Communications Specialist

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN
Application Deadline :24-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :7d 3h 19m
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-6
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year, extension subject to performance
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year, extension subject to performance

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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Since 2001 UN Women (previously as UNIFEM) in Kyrgyzstan has implemented catalytic initiatives on promoting women’s economic, political and social rights. In 2012 a full Country Office (CO) was established.

Under the supervision of the Representative, the Communications Associate is responsible for developing strategic communications and media initiatives and managing media/press coverage. S/he oversees the production of a range of communications materials for UN Women, and for online and offline audiences. S/he is responsible for timely, accurate and high-quality informational materials, such as press releases & media advisories, news briefs, fact sheets, stories from the field etc. for media outreach, the UN Women website, and inclusion in informational kits for further public outreach. The Communications Associate also organizes, leads and reports on the UNiTE Campaign to end violence against women and girls. She/he will further design strategies aimed at facilitating behavior change towards gender equality and the full involvement of women in all aspects of societal life, plan interventions, support their implementation, monitor and report on them.

Reporting to the Country Representative and National Programme Officer, the Communications Associate supports the formulation and implementation of the communications and advocacy strategies to increase the standing and awareness of UN Women with partners, the media and the public.

The Communications Associate will collaborate closely with Headquarters’, Regional and Country Office colleagues to ensure communications strategies, media relations and organizational outreach efforts are aligned with corporate communications policies and initiatives. S/he also collaborates with project staff to support outreach campaigns, resource mobilization and donor relations initiatives; s/he mobilizes support in conjunction with intergovernmental processes and support the activities and special events organized for UN Women

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide support to communications and advocacy outreach activities for the Country Office

• Provide logistical support to communications and advocacy efforts and campaigns, e.g. by supporting the organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, and other publicity events and providing inputs to briefing materials and press releases, as necessary.

• Develop proposals for communications products publicizing and provide its contribution to Women’s Empowerment.

2. Provide support to the development of the CO communications and advocacy materials.

• Draft press releases, articles, key messages, and other advocacy materials;

• Review translations, contact printers and other suppliers to ensure production;

• Maintain library/ database of reference materials and photos;

• Follow guidelines from HQ.

3. Provide support to the management of the CO social media presence and website.

• Gather information for the development of content for the CO website and social media channels;

• Update the website and social media channels, as required;

• Maintain files, databases, and systems relevant to the CO’s digital presence;

• Track and monitor social media analytics and report relevant information to CO staff;

• Research, compile and produce reports on web statistics on a regular basis and electronic surveys;

• Design and create social media content (infographics, videos, GIFs, social media cards etc.).

4. Provide media relations support to the CO.

• Maintain and update database of relevant press in country;

• Respond to requests for information, as delegated;

• Gather and compile inputs for talking points.

5. Facilitate knowledge management and sharing.

• Contribute to the identification of best practices and lessons learned;

• Organize trainings and workshops on communication practices;

• Support regular meetings of regional communications focal points;

• Provide/ exchange information with HQ and RO.

. Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Timely inputs to communication and advocacy materials;
  • Timely organization of logistical support to discussions, conferences, briefings, and other events;
  • Timely delivery quality administrative support;
  • Webpages are well-maintained.


Core Values

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and

Competencies:  and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality;
  • Knowledge of social media and communication strategies and methods;
  • Good event planning skills;
  • Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience;
  • Good multimedia skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification: 

  • Secondary education is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations or Journalism is an asset.


  • At least 6 years of progressively responsible experience in providing support to the formulation and implementation of internal and external communications and advocacy strategies and related plans;
  • Experience in the use of computers applications and software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) as well as web-based management systems;
  • Experience in the use of social media and digital communication.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Russian is required;
  • Working knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


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