Global Events Strategist

United Nations Development Programme, Bonn, Germany

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st November, 2020

Job Description

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 in-person events and related convening spaces such as the SDG Global Festival of Action and the SDG Action Awards hosted by the UN SDG Action Campaign, among other relevant events supported by the Campaign.
  • In order to effectively deliver on the above, the UN SDG Action Campaign is seeking to recruit a Global Events Strategist reporting to the Global Director to manage high profile and large-scale events offline and online. The Global Events Strategist is expected to coordinate the conceptualization, planning, marketing, and execution of key events to increase the Campaign’s awareness and visibility, and to enlist new users and partners and strengthen the tires with existing ones.


  • Coordinate Events hosted and supported by the UN SDG Action Campaign
  • Develop an event project plan for the Campaign for 2021;
  • Lead on the creation and execution of new digital event formats and scale up existing formats such as the Global Festival of Action and the SDG Awards;
  • Design a project and outreach plan to shape the events concept, programme and target audience strategy;
  • Develop new digital event formats and hosting platforms;
  • Lead on the coordination of events messaging, partnerships, logistics and communications;
  • Lead the digital/operations teams during the delivery of events;
  • Identifying opportunities for joint campaigning, mobilization and convening with key network members, to cultivate strategic relationships and complement existing campaign workstreams by bolstering appropriate partnerships;
  • Lead on Post-Production Communication: Reporting and Debriefing.
  • Coordinate the SDG Global Festival of Action
  • Lead on the development of the digital festival programme;
  • Coordinate the liaison with organizing partners and other relevant stakeholders to produce fit-for-purpose content, host meaningful discussions, workshops, upskilling sessions and high-level dialogues;
  • Coordinate the selection process for sessions, speakers and content as well as participant mapping and outreach.
  • Coordinate the SDG Action Awards
  • Develop a digital concept on the SDG Action Awards;
  • Lead on the selection process of the SDG Action Awards Finalist;
  • Create a concept to plan and manage the digital Awards Ceremony.


  • Master’s university degree in events and conference management, international relations, business management, communications or related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master's degree.


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the planning, production and management of large scale, international events and conference portfolios with high-level participation;
  • Proven record on strategic partnership building with governments, policy makers, academia, civil society and private sector stakeholders; key event sponsors, media partners and logistics providers within a UN agency;
  • Prior experience in supporting a UN agency in organizing a large-scale, public event is a prerequisite;
  • Familiarity with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs is required.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of one of the UN Official Languages is advantage.



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