The UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With additional offices in Dakar, Senegal and Nairobi, Kenya, it serves 45 country offices in sub-Saharan Africa, develops high-quality knowledge and policy, and is the organization’s main interface with regional bodies and continental bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Council. Communities. The Center also implements a continent-wide regional program supporting Africa’s transformation agenda by: 1) strengthening inclusive and sustainable growth, 2) expanding political participation and giving everyone a voice, and 3 ) developing responsive institutions that deliver desired services and promote inclusive processes of state-society dialogue. The UNDP Regional Service Center comprises approximately 120 national and international staff. JPO staff will be based in the Gender team. The gender team comprises 9 national and international staff members, including a regional adviser and a team leader.
The Gender Team of the Bureau for Policy and Program Support (BPPS) is the institutional anchor for UNDP’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. it provides policy advice and technical support to all UNDP offices and management on how to mainstream gender in all areas of their work. The Gender team works to implement gender equality as a core UNDP objective through a two-pronged approach (i) mainstreaming gender into all core practices; and, (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality. In addition, the Gender team is responsible for all corporate planning, corporate programming support, gender reporting and support to senior management to ensure accountability for gender mainstreaming. . Finally, the Gender team supports the administrator and senior management in addressing gender equality and the empowerment of women in their convening and representational roles.
Purpose of the position
JPO staff will be part of the gender equality team at the UNDP Regional Service Center and will report directly to the Regional Gender Advisor and Team Leader. The Gender and Communications Specialist will work closely with all gender team staff and with the regional media and communications team to support the positioning of RCSA’s gender work and contribute to the overall implementation of the regional advocacy strategy.
Main tasks and responsibilities
1) Contribute to the overall implementation of the regional agenda on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa and promote positive results in this regard (40%)
Example of tasks:
Contribute to advocacy and promote the visibility of the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa, the Spotlight initiative and the regional program
Work within the thematic areas of the gender team to identify and document best practices, lessons learned for knowledge building and dissemination.
Assess communication needs and priorities for the RSCA Gender team
Develop and produce communication and advocacy material on the GEWE regional project in the different thematic areas of the Gender team and coordinate its dissemination.
Design and layout materials (e.g. reports, posters, infographics, images, dynamic presentations, etc.) for internal and external audiences, and for presentation, printing and use in line.
2) Effective communication and advocacy to facilitate knowledge building, awareness raising activities on promoting gender equality and empowering women in the region (40%)
Example of tasks:
Generate knowledge, data and information from ongoing programs and projects and contribute to the development of policy briefs, fact sheets, press releases, media and communication products and tools applying gender-sensitive communication principles.
Facilitate the construction and sharing of knowledge by integrating the use of new technologies
Ensure appropriate communications before, during and after regional and national events such as knowledge sharing meetings, seminars, trainings, conferences and other special events related to the project.
Help collect “most significant change” stories to support annual reporting and editing/popularization of project-specific and related updates.
Advance the digital presence of the project through social media and the existing UNDP Twitter account, LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
3) Support advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts in support of the Regional Service Center in the implementation of the RBA communication strategy (20%)
Example of tasks:
Contribute to the development of regional and global communication products, tools and visibility materials relevant to GEWE and its thematic areas
Implement communication programs to raise awareness of priority issues and/or major events, including developing communication strategies (including social media), coordinating efforts, monitoring and reporting progress, taking appropriate follow-up actions and analyzing the results
Provide contributions to regular monthly reports, stories, articles, etc.
Initiate, write, edit communication materials including infographics and multimedia products using UNDP communication branding standards
Coordinate with the regional office communications team to ensure mainstreaming of gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment data, emerging issues and progress are well integrated into all communications and outreach initiatives advocacy
Perform other duties as needed and designated by supervisor.
- Achieving Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to detail, delivers quality work on time
- Thinking innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is a pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
- Continuous learning LEVEL 1: Open-minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
- Adapt with agility LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively manages ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
- Act with determination LEVEL 1: Demonstrate dynamism and motivation, able to deliver calmly in the face of adversity, confident
- Engage and Associate LEVEL 1: Demonstrate compassion/understanding towards others, build positive relationships
- Enable diversity and inclusion LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, be aware of unconscious bias, deal with discrimination
- Communication – Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Digital marketing and social media management – Mastery of digital communication platforms and tools
- Leadership – Ability to build strong and lasting relationships and ability to interact at all levels of the organization
- Autonomy – Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy
- Technical Writing – Strong niche knowledge to create accurate product and service documentation such as press releases, web content, technical documentation, etc.
- Masters or equivalent higher degree in gender studies, sociology, anthropology and/or communications, mass communications/media, public relations, journalism or relevant field.
Experience, knowledge and skills
- A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience, ideally with at least one year of experience in the region or in development issues in similar development contexts
- Experience with media and social media communications software, applications and tools with computer proficiency, particularly related to professional office software packages (Microsoft Office).
- Graphic design experience for digital and print platforms
- Demonstrated experience in communicating gender equality work relevant to different audiences is a distinct advantage
- Experience in UN-related communications
- Excellent working knowledge of English and French (as communications/advocacy products will be in both languages).
- This position is open under the Government of Canada sponsored Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program and is open to Canadian nationals only.
- 32 years maximum on December 31, 2022
- Brief cover letter
- Copy of your passport
- Copy of your Master’s degree
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