Advocacy and Outreach Consultant

United Nations Development Programme

Geneva, Switzerland

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Advocacy and Campaign

The Advocacy and Outreach consultant will be working under the direct supervision of the UNDP Geneva Partnership Manager and under overall guidance of the UNDP Geneva Office Director. S/he will be based in the UNDP office in Geneva, with possibility for flexible working arrangements, in line with UNDP’s rules and regulations.
Official travels may also be required as part of the contract in accordance with the UNDP standard policies and procedures for IPSA contractor.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Support to Partnership Building and Advocacy with Geneva-based stakeholders:

  • In consultation with relevant UNDP colleagues, contribute to the elaboration of concept notes and partnership strategies, communication documents, and preparation of external engagement (e.g: speeches, talking points), to inform UNDP’s collaboration with relevant UN and international organisations, government partners and civil society and academic partners,  in line with identified UNDP’s corporate priorities, eg. around prevention and response to crisis and fragility, climate action, or innovation/digital ;
  • Support design of advocacy materials presenting UNDP’s work/results for a wide range of external audiences ;
  • Attend thematic debates and sustainable development events taking place in Geneva (or virtually) and prepare reports and substantive analysis, summarizing relevant policy work and activities of UN sister agencies and monitoring inter-governmental and inter-agency processes of relevance to UNDP’s priorities. This may notably include activities related to the work of WHO, ILO, ITU, WTO, UNCHR, OHCHR, IOM, working closely with colleagues in the UNDP’s Global Policy network;
  • Provide preliminary research, logistical assistance and adequate follow-up for missions and meetings of UNDP’s senior management and UNDP Geneva Director with the international community in Geneva;
  • Support responses to internal and external requests for information and prepare replies to partner queries, including when needed correspondence for high-level external counterparts.

Event organisation:

  • Under the guidance of the UNDP Geneva Office senior management, and in partnership with relevant policy colleagues and administrative colleagues, lead on the organization of in-person and virtual policy dialogues and advocacy events in Geneva (e.g.: Climate dialogues), including through ensuring:
  • Creation of Event materials and collaterals (brochures, flyers);
  • Public relations and advocacy: coordinating and following-up on invitations and raising interest for UNDP events within the International Geneva Community, including through targeted social media campaigns and other relevant marketing approaches (newsletters, etc);
  • Event follow-ups: drafting of summaries and recommendations, thank- you notes, etc.

Office management and administrative support:

  • Create, update and manage database of relevant partners including Member States representatives, International Organizations and civil Society, for engagement by the UNDP Geneva Office;
  • Help support integration of a new Client Relationship Management (CRM) tool within the UNDP Geneva Office to enhance internal information exchange within UNDP, including with HQ and Country offices;
  • Facilitate adequate coordination with the different policy units hosted in the Geneva Office, though using ad-hoc and systematic information-sharing mechanisms to ensure a coherent external outreach by UNDP;
  • Promote thematic knowledge exchanges between the different UNDP Geneva units, including through sharing of periodic analysis/reports and organization of internal events/webinars with UNDP headquarters and regional/thematic units;
  • Act as focal point for UNDP Geneva Offices’ efforts to green its operations, including in the context of UNDP’s participation in the 2050Today initiative;
  • Support the administration and financial reporting of the Geneva Innovative Partnerships and Advocacy for Change Engagement Facility (project managed by the UNDP Geneva Office, BERA team);
  • Provide any other additional support as requested by the UNDP Geneva management.

Required Skills and Experience:

Min. Academic Education:

  • Masters Degree  on International Relations, Social Sciences, Economics, Local Development, Development Studies is required.
  • Bachelors Degree with additional two years of experience will be accepted in lieu of Masters degree.

Min. years of relevant Work experience:

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience, including with at least one assignment in a bilateral development agency or an international organization.
  • Proven professional experience in the areas of event coordination, advocacy, communications or partnership management.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and creating content for policy debates, including experience in conceiving creative, attractive and compelling advocacy materials.
  • Strong familiarity with international development issues, ideally in the UN system.
  • Experience in engaging and liaising with a wide range of stakeolders, coordinating complex relationships around a common agenda.

Required Languages:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is a must.
  • Knowledge of French and German would be an asset.