UN Women: Communications Analyst - Visibility and Advocacy

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Application Deadline :23-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-2
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Duration of Initial Contract :1 year


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.

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level. It identifies emerging issues and trends, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice.

Under the European Union’s Partnership Instrument, UN Women is implementing with the European Union and the International Labour Organization an innovative project on “Promoting women’s economic empowerment at work through responsible business conduct – G7 countries” over a period of three years. The project’s guiding platform are the Women’s Empowerment Principles, established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women. The project has two main objectives: (1) Facilitate dialogues and exchanges among G7 countries' public and private sector; and (2) Further engage with the private sector in the elimination of gender inequality faced by women in the world of work.

The substantive work on women’s economic empowerment will be guided by the G7 Roadmap and stakeholder priority themes. For example, during the Canadian G7 Presidency in 2018, the focus areas will include: (1) Investing in Growth that Works for Everyone; (2) Preparing for Jobs of the Future; (3) Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment; (4) Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy; and (5) Building a More Peaceful and Secure World.

Under the direct supervision of the Policy Advisor, Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), the Communications Analyst - Visibility and Advocacy is responsible for assisting in the planning and implementation of the project’s communications, knowledge management and advocacy strategies, including on EmpowerWomen.org and its social media platforms, and UN Women’s corporate communication and media channels, in line with the project’s Communication and Visibility Plan and the overall EU- UN joint communication guidelines. The Communications Analyst will also liaise on a daily basis with the European Union, the International Labour Organization and UN Women’s field representatives to ensure effective communication around the project. The incumbent will work closely with the Team’s Innovation and Knowledge Management Specialist on various engagement tools and resources for multi-stakeholder dialogues, and with the Team’s Policy Specialist, WEPs, to drive private sector engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support in the programme’s communications, visibility, knowledge management and advocacy strategies:

  • Conduct a communication needs assessment, update and fine-tune the project’s draft communication and visibility plan, draft a stakeholder engagement strategy, and map out key communication and knowledge management platforms, tools and resources in G7 countries for activation during the programme period;
  • Propose targets and data to be collected on communications, knowledge management and advocacy platforms for the programme’s monitoring and evaluation framework;
  • Provide inputs in the development of the Communities of Practice’s terms of reference from a communication, knowledge management and advocacy standpoint;
  • Provide technical support to the Communities of Practice, including through communication materials, resources and platforms;
  • Provide technical inputs to country-specific communications, knowledge management and advocacy strategies and their implementation;
  • Provide technical inputs to global and country-level event and activity calendars for communications, knowledge management and advocacy, and ensure consistency in messaging across the countries;
  • Develop a clear campaign agenda and methodology with UN Women and the European Union for action-oriented advocacy campaigns;
  • Draft inputs to the programme’s annual workplan and develop and implement activities related to communications, knowledge management and advocacy;
  • Draft briefing notes and talking points about the programme, its activities and results;
  • Provide technical inputs to the annual donor reports, the final evaluation report and other reporting obligations.

Draft, maintain and update communication, visibility, knowledge and learning management and advocacy systems and tools as per annual workplan:

  • Prepare a FAQ and Q&A toolkit, including usage of UN Women, Empower Women and WEPs logos, and other communications needs;
  • Vet content and update daily the programme’s knowledge management system (Sitecore) with stories, articles and other content types in English, French and Japanese, and support the development of microsites for the communities of practice;
  • Update daily the programme’s learning management system (Moodle) in different languages and support the development of new e-learning tools;
  • Gather intelligence on online user behavior and monitor web traffic statistics, suggestion solutions for enhanced engagement and support search engine optimization;
  • Support the maintenance of the WEPs database of companies;
  • Respond to a variety of inquiries and information requests, particularly from WEPs signatory companies, prepare related correspondence;
  • Lead editing, translation, printing and dissemination of publications, online and audio-visual materials.
  • Prepare visuals, flyers and other outreach materials for programme activities;
  • Coordinate inputs to and prepare the monthly newsletter and WEPs bulletin.

Build communication and visibility partnerships and media alliances:

  • Liaise with EU, ILO and UN Women stakeholders on key communication initiatives, and identify communication and advocacy opportunities;
  • Promote visibility of Empower Women, the Women’s Empowerment Principles and the programme at large, including through disseminating tools and materials co-branded with EU, ILO and UN Women;
  • Maintain communication partnerships and media alliances with the view of increase awareness and visibility of the programme and its activities, and manage and nurture existing partnerships;
  • Maintain and update the database of relevant media and communications partners;
  • Communicate programme goals through clearly defined and coherent messages through daily social media messages (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and build and maintain connections with strategic partners and members within the digital space;
  • Develop social media kits and communication for key multi-stakeholder engagement opportunities and events;
  • Work closely with UN Women’s corporate communication and advocacy team to develop and produce communication materials, such as briefing materials, press releases, and articles, and manage their dissemination;
  • Provide technical support to the Champions for Change programme (online volunteers) in close collaboration with other team members.

Key Performance Indicators:

The successful performance of the Communications Analyst of the key functions directly result in effective and innovative communication, knowledge management and advocacy which in turn leads to overall high-quality results for the programme, and impact on the image of UN Women as an effective and efficient partner for communication, knowledge management and advocacy initiatives in the area of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.

  • Timely and quality communications support to multi-stakeholder dialogues, communications and advocacy campaigns, on time on scope on budget;
  • Timely updating of the EmpowerWomen.org and WEPs websites, WeLearn and their social media platforms;
  • Timely and effective monitoring of communication, knowledge management and advocacy activities;
  • Timely delivery of quality communication and advocacy materials to the communities of practice in line with workplan;
  • Regular interaction of media, including through engagement with EU, ILO and UN Women’s corporate communication and advocacy teams;
  • Positive contributions to the team environment.


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong skills in managing cutting-edge content, learning and knowledge management systems and databases. Knowledge in using Sitecore and Moodle an advantage;
  • In-depth understanding of social media platforms, tools and strategies, including for driving traffic to web portals;
  • Knowledge in using design tools (e.g. InDesign), Google analytics, Constant Contact, Hootsuite and Commun.it, or similar, an advantage;
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Capable of handling large volumes of work under time constraints;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in establishing and fostering good relations with representatives of government, corporations, academia, UN entities, donors, and civil society.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, public relations, journalism, social sciences or relevant fields.


  • At least 2 years of professional work experience at national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy;
  • Experience advocating for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, including the themes of G7 Roadmap and 2018 Presidency;
  • Experience in electronic knowledge management and social media;
  • Experience in media relations is an asset;
  • Experience in communication and visibility of EU funded programmes is an asset.


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


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from?http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment?Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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