Junior Communications Consultant

UNDP, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th December, 2019

Job Description


Project Title: Youth Co:Lab, Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Project Description

More than half of the world’s young people alive today, live on this continent. At the moment, roughly 68 of every 100 people in Asia are of working age. It is a region facing up to the challenges of extreme poverty and climate change but brimming with economic dynamism and a youthful workforce to deliver on unfulfilled potential. Furthermore, nearly a billion people in Asia are below the age of 15, which means by 2050 the region will have more working-age people, and fewer older and younger dependents than at any point in its history. This ‘youth bulge’ offers the region a unique opportunity for economic progress, to lift millions more out of poverty, and ultimately close the gap with the developed world.

Young people in the region are 5-7 times more likely to be unemployed than their older counterparts at the same level of education. Women’s access to education and participation in the labour force remain stubbornly low across populous swathes of the region. The next wave of development gains as envisioned by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals must address the needs of those left behind. These are big issues and our solutions must be equally bold. UNDP’s Asia Pacific Human Development Report for 2016, released in April this year, examines these demographic trends and sets out clear policy directions that governments can harmonize with their national development plans and strategies.

UNDP and its partners believe that youth can make a real and positive difference and create their own opportunities by engaging with these challenges head on through social entrepreneurship and innovation, exploring dynamic approaches to mobilizing their peers and communities and creating adaptive solutions to addressing Youth economic marginalization. Against this backdrop, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub together with its partners are developing a regional project on Youth Economic Empowerment and Social Innovation. With the great majority of Asia’s peak-era workforce still in their early years, now is the time to invest in interventions that will harness their potential. In not doing enough to ride this wave, we risk losing the most potent inter-generational opportunity we have had in ensuring the well-being of one-half of humanity.

In light of this, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and partners have initiated a youth empowerment programme for the region.

Outreach and advocacy play a key role in engaging young people, their communities, governments and the larger ecosystem that surrounds them. Through effective use of powerful visual and written content, we hope to provoke and awaken the conscience of the people, the government and the country.

Considering above, we, as Youth Co: Lab, at the Bangkok Regional Hub seek a young, passionate Junior Communications consultant who finds shared value and purpose in our objective of empowering young people.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

  • The consultant will work under the overall guidance and coordination of the UNDP BRH Programme Specialist on Youth and Civil Society. He/she will be expected to address the following issues in completing this assignment:
  • Manage communications activities of Youth Co:Lab programme (including campaign planning, ideation, implementation, social media, content creation, website management and event communications) (40%)
  • Collect interviews, footage and photos of winners of Youth Co:Lab National Dialogues and young entrepreneurs across the region (30%)
  • Produce long-form multimedia content including videos and photo stories. (20%)
  • Write and edit communication materials (newsletter, articles, stories, press releases, reports etc). (10%)

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

The consultant is expected to work towards the following work plan, and timelines to achieve the stated outputs:


  • Social Media Campaigns: Support Youth Co:Lab in planning, ideation and implementing digital campaigns across social media channels.
  • Website management: Ensure all content on the website is updated regularly.
  • National and Regional Dialogues Amplification: Build campaigns to amplify themes of the dialogues.
  • Reports, Newsletters and Press Releases: Write/edit all press releases, newsletters and blog posts.
  • Video production and editing: Shoot and edit videos of all Youth Co:Lab National Dialogue Winners.

Institutional Arrangement:

The consultant will report to the Regional Youth and Civil Society Advisor and work in close collaboration with the UNDP country offices and other key parties. The success of the project depends on the timely delivery of each component. The Consultant should ensure timely identification of potential risks and signal any delays in deliverables. The contract will be effective immediately upon signature by UNDP.

UNDP BRH will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide relevant documents;
  • Discuss and agree on the methodologies of the assignment; and
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress of the assignment. The contract and payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by UNDP BRH. All travel expenses to and from the target area should be included in the financial proposal.
  • The present ToR may be subject to modification, without changing the overall objective and the scope of work, on the basis of mutual consultations. UNDP will hold the copyright of the assignment deliverables.

Duration of the Assignment:

The Consultant is expected to commit, a full-time basis, to a period between 01 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, up to a maximum of 200 working days over the contract period.

Duty Station:

The consultancy will be managed by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. The consultancy is Bangkok-based with regular travels to countries in Asia and the Pacific region.


  • Demonstrates commitment to UN’s mission, vision and values;
  • Demonstrates sound judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity to confidential matters;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Contractor must be able to thrive in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Innovative forward thinking, good coordination and organizational skills, teamwork.

Required Skills and Experience

The assignment will be contracted to a consultant with experience in the substantive area and knowledge of communication skills. The contractor should have the following competencies:


Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, marketing, digital media studies, public relations or any other related fields;


  • Possess at least 2 years’ experience in communications related work (Contractor should have prior experience in writing and editing long-form content, including but not limited to articles, blogs, newsletters and managing social media campaigns);
  • Strong photography and videography, including production and editing skills is a must;
  • Good knowledge on adobe creative suites for editing and designing and Good Understanding of Google Analytics and data analytics;
  • Working knowledge on UN communication products, writing standards and terminology is an asset;

Language Requirement: Good command of English in both written and oral (native speaker preferred).


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