Communication Officer

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : State of Palestine (Jerusalem office based, with travel to other locations in the West Bank and Gaza), PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Application Deadline :31-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Until end of 2021, with possible extension
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months with possible extension

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, 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. 

UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997. UN Women Palestine Office focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely, to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the Palestinian context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realization of following strategic goals:  Mainstreaming gender in governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.

As catalysts for change, communication, media and advocacy together constitute an essential strategy to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as diffuse and protect women’s rights. They offer tools to address the disparities women and girls face, to give voice to misrepresented and marginalised communities and groups to promote information exchange, change social attitudes, assist in the development of better public policies and aid programming, and to ensure accountability of decision-making and duty-bearers. Through its mandate, UN Women has a clear responsibility in communicating on and advocating for women’s human rights and empowerment.

In this framework, UN Women Palestine Country Office would like to recruit a qualified Communication Officer to support the implementation of its communication strategy and activities and manage the production of high-quality communication products.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of UN Women Special Representative, UN Women wishes to bring on board a Communication Officer.  The Communication Officer will lead 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 results, and UN Women global campaign initiatives in country.   S/he will undertake the following tasks, duties and responsibilities:

Advocacy and communication strategies

Lead on the development, management and implementation of the Country communications and  advocacy strategies and branding guidelines.

Production of advocacy and communication materials

  • Provide primary support to UN Women’s programme staff as well as external consultants and/or firms for the preparation and follow up on the production of advocacy and communications materials (e.g., films, videos, audio-visuals, brochures, fact sheets; knowledge products etc.), including quality aspects of production, (e.g., quality control of language, layout, and printing based on UN Women quality standards) for UN Women core activities;
  • Lead the preparation and editing (in English and Arabic) of articles, press releases, speeches, brochures, human interest stories and other advocacy / information materials for both social and traditional media, as appropriate;
  • In close cooperation with the Country Team, develop and control the efficient implementation of communication and visibility plans for UN Women’s work in compliance with UN Women and donor guidelines;
  • Develop communication and advocacy instruments for the Country Office, including monthly donor bulleting, background communication and promotional materials for briefing and visits of media, donors, representatives and other special interest groups. Assist as requested in the planning, logistic and administrative arrangements for them;
  • Create and maintain a photo database of UN Women’s activities, take photos during events and field visits and organize photo documentation to various locations and archive the photo in an effective manner;
  • Manage PALCO profiles on key social media platforms relevant to the national context and promote engagement with social media users, monitor web and social media traffic and generate monthly analytic reports, etc.
  • Localize global and regional communication materials for use at country level.

Media portfolio

  • Be in charge of the media portfolio within UN Women, including, but not limited to developing and maintaining close collaboration with the media, as well as with groups and organizations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives;
  • Manage media outreach through tracking media stories on UN Women and gender-related issues in Palestine in relation to UN Women’s work, archive coverage, communication and relation with media, regularly update the media database, organize press conference and develop media kits;

Stakeholders’ engagement

  • Ensure continuous information coordination and exchange with the relevant partners on communication-related activities;
  • Provide support for the organization of events/advocacy activities and campaigns and maintain a contact/events database;
  • Monitor and evaluate the appropriate and timely dissemination of advocacy and communication materials to target audiences, and participate in the evaluation of their impact;
  • Ensure public support for special events and activities to promote UN Women’s goals.


  • Develop request for quotations for design and print material and act as a focal point with vendors for related services.
  • Translation of communications and visibility documents Arabic-English / English-Arabic, as needed
  • Perform any other related duty assigned by the supervisor.


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:

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of different aspects of public information and communication;
  • Ability to elaborate communication strategies by identifying audiences and communication means;
  • Ability to conceptualize, design and implement major information and advocacy campaigns;
  • Ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources;
  • Ability to produce a variety of written and visual communications products in a clear, concise style, as well as develop messages for use when communicating on the programmes;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and a demonstrated ability to clearly communicate development ideas and experiences;
  • Demonstrated creativity, particularly very good sense of design;
  • Sound commitment to gender equality, women’s empowerment, human rights and social justice issues;
  • Strong knowledge of social media and communication strategies and methods;
  • Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience;
  • Strong multimedia skills;
  • Excellent computer skills (word, excel, power point), including basic audio-video editing, and design software.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in communications, journalism, international relations, political sciences or any other relevant field. Or Baccalaureate degree in above fields.

Professional Experience:

  • MA with 5 years or BA with 6 years of professional experience at national or international level in public relations, communications, journalism, or advocacy;
  • Experience in writing and editing high quality contents that clearly communicate development-related ideas for various communications platforms;
  • Experience closely working with national and international media and knowledge of influential media contacts are an asset;
  • Experience in social-media and web content creation/management is an asset;
  • Familiarity with behavior change communication or Communications for Development (C4D) is an asset;
  • Experience working in women’s rights issues; knowledge of relevant gender issues in Palestine is an asset;
  • Previous experience with UN or international organization is an asset.

Language Requirement:

Fluency in both Arabic and English is required with writing and editing experience in both languages. 

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