Communications Associate

Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :30-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :GS-7
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 Year with possibility for extension


You are invited to join a team of dedicated development professionals whose primary role is to support the Philippines to achieve the 2030 Agenda.  As part of the UNDP team your focus will be to work with multiple stakeholders to find the country specific solutions that lead to the eradication of poverty and to ensure no one is left behind - and we reach those furthest behind first.

You will be confronted with diverse development challenges, including addressing   basic   development   needs, supporting institutional   transformations   to enable   sustainable   development, and enabling rapid recovery from shocks, crises and conflicts by strengthening development pathways.   These development challenges are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, they often coexist, requiring tailored integrated solutions that can adequately address specific deficits and barriers.

We place a premium on national ownership in the analysis, design and implementation of solutions, as well as a partnership-based approach to leverage the range of skills and resources needed – public and private.  We work closely with all stakeholders in society to find innovative solutions to old development problems.

UNDP is looking for individuals who have the analytical, planning and implementation capacities that can address links, choices and connections across many issues and sectors.  We seek individuals who can apply global best practice to national contexts. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to making a positive contribution to Development in the Philippines.

Under the overall supervision of Communications Officer, the Communications Associate supports the formulation and implementation of the communications and advocacy strategies to increase the standing and awareness of UNDP with partners, the media and the public. The Communications Associate promotes a client-oriented approach in UNDP.

The Communications Associate works as a member of the Programme & Impact Advisory Team, MSU and Programme & Project Implementation Team and in close collaboration with staff of other UN Agencies, UNDP HQs staff (Communications Office) and the Regional Communications Advisor, Government officials, media, multilateral and bilateral donors and civil society.

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Supports the formulation and implementation of CO communications and advocacy strategies, supports business development focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Preparation and conduct of communications need assessments for CO (projects, country programme and corporate change initiatives, etc);
  • Provision of information for elaboration of CO communications and outreach strategy based on corporate;
  • strategic priorities and the UNDP External Communications Action Plan;
  • Development of communication materials for marketing and awareness-raising campaigns, including briefing and media materials in coordination with the supervisor;
  • Organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, seminars, interviews;
  • Provision of inputs and researched information in programme formulations to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of UNDP’s development programme;
  • Review of reference materials, identification of reference materials for retention. Maintenance of information database and photo library;
  • Organization and implementation of joint UN information campaigns (UN Day, World AIDS Day, etc.);
  • Preparation of inputs for CCA, UNDAF, CPD and other documents.

2) Support to the elaboration and implementation of the CO publications strategy and plan

  • Provision of inputs and information for elaboration of CO publications strategy and plan based on the corporate publications policy;
  • Identification of storylines for publications and articles contributing to debates on key development issues;
  • Technical supervision of translation/adaptation/rewriting of information received, printing and dissemination of publications and audio-visual materials. Contact with printers and other suppliers to ensure production;
  • Supervision of publications dissemination and social media platforms.

3) Ensures the design and maintenance of the UNDP web site, intranet, CO web-based knowledge management system

  • Assistance in the design and maintenance of the office web sites based on corporate requirements in cooperation with the ICT staff;
  • Preparation/checking the content for the web sites and social media platforms to ensure consistency of the materials.

4) Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management

  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories;
  • Organization and conduct of training and workshops on communications for development as appropriate.



     Competencies and Selection Criteria

                     Description of Competency at Level Required




Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 3: Expresses information and views with adaptive reasoning and appreciation for complexity and variation


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 3: Takes responsibility for addressing critical situations and delivering core value



Advocacy and Activations

Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy.

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Design Thinking

Knowledge of method (s) for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions, with the intent of an improved future result.

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Media Relations

Ability to form and maintain meaningful working relationships with various members of the media

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work


Ability to effectively communicate intensions and requirements to internal and external stakeholders

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Web Design

Ability to create and design web content

Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary Education or bachelor's degree in Journalism, Media Relations or Publishing or related field.


  • 7 years of relevant experience with Secondary Education or 4 years of relevant experience with bachelor's degree;
  • Relevant experience at the national level in providing communication packages to promote the activities of international development organization;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.). Experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable.


  • Non-Smoking environment.

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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