to ensure consistency of the materials
  • Ensure inputs and links to UN in Uganda
    media platforms and publications
Implements strategies and
policies related to Resource Mobilization and partnerships building focusing on
achievement of the following results:
  • Synthesis of proposals and provision of
    inputs to the development and implementation of a donor intelligence
    strategy, RM strategy, Client Relationship Management strategy;
  • Analysis and assessment of CO
    opportunities for resource mobilization & partnerships;
  • Conduct of a Competitive Landscape
    Analysis of partners, their priorities and characterization of their
Supports the business
development focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Launches and campaigns
  • Tasked with the promotion and
    dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship
    initiatives and publications such as the Human Development Report and the
    Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Promotion and maintenance of public
    information campaigns on UNDP activities, results of SDGs, UN Reform, and
    other emerging priority areas.
  • Outreach:
  • Identification of opportunities in the country
    based on partner-specific intelligence and where the CO competency
    strengths overlap with partner/client needs;
  • Analysis of key development and sectoral
    policies currently being discussed and implemented in the country and key
    donors willing to support these policies;
  • Identification of emerging sources of
    funding; assessment of their current usage and potential for the future;
  • Identification of channels and products
    to ensure understanding of UNDP action by beneficiaries, donors and other
  • Public information:
  • Timely and effective responses to
    inquiries for public information materials.
  • Participation in UN Communications Group
    to ensure input on UNDP action and to support UNCT public information
  • Inputs to UNCT public information, communication
    and advocacy strategy
  • Link to corporate public information
    champions and initiatives
Ensures facilitation of
knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following
  • Identification and synthesis of best
    practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals
    and activities;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge
    networks and communities of practice including corporate communications
  • Provision of training, consultancy and
    advice to UNDP staff on communications for development.
Devise and follow a social
media plan for promoting the activities of CO focusing on the achievement of
the following results:
  • Manage digital engagement with key
    audiences via CO’s social media channels;
  • Develop blogposts and news content for
    the CO’s website, ensuring consistency of materials and messages;
  • Regularly monitor references to CO
    online social platform including daily Twitter, reports in Government and
    UN documents and public news outlets;
  • Keenly monitor, analyze and share the
    latest developments in areas of relevance to the CO initiatives, including
    emerging technologies for social change, mobile data collection and
  • Contribute to corporate social media

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Office of
    the United Development Programme (UNDP) Communications Analyst job
    opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in media relations, Journalism,
    Sciences of Communication, Economics, Social Sciences, International
    Relations, Political Sciences or related field/ combination.
  • Two years of relevant experience at the
    national or international level in public relations, communications or
  • Previous experience in the development
    of communications, public relations and/or resource mobilization
    strategies as well as with a multilateral or international organization
    will be a distinct advantage;
  • Gender responsiveness and conflict
    sensitivity in all communications is a requirement;
  • Previous experience in the use of
    computers and in handling of web-based communication management systems
    including social media.
Personal Competencies:
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and
    encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge
    management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Informed and transparent decision
Functional Competencies:  
Advocacy/Advancing a
Policy-Oriented Agenda:
  • Preparing information for advocacy
  • Identifies and communicates relevant
    information to a variety of audiences on UNDP’s mandate and action;
  • Maintains a functioning network of
    contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding
    of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts.
Building Strategic Partnerships:
  • Maintaining a network of contacts
  • Maintains an established network of
    contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on
    partnership related issues;
  • Analyzes and selects materials for
    strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders;
  • Establishes and nurtures positive
    communication with partners;
  • Contributes to the management of
    relationships with partners of the UN in Uganda.
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and
    Knowledge Sharing:
Basic research and analysis:
  • Generates new ideas and approaches,
    researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing
  • Documents and analyses innovative
    strategies and new approaches.
Fundamental knowledge of own
  • Understands and applies fundamental
    concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical
    specialty relating to the position;
  • Possesses basic knowledge of
    organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and
    applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Analyzes the requirements and
    synthesizes proposals;
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date
    through self-directed study and other means of learning;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of
    information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting
    UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate:
Research and data analysis:
  • Promotes awareness of UNDP’s role
    through dissemination of information and materials;
  • Maintains networks and knowledge assets
    for use in visibility and image activities.
  • Global Leadership and Advocacy for
    UNDP’s Goals:
Preparing information for
global advocacy:
  • Identifies and communicates relevant
    information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences;
  • Maintains a functioning partnership with
    advocates within and outside the UN system on UNDP’s work, corporate
    priorities and mandate;
  • Supports production of knowledge
    products for use at corporate level on UNDP Uganda
  • Conceptual Innovation in the Provision
    of Technical Expertise:
Research and analysis:
  • Keeps updated in his/her area of
    substantive expertise;
  • Identifies opportunities for conceptual
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and
    sound judgment;
  • Informed and transparent decision
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating
    team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open
    communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and
    encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge
    management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan
nationals who wish to join the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in
the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and
follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 14th March 2018
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