UN Development Coordination Officer – Programme Communications and Advocacy Jobs – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Senior
Development Coordination Officer
About US:
The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network.
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training,
grant support to developing countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis
on assistance to the least developed countries. 
Job Summary:  The Development Coordination Officer –  Programme Communications and Advocacy will be
responsible of the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be
carried out by all Development Coordination Officers, Programme Communications
and Advocacy.)
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Plans and
facilitates strategy advocacy and programme communications in support of the
  • Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and UN
    Country Team (UNCT) in designing, implementing and monitoring the UN joint
    advocacy and communication strategy, promoting the UNDAF as the primary
    instrument for the planning and implementation of UN development
    activities in the country, in support of the implementation of the 2030
    Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Researches, analyzes and presents inputs to the RC and UNCT on
    strategic advocacy and programme communications for the 2030 Agenda and to
    boost impact of programmatic objectives under the UNDAF;
  • Plans and facilitates the promotion of advocacy and communications
    as a tool for a participatory approach to UNDAF implementation and
    monitoring, reflecting the views and priorities of people, including those
    left farthest behind;
  • Monitors and analyzes the media in the areas related to the UN’s
    mandates and programmes in the country, as well as other issues relevant
    to the UN brand and positioning;
  • Provides substantive support to the RC and UNCT on public messaging
    and media outreach, and assists in managing reputational risks or crises
    around sensitive issues;
  • Identifies and assesses potential issues, concerns and risks related
    to communications and advocacy, and suggests corrective actions to the RC
    and UNCT, Programme Management Team (or equivalent) and Results Groups;
  • Plans and facilitates the work of the UN Communications Group
    throughout the stages of the UNDAF cycle;
  • In collaboration with the UN Communications Group and the UN
    Programme Management Team (or equivalent), and in coordination with the
    RCO colleagues responsible for data management and results reporting,
    prepares the annual communication plan to publicize and communicate
    results with a focus on the UN’s development impact;
  • Assists the RC and UNCT in projecting UN’s image effectively and
    accurately as well as promoting transparency and accountability;
  • Provides substantive support to ensure that communication
    performance indicators are identified, incorporated, monitored and
    reported on throughout the UNDAF cycle.
Contributes to
partnership building and media relations
  • Plans and facilitates the engagement of key traditional and
    non-traditional partners, including government, civil society, private
    sector, development partners and others new as well as traditional actors
    on the collective 2030 Agenda and the related role and impact of the UN’s
    work in country;
  • Provides substantive support to the RC and UNCT in significantly
    expanding public outreach on the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s role and impact
    in country;
  • Plans and facilitates public engagement on the UN’s role and work in
    country, including through programme visits showcasing the UN’s
    development impact;
  • Undertakes regular liaison with other partners for content
    development, information exchange, collaborative communication efforts,
    and innovative communication and advocacy tools;
  • Compiles and analyzes communication experiences and shares findings
    with country, regional and HQ communication colleagues so that best
    practices benefit UN’s communication work;
  • Develops and maintains close working relationships with the media,
    including editors and journalists in key national and international news
    outlets; develops, maintains and updates media relations contact
  • Prepares official briefing materials, talking points, speeches,
    statements, op-eds and presentations as necessary.
Plans and
facilitates digital communications
  • Develops and maintains digital external platforms such as the UN
    country team website as well as UN social media presence (Facebook, Twitter
    account etc.);
  • Plans and facilitates the development and implementation of a
    digital content strategy and contributes to the development of key
    communication products (e.g. human-interest stories, photography, video,
    animations, etc.).
Provides substantive
support for publications and branding management
  • Provides substantive support to the RC and UNCT on joint UN
    publications ensuring high quality standards and the correct application
    of the UN branding guidelines;
  • Prepares inputs for the RC and UNCT on the use of the UN joint brand
    at country level across UN products, both offline and online.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations UNDP Development
    Coordination Officer –  Programme
    Communications and Advocacy job placement should hold an advanced
    university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in
    communications, journalism, business or public administration, sustainable
    development, social sciences, education or related area. A first-level
    university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying
    experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in
    programme communications and advocacy or partnership development in the context
    of development cooperation or related area is required.
  • Language:  Fluency in one of the working languages
    of the UN Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the
    other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an
  • Professionalism:
    Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and
    approaches. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis on
    sustainable development topics, determine suitability, validity and
    accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing
    sources for data collection.  Shows
    pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence
    and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting
    commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by
    professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced
    with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful
    situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and
    ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
    identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as
    required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for
    completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when
    planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time
  • Communication:
    Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly
    interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions
    to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors
    language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness
    in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve
    organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas
    and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before
    personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group
    decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility
    for team shortcomings.
  • Accountability:
    Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers
    outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and
    quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations
    and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes
    responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility
    for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Creativity:
    Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different
    options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades
    others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual
    ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new
    ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional
  • Client Orientation:
    Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and
    seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains
    productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
    identifies clients
    needs and matches them to appropriate
    solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’
    environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients
    informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery
    of products or services to client.
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
    actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
    contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows
    willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability
    and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to
    apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new
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.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to
Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements
and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 23rd May 2019
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