The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. Under this Strategic Framework 2022-2025, UNCDF will realize its full potential as a hybrid development organization and development finance institution. UNCDF, through its Local Transformative Finance Practice (LTFP), will deepen and expand its role as the UN Hub for Subnational Finance by strengthening its long-standing collaborative relationships and converting them to solution-driven services. LTFP is a technical and financial partner for local transformation. Its clients encompass local and regional governments, cities as agencies of local transformation, domestic capital market participants and regulatory and budgetary authorities. UNCDF combines finance and investment instruments with sector expertise across all aspects of subnational public and private finance.
To this end, UNCDF offers its clients financing and policy expertise in three overlapping transitions: (a) The urban transition to implement the New Urban Agenda that transforms cities into inclusive, sustainable and resilient places with everyone benefiting from growth, access to transport, housing, water and sanitation, green space and the “right to the city”; (b) The green transition to implement the Rio Conventions through sustainable city planning and zoning, urban food systems land-use management, circular water management and clean and smart energy solutions; (c) The productive transition to implement the priorities of the Doha programme of action for the Least Developed Countries (2022-2031): increasing productive capacities through a territorial approach to local economic development and the creation of value-added urban/rural linkages leading to structural transformation. As a center of excellence and innovative fund for local government finance and local economic development finance in the world’s 46 LDCs, LTFP designs, pilots and tests out financing mechanisms and business models in both public and private sectors that support locally designed public investments and revenue-generating capital investment projects. The investment financing toolboxes include Fiscal Decentralization, Local Development Funds for public capital investment programming, Structured Project Finance, Municipal Finance, SME Finance, and Public-Private Partnerships.
The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of Local Transformative Finance Practice at UNCDF, based in Kampala, Uganda and in close collaboration with Director of Local Transformative Finance Practice at UNCDF, in Headquarters, New York, and with other LTF colleagues in the regional office/HQ based and country and across the region.
This position is office-based in New York, USA.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Under the direction of Local Transformative Finance Practice senior management in HQ, the communications and RBM expert will lead the practice in deploying and implementing its communcation strategy and results-based management, including support for knowledge management, publications and media, policy advocacy and outreach, reporting, event organization as well as general support to the LTFP programmes as needed.
Key colleagues to work with include the Director, Deputy-Director, Regional Technical Advisors, Global and Regional Programme Managers, and the LTFP HQ team. The expert will also liaise with and contribute perspectives from LTFP as needed within UNCDF Corporate Communications and RBM discussions.
Manages the overall communications for the Local Transformative Finance Practice (LTFP) including communications strategy, report production, development of communications and outreach materials and dissemination of knowledge products;
Leads the LTFP communications network (30+ persons) to implement respective communication strategies at the global, regional and country levels, organizes content gathering and supports content dissemination to all relevant platforms;
Serves as the communications focal point for the LTF practice at global, regional and country levels, interfacing with LTFP programmes and country offices, UNCDF Corporate Communications team and external audience including key partners (e.g. UN Agencies) and other relevant stakeholders;
Manages LTF’s Social Media accounts and guides and facilitates social media content publication;
Manages the Dual-Key communications strategy and works especially with Investments officers in content gathering, content editing and content diffusion;
Drives and manages LTF’s communication newsletter’s editorial stance and content curation;
Supports the UNCDF website maintenance and updates, undertakes content development, redesign and presentation of the web pages related to the LTFP global programmes;
Manages podcast production and publication for LTFP’s Capital LoCAST and where relevant redirect requests to UNCDF’s Capital Musing podcast;
Assists the LTF Practice in drafting articles, press releases, blogs, cases studies, news, etc. and in the production of communication materials and templates such as brochures, reports and presentations;
Leads the LTFP Communications & Event Calendar and content planner;
Supports planning and organization of both in-person and online events, media coverage for the events and produces targeted communications and reports as needed to ensure outreach and visibility;
Provides training and capacity-building support to LTFP staff on communications.
Assists the LTF Practice in quality control of the annual data collection and reporting exercise, data analysis and results presentation;
Provides quality assurance and guidance for LTFP’s contributions to UNCDF Annual Reports and donor reports to ensure accuracy;
Supports LTF Practice in ensuring timely and quality donor reporting, preparing LTFP annual report and programme reporting;
Provides support in design and presentation of results, disseminates knowledge and learning from results and organizes exchange webinars as needed;
Supports the development of results frameworks for LTFP new projects, ensuring relevance to UNCDF IRRM and the LTFP Theory of Change
LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility
LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination
LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner
LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
People Management n/a
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Ability to produce and implement communications and advocacy campaigns which lead to impactful change
Creative direction and copywriting
Ability to creatively communicate concepts in an engaging and simple way
Ability to communicate visually and create appealing graphic products
Ability to develop media relations across all aspects of media work including relationships with media and preparing media materials such as messages
Mulitmedia Production, including video production
Ability to create and combine images, text and audio-visuals to produce multimedia content as well as ability to produce or oversee the production of high-quality video and audio products
Writing & Editing
Ability to create and/or edit written content in different UN languages.
General External Relations Managament
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
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Academic Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s level) in Communications, International Development, Journalism, Public Administration, Business Administration or International Relations.
Or an undergraduate degree plus an additional two years of demonstrated professional experience in the field of communications).
Min. years of relevant Work experience
A minimum of five years of successful experience working on communications, social media, knowledge management and/or results-based management at the international level.
Minimum three years of experience in designing advocacy and creative communication materials is required.
Experience in editing/quality proofreading/copywriting for international development programmes is an advantage.
Effective project management experience with communications tools, including coordination with external vendors, such as designers and translators.
Experience in supporting the organization of high-level events, workshops and webinars, with senior government and private sector representatives, is required.
Experience with the communications software, contact databases and familiarity with graphic design and video editing programmes is desirable.
Experience working in a multi-cultural environment, and in developing and emerging countries is highly desirable.
Required skills and competencies
Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
Knowledge of and experience in communications, programme management and results reporting.
Strong analytical and writing skills and track record in producing relevant knowledge and communication materials for various target audiences including government counterparts, donors, UN organizations, the private sector and the general public
Strong creativity and track record of variety of communication products and campaigns
Experience in organizing and facilitating the production of publications.
Desired additional skills and competencies
Experience working with UNDP/UNCDF is desirable
Past experience with the financing sector is an asset
Proven ability and capacity to deliver and meet tight deadlines
Expertise in photography is an advantage.
Required Language(s) (at working level)
Fluency in both English and French is required.