Communications Specialist

United Nations Development Programme, Bonn, Germany

Skill Required:, IT and ICTMedia and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th December, 2020

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The UN Secretary-General established the UN SDG Action Campaign to inspire people and organizations from all backgrounds and every part of the world to take actions to achieve the SDGs, while holding decision-makers to account for progress society-wide. Ultimately, the Campaign’s goal is to channel the power of people, through growing SDG networks, to understand, commit to and act on the Goals –and inspire others to do the same. At a moment of acute crisis in our world, the Campaign is seizing the opportunity of a turning point to rethink behavior, reorient policymaking and ramp up services critical for a just and sustainable recovery that takes our societies all the way to the SDGs.

The UN SDG Action Campaign is hosted and supported by the UNDP Executive Office and has a lean team with diverse skills based in Bonn (Germany). The Campaign operates in an agile, adaptable manner. It marshals rapid support for new initiatives as opportunities arise and provides partners with on-demand strategic creative services that inspire SDG action with an engaged community of activists and concerned individuals. The Campaign also serves as a creative lab for advocacy, a first mover for innovative and creative initiatives, such as the recent Global Hackathon, the Global Day for Hope and Solidarity, and the first-ever virtual SDG Action Zone during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly.

For priority constituencies, the Campaign develops tailored tools and strategies. It forges links to key decision-making moments at the local, national and global levels, including the High-Level Political Forum, the UN General Assembly, and follow-up meetings tracking international conventions and treaties.

The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the UN SDG Action Campaign to thoroughly revise and recalibrate its strategy and programme for the year 2021 and beyond. This has notably affected the communication and outreach strategy as more formerly in-person events and campaigns will now mainly be hosted digitally on new platforms and promoted through different multimedia channels.

In order to effectively deliver on the above, the UN SDG Action Campaign is seeking to recruit a Communications Specialist reporting to the Global Director to support the development and implementation of the UN SDG Action Campaign communications strategy to enhance visibility and position the UN SDG Action Campaign through media-related activities, public mobilization campaigns, policy-focused advocacy with key stakeholders and influencers.

The Communications Specialist is expected to work closely with the Head of Communications and Content Creators to ensure effective and creative communications across platforms, initiatives and projects to drive engagement, and develop a strong community for the SDG Action Campaign.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy

  • Develop and implement communications and advocacy strategies and campaigns.
  • Take the lead in outreach and digital promotion of Campaign events and activations throughout the year, including the SDG Action Festival, the SDG Awards and the Global Week of Action.
  • Take the lead in media outreach, responding to media enquiries as needed, arranging interviews and managing a contact list of journalists and communication partners.
  • Draft editorial content on the Sustainable Development Goals and on the priority themes of the SDG Action Campaign including drafting statements, Talking Points, op-eds, media kits, reports, web content, mailings and articles for publication.
  • Work closely with the Director and content creators and partners for the design and implementation of multimedia and social media assets fully aligned with the messaging and the creativity approach of the Campaign.
  • Increase a steady growth of the Campaign’s social media presence, whilst ensure consistency of messaging, creativity and impact across all channels.

Develop and implement the digital community engagement strategy

  • Take the lead in defining digital engagement and community building strategies to support, build and grow and nurture the SDG community (made of both organizations and individuals) across sectors and regions.
  • Design and implement community engagement plans, including consultations, live chats, polling and challenges for specific campaign initiatives and events.
  • Coordinate the production of media, communications and social media assets and toolkits adaptations to multiple audiences and platforms and ensure their dissemination via the Campaigns channels.
  • Work closely with the Digital Strategist and Content Creators in developing and maintaining digital platforms - websites, social media platforms, and tracking their performance.
  • Ensure the effective dissemination of the Campaign’s plans, partnerships, and initiatives.
  • Support in design of digital campaign tools such as the SDG Action Aggregator and other feedback mechanisms.

Manage and mentor communications consultants

  • Supervise and provide guidance.  
  • Oversee project delivery.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s university degree in International Media and Communications or related field.
  • Substantive knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and of current international debates and negotiations on major global issues including climate change.


  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in digital communications and global advocacy campaigning in the context of the UN system is an asset.
  • Experience in digital community building is an asset.
  • Experience in digital platforms and social media management is an asset.
  • Proven excellent drafting skills including statements, blogs, articles and talking points.


  • Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills in English a must
  • Working knowledge of another UN Official Languages is an advantage.


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