Internal Communications Specialist, Media and Communications Branch (MCB), Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships New York, P-3

Level: P-3
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 15 November 2019 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: New York
Job ID: 26553

The position:

The Internal Communication Specialist position is located in the Media and Communications Branch (MCB) of the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships and works under the direct supervision and overall guidance to the Internal Communication Specialist. The incumbent is responsible for a range of internal communications activities in support of the corporate strategies for internal communications, global communications and branding.

Job purpose

The effective communication of results is a corporate priority as outlined in UNFPA’s ambitious Strategic Plan 2017-2021. UNFPA’s corporate communications strategies aim to position the Fund as a vocal and visible development partner and to engage stakeholders through timely and focused communications on programme impact and transformative results. Improving internal communications is a main focus of UNFPA’s strategic communications, recognizing that staff who understand and can communicate effectively UNFPA’s vision, mandate and value are critical to a high-­performing organization and results in more strategic and impactful external communications. 

UNFPA actively employs both off­line and on­line opportunities to promote a culture of communication, dialogue and information exchange across country and regional offices and headquarters of the global organization. 

MyUNFPA, the Fund’s ecosystem of internal sites, and Voices, UNFPA’s internal newsmagazine, are two principal channels used to disseminate internal news and information, including key messages and communication from senior leaders. They also provide spaces for dialogue and information sharing among UNFPA’s approximately 4,000 personnel working in more than 150 countries.

The purpose of the position is to ensure that UNFPA staff speak with one voice, by:

● ­Planning, coordinating, producing and managing the internal newsmagazine Voices

● ­Developing and managing content for the internal platform myUNFPA

● ­Managing project development, from conceptualization through production, for both on­ and off­line internal communications initiatives and/or products

● Assisting in the development, implementation and management of the internal components of the global communications and branding strategies.


Qualifications and Experience


● Advanced University degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Information, Public Relations, Marketing/Branding and Social Sciences or a related field(s);

● Minimum of five years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience at the international level in journalism, strategic communication, media, public relations, preferably in development;

● Demonstrated experience managing communications projects or campaigns;

● Demonstrated experience in corporate, organizational or change management communications;

● Excellent command of written English and proven ability to report, write and edit engaging news and feature articles;

● Sound editorial judgment, analytical ability and sensitivity to the issues addressed by UNFPA and the wider UN system;

● Knowledge of graphic design software and a strong sense of design desirable;

● Understanding of and experience administering online Content Management Systems or websites. 

● Understanding of G Suite (Google apps for business) desirable.

● Hands­-on experience with video editing, production and integration and knowledge of HTML coding desirable.

● Initiative and sound judgment essential; must be highly organized and have demonstrated ability to work well under tight deadlines and in a team;

● Experience working within the UN system or an international organization desirable;

● Fluency in English is required: Knowledge of second UN language desirable.


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