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Communications Assistant

UN Environment Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch

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 Under the supervision of the Operations Manager, the Communications Assistant will;

1. Support development of PCDMB communications and information products;
2. Engage in social media communication outreach by creating social media content, campaigns and developing audio-visual tools, using creative approaches to meet communications needs;
3. Encourage and support engagement by PCDMB colleagues on social media platforms to amplify reach, and provide support to country teams in Afganistan, Sudan and Haiti on existing country Facebook pages;
4. Support launch events and roll-out processes for PCDMB products (including developing launch and dissemination strategies, social media packages, and drafting press releases);
5. Draft and edit stories, press releases and other news features in cooperation with the PCDMB project/programme manager concerned and the Communication Division, ensuring quality-control;
6. Manage PCDMB's story pipeline and liase with programme managers to help improve content generation;
7. Produce and distribute the Disasters and Conflicts quarterly News Round-up using mailchimp or similar;
8. Promote innovation in PCDMB's communications activities, including research into new platforms and innovative communications methods;
9. Undertake monitoring and evaluation using web and social media analytics/ insights to effectively orient communications activities and provide biannual updates to PCDMB colleagues;
10. Support in the conceptualization of infographics, interactive visualizations etc.;
11. Any other task related to communications or knowledge management, as required.

Expected duration

6 months (renewable) from 1 January to 30 June 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Since 1999, the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) has responded to crisis situations, working in more than 40 countries to assess the environmental impacts of conflicts and disasters and address the subsequent risks to human health, livelihoods and security. Since the start of the new millennium, natural hazards and major conflicts have directly affected some two billion people. Not only do these tragic events destroy lives and infrastructure, they also fundamentally undermine human security and tear apart the fabric of sustainable development. By addressing environmental degradation and resource management, PCDMB is working to build more resilient and peaceful societies.

PCDMB delivers high quality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. Field based assessments of the environmental impact of crises form the core of UN Environment's conflict and disaster management operations. However, as the international community has shifted its focus from post-crisis intervention to crisis prevention, the branch has also expanded its operational range, adding disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peace-building to its core services of post-crisis environmental assessment and recovery.

A consultant is needed to support the communications activities of PCDMB, in collaboration with the existing members of the team, in particular in the areas of social media, story generation and development of corporate communications products.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Excellent computer skills and comfort with new technology and software;
Innovative and creative approach to meeting challenges;
Good sense of aesthetics;
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team based on an information-sharing environment;
Organized and efficient approach;
Academic Qualifications: Masters Degree in Communications, Journalism or a related subject.
Experience: At least 1 year of professional experience is required
Language: An excellent command of the English language is required;
Fluency or understanding of French would be an asset.

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