Communications Assistant, Cairo, Egypt

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo, Egypt

Office: UNDP Cairo

Closing date: Thursday, 22 October 2020

Communications Assistant (Egyptians Nationals and Residents Only)

Advertised on behalf of : Location : Cairo, EGYPT

Application Deadline : 22-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Service Contract

Post Level : SB-3

Languages Required : Arabic English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Dec-2020

Duration of Initial Contract : one year (renewable)

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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security.

Egypt has a progressive constitution (2014) recognizing gender equality & non-discrimination guarantees. In March 2015, Egypt launched its strategy for sustainable development ‚Egypt Vision 2030‘ (SDS), spanning the economic, social & environmental dimensions of sustainable development, & outlining the broader principles that will guide Egypt in pursuing its developmental goals. Furthermore, cognizant of women’s empowerment being a precondition for inclusive growth, the 2030 National Strategy for Women’s Empowerment (NSWE) was launched & endorsed by the President of Egypt.

The UN Women Egypt Country Office is based in Cairo, and works in the following priority areas:

SP Outcome 2: Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems;
SP Outcome 3: Women have income security, decent work, and economic autonomy;
SP Outcome 4: All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence;
SP Outcome 5: Women and Girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and from humanitarian action.

Reporting to the Communication and Advocacy Analyst, the Communications Assistant will support the communications unit in implementing communication and advocacy strategies to increase the standing and awareness of UN Women with partners, the media, and the public. The work of the communications assistant will contribute to the development objective of raising awareness and outreach on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Egypt.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide support in the management of CO’s digital media presence

Develop new and innovative content for digital media platforms;
Assist in managing and updating UN Women ECO digital media platforms;
Maintain awareness of UN Women’s activities on social media and monitor the performance of UN Women’s digital media platforms;
Update the website on regular basis;
Draft web stories in English and Arabic;
Maintain files, databases, systems relevant to CO’s digital presence.

2. Provide administrative support to the development of CO communications and advocacy strategy as well as advocacy materials

Provide logistical support to advocacy efforts and campaigns by organizing roundtable discussions, press conferences, and other public events and providing inputs to briefing materials and press releases, as necessary;
Draft various communications to write ups including, newsletters, press releases, and advisories, as per UN Women’s guidelines;
Translate documents from English to Arabic and vice versa, as required;
Support in the development of communications products and audio-visual materials.

3. Provide media relations support

Coordinate media requests, as delegated;
Handle media monitoring process and develop regular media reports;
Develop media monitoring reports for special events/activities;
Update the media database.

4. Other tasks

Participate in inter-gender and communication groups;
Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators

Timely inputs to communication and advocacy materials;
Timely organization of logistical support to discussions, conferences, briefings, and other events;
Tags computer applications empowerment of women graphic design human rights mass communication media monitoring media relations natural disasters political science press releases sustainable development women and girls

Timely delivery of quality administrative support;
Webpages are well-maintained.


Core Values:

Respect for Diversity;

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
Creative Problem Solving;
Effective Communication;
Inclusive Collaboration;
Stakeholder Engagement;
Leading by Example.

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Functional Competencies

Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality;
Knowledge of social media and communication strategies and methods;
Good event planning skills;
Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience;
Good multimedia skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

Bachelor’s degree in mass communications, Political Science, Graphic Design, or other related fields.


At least 2 years of experience in providing support to the implementation of Communication and Media strategies and related plans;
Experience in the use of computer applications & software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), web-based management systems, and social media & digital communication;
Knowledge of design software such as InDesign and Photoshop is an asset;
Experience with governmental entities and UN agencies is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in Arabic and English is required.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Make sure that you provide a valid email address for future communications.