Communications & Public Relations Officer



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Monrovia, LIBERIA
Application Deadline :30-Sep-22 (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)
01-Nov-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :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

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. Women’s leadership and political participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. Through its Leadership and Governance section, UN Women works to ensure that women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems.

A key strategic partner of UN Women in Liberia is the Women’s Legislative Caucus (WLC). The WLC was formed in 2006 to bring together women legislators around common issues and concerns to women, irrespective of political affiliation, religion, or ethnic background. The WLC aims at increasing the participation of women in decision making at all levels and at strengthening legislation, systems, and mechanisms for the protection and promotion of women and girls’ rights. Specifically, it aims to increase women’s presence and influence in national decision-making; to enhance the political, campaign, and fundraising capacities of its members and other women candidates; and to promote affirmative action for women’s political participation and leadership and contribute to gender responsive legislation. Currently it is comprised of 11 members comprising 2 women Senators and 9 women Representatives.

UN Women supports the WLC, its normative and legislative agenda, and its promotion of women’s political participation and representation in national decision-making. To this end, UN Women will support key personnel costs of the WLC Secretariat in support of its core functions.

Reporting to the Program Management Specialist, Women Political Participation, the Communications & Public Relations Officer (PRO) supports the formulation and implementation of the communications, advocacy, and media strategies to increase the standing and awareness of WLC with partners, the media, and the public. The Communications & PRO will help the WLC increase its visibility and communicate their mandate, strategic objectives, and achievements.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support in the development of a coherent WLC communications and media strategy
  • Track and monitor print and social media and report relevant information to WLC Secretariat and members’ staff to inform communications and media strategy development and implementation
  • Gather substantive inputs from WLC Secretariat staff and members to develop, and if relevant, update the WLC’s communication and media strategy and action plan
  • Include guidance and support to WLC Secretariat and members’ staff on UN Women and donor’s corporate communications and visibility requirements
  • Provide support to the development and publication of WLC’s communications materials
  • Identify storylines and achievements within the WLC for online and printed publications
  • Prepare press releases, articles, key messages, and other advocacy materials, in cooperation with WLC and UN Women
  • Seek approval from WLC chair and UN Women and manage the publication of materials
  • Maintain library/ database of reference materials and photos and digital assets, as necessary
  • Provide substantive support in the management of the WLC’s social media presence and website
  • Identify stories, and develop/review content for the WLC’s website and social media channels
  • Update the website and social media channels, ensure consistency in branding
  • Research, compile and produce reports on web statistics on a regular basis and electronic surveys
  • Maintain files, databases, and systems relevant to the WLC’s digital presence, as necessary
  • Provide media relations support to the WLC
  • Serve as a focal point on WLC’s activities open to the press, as necessary
  • Establish and maintain relationships with press, maintaining and updating a database of relevant journalists/media houses, as necessary
  • Respond to requests for information and arrange interviews
  • Support media engagement by organizing press conferences and other publicity events and preparing briefing materials, talking points, and press releases
  • Facilitate knowledge management and sharing
  • Contribute to the identification of best practices and lessons learned
  • Conduct trainings and workshops on communication practices for WLC Secretariat and member staff, as relevant
  • Provide/exchange information with WLC members and UN Women
  • Other
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor


Competencies

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely organization of discussions, conferences, briefings, information campaigns and other events
  • Timely provision of substantive inputs as requested
  • Timely delivery of developed communication and advocacy materials in high quality
  • Social media channels/website are up to date
  • Number of communication products developed and assisted in development

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

Functional Competencies

  • Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality
  • Excellent event planning skills
  • Excellent knowledge of social media and communications strategy and methods
  • Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience
  • Strong multimedia skills
  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment


Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Completion of secondary education is required;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations or Journalism is an asset.

Experience:

  • At least 5 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 communications.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required



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