Communications Analyst, Istanbul, Türkiye

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Turkey

City: Istanbul

Office: UNDP in Istanbul, Turkey

Closing date: Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Job Identification : 8594

Locations : Istanbul, Turkey

Posting Date : 02/21/2023, 08:16 AM

Apply Before : 03/07/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UN Volunteers

Grade : NOB

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : UNV

Contract Duration : 2 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages : Russian

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


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.

The UNV Regional Offices (RO) provide oversight and strategic guidance to the UNV Field Units in their respective geographical assignments and are mainly accountable for the placement of UN Volunteers mobilized for UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes focused on peace, development and humanitarian needs. Furthermore, the Regional Offices represent, and strategically position, UNV and bring UNV’s services and solutions closer to its partners from governments, UN entities, civil society and private sector. The Regional Offices also lead in scoping and delivering UNV’s advisory service offer on volunteer infrastructure.

Reporting to the Manager, Regional Office, and with the technical guidance and supervision of the Communications Specialist, the Communications Analyst is responsible for content research and production in the regional context, development and maintenance of online presence, and contributes to outreach efforts and campaigns in the Field Units and portfolio countries assigned to the Regional Office. He/she closely coordinates his/her work with the Communications team at UNV headquarters.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Content research and production

Research volunteer initiatives and experiences in the region for all communications purposes, in coordination with the Field Units and portfolio team in charge of non field units;
Coordinate and write content production and development of communications tools with the Communications team at UNV headquarters;
Prepare up-to-date information, articles, and publishing content based on corporate, regional, portfolio countries and field unit’s priorities;
Develop consistent brand awareness, maintaining style and editorial standards in online and print materials, multimedia, social platforms and other communications tools;
Manage content for social media platforms in the region, monitor conversations and comments, and keep track of social media analytics;
Edit and publish online content and convey key messages to target audiences on the web;
Collect and coordinate up-to-date visual assets (photography, infographics), along with production of video for regional initiatives, along with supporting for corporate use;
Measure results on a regular basis and conduct media content audits to understand audience preference and the impact of different approaches;
Identify and measure key performance indicators such as audience growth, audience profile, audience engagement, ser acquisition, content reach, engagement by content type, response rate and quality.

2. Plan, design and implement regional external strategies for communications and outreach, based on the corporate strategic direction

Develop and track yearly RO communications strategy;
Prepare and conduct communications needs assessments for all the countries of portfolio including Field Units in the region;
Draft/edit regional communications and outreach tools for partnerships, based on the corporate communications strategy;
Prepare analytics and reporting on communications;
Support positioning of UNV in UN partners communications and visibility tools including representation in UN Communications Group in the countries;
Analyze requirements and synthesis of proposals on ways to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of UNV’s efforts of mobilization and promoting of volunteerism.

Liaise with communications groups of UN agencies to gather intelligence on key communication materials around projects, programmes and provide biweekly updates on major trends in the region.

3. Content quality and coordination for all communication tools

Expand the online and offline visibility of UNV Regional Office initiatives and increase knowledge sharing across Field Units;
Scale up existing social media presence and strategies for increased coverage and reach;
Provide leadership in the implementation of tools and processes for Field Units to submit content for corporate communications purposes;
Work with partner UN agencies and other partners at the regional level for the publishing of information on UNV to ensure consistency of content and editorial products;
Identify opportunities for strategic partnerships, innovation and coverage of the Regional Office activities;
Arrange for the translation of materials when required, ensuring brand and quality of such materials;
Follow up the global trends in the public information and apply to Regional Office communications strategy and online tools;
Guide personnel in the Regional Office and Field Units on communications formats, design, photography, video and promotional items

4. Online and print marketing, outreach and campaigns

Lead portfolio countries including Field Units in the region in the preparation of media tools and messaging in preparation of the International Volunteers Day (IVD);
Coordinate with Field Units and external partners to ensure continued support during the International Volunteers Day (IVD) and other corporate events;
Manage IVD and relevant events for the Regional Office;
Develop outreach and advocacy materials to increase the visibility of UNV;
Collect and analyze data and feedback for final reporting on events;
Develop online and print materials for the promotion of outreach events and campaigns in the portfolio countries including Field Units;
Reply to public inquiries and refer queries, comments and contributions for appropriate action; channel queries/comments/contributions to relevant staff members for processing;
Contribute to outreach initiatives to raise visibility and media interest in the work of UNV and the contributions made by UN Volunteers.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results

Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadlines

Think Innovatively

Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously

Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility

Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination

Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner

Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion

Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Knowledge Generation

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

Digital Awareness and Literacy

Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed.

Customer satisfaction/ client management

Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers‘ needs;
Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy;
Look for ways to add value beyond clients‘ immediate requests;
Ability to anticipate clients‘ upcoming needs and concerns.

Campaign management

Ability to produce and implement communications and advocacy campaigns which lead to impactful change.

Multimedia production

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

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in Journalism, Communication, International Relations, or any other relevant area.


2 years of relevant experience;
Proficiency in the use of content management systems, HTML coding, photo/video editing tools and other web publishing and designing tools;
Good knowledge of internet communications, marketing, and outreach activities.

Experience in volunteer programmes and/or in a development context involving volunteers is highly desirable.

Fluency in English;
Proficiency in another official UN language (especially Russian) is desirable.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.


Only short-listed applicants will be contacted;
The successful candidate will hold a UNDP letter of appointment;
This post is for local recruitment only. It is open to citizens of Türkiye.

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