Communication Assistant, Cairo
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Office: UNDP Cairo
Closing date: Monday, 6 March 2023
Description of assignment title: Communication Assistant
Assignment country: Egypt
Expected start date: 03/08/2023
Sustainable Development Goal: 13. Climate action
Volunteer category: National UN Youth Volunteer
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNDP
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Cairo
Mission and objectives
UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is well-placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories. We support countries in achieving the SDGs through integrated solutions. Today’s complex challengesfrom stemming the spread of disease to preventing conflictcannot be tackled neatly in isolation. For UNDP, this means focusing on systems, root causes and connections between challengesnot just thematic sectorsto build solutions that respond to people’s daily realities. UNDP has been on the ground in 2017, supporting the Government of Egypt and delivering to people the best solutions particularly the most vulnerable, women and youth. Since 2015, 195-member states of the United Nations, including the Government of Egypt, committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious action plan that pictures a better world by 2030, with serious commitment from countries to meet the set targets. In terms of policy and partnership development, UNDP is establishing new partnerships with new partners and both local and global levels. UNDP is also keen to strengthen already developed partnerships with different organizations and initiatives that support UNDP mandate.
In September 2019, UNDP launched its ‚climate promise‘ - a commitment to support at least 100 countries enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement by 2020, to support new ways governments can step up their climate actions, and to finance bold new goals. UNDP has also initiated a strategic partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to work together to accelerate and scale-up efforts to drive transformative action to achieve the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A central pillar of this partnership is to help deliver the UNDP climate promise in 2020 and beyond, including coordinated advocacy and communications initiatives to shift attitudes and behaviors on climate change. Within this context, strategic communications play will capitalize on the general awareness that was raised in Egypt about COP27 to advance climate change adaptation actions as part of the implementation of NDCs. This support will play a central role to help design and start delivering a package of actions to shift attitudes and behaviors on climate change for targeted audience in the water sector. Multiple communications tools are needed to deliver communication messages and products to the target audience. The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation is a key player in Egypt’s climate change adaptation action, the UN Volunteer will be operating from the Ministry’s premise.
Under the supervision of the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative for Climate Change and the UNDP Communications Analyst, and in consultation and coordination with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the Communication Assistant will be responsible for a number of tasks for a duration of a year.
Design generic/static social media posts per month related to climate change adaptation actions related to "water uses", "irrigation methods", canal rehabilitation, nature-based solutions, recycling drainage water, ground water (solar water pumping), etc.
Develop ideas for bilingual documentaries.
Develop a professional PowerPoint template to be used by the Minister and the ministry at high level meetings.
Write compelling content on social media.
Track all social media pages that write any posts about the ministry/ or the Minister.
Support the outreach of the Ministry’s social media pages;=.
Coordinate with the Media team at the Ministry and supervise the designs created by the team.
Support the preparation of animated and interactive presentations.
Accessible to work remotely with different time zones (in case of writing captions & posting on social media).
Age: 18 - 26
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
1 years of experience in communications, managing social media, and experience in environment and climate change communications is an asset. In addition to;
Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
Sound security awareness;
Have affinity with or interest in UNDP’s work, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Area(s) of expertise
Arabic, Level: Fluent, Required English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in communication, business administration or a relevant field
Competencies and values
Adaptability and flexibility
Judgement and decision-making
Planning and organising
Living conditions and remarks
Cairo, Egypt is a family duty station with a wide range of services (health, education and leisure) and good living conditions. Cairo (and Egypt) has long been a center of the region’s political and cultural life, with high levels of tourism. Like other similar cities, Cairo offers good quality of life in terms of access to shopping centres, banks, medical services, educational facilities, cultural events, etc. The Arab Republic of Egypt has a unique geographical position in Northeast Africa, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, on the Mediterranean and Red Sea, and its connection to Sub Saharan Africa through the Nile Valley. The country is defined by desert and the Nile, the longest river on Earth. Youth UN Volunteer gets the following package:
Volunteer Living Allowance (around EGP 12,911/Month)
Entry Lump-Sum = USD 400 (one-time payment paid in EGP)
Exit Lump-Sum upon completion of contract.
Medical and life Insurance premium/Cigna (100%) and dependents policy.
Access to UNV E-Campus for training and learning including access to LinkedIn learning. Further entitlements and information available at: https://www.unv.org/volunteer-your-country-conditions-service
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy
Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1677533352275