International Communications Consultant

Location : Home Based or Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline :17-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months

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.


Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal together with your CV and cover letter (if applicable) in one single file while submitting application. And please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading. Below is the download link of Offeror's Letter. 

Offeror's letter download link:


The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team in China, including all 27 UN entities present in China. The purpose of the Resident Coordinator System is to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level, helping the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments, notably by establishing and strengthening these partnerships for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) supports the roles and functions of the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Country Team (UNCT). The RCO provides inter-agency coordination support to the UNCT and its various inter-agency working mechanisms, including theme groups. Critical functions of the RCO include strategic analysis, planning and positioning of the Country Team; support to joint UN programming and operations management; policy guidance; joint advocacy and communications in order to enhance UN coherence and improving the overall program impact of the UN System in China.

As we commence the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2021-2025), RCO is looking for a motivated candidate to join the communications team on a full-time basis. The candidate will contribute to its crucial mandate of enhancing the coherence of the UN System in China. They will bring an international perspective towards our focus on support of overall UN communication and advocacy efforts including global priorities such as the Decade of Action for the SDGs.

The position will provide the successful candidate with the unique opportunity to discover how the UN system operates at the country level. Among others, the candidate will: actively engage in the joint UN communication initiatives; learn about the functions and roles of a wide range of UN agencies; gain insight into the country programming process of the UN; and become familiar with how the UN interacts with different stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Communications and working closely with other members from the RCO, the International Communications Consultant will be responsible for providing support to RCO Communications Team in its mandate to achieve its objectives for communications and advocacy and will assume the following responsibilities:


  • Facilitate the implementation and promotion of overall UN communications priorities and participate in the strategic planning and design of related campaigns and projects.
  • Draft, edit and polish outgoing communications materials to a professional standard for English language audiences, including speeches, op-eds and press releases.
  • Support the compilation and preparation of required briefing and presentation materials, background information and talking points for high-level events, interviews, meetings, and missions.
  • Coordinate within the UN China Communications Group, following up with different UN agencies and entities on the rollout of joint UN communications initiatives.
  • Provide support on designing and implementing campaigns and provide updates on UN China’s international social media platforms, including developing content, monitoring feedback, and liaising with relevant stakeholders on these platforms.
  • Work to provide and update inputs to the UN China website and provide technical support where needed.
  • Plan for and provide logistical support for in-person or virtual events hosted by UN China.
  • Monitor effectiveness of communications materials and external press coverage, and other domestic or international developments that may be of concern to UN China.
  • Assist where possible on major UN China publications, including annual reports, project report/publications, newsletters and other outreach materials.
  • Complete other ad-hoc tasks as required by the office and/or supervisor.


Interpersonal Competencies:

  • Demonstrates strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result for individuals and responds positively to feedback.
  • Consistently approaches work with initiative, sound judgement and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Provide an international perspective to the work of UN China.
  • Excellent teamwork skills but able to function independently.
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills in an intercultural workplace.

Functional and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to draft and edit in the English language to a professional standard.
  • Sound ability and utilization of computer and ICT skills (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe CC).
  • Ability to apply organizational policies and procedures.

Innovative Capabilities

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:  Bachelors or higher degree in communications, journalism, marketing, translation, international relations, development studies or other related fields.


  • A minimum of one-year of experience in communications, advocacy or partnership development in the context of development cooperation or related area is preferred.
  • Understanding of the UN system, its agencies, bodies and mandates is beneficial.
  • Familiarity with the UN’s communication and advocacy’s work is an asset.
  • Knowledge in graphic design and video editing is an advantage.

Language: English as native language.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where:
  • Technical evaluation - 70%; (includes 20% of Job-Related Technical Expertise; 25% of Relevant working experience; 25% of Methodology & Approach to Assignment)
  • Financial Evaluation - 30%.

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal together with your CV and cover letter (if applicable) in one single file while submitting application. And please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading. Below is the download link of Offeror's Letter. 

Offeror's letter download link:

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