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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 Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners, that includes programme countries, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economic powers, multilateral institutions such as the IFIs, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, various UN inter-governmental bodies, as well as global, regional and national media.

The UNDP Nordic Representation Office (UNDP NRO), which is one of seven representational offices in BERA, plays a critical role in managing and further expanding UNDP’s important partnerships with the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). Its main office is located in Copenhagen, with liaison offices in Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. UNDP NRO is responsible for building strong relationships with strategic audiences in the Nordic countries to ensure strong core contributions to the organization and promote new collaborations in areas of mutual interest. To do so, the office raises awareness about UNDP’s mandate, including on-the-ground development results achieved, promotes UNDP’s thought leadership products through public events, and organizes a range of engagements with key audiences.   

Under the overall guidance of the NRO Directorate, the Communications Analyst is responsible for coordinating efforts to position UNDP’s work and knowledge products in the Nordics across priority areas through media and digital platforms. S/he works closely with relevant country team leaders to develop and implement communications, advocacy and outreach strategies and monitors and evaluates results and impact. The Communications Analyst works on campaigns, organizes regional press briefings, produces and edits communications materials and performs other editorial functions in addition to contributing to events and other external engagements.    

The Communications Analyst will work in close collaboration with colleagues in the Nordic Representation Office, UNDP HQ, regional and country teams, as well as national and international media contacts, and when required, communications experts in other UN Agencies, Government partners, civil society and other key stakeholders.

Institutional Arrangement

The incumbent of this post will report directly to the UNDP NRO Directorate.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

  1. Lead the formulation and implementation of overall communications, outreach and advocacy strategies in UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office, and support country teams on campaigns and other communications efforts
    • Conduct communications needs assessments and risk analysis
    • Identify communications opportunities and design communications projects
    • Coordinate, adapt and implement corporate communications and advocacy strategies and efforts
    • Support, advise and contribute to Nordic communications, advocacy and media strategies and plans
  2. Position UNDP in the Nordic media
    • Contribute to strategies and plans for outreach and media
    • Build relationships with the media and identify opportunities for UNDP experts
    • Organize, provide support and arrange media interviews for UNDP experts
    • Monitor media landscape and brief directorate and country teams on major developments, opportunities and risks
    • Identify relevant opportunities for UNDP outreach with media
    • Pitch UNDP story ideas and experts to media when relevant
    • Facilitate press briefings and design press kits and materials
  3. Contribute to Nordic event management and promotion
    • Contributes to concept creation, planning and preparation of events
    • Supports the organization of events such as seminars, report launches, briefings and other events as needed
    • Contribute to outreach plans and promotional opportunities
    • Leads on communications aspects of events such as seminars, report launches, briefings and similar
  4. Raise awareness and knowledge through digital communications and material production
    • Contribute to ideation, strategies, and plans for effective use of digital platforms for communications and advocacy goals
    • Ensure the design, maintenance and development of current digital platforms
    • Provide guidance on the development of materials, assets and multimedia production to ensure consistency and quality of materials, messages and design
  5. Facilitates knowledge building and management
    • Contributes to the identification, documentation and drafting of best practices and lessons learned
    • Organization of training for staff on effective communications and advocacy as needed
  6. Support resource mobilization and partnership efforts in the Nordics
  • Draft and/or finalize documents to secure partnerships and external funding
  • Support partnership efforts with potential and existing donors as well as with other relevant actors
  • Support communications outreach on results of key Nordic partnerships
  • Other tasks in support of communications in agreement with Directorate




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

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area




Advocacy Strategy and Implementation

Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change


Media relations

Ability to develop media relations across all aspects of media work including relationships with media and preparing media materials such as messages

General  (across the functions)

Event Planning and Execution

Ability to plan, manage and execute of public and private events to ensure that they support and amplify individual communications and advocacy initiatives, as well as UNDP's overall brand and mandate.

Digital and Innovation

Digital Product Management

Ability to designand lead digital product development including testing, ongoing product iteration, product strategy and delivery

Digital and Innovation

Innovation Management

Ability to define and create the conditions for trying out new ways of working or introducing new problem solving approaches to an organisation.  Ability to develop, manage and evaluate a learning curriculum that raises awareness, builds confidence, strengthens innovation capabilities around a certain method, tool or technique; or helps develop an innovation mindset. Ability to create the authorising environment (mandate, incentives) to embed and spread new ways of working. In-depth knowledge of one or more innovation methods, broad knowledge of innovation processes and innovation management. Ability to align a learning and development strategy with broader innovation strategy.

Partnership Management 


Abilit to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies



Ability to provide managers and  stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Min. Academic Education

  • Master or Bachelor university degree in communications, media, international relations, international development, or related field.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • A minimum of 2 years experience with Master degree in the field of journalism, communications, international relations, development or a related field or equivalent professional experience
  • A Minimum of 4 years of experience with the Bachelor degree in the field of journalism, communications, international relations, development or a related field or equivalent professional experience
  • Familiarity with the UN system and/or international development

Required  skills and competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team as well as to take independent initiative
  • Demonstrated experience in communications, strategic outreach and media visibility
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public information and advocacy techniques
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Excellent understanding of international development issues and knowledge of the UN system
  • Demonstrated IT skills
  • Professional editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports, social media content, press releases
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Computer literate in standard software applications and ability to use current social media and web 2.0 tools

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Fluency in spoken and written English and at least one of the following: Danish, Norwegian, Finish and/or Swedish

Professional Certificates