Social Media Specialist, Media and Communications Branch, Division for Communications and Strategic Partnerships, New York, P-3

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 22 Aug 2022 11:59 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: New York, USA

The Position:

This position is located within the Digital Team in the Media and Communications Branch, Division of Communication and Strategic Partnerships (DCS) and reports directly to the Head of Digital Communication.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

We are looking for a Social Media Specialist who will help oversee and execute the day-to-day social media strategy for UNFPA global social media channels.

With guidance from the Head of Digital Communications, the incumbent will be responsible for the coordination and creative direction of UNFPA’s social media content and campaign production and its alignment with the international news cycle.

The Social Media Specialist will work with the Social Media Team to identify latest trends and opportunities with influencers and partners and leverage them for UNFPA social media channels.

The incumbent will lead the planning and delivery of social media content strategy, receiving requests from across the organization for postings and amplification, evaluating and prioritizing them for release on UNFPA global channels.

The Social Media Specialist will also act as an advisor for the prevention of, and response to reputational crises with a social media component.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in relevant field, preferably journalism, strategic communications, public relations or advertising/marketing is required.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in digital and social media, communications and/or public relations.
  • Demonstrated experience in creative storytelling and driving creative content approaches for social media.
  • Ability to communicate to global audience in politics, international organizations or the UN
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining online communities, bringing together influencers, contributors and participants from all over the world.
  • Advanced user of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and LinkedIn
  • Advanced experience with social media management platforms, social media analytical and social listening tools. 
  • Strong project management skills and ability to build a collaborative working environment
  • Experience with monitoring of and responding to reputational issues or crises on social media
  • Willingness to work off-hours in the case of a UNFPA emergency response, other crisis or major PR moment


Fluency in English with excellent drafting abilities and editorial skills required; knowledge of another official UN language (French or Spanish) is an asset.

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