Communications Specialist

United Nations Development Programme, Bangkok, Thailand

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th March, 2019

Job Description


UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, along with the Pacific Office in Suva, primarily provide the 24 UNDP Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific with easy access to knowledge through high quality advisory services and technical support based on global applied research and UNDP lessons learnt. The second priority is to provide regional thought leadership, build partnerships and promote regional capacity building, which allow UNDP, governments and other development partners to identify, create and share knowledge relevant to solving urgent development challenges.

UNDP ensures inclusive and effective democratic governance by advocating, advising, fostering impartial spaces for dialogue, achieving consensus and building institutions. UNDP helps governance institutions in countries bring constitutional reforms, organize credible elections, strengthen parliaments, and address policy and institutional options for peace, risk-reduction and development through reconciliation, empowerment and inclusion.

Project Description:

UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub is addressing conflict prevention through multiple regional development initiatives. It has also been sustaining robust communication and knowledge management activities to contribute to UNDP’s delivery of strengthened peace and conflict-prevention results in the region. The Governance and Peacebuilding Team currently has a programme focusing on the prevention of violent extremism through the promotion of tolerance and respect for diversity in Asia.

Violent Extremism is a major challenge to peace and prosperity in many South-East Asian countries. Much of it based on a complex and often localized interaction between socio-economic, political, and individualized contexts. In the last few years the nature of violent extremism has undergone a change towards transnationalism and, despite its often localized context in long-standing existing conflicts, has attracted international actors. Developing counter-narratives to combat violent extremism has become a popular and relatively common method of countering the threat of violent extremism. Preventing violent extremism in South East Asia requires understanding real-life stories from the ground and involving local-level communities at the heart of prevention efforts.

This project aims at reducing the vulnerability of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to violent extremism, reduce the danger of radicalization and increase the resilience of local communities and societies as a whole towards terrorist threats. The project has three outputs that will be implemented at both the regional and country level in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

One of the outcomes of this project is “strengthening community resilience”. At the heart of efforts to prevent violent extremism, it is critical to focus on empowering communities to address the social, political or economic marginalization that can act as a driver for radicalization.

To achieve this output, UNDP has a counter-narratives project called #ExtremeLives, a UNDP initiative that partners with Facebook in South-East Asia. This initiative explores themes related to radicalization, violent extremism and reintegration through conversation-style interviews with people in some way affected by violent extremism and is broadcast on Facebook Live. The aim is to bring the important stories that are not being told on violent extremism to a wider audience so more people can understand and contribute to prevention efforts. Everyday conversations are taking place within Asian societies that reject extremist interpretations of religion. This series will provide a platform for these narratives.

The second project under this output is the partnership with YouTube Creators for Change in Asia. This project aims to find, stimulate and showcase emerging online content creators and young role models presenting alternatives to extremism. ‘Creators for Change’ (1) strengthens ties between YouTube’s existing creator Ambassador network and emerging creators; (2) produces high-quality content to provide positive narratives in promoting tolerance and pluralism and; (3) increases the evidence base of the effectiveness counter-narrative initiatives in PVE; and (4) responds to various Youth, Peace and Security (UNSCR 2250) Regional Consultations recommendations.

In addition, the Bangkok Regional Hub has recently commissioned research that examines current dynamics and trends in violent extremism in Southeast Asia. This region-wide study will be conducted creating an up-to-date understanding of push and pull factors in Southeast Asia, featuring the stories and lessons of those who were once attracted to the ideologies of ISIS.

This will provide policymakers with currently unavailable information and data on sub-regional trends in Southeast Asia, and in-depth analysis of what works in terms of off-ramps for returnees and de-radicalization strategies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Preventing Violent Extremism Team is seeking the support of a consultant Communications Specialist to lead on these two counternarrative projects within the programme, focusing on an online, counter-narrative approach, and creating, building and reinforcing partnerships within UNDP, external private sector stakeholders, and donors. The consultant will also support the regional research project on communications, knowledge management, outreach tasks and corporate communications activities.

Scope of work:

Under the overall guidance of the Governance and Peace Building Advisor at the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Hub, the consultant Communications Specialist will be responsible for the following:

  • Act as the primary focal point for the launch of the second year of the YouTube-UNDP partnership from a communications perspective, including creating digital content; planning, implementing and monitoring social media advocacy around this initiative; managing private-sector partnerships; supporting the coordination and communications around the Creators for Change Bootcamps and Academy programme, the coordination of the Creators for Change Summit 2019 plus social media advocacy around the event (some international travel may be required).
  • Lead the coordination and content management of the #ExtremeLives video series, including digital content creation and social media advocacy planning; knowledge management, including the management and maintenance of the webpage; and supporting the video production company on planning video narratives, supporting logistics,
  • Required Skills and Experience

The Communications Specialist should possess the following expertise and qualifications:


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Multimedia, Literature, International Relations, or other related subjects in the arts and/or humanities;
  • At least 2-3 years of experience working in communications, with demonstrable experience leading digital campaigns;
  • Experience leading digital content creation, including shooting and editing video, graphic design
  • Excellent/native command of written English.


  • Experience leading the coordination of corporate events/conferences
  • Experience writing persuasive copy for a range of audiences, including press releases, articles, blogs, newsletters;
  • Experience managing webpage management platforms, such as Adobe CQ5 or WordPress;
  • Excellent verbal communications skills
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and take initiative, but also work well as part of a team;
  • Ability to perform tasks in a timely manner, under pressure, and to tight deadlines;
  • Previous relevant experience with UNDP or the broader UN system would be an asset.

Language: Fluency in written and spoken English.


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