Communication Advisor to the Policy Advisory

United Nations Development Programme, Kyiv, Ukraine

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th April, 2021

Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


  • Millions of people continue experiencing untold misery and suffering, as the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelms health, education, and economic systems and takes human development gains back, for the first time since 1990. While the summer of 2020 brought some relief, and the international pharmaceutical scientific community has worked miracles by offering first COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year for (uneven) rollout worldwide, the pandemic is very far from over. As such, humanity is experiencing only the pandemic's initial impacts, since the consequences of the measures we are taking in response will be far-reaching for years to come. Economies and social ties will face aftershocks for decades, as the world only begins to return to "normalcy" in 2021. The trajectory of that return is obscure, shadowed by slower-than-anticipated vaccine rollout, new virus strains, economic troubles and political turmoil worldwide.
  • Against this backdrop, Ukraine has benefitted from a holistic UN assistance package from spring to fall of 2020. Yet, with the numbers growing drastically in the autumn-winter season of 2020 – 2021 , on some days registering over 16 000 new cases , absence of robust forecasting , the growing threat of new COVID-19 strains (variants), widespread societal fatigue over quarantine measures, uncertainty over vaccination rollout plans, continued macroeconomic challenges and lack of significant progress with resolving the conflict in the east of the country or regaining control over the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine is still far from being on the trajectory for surfacing from the country-wide epidemic or stabilizing the environment in which the country's governance machinery currently operates.
  • The RESURFACE Project is a mix of rapid response to the highly volatile situation and a longer-term resilience-driven transformation of Ukraine's crisis decision-making and adaptation to extraordinary circumstances. The project will be implemented during 12 months starting from 1 March 2021 and has incorporated lessons learned from its predecessor Crisis Coordination and Management in Ukraine (CCMU) Project. Apart from practical results achieved between April and October 2020 under the small-scale and agile CCMU intervention, UNDP has taken note of ideas and proposals mentioned throughout the high-level policy dialogue meeting between the UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba. As the CCMU initiative drew to a close, Ukrainian government counterparts reiterated to UNDP Ukraine their satisfaction with results of the smaller engagement and contributed to the design of the RESURFACE Project by proposing activities, areas for collaboration and making sure that the submission is fully aligned with national priorities and needs including Ukraine's Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 Assessment (SEIA) and the resulting national COVID-recovery plans.
  • Given the above, the proposed RESURFACE Project takes catalytic assistance to Ukraine's government authorities to a new level than CCMU by deploying a mechanism that aims at not only delivering on the urgent needs of today but programming for more resilient Ukraine's governance systems in two aspects (1) coordination and (2) institutional adaptability, as the country starts to emerge from the COVID-related crisis.
  • In this context, the United Nations Development Programme is recruiting a Communication Advisor with relevant experience and track record.
  • The Communication Advisor will be directly responsible for enhancing capacities of the Policy Advisory Unit under PMO/SCMU to better communicate the implementation of reforms leading to the SDGs achievement while also addressing EU and Euro-Atlantic integration as per the government’s priority.
  • The incumbent will promote UNDP’s mandate as a gender-responsive organization with zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behaviour, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The incumbent will provide advice to the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers on intra-governmental communication and external coordination machinery for ongoing COVID-19 response with an eye towards being applied as other crises inevitably appear or intensify.
  • The incumbent will report primarily to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) / SCMU, with a reporting line to the UNDP Ukraine and the Project Manager as a part of a Democratic Governance team. The Communication Advisor to the Policy Advisory Unit under PMO/SCMU will work closely with other members of the Policy Advisory Unit and the press-office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

S/he will provide support to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) / SCMU and its respective staffs through the following functions:

  • Develop protocols and guidelines of communication response to different types of crisis and regular situations that can be used by the state servants working at PMO/SCMU;
  • Advise press-service of the SCMU on the best practices of social media management and copywriting;
  • Develop and initiate social media and information campaigns;
  • Support Health communication advisor in collecting, managing and providing verified data disaggregated by sex, age and other social identifiers to the State Commission on Technical-Environmental and Emergency Situations to support the national response and prepare information products for updates and committee decision making that respond to the needs of women and men and address gender inequalities;
  • Provide support to managing crisis communications and develop crisis management and response strategies of the SCMU;
  • Revise an existing communication strategy of the PMO/SCMU;
  • Play a proactive role of information-sharing, linking different communications channels and serve both as a government policy think tank and convening internal communications platforms to achieve the desired outcome.


Payments schedule:

  • Communication protocols, guidelines, content plans, campaigns, instructions developed in cooperation with the press-office of the PMO/SCMU – based on number of certified worked days;
  • Advisory service on the above-mentioned issues provided — based on number of certified worked days;
  • Progress reports are provided to UNDP – based on number of certified worked days.

Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:

  • Number of communication protocols, guidelines, content plans, campaigns, instructions developed in cooperation with the press-office of the PMO/SCMU;
  • Timely submission of the regular performance reports.

Monitoring / reporting requirements:

  • Work-progress reporting/monitoring meetings will be held with the consultant on a weekly basis. UNDP will be the final authority to control the quality and evaluate the work. No reports or documents should be published or distributed to third parties without approval of UNDP.
  • The consultant will work under the daily supervision of the Project Manager as a part of Democratic Governance Team and will interact with UNDP to receive any clarifications and guidance that may be needed.
  • Monthly reports capturing the list of deliverables and progress made, timesheets and the plan for next month should be submitted at the end of each month in the format agreed with UNDP. The satisfactory completion of each of the deliverables shall be subject to endorsement of the Project Manager.
  • Final report covering the whole assignment, followed with recommendations and all relevant Annexes by the end of January 2022.
  • The Consultant will duly inform UNDP of any problems, issues or delays arising in the course of implementation of assignment and take necessary steps to address them.
  • All reports and results are to be submitted to the UNDP in electronic format (*.docx, *.xlsx, *.pptx, and *.pdf or other formats accepted by UNDP).


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.



Experience and qualification requirements


  • Master’s degree in public administration, public relations, journalism, social sciences or related field;


  • At least 7 years of specific professional experience at the national or international level in the media sphere, public relations, communications or advocacy;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the usage of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Linkedin or others.
  • Proven reports and/or publications record related to communication (at least 3 relevant publications)
  • Experience with a multilateral or international organization/foundation is an asset


  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian languages.


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