Communications Assistant

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Company:United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Job Type:Contract
Salary:Ksh. Not mentioned

Job details

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Communications Unit, the Youth Volunteer will support the implementation of specific projects, focusing on communications aspects of the various projects. Under the overall guidance of the Head of the International Environmental Law Unit and daily supervision by the Communications Officer, the Youth Volunteer will:

  • Undertake all media monitoring and general monitoring and evaluation for the International Environmental Law Unit;
  • Engage in the analysis of monitoring and evaluation data and packaging results and impact for donors and partners; 
  • Develop communication products for the Environmental Rights Initiative and Environmental Crime components of the overall Project;
  • Develop and disseminate content for crime and rights work;
  • Take responsibility for the upkeep and further development of the environmental rights webpages with guidance from the Communications Officer;
  • Maintain content, including all minutes, for the weekly and monthly Environmental Rights Initiative meetings;
  • Maintain the tracking sheet and monitor all other tasks related to the Environmental Rights Initiative;
  • Design content, including brochures, and social media cards for the Environmental Rights Initiative;
  • Prepare rights and crime content for the quarterly Environmental Governance Updates;
  • Manage, update and gather contacts.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

The Youth Volunteer will support the implementation of specific projects, focusing on communications aspects of the various projects towards the following results:

  • Crime and rights monitoring and evaluation data aggregated and packaged to consistently communicate environmental governance results to donors and partners
  • Crime and rights stakeholders are better informed of progress on the rights and crime work within UN Environment
  • Environmental rights web-pages are up-to-date and easy to navigate with new content continually added to the portal



Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.

Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.

Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.

Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.

Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;

Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;

Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;

Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

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Communication United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 1 year ago