Communications Specialist

United Nations Development Programme, Baghdad, Iraq

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th August, 2020

Job Description


In 2014 and 2015 respectively UNDP in Iraq designed and initiated the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) – the two primary and largest programmes to support the Government of Iraq to respond to the crisis that had broken out in the country and to stabilize the areas that were formerly under the control of ISIL. Both Project platforms were anchored under the Stabilization Pillar of UNDP Iraq’s Country Programme framework.

The Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) which was set up at the end of 2014 promotes the recovery and resilience of communities vulnerable to multi-dimensional shocks associated with large-scale returns and the protracted displacement of Iraqis and Syrian refugees. This is achieved through immediate crisis response and medium-term programming, integrating crisis management capacity building, rehabilitating basic service infrastructure, livelihood recovery and social cohesion. ICRRP activities have been implemented in 11 Governorates in Iraq. While initially set-up to provide immediate support to IDPs, Syrian refugees and host communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the increasing number of returnees to newly liberated areas (NLAs) and the protracted displacement of individuals facing security challenges or a lack of livelihoods opportunities, resulted in a geographic and strategic shift, shaped by a need for greater self-reliance amongst target communities. ICRRP activities are implemented through Responsible Parties spanning government, civil society and private sector entities.

The Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) was set up in June 2015, with UNDP Iraq taking the Programmatic lead at the request of the Government of Iraq and the DSRSG/RC/HC to support the newly liberated areas that were freed from ISIL. FFS supports stabilization activities in Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah al-Din. The FFS Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by the Secretary- General of the Council of Ministers (CoM), the DSRSG/RC/HC and the UNDP Resident Representative (RR), provides strategic direction to the FFS. All stabilization activities are decided in agreement with the local authorities (Governor’s office and mayors), based on priorities identified at the local level through consultations. Given the sensitive nature of stabilization and the fragile conditions prevailing in many newly liberated areas, concerns relating to human rights, protection, gender and inclusion are taken into account during the prioritization and sequencing of activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing a communications strategy for media (including TV, radio, newsletters, website and social media) for Iraq’s stabilization activities;
  • Overseeing all aspects of content production and dissemination for the above-noted strategy;
  • Support to annual and quarterly donor reporting including editing, graphic design, and ensuring adherence to UNDP branding and publication guidelines;
  • In concert with the UNDP Country Office, ensuring that the UNDP website pages related to Stabilization are up to date;
  • Conducting media monitoring of relevant news items and disseminating to relevant interlocutors (Government of Iraq, UN, international community);
  • Liaising with the UNDP Country Office Communications Specialist to share content where appropriate, and harmonize messaging;
  • Liaising with communications focal points in the international community (ex. UNDP, US Embassy) to coordinate and consolidate efforts;
  • Support to Government of Iraq (GoI) communications’ focal points as required;
  • Assisting UNDP Resident Representative and Project managers to craft messaging and prepare for stabilization meetings (internal UN meetings as well as meetings with the international community);
  • Support planning and designing of external strategies for communications and outreach;
  • Constructive and timely advice on inclusion of communications components in program formulations to integrate advocacy and communications strategies into all strategies of the program;
  • Oversee production, editing, dissemination and archiving of high-quality photo and video documenting FFS projects and beneficiaries;
  • Elaboration of specific strategy for outreach through social media;
  • Oversee content production for social media outreach;
  • Supporting the UNDP Resident Representative in her role as primary spokesperson for Stabilization activities (preparing talking points, presentations, arranging interviews, etc.).

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree in media relations, journalism, publishing or related area of study;


  • Five years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications, advocacy or a related field;
  • Experience using computers and office software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Fluency in Arabic is an asset.


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