Communications Officer

UNOPS, Erbil, Iraq

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th September, 2020

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

Background Information – UNMAS

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, by the General Assembly, and as per the UN Policy on Mine Action and Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the established coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN's vision of "a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies." UNMAS also operates under UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security to ensure gender is mainstreamed throughout mine action activities.

Background Information – UNMAS Iraq

The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under - Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focuses on three main components: 1. Explosive Hazard Management; 2. Technical Support to NMAA, and 3. Risk Education. UNMAS Iraq has offices in both Baghdad and Erbil.

Functional Responsibilities

  • The Communication Officer will report to the Senior Programme Officer and will be responsible for the following assigned duties:
  • Organize and cover donors’ field visits and media engagements/events in high risk areas of Iraq.
  • Identify potential case studies or best practices that can be utilized by UNMAS Communications team.
  • Collect information from beneficiaries for case studies, support field visits (Mosul, Kirkuk, West Anbar, and Sinjar which are considered high risk areas) for UNMAS Communications team.
  • Plan and implement special events (e.g. screening, photo exhibition etc.) in the field.
  • Prepare outreach content including social media publications, digital stories (Shorthand), newsletters, factsheets etc.
  • Identify and liaise with local/national media and communications agencies.
  • Monitor news/media outlets for stories involving UNMAS, mine action, and/or explosive hazards.
  • Provide timely translations from Arabic to English and vice versa, in line with United Nations standards and of various types of outreach documents including social media content, website, factsheet, newsletters, digital stories etc while on field visits in the high risk areas.
  • Provide interpretation into Arabic from English and/or from English into Arabic, during press conferences, UNMAS Iraq events and workshops.
  • Keep track of all communication/media documentation mentioning the UNMAS Iraq programme, specifically in Arabic, and keep electronic filing up to date.
  • Actively seek opportunities for visibility and communication initiatives in collaboration with the UNMAS Communications teams and ensure that activities are appropriately branded with UNMAS or donor branding;
  • Any other duties as requested and tasked by the Head of Programme Section/ Senior Programme Officer.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Persons with no UN experience are encouraged to apply!

Education and Relevant Years of Experience:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or
  • First level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in communications, public relations, media, journalism, or advertising
  • Experience in managing communications or digital projects is required.


  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, speaking) is required
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing, speaking) is required.


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