BBRSO155507 - Communications Support Officer- The EnGenDER Project


Location : UNDP Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, BARBADOS
Application Deadline :08-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
25-Oct-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :6 Months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

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BACKGROUND

The physical impacts of climate change and natural hazards are being seen to compound pervasive structural inequalities and socioeconomic vulnerabilities since gender equality and human rights are given insufficient consideration required in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in disaster risk, recovery, and response. While this is a general pattern where women and girls face a disparity in terms of (amongst other things) access to economic participation, nuances exist in each country in the needs and vulnerabilities of women, men, girls, and boys, which warrant more detailed investigation and articulation.

Women and men typically respond and react differently in the various stages of disasters and recovery; and the groups with the least knowledge and capacity to take short-term measures to limit impacts from climate-related disasters are often the most affected. EnGenDER seeks to further integrate gender equality and human-rights based approaches into disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change (CC) adaptation and environmental management frameworks and interventions and identify and address some of the gaps to ensure equal access to DRR and climate change and environment solutions for both men, women, boys and girls in nine Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname). Appreciating that the 9 participating Caribbean countries are at different stages of removing barriers to gender quality and integrating gender-based analysis into climate change, as well as recovery, this project aims to ensure that climate change and disaster risk reduction actions are better informed by an analysis of gender inequalities, and decisions are taken to ensure that inequalities are alleviated rather than exacerbated.

The ultimate outcome of the project is to improve climate resilience for women and girls, key vulnerable populations, and for future generations to come across the Caribbean region. In doing so, a key component of the EnGenDER project is to provide technical assistance for the implementation of behavioural change strategies to national climate change and disaster risk recovery coordinating bodies.   The execution of this activity involves the implementation of a series of communication outputs at the country and project level and is therefore a key component of the EnGenDER Project. In-addition to the above, the UNDP EnGenDER Project Management Unit (PMU) has been tasked with the overall responsibility to oversee and manage all communication efforts related to the EnGenDER project.

In providing such technical support, the Communication Support Officer is expected to drive the execution and implementation of the communications activities across the EnGenDER Project to ensure that the project’s communication and visibility objectives are effectively met.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the EnGenDER Project Manager with additional guidance and support from the Technical Specialist, Gender Equality, the Communications Support Officer is expected to support the technical, implementation and monitoring actions related to the execution of the communication activities and outputs outlined under the EnGenDER Project.

As such the individual, will undertake the following task related to the implementation of the communication and communication related activities. 

Technical Assistance

  • Provide technical assistance and support in the design of Communication Action Plan and Activities to be implemented by the PMU for the EnGenDER Project.
  • Provide technical assistance and support in the design of behavioural change communications activities which target decision makers across climate change and disaster recovery coordinating bodies to be implemented by the PMU across all nine (9) EnGenDER countries.
  • Provide technical support in the development of strategic communications (this may include design of specific communication activities, events and/or products) for core project activities.
  • Research and produce relevant press releases, fact sheets, discussion papers, etc which highlight key project activities as well as support key messaging for the EnGenDER Project.
  • Work with the EnGenDER Technical Specialist for Gender Equality and other relevant PMU staff to brainstorm and develop content ideas, in line with the EnGenDER project’s core objectives and in support of the project’s output and outcome indicators.
  • Work with the EnGenDER Technical Specialist for Gender Equality to support the contracting of a content creator (videographer/graphic designer) in the design and production of specific communications products (videos, infographics) as is necessary.
  • Ensure that all promotional materials meet the organization’s, project implementing partners and the EnGenDER project brand identity.
  • Support and evaluate the results of the communication activities/ campaigns with the team.

Support Data Collection and Related Activities for the Behavioural Change Communication Activities

  • Facilitate the execution of a poll on communications for behavioural change through the PMU.
  • Utilize the information/results generated by the poll in the design and execution of PMU led behavioural change communication activities for the nine (9) participating EnGenDER countries.
  • Provide research support in locating relevant secondary data and information.
  • Support the stakeholder engagement process between the Consultant undertaking the Behavioural Change Framework Analysis and Guidance Document and the national counterparts in country.
  • Work closely with the EnGenDER Technical Specialist for Gender Equality and the national focal points in country to ensure coherence and complementarity between the PMU led communications activities for behaviour change and the country specific communication activities for behaviour change.
  • Work closely with the Consultants undertaking the Behavioural Change Framework Analysis and Guidance Document to support the design, coordination, and execution of behavioural change communication activities at the project and national levels.
  • Ensure that the design of the behavioural change communication activities being proposed are country specific and culturally sensitize.

Project Management, Monitoring and Reporting

  • Support the execution, monitoring, and reporting of all communication activities under the EnGenDER Project.
  • Support the execution, monitoring and reporting of all the project specific behavioural change communication activities being executed by the PMU
  • Working in tandem with the consultant and the Technical Specialist for Gender Equality support the execution, monitoring and reporting of the behavioural change communication activities being implemented across the nine (9) participating EnGenDER countries.
  • Support the execution, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the various communication products (press releases, fact sheets, brochures, flyers, videos, social media cards etc) being developed under the EnGenDER Project. 
  • Support the collation, monitoring and reporting of all communication activities and communication products produced under the EnGenDER project.

Other Activities

  • Contribute to the bi-annual EnGenDER newsletter as well as any other relevant, regional or partner publications which support communications specific to the EnGenDER project.
  • Build and maintain relationships with journalists and other relevant external stakeholders across the nine (9) EnGenDER countries.
  • Support the updating the EnGenDER Trello Board and other Communications Tools that showcase project activites and enhance visibility.
  • Undertake any other activities required in the fulfilment of the post of Communication Support Officer


Competencies

Years of experience:

  • At least five (5) years progressively relevant experience at the regional/international level in communications, public relations, marketing, international relations or development.

Competencies:

  • At least five (5) years Experience in designing, coordinating, or managing advocacy campaigns and or strategies. Demonstrated experience in developing and designing communication content and products. Previous experience in designing such communication content and products for Caribbean based governments, development agencies and NGOs will be an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the production of short videos, social media post and infographics will be an asset.
  • Sound cross -cultural, gender awareness, interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Previous experience working with a multilateral organization, UN agency or an international NGO is a strong asset.
  • Previous work in any of the beneficiary countries and in a similar project is highly desirable.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Manadtory Undergraduate degree (BSc or BA,) in communications, public relations, marketing, media relations, journalism, publishing, international relations or development studies.



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