Communication and Visibility Expert

UN Human Settlements Program, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th January, 2017

Job Description

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)

DUTY STATION: Kabul, AFGHANISTAN; travel to other provinces may be required for
programme familiarisation

FUNCTIONAL TITLE: 3 months from February 2017


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, has been working within
Afghanistan since 1992 with support from USAID, Japanese and Australian Governments, EU,
DFID, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherlands
and several bilateral donors as well as the World Bank and Govt. of Afghanistan. During this period,
her programme expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from small-scale
neighbourhood level improvement schemes to community empowerment to addressing sustainable
urbanization in the country.

UN-Habitat works in close coordination and cooperation with key urban sector ministries and local
authorities, namely, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH), Independent
Directorate of Local Governance / Deputy Ministry of Municipalities (IDLG/DMM), Kabul
Municipality, the Afghan Land Authority (ARAZI), and municipal authorities, in providing
technical and professional advisory services, programme and project design and implementation,
and capacity building.

This position is to support the Knowledge Management Unit (KMU) of the UN-Habitat Afghanistan
office to systematically analyse the communications and visibility issues and streamline and
strengthen projects communication strategies for improvement of visibility of Govt. of Afghanistan
and funding partners. The overall objective of KMU is to facilitate capturing, collating, analysing
and disseminating the knowledge products and feed into future programming and to global branches
normative work.

Under the overall supervision of the UN-Habitat, Afghanistan country management (Country
Programme Manager based in Kabul and Senior Human Settlements Officer based in Regional
Office) and under direct supervision of Knowledge Management Officer and with guidance from
OiC, of Corporate Advocacy, and Communications, HQ and the Communication Strategy and
Visibility (C&V) Expert will be responsible for:

  • Review currently available communication and visibility strategies/initiatives and establish
    C&V strategies that will engage key stakeholders at the right time, in the right manner and with
    the right messages and giving long lasting impact and credibility for Govt. of Afghanistan.
  • Develop Communication and Visibility Strategy for UN-Habitat Afghanistan Office and its
    projects including;
  • o Communication activities addressing media and the general public during all stages
    of the Project implementation, including monitoring the media coverage of the
    Project, through various offline, online and public foras in Afghanistan
  • o Budget estimates for implementing the Communication and Visibility Strategy –
    events, ICT channels, visibility materials, publications, media coverage for future
    programs for future allocation of funding in projects
  • o Standard templates, checklists and procedures for complete life cycle of a project
    (design, implementation and closure) – standard actions, visibility materials, and
    project calendar of events at the time of design of a project
  • o Suggesting best practices of preparation and publication of a project result and
    success/impact story database for future projects and programs
  • o Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) of Communication and Visibility activities
    (defined role and responsibility of each officers);
  • Develop a detailed Communication and Visibility work plan 2017-2018 of UN-Habitat
    Afghanistan Office covering all programme by identifying priority areas of Communication and
    Visibility work of each programme include Communication and Visibility activities of the
    closed programme namely National Solidarity Programme (NSP);
  • Design appropriate branding products for GoiRA programs being implemented by UN-Habitat
    in line with corporate GoiRA, donor partners and UN-Habitat guidelines on communications,
    visibility and branding.
  • Provide necessary trainings to UN-Habitat Afghanistan staff on Communication and Visibility
    (e.g. writing articles and success stories for publications)

-Communication and Visibility Strategy for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan, with appropriate
branding products for GoiRA and partners and typical Project Calendar of events for future

-Improved Communication and visibility strategies and detailed work plan of five ongoing programs with improved indicators and monitoring plan for KMU

-Website audit and improved structure of the country office outreach through ICT

-Partner (donor and government) feedback form on project implementation

Outputs and Payment Schedule

No Outputs Pay (%)
Pay 1: Work plan for this consultancy 10%
Pay 2: Draft Communication and Visibility Strategy for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan with detailed work plan of programmes (with draft partnerfeedback form) 50%
Pay 3: Final Communication and Visibility Strategy and Work plan (include ICT utilization and Partner feedback form) 40%

Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Public Relation, Journalism, Humanities,
Communication, and related field. Skills in strategic planning and reporting in the field of
communication and PR; Fluency in English.

Qualifications: Minimum 5 years of general professional experience in overseeing public relations
and communications, including 2-year relevant experience in one, preferably two donor funded
projects (example: EU, USAID and Japan); Verifiable experience with visibility rules for EU,
USAID and other bilateral partners

International Travel (Home-Kabul):
For all international travel that are expected of the Communication and Visibility Expert, a returned
air ticket on least-cost economy to Afghanistan, and visa fee will be paid only after completion of
the mission and upon submission of Travel Claim form, copy of E-ticket, used boarding passes, visa
receipt and other relevant travel documents. Three quotations from the reputable travel agents shall
be submitted for UN-Habitat’s clearance prior to purchase of tickets.

Local Transportation:
For local travels that maybe required for the Communication and Visibility Expert, such as vehicle
and flight arrangements to provinces will be covered by UN-Habitat.

Travel Advice/ Requirements:
The Communication and Visibility Expert must abide by all UN security instructions. Upon arrival
he/she must attend a security briefing provided by UNDSS. He/she should undertake Basic and
Advanced Security Training as prescribed by UNDSS. Regular missions will be undertaken for
which UNDSS authorisation must be sought.

Reporting Arrangements:
The Communication and Visibility Expert shall report to the Country Programme Manager and
Knowledge Management Officer in Afghanistan under overall supervision of the Senior Human
Settlements Officer based in ROAP.

The application should comprise:

  • Completed UN Personal History Form (P11). Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN-Habitat/ROAP-vacancy website:

  • Cover memo or motivation letter for the position (maximum 1 page).

  • Full resume, indicating the following information:

  • Educational Background (incl. dates)

  • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

    All applications should be submitted to:

    UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific**

    ACROS Fukuoka, 8th Floor

    1-1-1 Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0001 Japan

    Please indicate the Post Title: “19. AFG-Communication and Visibility” in your e-mail subject.

    Please note that applications received after the closing date stated below, will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for an interview. The fee will be determined according to the qualifications, skills and relevant experience of the selected candidate. In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates will be particularly welcome. Deadline for applications (extended up to ): 13 January 2017

*** Poeple who have already submitted applications do not need to re-submit. ***

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