Communications Associate

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kampala
Application Deadline :07-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year
Expected Duration of Assignment :One 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.

 UN Women Uganda has been working  to  promote  the  rights  of  women  and  ensure  inclusion of women’s  participation  and  leadership  as  the  country  works  towards  achieving agenda 2030s. UN Women programming is connected to the corporate priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment particularly at community level; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.

UN Women pays particular attention to its communication capacity to provide a foundation for effective advocacy for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Thus, the communication strategy for UN Women aims to drive and support advocacy efforts to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality; enhance public awareness of gender equality goals and the role of the UN Women in achieving them; and promote behavior and attitude change. UN Women leverages news, online media, community radios securing coverage of gender equality issues and UN Women work at the national, districts and local levels.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Communication and Advocacy specialist, the Communications Associate participates in the implementation of the corporate communications strategy, as well as in the design, management and implementation of the Country Office communications and publication strategies which are geared to influence the development agenda, promote public and media outreach and mobilize political and financial support for UN Women. 

 The Communications Officer works in close collaboration with the Programme teams, staff of other UN Agencies, UN Communications Group ensuring successful UN Women communication strategy implementation. 

Duties and Responsibilities

A. Provides support to the planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach focusing on achievement of the following results:

  1. Analysis of requirements and synthesis of proposals for elaboration of the CO communications and outreach strategy based on the corporate communications strategy.
  2. Development/production of communication and advocacy instruments and materials for marketing and awareness-raising campaigns, including briefing materials and press releases in coordination with the supervisor.
  3. Synthesis of proposals for project formulations to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of UN Women’s programmes.

B. Contributes to the implementation of the CO publications strategy and plan focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  1. Effective implementation of the CO publications strategy and plan.
  2. Management of some CO publication activities, such as drafting articles, content management, norms for publishing, design, maintenance of regular contact with printers and other suppliers to ensure production and publications dissemination

C. Provides contributions to the UN Women Regional and International websites, web-based knowledge management system and Social media channels focusing on achievement of the following results:

  1. Support programme staff with preparation of articles, Op-eds and other materials for uploading on the websites
  2. Preparation of the content for the web sites to ensure consistency of the materials
  3. Maintaining electronic filing of articles, print materials and photos for office use

?D. Supports visibility of UN Women Programmes focusing on achievement of the following results:


Launches and campaigns

  1. Promotion and dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications.
  2. Promotion and maintenance of public information campaigns on UN Women activities, results of SDGs, International conventions and frameworks on Gender Equality, 16-Days Campaigns of Activism against Gender-based Violence, International Women’s Day, Rural Women’s Day, engendering National planning and budgeting-, under the supervision of Gender and Communications Capacity Development Specialist.


  1. Preparation and dissemination of press-releases, reports, civic education and community awareness to government, civil society and other partners where appropriate, to support projects.
  2. Support media coverage of UN Women activities and key events.

Public information

Timely and effective responses to inquiries for public information materials.

 E. Support knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

  1. Support documentation of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities.
  2. Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice including corporate communications repositories.


Corporate Competencies:

  1. Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  2. Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women
  3. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  4. Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

  1. Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to UN Women Programme Areas
  2. Develops knowledge in Programme Areas
  3. Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Programme Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  1. Ability to implement communications and publications strategies
  2. Advocates effectively
  3. Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies
  4. Excellent communication skills, excellent writing skills
  5. Ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data
  6. Demonstrates strong IT skills


Management and Leadership:

  1. Focuses on impact and result for the client
  2. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  3. Ability to remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure and tight deadlines
  4. Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  5. Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view
  6. Solicits feedback about the impact of his/her own behavior

Required Skills and Experience


  • Completion of secondary education required
  • Bachelor’s degree in media relations, journalism, communications


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems including social media management.
  • Experience in media relations
  • Experience in advocacy/ communication messages and materials development.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required.


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