Communications Assistant

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :16-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :NPSA (Regular)
Post Level :NPSA-5
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year with possibility of extension depending on funding and Performance
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year with possibility of extension depending on funding and 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.


Within the context of SDG Financing, UNDP has launched the Finance Sector Hub, which is a finance and innovation platform that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lead the implementation of the new UNDP private sector strategy. As part of UNDP’s Finance Sector Hub, development finance has a central role to play in delivering support to our member-countries, in leveraging new sources of capital, offsetting high debt burdens, and in innovating for long term solutions to challenges around climate change, disaster resilience, and fragile ecosystems.

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) global organization mandated to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The IICPSD was established in Istanbul, Turkey on the basis of the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the United Nations Development Program in March 2011. The Center is one of the five global thematic centers of UNDP, advocating and facilitating the contribution of the private sector to human development and inclusive growth through the following thematic priority areas:

  • Private sector engagement through South-South cooperation for the SDGs.
  • Role of the Private Sector in Skills Development.
  • Impact Investing.
  • Private Sector Resilience and Crisis Response.

Furthermore, the Center supports the UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) by leading UNDP’s strategic offer to partner and work with the private sector.

Under its impact investment thematic area, IICPSD and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) established the Global Islamic Finance and Impact Investing Platform (GIFIIP) in 2016 to position Islamic finance and impact investing as leading enablers of SDG implementation around the world. Bringing together the private sector, governments and key stakeholders operating in the Islamic finance and impact investing markets, the platform aims to promote market-based solutions to sustainable development challenges. It focuses on enabling the private sector, using Islamic finance in tandem with impact investing to achieve SDGs on a global scale.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP IICPSD is looking for a Communications Assistant to support GIFIIP’s communication activities. The key function of the Communications Assistant will be the provision of support to the implementation of the GIFIIP’s communication strategy and increase the Platform’s visibility and outreach. The Communications Assistant is expected to perform the following tasks and duties as demonstrated below under the guidance of and reporting directly to the UNDP IICPSD Deputy Director and Islamic Finance Portfolio Manager.

Provides support to communications and advocacy outreach activities of GIFIIP, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Support the design and implementation of a communications strategy to increase the outreach and visibility of GIFIIP.
  • Draft communication materials including press releases, articles, key messages, newsletters and other advocacy materials.
  • Support the promotion and distribution of key GIFIIP knowledge management, research and reporting products.
  • Provide logistical support to communications and advocacy efforts and campaigns, e.g., by supporting the organization of roundtable discussions, conferences, and other publicity events and providing inputs to briefing materials and press releases.
  • Maintain library/database of reference materials and photos.

Manages GIFIIP website and social media campaigns, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Gather information for the development of content for the GIFIIP website and social media channels.
  • Support the outsourcing process of designing an Interactive Matchmaking module for Islamic investors and impact creating enterprises to be provided through GIFIIP website.
  • Manage, maintain, and update the GIFIIP website on a regular basis; ensure it is regularly updated with quality, creative multimedia content including new press releases, publications, events, reports, blogs, briefs.
  • Manage the online interactions through GIFIIP website.
  • Design and implement a social media strategy to increase audience volume and engagement with GIFIIP accounts on social media; ensure the social media accounts updated regularly with quality content highlighting the GIFIIP’s activities.
  • Maintain files, databases, and systems relevant to the GIFIIP’s digital presence.
  • Track and monitor social media and report relevant information to the GIFIIP team.
  • Design and create social media content (infographics, videos, GIFs, social media cards etc.)

Provides media and communications support to events, focusing on the achievement of the following result:

  • Provide communications support to GIFIIP events, including through outreach communications in the run-up and post-event; and generating media coverage of the events.

Provides effective support to the IICPSD programme and strategy, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Assist research activities for the private sector’s role in development, particularly in impact investing, Islamic finance and inclusive business areas.
  • Support qualitative and quantitative background analyses.
  • Research, synthesize, and draft briefs, background documents and provide programmatic support particularly in areas pertaining to the role of the private sector in development particularly inclusive business models and socially responsible investing.
  • Assists in the development of tools and guidelines for leveraging the contribution of private sector in development via inclusive business and Islamic finance models and impact investing through research-based evidence.
  • Other research and information collection tasks related to partnership building and resource mobilization as required by IICPSD.

Provides effective support to the IICPSD programme and strategy, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Provide organizational support to the events including identifying and securing the venue, speakers and guests; outreach and drafting-distribution of invitations; managing event registration; and other related tasks.
  • Support preparation of the document set for event participants, i.e., press kit, logistics note, and any other document deemed necessary.
  • Prepare the logistics plan for each event and ensure its proper implementation in coordination with the travel agencies, hotels and other partners.
  • Provide research support in line with the subject topic of the events.
  • Assist the arrangement of travel and hotel reservations, preparation of travel authorizations.
  • Administrative support to organization of other national and international conferences, workshops, retreats.
  • Preparation of informal translations.

Provides support to management coordination, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Assist in the preparation of notes, summaries for events and advisory activities.
  • Support the senior management with collection and compilation of information.
  • Write briefings for UNDP senior staff, in accordance with templates.



Achieve Result:

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



Business Direction & Strategy

Effective Decision Making

Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with authority, area of expertise and resources. 

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need

Business Development

Knowledge Facilitation Collective

Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.

Business DevelopmentIntelligence DesignAbility to bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions.
Business ManagementCommunication

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.
Business ManagementCustomer Satisfaction/Client ManagementAbility to respond timely\ and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers' needs. Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy.
Business ManagementWorking with Evidence and DataAbility to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, international affairs, public policy, journalism, or another relevant field is required.
  • Master’s degree in a related field is an asset.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant national/international working experience in the area of communications.

Required skills and competencies

  • Demonstrated experience in social media management and monitoring: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Hootsuite, Union Metric, etc.
  • Experience in website editing and management tools including WordPress, GoDaddy etc. is an asset.
  • Previous communications experience with SDGs-related, private sector-related initiatives, Islamic Finance, matchmaking platforms covering different audiences is a distinct asset.
  • Experience in organization of events, conferences etc. is an asset.
  • Experience of working with international organizations is an asset.

Desired additional skills and competencies


  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is required.
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems is required.
  • Knowledge of the UN system would be an asset.

Required Language(s) (at working level)


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Turkish are required.
  • Working knowledge of other UNDP languages, preferably French or Arabic, is an asset.

Professional Certificates

  • N/A

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