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Communications Advisor


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Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 30 Dec 2020
  1. General Background

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners' programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York. The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

UNOPS has signed an agreement with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism to implement the project activities on behalf of the UNOCT.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and its Under-Secretary-General are mandated to provide stronger leadership, enhance coordination and coherence across the system, mobilize political will and robust partnership and strengthen capacity building support – including through the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)—to ensure a balanced implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. One of the key elements of the mandate is to improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for counter-terrorism efforts.

In order to strengthen the Office’s strategic communication on key counter-terrorism priorities, and to better showcase the activities undertaken by UNOCT/UNCCT supporting the efforts of Member States to prevent violent extremism and counter terrorism, UNOCT is to increase its outreach activities and to build on strong brand online and off-line including through the development of impactful communications products in accordance with its communications strategy.

This position is homebased and may require international travels.

This position in UNOPS requires close coordination with the UNOCT. The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

  1. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

(Concise and detailed description of activities, tasks and responsibilities to be undertaken, including expected travel, if applicable)

The position supports the work of Knowledge Management and Coordination Section and will be responsible for the following:

  • Draft and/or review high-quality statements and remarks in English language for the Secretary-General, the Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism and his Deputy, on issues related to counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

  • Prepare and/or review presentation materials for the Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism and his Deputy.

  • Provide advice and support for the preparation of communication products in relation to the organization of high-level regional conferences, the second counter-terrorism week at the United Nations in June 2021, and other high-level meetings as assigned, such as drafting and/or reviewing and editing press releases, Q/A for media stake-outs, reports.

  • Provide advice and support for strategic communications initiatives and deliverables, such as op-eds, to draw Member States and public attention to key counter-terrorism issues, and highlight the profile of UNOCT and the UN’s role on counter-terrorism

  • Sound advice on production process of materials specified above.

  • Coordination of activities, timelines to ensure timely delivery of outputs

  • Perform other related duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Number of statements and speeches produced or reviewed; feedback on quality and timeliness;

  • Number of presentation materials produced or reviewed; feedback on quality and timeliness;

  • Number of other deliverables drafted or reviewed, e.g. press releases, op-eds, reports; feedback on quality and timeliness;

  • Proposals for strategic initiatives and deliverables;

  • Sound advice on production process of materials specified above.

  • Tracking of activities, timelines to ensure timely delivery of outputs.

  • Qualifications and Experience

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in political science, international relations, international security, journalism or another relevant field is required.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

b. Work Experience

(List number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an asset.)

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience is required.

  • Experience drafting statements and speeches for senior officials is required.

  • Experience drafting policy briefs, op-eds, reports, is required.

  • Experience on counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism policy is required.

  • Experience with the United Nations or other International Organizations is an asset.

  • Experience in project management is an asset.

c. Languages

  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.

  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an asset.

d. Key Competencies

(Technical knowledge, skills, managerial competencies or other personal competencies relevant to the performance of the assignment. Clearly distinguish between required and desired competencies)

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilising appropriate leadership styles

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others.

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast-paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


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