Communications Specialist

Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :03-Nov-10 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year with possibility of yearly renewal
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year with possibility of yearly renewal


Under the guidance and supervision of the AAP National Project Coordinator, the Communication Specialist and UNDP Nigeria develops concrete plans for implementation of corporate communications strategy, designs, manages and implements the AAP communications strategy and publication policy to promote public and media outreach, to mobilize political and financial support for the AAP. The Communications Specialist  works in close collaboration with other projects and the staff of other UNICEF, UNIDO, Government officials, media, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful AAP communication strategy implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Formulation and implementation of AAP communications, education and advocacy strategies
    and tools
  • Elaboration and implementation of the AAP publications policy
  • Creation of strong visibility of AAP activities and results
  • Supervision of the design and maintenance of the AAP/ UN web site, intranet, and other web based knowledge management system
  • Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
  • Develop and ensure implementation of communications strategies for outreach, advocacy and promotion of the AAP and manage the dissemination of advocacy materials, lead engagement with new partners, and maintain of close contacts with national and international media, government officials, multilateral and bilateral donors, civil society and private sector.
  • Ensures elaboration and implementation of relevant publications focusing on conceptualization, elaboration, identification of activities for publications, drafting articles describing successful projects, public events and other achievements and successes, fostering understanding of AAP and climate change strategic role in country development.
  • Supervises the design and maintenance of the AAP Nigeria web site and other web-based knowledge management system to ensure ensuring consistency of the materials.
  • Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management through the focusing on identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to project goals and activities, operational and management best practices

Impact of Results:

The key results from conceptualization of effective communications strategies and tools and the dissemination of information on the AAP will impact on its visibility and image, and enhance the understanding of climate change adaptation issues and the reputation of the project with its key stakeholders. It would also have far reaching resource mobilization impacts.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Encourages office staff to share knowledge.
  • Demonstrates strong coaching/mentoring skills, regularly providing helpful feedback and advice to others in the office
  • Ability to elaborate and implement communications and publications strategies
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing media campaigns, including well-written information about climate change, the AAP; its objectives and activities.
  • Ability to effectively manage an advocacy campaign.
  • Demonstrates excellent ability to write and communicate orally with accuracy and professionalism.
  • Ability to effectively plan and manage the Unit.
  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies.
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree in Communications, Media relations, journalism, publishing


  • 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy.
  • Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization is helpful but not mandatory.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.

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.

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