Communications Associate

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :31-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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.


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.

Placing women’s rights at the centre 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 Nigeria, UN Women Country Office contributes to the development of Nigeria’s vision, and is aligned to United Nations Development Assistant Programme(UNDAP) as well as UN Women Strategic Plan. The Nigeria Country Office 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.

The Communications Associate will handle a variety of tasks that are designed to help promote UN Women Nigera public image and message. The Communications Associate will support   UN Women Nigeria communications in implementing the UN Women communications strategy. S/he will provide communication and administrative support services to the team ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work, under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director and day to day direct supervision of the UN Women Communications Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the day to day direct supervision of the UN Women Communications Officer, the Communications Associate will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the development and implementation of a refined communications and advocacy strategy
  • Support development of yearly communications plans, and update the plan on a weekly basis to track implementation of the communications strategy
  • Contribute to the development of an innovative social media strategy involving in youth; and support roll-out, including on college campuses countrywide;
  • Support implementation of the social media component of the communication strategy outlined in the communication plan
  • Assist with the social media component of the HeForShe campaign nationally
  • Gather content to write human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials in all media formats as appropriate for the website and newsletters
  • Take photographs and videos for both traditional and web-based media.
  • Knowledge Management: Establish and maintain a database for easy retrieval of knowledge products, photographs and videos (in consultation with the Knowledge Management Specialist). Establish/maintain an up-to-date documentation centre/repository for publications, press releases and feature stories, as well as photographic and audio-visual materials.
  • Maintain and update media relations contact list/database. Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media. Assist in developing and maintaining close collaboration with the media as well as with partners and organizations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives. Prepare press releases and media advisories and briefs.
  • Following up on the production of advocacy and communication materials (e.g., films, videos, audio-visuals, etc.), and oversees the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, translations, reviews of layout and graphic design.
  • Work with the Management, Communications and appropriate staff to maintain UN Women Nigeria’s email distribution lists
  • Assist Design templates, reports, branding, and print materials as needed
  • Media monitoring of GEWE in the media through digital media platforms, including online news outlets in the country, and   recommends appropriate action to maintain a positive image for the organization. Send out media monitoring report to the relevant audience. Analyze the monitoring on a quartley basis;  share it with programme colleagues and include the analysis in the office reports
  • Develop email newsletter in collaboration with the communication team, and develop and send out approved content updates for social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter daily or as needed for Nigeria webpage,  and UN Women Africa platforms
  • Representing UN Women Nigeria  in the UN Communications Group and report back to the office
  • Support organization of UN Women events like International Women’s Day, HeForShe Campaign, 16 days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Results/Expected Output:

  • Development and implementation of a refined communications and advocacy strategy
  • UN Women Nigeria’s work featured in UN Women African and HQ website, and social media
  • UN Women Nigeria results translated into various attractive communication products
  • UN Women communication products developed and regularly updated
  • UN Women branding efforts supported
  • Knowledge Products disseminated regularly


Core values/guiding principles:     
Integrity:  Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:  Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:  Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;

  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core competencies:

  • Ethics and values: Demostrate 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 maintain 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; 

Functional competencies:

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and applies newly acquired skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, writing and communication skills

Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

  • University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or related field; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area,
  • At least two years year practical professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media
  • Videography and photography skills
  • Excellent social media skills
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills
  • Experience working with and guiding multiple stakeholders
  • Knowledge of UN Women/UNDP rules and procedures is an advantage
  • Experience in the usage of computers and Adobe design and video editing software.

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