Communications Specialist

UNOPS , Germany

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th November, 2019

Job Description

WEC Background information

UNOPS Water and Energy Cluster (WEC) supports the design and management of multi-stakeholder initiatives by providing services in financial and grant management, procurement, human resources, and project management.The cluster has supported projects in the areas of water resource management, climate change adaptation, mitigation and transparency, energy access and distribution and environmental conservation under the Paris Agreement.

The WEC has also supported operations and financial management services, in Vienna, the rest of the ECR region and beyond.The main partners include UN agencies, bilateral agreements (with the Nordics, Germany, and Italy ), the Green Climate Fund and several NGOs (such as CIFF and CWF).

Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

  • The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) helps countries better assess the impacts of their climate policies and actions, and fulfil their transparency commitments under the Paris Agreement. It does this by increasing the overall transparency capacities of countries, including the capacity to assess the contribution of climate policies and actions on countries’ development objectives, and providing appropriate methodological information and tools to support evidence-based policy-making. ICAT’s innovative approach is to integrate these two aspects.
  • ICAT works with over 30 developing countries worldwide to support their work on NDCs, including tracking of implementation, further policy development and related MRV. Work covers sectoral policies (renewables, energy efficiency, transport, etc.) and cross-cutting aspects such as the link to sustainable development benefits, transformational change, and integration of subnational and non-state actors.
  • ICAT is funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Italian Ministry of the Environment (IMELS) and the ClimateWorks Foundation.
  • Under the overall guidance and supervision of the ICAT Director, the incumbent is responsible for drafting and implementing a communication strategy for ICAT covering internal and external communications, coordinating and administrating the ICAT website and other outreach material, designing and implementing social media content, managing databases and maintaining and updating all digital and online assets. He/She will contribute to the ICAT's communications and outreach goals and targets by providing support to partners, administration, and advice, as well as monitoring of communication activities.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Experience

  • Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Environmental Management, Communication or any other relevant subject is required;
  • A first level University degree with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant past experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years (7 years if combined with a Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience within the fields of communication is required. Experience with climate policy and sustainable development is highly desirable;
  • Experience of working within the international development sector, and on climate action and transparency matters in particular, is a significant asset;
  • Experience in web design is desirable;
  • Experience working with social media and website management (including content creation) is desirable;
  • Knowledge of the UN climate process is desirable.
  • Computer Literacy
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills required. Experience with Adobe In-Design is an asset.

Language Skills

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Working knowledge of another, official UN language is desirable


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