Communications Analyst (Short-Term Assignment)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :18-Dec-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months


UN Women (UNW) is 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN WOMEN will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

In Kenya, the UN Women Country Programme contributes to the development objectives of Kenya’s blue print, the Vision 2030 and is aligned to the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) of 2009-2014 and the upcoming UNDAF of 2014-2018, as well as UN Women Global Strategic Plan. The Kenya Country Programme -Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Gains Consolidated' - aims to achieve the following results: (i) increased women’s leadership and participation in governance; (ii) strengthened women’s economic empowerment; (iii) increased protection of women & access to justice for women; and (iv) strengthened women’s leadership in peace building and humanitarian response.

It is in this context that UN Women in Kenya is seeking to recruit a consultant to provide technical assistance in within the communications unit from January to July 2016.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Develop communication plan 2016 and provide monthly update of its implementation;
  • Liaise and contact media houses to maintain UN Women media/press relations;
  • Identify storylines for publications and draft substantive articles contributing to debates on key development issues;
  • Produce monthly programme stories and information materials for e-newsletter;
  • Prepare adhoc communication materials (brochures, fact sheets, briefs and stories) and publications as may be directed by the supervisor;
  • Contact with printers and other suppliers to ensure production and ensure publications dissemination;
  • Organize communication needs of the International Women’s Day (IWD) and other UN Women special events and campaigns;
  • Manage the website and social media accounts in line with relevant corporate policies;
  • Support facilitation of knowledge building and management;
  • Provide monthly status and progress report.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Communication plan 2016 and monthly update of its implementation;
  • Evidence of media houses contacted;
  • Number of storylines identified and articles produced;
  • Number of monthly programme stories and information materials produced for e-newsletter;
  • Communication materials (brochures, fact sheets, briefs and stories) and publications developed;
  • Reports on support provided on UN Women special events and campaigns;
  • Weekly or monthly updates on the status of the website and social media accounts;
  • Monthly progress reports.


Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity. 

Organizational Awareness

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative. 

Work in teams

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication. 

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.  

Conflict Management

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution. 

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge. 

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
  • Demonstrates very good understanding of and experience in communications and outreach;
  • Proven networking skills, and ability to generate interest in UN Women’s mandate;
  • Strong initiative-taker;
  • Very effective at multi-tasking;
  • Focuses on impact and results for the client;
  • Interacts effectively with all levels of the organization, including senior management;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Identifies opportunities and builds strong relationships with clients and partners;
  • Demonstrates exceptional ability to remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Outstanding oral and written communications and editing skills, with proven ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Good IT skills, including databases and office software packages
  • Ability to supervise and train staff.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, journalism, public relations, international relations or a related field.


  • At least 3 years of experience in communications at the national or international level, including   experience in media relations;
  • Experience in on-line outreach and multimedia an asset;
  • Experience in web management; design soft wares; photography;
  • Experience working in large development agency also pertinent;
  • Familiarity with gender issues;
  • Familiarity with UN Women and UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN official language an asset.

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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