Communication officer

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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :01-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
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 :3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months


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.

Under the overall guidance and direction of the Country Representative, the Communications Officer leads the implementation of the UN Women corporate communications strategy, as well as the development, management and implementation of the Country communications and  advocacy strategies which are geared towards awareness raising of gender equality and the empowerment of women, promote public and media outreach, and increase the visibility of key programmatic results, and UN Women global campaign initiatives in Kenya.

She/he works in close collaboration with the country programme and operations team, UN Women HQ Communications Team and UN Women ESAR Regional Communications focal point, UN Communications Group in Kenya, media and journalists ensuring successful UN Women communications strategy implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities


In the first month of the assignment a workplan will be developed that will cover the following responsibilities:

Plan and design internal and external strategies for communication and outreach

  • Carry out communications needs assessments for UN Women Kenya Office (projects, country programme and corporate change initiatives/campaigns, etc.);
  • Advise programme teams on how to include communication and outreach initiatives in their programme proposals and programme implementation;
  • Develop advocacy and visibility plan and branding guidelines for content publications.

Develop advocacy and communication content for the office

  • Develop communication and advocacy instruments for the Country Office, including monthly donor bulleting, brochure for new Country Programme and updated leaflets for programmes and projects;
  • Organize visibility and communication initiatives with external partners;
  • Oversee the production of materials, draft success story articles and ensure all materials meet the corporate policies, norms and standards for publishing, design;
  • Provide recommendations on both general and emerging issues related to the Communications and Visibility Component of the programme in line with UN Women Corporate Communication policy;
  • Provide guidance and advice on content documentation and monitoring and evaluation of content.

Develop online content, including for website, intranet, knowledge system and social media

  • Generate, prepare and edit content for websites and social media, print and TV;
  • Document sequential programme implementation from inception to programme closure through video and print success story telling.

Manage the implementation of specific flagship events and campaigns

  • Add specific events planned for the next 6 months here.

Develop materials for outreach

  • Disseminate communication materials through contact database;
  • Develop and disseminate newsletters to key stakeholders;
  • Respond to inquiries from public and interested stakeholders;
  • Produce audio-visual materials and sound recordings for radio broadcast.


  • Needs assessment completed;
  • Advocacy and visibility plan for 2019 developed for the office;
  • Inputs to programme documents provided in a timely manner;
  • Offline and Online content developed based on workplan that will be developed in the first month of assignment;
  • Technical support to flagship events and campaigns as agreed in workplan;
  • Timely dissemination of information to contact database.



Core Values/Guiding Principles:

Core Values

  • 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: 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
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making


Required Skills and Experience


Bachelor's degree in media/communication studies, journalism, public relations or other related social sciences

 At least 4 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy, preferably in gender issues.

  • Knowledge and experience in UN Women Practice Areas 
  • Experience in implementing communication and publication strategies
  • Experience with social media and web development
  • Experience with Adobe and video development
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Team player
  • Fluency in English and Swahili both in speaking and writing


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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