Communications Consultant - SDG Financing - IPSA 8

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :01-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 21h 4m
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-8
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 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.


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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


Office/Unit/Project Description 

The Joint SDG Fund supports countries as they accelerate their progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It operates through a series of Calls for the United Nations (UN) system that lead to the implementation of transformative Joint Programmes (JPs), under the leadership of Resident Coordinators (RCs). In doing so the Fund is committed to forge paths and partnerships that unlock public and private capital for the SDGs at scale

In order to respond to the growing demand from countries to learn about approaches to Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) the United Nations along with UNDP and the Joint SDG Fund have developed platforms for UNCTs. To support this work, the INFF Knowledge Platform and related communications channels need to be managed and curated in ways that ensure knowledge is provided to inspire and inform the INFF work within the Joint SDG Fund’s joint programmes at the country level as well as in ways that establishes supporting communications infrastructure in the form of social media, events, and development of communications and knowledge products.


Institutional Arrangement

The Communications Consultant will report to the Communications Specialist.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 

1)           Communications and knowledge management

•     Drive the coordination of communications and knowledge management of SDG Financing portfolio, 69 country joint programmes.

•     Propose a list of news stories, blog posts, etc; get updates on any new resources, events, launches that are happening that month. Submit proposed stories for approval.

•     Drive the coordination of communications and knowledge management activities within Joint SDG Fund and across organizations (notably including UNDP, DESA, DCO)

•     Outreach (possible newsletter, new publication alerts, upcoming event/webinar alerts, etc.) database should be segmented into key target audiences.

•     Reach out to key contacts - that can either provide information for the story or draft the story themselves

•     Attend selected meetings to source newsworthy content and spend time searching for new events and resources online or reaching out to contacts for updates.

•     Drive the coordination of communications and knowledge management activities between Joint SDG Fund and INFF.


2)           Website management

•     Produce and edit web content within the SDG Financing portfolio in line with organizational objectives, including building block and country pages updates.

•     Oversee text revisions to SDG Financing webpage and microsite.


3)           Events

•     One digital campaign with INFF linked to the UN General Assembly, working with the Joint SDG Fund’s Social Media Strategist to develop of media kits.

•     Participate in SDG Financing/INFF webinars and workshops.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)


UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area




Campaign management

  • Ability to produce and implement communications and advocacy campaigns which lead to impactful change

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

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Social Science or other relevant areas of study or closely related fields.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience developing audience-specific content for communications and marketing pieces, engagement and advocacy calls to action

Required  skills

  • Demonstrated ability to pitch editorial and other content ideas, and provide rationale grounded in the propensity to directly support organizational objectives;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, collect and curate content to support storytelling in digital channels including web (including both blog and conversion pages), social media channels and email communications;
  • Knowledge of sustainable finance topics (public/private);
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international development and world affairs in addition to a passion for the digital space and trends;

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Familiarity with using Drupal;
  • Familiarity with INFF;
  • Knowledge of private sector engagement;
  • Experience with campaigns and events
  • Knowledge of the UN and work experience in developing countries

Required Language(s)

  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is considered an asset.

Professional Certificates

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