Job Opening

Posting Title: Communications Officer (1 Post)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 09 July 2020 - 29 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Environment Programme-138263-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the supervision and guidance CITES Secretariat Chief of Enforcement Support and ICCWC Coordinator, the consultant will submit an ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy, including guidance on the most appropriate communication resources, tools and methods to be used by ICCWC, to develop success and impact stories to reach its target audiences.

Work Location


Expected duration

Twenty (20) days have been allocated for the delivery of the final product, comprising of the following proposed timelines:

- 3 days for internal briefing and project initiation with ICCWC Coordinator (CITES Secretariat) and other Secretariat staff as may be needed, review of background materials and consultations with ICCWC partners.
- 3 days for consultations with ICCWC donors and target beneficiaries.
- 6 days to develop draft strategy.
- 2 day for consultation with ICCWC partners on draft strategy.
- 3 days for refinement of draft strategy following on from consultations.
- 1 day for final consultation with ICCWC partners.
- 2 days for final review and submission.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between states. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival ( The CITES Secretariat is administered by UN Environment Programme and is located at the Geneva Duty Station.

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) is the collaborative effort of the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization. Its aim is to strengthen criminal justice systems and provide coordinated support at national, regional and international level to combat wildlife and forest crime. The CITES Secretariat chairs the Consortium (

The main objective of the consultancy is to develop an enhanced communications and visibility strategy for ICCWC, which will facilitate increased awareness about the work and activities of ICCWC partners, as well as the activities and successes of the Parties achieved through the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme ( ICCWC partners will implement the strategy once developed.

The ICCWC communications and visibility strategy should focus on the following:
- Identifying key audiences and the key communication messaging for them.
- Identifying appropriate platforms and tools for outreach, including – but not limited to - social media and newsletter management tools.
- Identifying the appropriate formats to reach those audiences (infographics, videos, pictures, banners, success and impact stories, others) and draw attention on highlights and impacts of key work undertaken by the Consortium.
- Identifying indicators of success.

The strategy should also consider how to promote and showcase the successes achieved by Parties to combat wildlife crime, as a result of the activities supported by the ICCWC Strategic Programme, and any resulting good practice and model measures. The strategy will also develop an indicative timeframe for rollout.

Qualifications/special skills

a) Required years of work experience: A minimum of ten years (10) experience in media and communications (or equivalent) is required. Specific experience in public relations, communications strategy development, creative copy writing, and content marketing would be an advantage.
b) Required field of work and where applicable, area of specialty: Previous demonstrated professional experience in developing communications strategies for international organizations, private sector, governments, government agencies, public sector. Knowledge and understanding of CITES, ICCWC and the activities of ICCWC partner agencies, as well as of funding mechanisms available to Parties and how to communicate key outputs/outcomes would be an advantage.
c) Required education qualifications: Advanced university degree in strategic communications (or equivalent) is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
d) Required knowledge of languages: English, French and Spanish are the working languages of the CITES Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
e) Competencies: To successfully undertake this consultancy role the incumbent will demonstrate the competencies of Creativity, Communication, Planning and Organizing and Technological awareness.

Additional Information

The consultancy is home based. Regular communication and reporting will be via appropriate communication means with the CITES Secretariat Chief of Enforcement Support and the ICCWC Coordinator.

No Fee


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