Media Analyst, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: United States

City: New York

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Closing date: Friday, 22 April 2022

Media Analyst - IPSA9 - Office-based


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

Type of Contract : IPSA (Regular)

Post Level : IPSA-9

Languages Required : English

Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 months with possibility of extension

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.


Instructions to Applicants: Click on the " Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants: Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. The Crisis Bureau (CB) guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-and fragility-related strategies and vision under the auspices of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. As part of the Global Policy Network (GPN), the BPPS and CB work in an integrated manner ensuring that issues are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes.

In this context, the Joint Directorate for the GPN, the GPN Communications Unit provides communications support to the leadership of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Crisis Bureau (CB) and serves as the principal management adviser to the Directors and Deputy Bureau Directors of both Bureaux. The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for positioning UNDP as the world’s leading global development network, promoting its global authority and thought leadership on sustainable development and the interconnected issues of poverty, inequality, and climate change.

The position of Media Analyst is within the Joint Directorate for the Global Policy Network’s Communications Unit. The Media Analyst reports to the Communications Specialists of BPPS and CB under overall supervision of the Strategic Communications Advisor, who leads the Unit, working closely with all teams in BPPS, CB and BERA as needed.

The Media Analyst will build the capacity within the GPN Communications Unit specific to media relations, media outreach and database building and relationships with news media. Working collaboratively with BERA’s Media Team, and under the guidance of the Communications Specialists, he/she/they supports GPN Communications Unit’s media relations at an international level, including developing messaging and Q&As, identifying media opportunities, building relationships and contacting thematic-focused journalists, arranging media interviews with spokespeople and experts, organizing media events, pitching stories, and other outreach as necessary, including for GPN-led global high-level events. He/she/they deep dives into UNDP’s work and helps to identify key media opportunities and identify human interest stories of with a view to securing coverage in international media outlets. He/she/they provides support to longer term media and editorial partnerships with news media, as well as assisting with monitoring and analysis of UNDP’s media impact.

Institutional Arrangement

The incumbent will report to the GPN Communications Unit’s Communications Specialists, under overall supervision of the Strategic Communications Advisor.


UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Official travel is not envisaged for this assignment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

In line with the GPN communications plan for 2022, the Media Analyst will undertake the following:

Media Focal Point: Under supervision of Communications Specialists of the GPN Comms Unit, serve as the media focal point within the GPN Comms Unit, expanding the capacity of the Unit to undertake proactive media outreach.

Media database: The incumbent will build a media database on BPPS and CB priority issues, identity thematic journalists and pursue for media opportunities. As the focal point, develop and maintain relationships with media outlets and journalists, particularly in relation to UNDP-GPN’s priority themes.

Media Relations: Pitch UNDP stories and policy spokespeople to priority media outlets. Identify and develop new opportunities for positive media coverage of UNDP’s mission and mandate. Maintain database of media interactions, including interviews, stories published, and media mentions.

Writing: Work closely with policy teams and communications colleagues across the organization to identify media moments and pitch to news media on BPPS and CB issues. Initiate, draft and edit media-friendly materials, including media advisories, press releases, press kits, fact sheets and infographics which would be of interest to targeted news media. Build a library of media talking points.

Media Outreach: Working collaboratively across the organization including with BERA Media team, ensure dissemination of press releases, media advisories and other relevant communication materials to external news media.

Media Monitoring: Support media monitoring of UNDP mentions using organizational tools and provide news reports on important development news and trends.

Media Events: Organize media events and positioning UNDP and relevant policy staff in media outlets.

Media Partnerships: Research and support opportunities to partner with news media organizations to position UNDP in top tier media on priority issues.

Perform other duties within functional profile as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the office.


Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Required skills

Experience in media relations.

Proven track record of successfully pitching media interviews and stories to international media outlets.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

Experience working for UN, international/inter-governmental organizations.

Experience in a newsroom setting as a journalist.

Familiarity with the UN system in general and/or with UNDP’s mission in particular are desirable.

Required Language(s)

Fluency in written and spoken English required.

Knowledge of additional UN language(s) an asset.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Direction and Strategy

Effective Decision Making

Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resource.

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.

External Relations and Advocacy

Public relations

Ability to build and maintain an overall positive public image for the organisation, its mandate and its brand, while ensuring that individual campaigns and other communications and advocacy initiatives are supported in reaching the public.


Multimedia production

Ability to create and combine images, text and audio-visuals to produce multimedia content.


Social Media management

Ability to represent and promote the UNDP brand in virtual communities and networks.


Multimedia writing/editing

Ability to create and/or edit written content for multimedia.

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Min. Education requirements

Advanced degree in field of Journalism, Communications, Broadcast Media. First degree acceptable with an additional two years of experience in relevant field of communications and/or journalism.

Min. years of relevant work experience

A minimum of two (2) years with master’s degree and four (4) years with first degree of relevant professional work experience required in the field of Communications, Journalism or Broadcast Media.

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