Advocacy and Campaigning Specialist

United Nations Development Programme

Rome, Italy

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Advocacy and Campaign

Position Purpose:

Within the above context, and under overall supervision and guidance of the Deputy Director, the UN SDG Action Campaign is seeking to recruit an Advocacy and Campaigning Specialist, Italy, to provide support in the following areas: coordinate the advocacy and campaigning strategy of the UN SDG Action Campaign in Italy, build and maintain partnerships, and provide partnerships and event organization support to the UN SDG Action Awards.

UNDP adopts a portfolio approach to accommodate changing business needs and leverage linkages across interventions to achieve its strategic goals. Therefore, UNDP personnel are expected to work across units, functions, teams, and projects in multidisciplinary teams in order to enhance and enable horizontal collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the advocacy and campaigning plans of the UN SDG Action Campaign in Italy
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement an advocacy and campaigning plan for the UN SDG Action Campaign in Italy focusing on the priorities of the Campaign’s new strategy;
  • Provide strategic advice on advocacy and campaigning opportunities, activities and approaches in Italy;
  • Tailor and adapt UN SDG Action Campaign advocacy and campaigning content and initiatives to the Italian context and roll it out in partnership with relevant stakeholders across sectors;
  • Develop and produce advocacy and campaigning tools and materials, including briefing materials, concept notes, and policy content;
  • Support the communications efforts of the Campaign, including providing content for social media and other communications channels and platforms.

Build and maintain strong partnerships

  • Manage and nurture existing partnerships, including with donors;
  • Identify and develop new advocacy partnerships and alliances to enhance the Campaign’s and partners’ visibility; 
  • Identify and explore fundraising opportunities and provide strategic resource mobilization advice to the Campaign leadership;
  • Liaise with advocacy partners and undertake outreach to civil society organizations and other groups to collaborate on advocacy and campaigning initiatives aligned with the UN SDG Action Campaign priorities and strategy;
  • Monitor and help to cross-promote communications and social media content and messages of key partners in Italy and beyond.

Partnerships and event organization advisory support to the UN SDG Action Awards

  • Facilitate the liaison with partners in Italy for the UN SDG Action Awards Ceremony, including with the government of Italy, UN partners, Rai and other relevant partners;
  • Contribute to the operational efforts for the Awards ceremony at the local level in Italy, including sourcing and liaising with suppliers;
  • Advise other elements and workstreams of the Awards Ceremony as required.
  • The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advance university degree (Master’s university degree or equivalent) in Political Affairs, International Relations, Media and Communications or related fields is required. 
  • A first-level university degree (bachelor’s degree) in the areas mentioned above, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree


  • Minimum of 5 years (with Master's degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor's degree) of professional work experience at national or international level in advocacy and partnerships, including donor relations is required. 
  • At least 5 years' experience in the field working on development cooperation is required. 
  • Proven track record in communications on development for institutions at national or international level is desired.
  • Familiarity with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs is desired.
  • Track record in digital platforms and social media management is an asset.
  • Experience and substantive knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and of current international debates and negotiations on major global issues is an asset. 

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Italian and English is required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN Official Languages is an advantage.