Communications Specialist, Home based

Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Sunday, 7 February 2021

UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

New York Service Cluster (NYSC) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management

Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners‘ programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York. The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

UNOPS has signed an agreement with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism to implement the project activities on behalf of the UNOCT.

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and its Under-Secretary-General are mandated to provide stronger leadership, enhance coordination and coherence across the system, mobilize political will and robust partnership and strengthen capacity building support - including through the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)to ensure a balanced implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. One of the key elements of the mandate is to improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for counter-terrorism efforts.

In order to better showcase the activities undertaken by UNOCT supporting the efforts of Member States to prevent violent extremism and counter terrorism, UNOCT is to continue to increase its outreach activities and to build on strong brand online and off-line including through the development of impactful communications products in accordance with its communications strategy.

This position is homebased and may require international travels.

This position in UNOPS requires close coordination with the Communications team of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General of UNOCT. The incumbent of this position will be a personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

The Communications Specialist supports the work of Knowledge Management and Coordination Section and will be responsible for the following:

Support the development of proposals for online and off-line public information material for campaigns, conferences, events and meetings promoted through the media, and UNOCT’s website and webpages and social media presence.

Assist in developing communication products and provide recommendations on the production processes as required.

Provide support to the Office’s media relations efforts.

Jointly with the Public Information Officer, follow up with clients, and other relevant parties to ensure that final products are of high quality, delivered in a timely manner and are complementary and adhere to the overall online and off-line UNOCT communications strategy and UNOCT senior management guidance.

Develop proposals to increase traffic on the website and social media account including content and strategies.

Maintain and update UNOCT social media accounts, as well as website and webpages.

Support the organization of UNOCT communication activities, coordinate with stakeholders and ensure timely delivery of outputs.

Perform other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

Delivering in a timely and professional manner media and communications products in support of the UNOCT communications strategy and related activities.

Developing proposals for communication products, including social multi-media graphics, videos, website and web graphics.

Providing sound advice on the production process of relevant communications materials.

Tracking of UNOCT communications activities and timelines to ensure timely delivery of outputs.

Contributing to the monitoring, reporting and evaluation of communications activities.

Providing sound and timely support to UNOCT/OUSG communications work and initiatives, including in the context of the Counter-Terrorism Week (June 2021 TBC).

The selected candidate will be expected to work in New York working hours (EST).



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in public information, graphic design, international relations or other relevant field.

Tags development projects financial management graphic design human resources information officer media relations peace and security peacebuilding procurement project management public information resource mobilization support services sustainable development video production

A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Required work experience:

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in public information is required.

Experience with designing and implementing public information campaigns is required.

Experience with the United Nations or other International Organizations is required.

Desired work experience: The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply

Experience in video production is an asset.

Experience in communications on peace and security and/or counter-terrorism is an asset.


Fluency in oral and written English is required.

Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an asset.


It is required to perform the activities of this position in New York working hours (EST)

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)

Contract level: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA 2) Contract duration: Open-ended (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization. (for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types

For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post

For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners‘ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners‘ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.