Communications Officer

United Nations Office for Project Services, Sana'a, Yemen

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd October, 2021

Job Description

Functional Responsibilities

The Communication Officer will be based in Yemen under the direct supervision of the Project Manager. Accordingly the incumbent will be required to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Stakeholder management:

  • Establish and cultivate relationships with the counterparts in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), donors, Government ministries and bodies, local self-governments, development organizations and programmes
  • Establish and cultivate partnerships with the key national, regional and local media
  • Collate and develop reports and presentations about UNOPS/its activities  for the key stakeholder.
  • Serve as the focal point for the United Nations Communications Group in Yemen, and actively promote UNOPS within the inter-agency fora;
  • Maintain relationships with Communications Officer in the Amman Hub, as well as with HQ, CPG and external partners to gather information and provide advice on communications products and outreach;

Delivery and performance:

  • Conduct periodical mapping and documenting UNOPS stakeholders
  • Prepare briefing materials, reports, analysis of political, socio and economic trends relevant for UNOPS Yemen
  • Prepare materials for business development activities pursued by the Office, customizing to specific stakeholder needs and interests
  • Develop a communications strategy for the Yemen Office, covering both internal and external communications; ensure and contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Communication Strategies and the Internal and External Communications Plans
  • Conduct activities related to the visibility and publicity of UNOPS Yemen
  • Support the organization of the officials visits, press conferences and public events
  • Lead and supervise organization of internal Office events as directed
  • Provide communication support for organizations' trainings and workshops
  • Cooperate with media and provide information on UNOPS activities
  • Maintain the media contact database and the library of UNOPS Yemen media coverage
  • Ensure monthly qualitative and quantitative analysis of UNOPS media coverage
  • Contribute to the updates of  UNOPS website and social network accounts;  ensure that they are systematically updated and maintained
  • Liaise and supervise the graphic designers’ work on visibility/promotional material and ensure or enhance the quality and relevance of country-specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages for sharing with partners;
  • Preparing briefings, presentations and background materials for the Regional/ Hub Director, the Head of Programme, Project Manager and/ or Partnerships Advisor;
  • Provide substantive content for the project website, highlighting project achievements and other relevant evidence-based information generating through monitoring process;
  • Contribute in the development of  key messages on UNOPS programming in the region, including for partners, local and international media;
  • Produce fact sheets on specific projects with success stories and UNOPS services in Yemen;
  • Collaborate with mass media through activities such as organizing project site visits, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate;
  • Develop and maintain contact list of journalists and media outlets including print, TV, radio, web etc. and institutionalize a process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to showcase and highlight the success and lessons from the ongoing UNOPS Projects;
  • Ensure a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts) for purposes of communication
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming , gender equality and diversity principles and practices are incorporated into the communications products, in accordance with the UNOPS objectives


  • Ensure respect of project management, procurement and communications requirements/procedures
  • Ensure efficient and effective management of the communications budget and compliance with UNOPS Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR)
  • Contribute to identification and assessment of risks and implement mitigation measures in accordance with the UNOPS Yemen Risk Management Approach 
  • Contribute to planning activities and timely delivery of approved work, procurement, and financial plans for the communications activities
  • Provide accurate and quality inputs needed for monitoring of the projects’ performance, outputs , benefits and reports
  • With the guidance of the Procurement Officer, support preparation of  tenders for the publicity material (including print, graphics, web, audio and video)

Knowledge management:

  • Participate in the UNOPS’ communities/contribute to the knowledge management and sharing in Currents
  • Contribute to identification and sharing of lessons learned and the best practices
  • Close interaction with Programme/Project staff to share information and knowledge as related to projects and communications;

Personnel management:

  • Supervise external consultants
  • Draft Terms of Reference for communications consultants
  • The Communications Officer may be asked to lead or assist with other activities in the Office as required.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • A first level university degree in communications, journalism, public relations, international development, linguistics, social  science , business administration or international relation.
  • 2 years of experience in a communication , public relations ,Journalism or relevant role
  • Experience in research and analysis, reporting, external relations, communications, advocacy,  business administration, and/or outreach in international organizations is required.
  • Experience in producing analytical reports and communications products is required.
  • Experience in the humanitarian and/or development sector is required.
  • Experience in the Middle East is preferred.
  • Experience in international organizations and/ or the UN system is required.
  • Experience in preparing, coordinating, and leading donor reporting processes is required.
  • Computer literacy in particular MS Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint is required.
  • Ability to analyze online communications using performance indicators is desirable.
  • Excellent understanding on the intersection of technology, web design, editorial, digital, social media and multimedia platforms is desirable.
  • Knowledge of digital media, visual communications and interactive storytelling methods is desirable.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic is required.
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