Communications Assistant at United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

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  • Company: United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
  • Location: Zambia
  • State: Zambia
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Zambia
Job Description

General Description of assignment title Communications Assistant

Assignment country Zambia

Expected start date 20/09/2022

Sustainable Development Goal 17. Partnerships for the goals

Volunteer category International UN University Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities No

Host entity UNRCO

Type Onsite

Duration 5 months

Number of assignments 1

Duty stations Lusaka


Mission and objectives The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lusaka operates in Zambia as part of the UN system in the country under the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO). UNIC Lusaka is part of 63 United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), UN Information Services (UNIS) and UN Offices (UNOs) that serve as the principal sources of information about the UN in host countries. They promote greater awareness and public understanding of and support for the aims and activities of the UN by disseminating information on the work of the organization. The centres provide media, non-governmental organizations, educational and research institutions, government officials, the diplomatic corporations, and the general public with relevant information about the activities of the United Nations, using different traditional as well as new media tools and platforms. The centres are key to the UN’s ability to reach the people which the organization serves around the world, and to share the UN story with them in their own languages. The information centres implement communications strategies on UN priority themes and carry out a wide range of activities, including educational programmes and media outreach activities including, organizing press conferences, seminars, report launches, exhibits, educational outreach, and campaigns. The information centres use a number of platforms, including websites and social media platforms. In addition, UNICs provide communications support and liaise with the media during visits of the UN Secretary-General and other senior United Nations officials. In Zambia, UNIC provides dedicated communication support to the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team (UNCT) while serving as secretariat of the UN Communication Group (UNCG) that supports joint communications to ensure coherent messaging from the UN, in support of the Delivering as One approach.

Context The current Zambia–UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework runs from 2016-2022. The UNCT Zambia is developing a new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027 in line with the global guidance, the UN reform agenda which will also be aligned with 8th National Development Plan which is currently under finalisation. The United Nations Communication Group (UNCG) will continue to play an important role in supporting implementation of the new Cooperation Framework. This includes the development and implementation of a Communication Strategy to convey very simply and concretely what the UN development system will do to help Zambia achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The University Volunteer will be part of this exciting team. In view of the current COVID-19 situation in Zambia, the UN is as of February 2022 implementing a 20 percent staff presence in the office subject to review depending on how the disease evolves in the country. As a result, the University Volunteer may have to telecommute at the start of his/her assignment. The volunteer may also have to follow applicable working arrangements guided by the Senior Management Team at the time that he/she is physically present in Zambia. The assignment might involve field travel within the country to support outreach activities, event launches or attendance of meetings.

Task description Under the direct supervision of UNIC National Information Officer who assumes overall supervision of UNIC, the UN University Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Assist in implementing communication strategies to promote priority issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals; • Assist in planning and organizing UNIC’s multi-faceted outreach to youth and the public at large; • Assist in drafting articles, stories, and information material on UNIC activities for different communications products and platforms (newsletters, social media, websites); • Assist in strengthening UNIC’s social media platforms, websites, and use of audio-visuals; Assist in media monitoring; • Participate in the UN Communications Group (UNCG) that plans and implements One UN communication activities and its task forces and assist in implementing specific UNCG projects; • Provide support with graphic design services for the Quarterly UN Zambia newsletters and other ad-hoc publications; • Assist in organizing seminars, workshops, briefings and other events; • Under the guidance of UNIC staff, review UNIC’s current collaboration with educational institutions, NGOs, and other local partners, and identify opportunities for new or strengthened strategic partnerships; • Perform other duties as assigned, in person or through telecommuting.

Eligibility criteria Age 18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria The start of the assignment is planned for 20-30 September. Successful candidates will be invited to a briefing by KGU in August.

Nationality Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities


Required experience 0 years of experience in communications, graphic design, social media, or development work; information-gathering and communications capacity, including ability to identify good stories and present them in a compelling way for a range of audiences; Social media management; Photography, photo editing, videography or graphic design experience is an asset.

Area(s) of expertise Communication

Driving license Languages English, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level Secondary education

Competencies and values • Adaptability and Flexibility • Commitment and Motivation • Communication • Creativity • Ethics and Values • Integrity • Judgement and Decision-making • Knowledge Sharing • Professionalism • Respect for Diversity • Technological Awareness • Working in Teams

Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 25th May, 2022.