Communications Specialist

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Last update: Apr 1, 2022 Last update: Apr 1, 2022


Deadline: Apr 14, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: Moldova Moldova
Sectors: Media and Communications Media and Communications
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English, Romanian English, Romanian
Work experience: From 7 years
Date posted: Apr 1, 2022


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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.

UN Women’s presence in the Republic of Moldova has evolved from being a project-based office in 2007 to a Country Office with full delegated authority as of 2015. Currently, UN Women Moldova Country Office is implementing its Strategic Note (SN) for 2018-2022, which is aligned with the Republic of Moldova-United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018-2022 and the Global Strategic Plan of UN Women. The SN 2018-2022 aims at advancing progress under the following three Impact Areas (IA): IA1: More women from diverse groups fully participate and lead in governance processes and institutions, IA2: Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy, IA3: Public authorities, institutions and communities prevent violence against women and girls and deliver quality essential services.

Reporting to the Programme Specialist, the Communications Specialist is responsible to ensure the timely and quality planning and implementation of the Office communications strategy and will support advocacy efforts, maintenance of media relations, and organizational outreach efforts, in order to increase the standing and awareness of UN Women with partners, the media and the public. The Communications Officer collaborates closely with other Country Office colleagues as well as the Headquarters and Regional Office counterparts, to ensure communications strategies, media relations and organizational outreach efforts are aligned with corporate communications policies and initiatives, and follow good practices. The Communication Specialist applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UN Women rules and regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead planing and design of communications and outreach/advocacy strategies and plans

Coordinate preparation and implementation of communications needs assessments for the Country Office (CO), including for projects, programmes and corporate change initiatives;
Analyze requirements and synthesize proposals for elaboration of communications strategies; ensuring gender perspective;
Integrate communications, advocacy and outreach strategies into proposals for project/programmes and other initiatives;
Coordinate monitoring and analysis of print and social media and draft reports;

Coordinate in-country UN Women/ UN system corporate and local campaigns and special events, and ensure UN Women’s active participation and visibility in UN Joint Communications Group and ensuing joint communications activities;
Supervise communication personnel and consultants and coordinate the work of project communication teams.

2. Coordinate and implement the development and dissemination of advocacy materials in the country

Develop and produce communications materials, including brochures, publications, briefing materials, press releases, and articles, and manage their dissemination;
Identify and propose information-sharing opportunities, activities, approaches and platforms and partners;
Provide advice on corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives, publications, and campaigns;
Oversee the translation/adaption/rewriting of global or regional communications materials, coordinate printing and dissemination of publications and audio-visual materials;
Get guidelines from HQ and RO and ensure they are followed.

3. Coordinate media relations for the CO

Manage relationships with the media in the country; provide advice to CO management and projects on media relationships;
Ensure timely response to media inquiries and information requests; prepare related correspondence;
Organize roundtable discussions, press conferences, and briefing sessions for the media, as required;
Draft and review talking points.

4. Build and maintain partnerships and maintain relations with donors

Identify and develop new communications partnerships and alliances to enhance visibility;
Liaise with advocacy partners and undertake outreach to civil society organizations, governments, and other groups to ensure that newsworthy information reaches the public and donors;
Provide inputs to donor reports and information packages for donor review;
Be aware and guide colleagues on each donor specific visibility rules.

5. Ensure maintainance of the CO’s web/ online presence

Manage CO’s website content and maintenance based on corporate requirements;
Manage the CO’s social media accounts in line with corporate social media policy;
Upload information to knowledge management system on a regular basis, including news, updates, and resources.

6. Facilitate knowledge building and sharing

Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities;
Provide training and workshops on communication and advocacy, as appropriate.

Key Performance Indicators

Quality communications strategy and timely implementation which leads to greater exposure and understanding of UN Women’s work;
Timely monitoring of current events and trends;
Quality and relevant advocacy materials and content;
Timely updating of website and social media;
Timely dissemination of materials as shown by knowledge of UN Women’s activities in country;
Regular interactions with mass media, as shown by coverage.


Core Values / Guiding Principles:

Demonstrates ethics and integrity;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Accepts responsibility and accountability for the quality of the outcome of his/her decisions.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning

Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
Actively works towards continuing personal learning, encourage learning and sharing of knowledge;
Promotes a supportive environment to enhance partnerships, leverages resources and build support for UN Women initiatives.

Job knowledge/Technical expertise/In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter

Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
Knowledge of web-based management systems;
Knowledge of production, graphic design and photography standards;
Knowledge of social media platforms and experience in social media outreach;
Knowledge of local country media landscape. Ability to establish and maintain contacts with media at national and local levels, with senior-level officials of the host government required;
Ability to be strategic and analytical;
Knowledge of gender and human rights issues Outstanding oral and written communications and editing skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness

Proven ability to problem-solving and thinking creatively;
Ability to facilitate and encourage open communication and communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
Proven performance in organizing and coordinating major initiatives, events or challenging inter-organizational activities;
Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Leadership and self-management

Ability to establish priorities for self and others, achieve results and meet strict deadlines in an effective manner, maintaining a high quality standard throughout;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
Identifies opportunities and builds strong relationships with clients and partners;
Interacts effectively with all levels of the organization, including senior management;
Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree or equivalent in corporate communications, public relations, media communications, social sciences, international relations, journalism and/or other relevant;
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
Additional training and certification in communication and related areas is a strong advantage.


A minimum of 7 years’ experience in communications at the national or international level, including experience in media relations;
Experience in the use of social media, multi-media and digital platforms;
Experience working in a large development agency is an asset;
Previous experience with gender issues, with UN Women and UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in oral and written Romanian and English. Good knowledge of Russian is an asset;
Working knowledge of one or more additional languages relevant for Moldova, including Bulgarian, Gagauzian, Romani, Ukrainian or sign language is an asset.

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