Job Opening

Posting Title: Communications Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 07 April 2021 - 20 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-153351-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Communications are a key strategic priority for UNEP as part of the organization’s mandate to advocate for the environment. This is achieved through a wide range of communications activities at national and global level, including an active social media presence. The Crisis Management Branch is working directly with its teams in Haiti, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Sudan, as well as at a global level on communications related to its work.

In order to support Crisis Management Branch’s external communications and internal communications, a Communications Specialist is needed to support the development of communications strategies and media outreach activities of the Branch.

Work Location


Expected duration

Duration for 8 months with possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.

The Crisis Management Branch extends UNEP’s work to areas of the world where the natural and human environment have been damaged from conflicts or disasters. Specialized environmental expertise is provided to rapidly identify risks to health, livelihoods and ecosystem services and to integrate environmental needs within the recovery process.

The Crisis Management Branch’s work demonstrates to decision makers the importance of natural resources management as a precondition for sustainable development and as an instrument for peacebuilding and disaster risk reduction. The Branch promotes sustainable management of natural resources in conflict and disaster affected countries. It works across four core pillars:
• Post-Crisis Environmental Assessments
• Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery
• Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding, and
• Disaster Risk Reduction

Since 1999, UNEP's Crisis Management Branch 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, CMB is working to build more resilient and peaceful societies. More information can be found at

The Crisis Management Branch 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 UNEP'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 peacebuilding to its core services of post-crisis environmental assessment and recovery. One of the key project the team is active in is the Rapid Environmental Assessment for Climate Change and Environmental Technologies where technical assistance is provided to all peace keeping operations around the world on environmental issue.

Objectives, output expectations and performance indicators:

The overall objective of Communications Specialist’s role is to lead Crisis Management Branch’s communications unit to enhance its communications activities and amplify its communications outreach at both global and country levels.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

• Develop and implement communications strategies for the Crisis Management Branch, including for its country programme offices in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Haiti, and Sudan;
• Advisory support to the Branch’s social media communications, notably Facebook, including editorial support and general guidance to the teams managing the country pages in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Haiti, and Sudan;
• Lead the Crisis Management Branch’s contributions to celebrations and UNEP campaigns;
• Lead the Crisis Management Branch’s communications efforts interlinking with UN-designated days and other international events;
• Review and Provide input on strategic direction for the Crisis Management Branch relating to communications, outreach and external messaging, including innovating in communications, outreach and advocacy;
• Assess each project’s and country office’s communications, provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve reach and visibility;
• Support and work with Director of Disasters and Conflicts, Country Programme Managers, and Global Programme Managers to develop story ideas and outreach activities;
• Advise CMB colleagues in drawing out impact statements and key messages for higher level reporting/communications, internal key message briefs and corporate communications products;
• Act as focal point for stories and media outreach within the Crisis Management Branch, providing colleagues with advice, editorial inputs, and liaison;
• Liaise with colleagues from the Communications Division in Nairobi to pitch communications ideas and ensure greater coverage of the Crisis Management Branch in stories and other digital content, including social media and multimedia products;
• Provide information to Crisis Management Branch colleagues on ongoing corporate communications activities and campaigns;
• Provide guidance and training to Crisis Management Branch colleagues on media engagement and other activities relevant to the Communications Specialist’s experience to build communications capacity of colleagues throughout the Branch;
• Manage the Communications team of the Crisis Management Branch and oversee communications activities of the team;
• Oversee and guide Crisis Management Branch’s multimedia production, including video production, social media visuals design, layout design, graphic design, animation, and other digital communications materials;
• Advise to Crisis Management Branch’s publication process and ensure the publication quality meets HQ standard;
• Other communications tasks as requested.

Key Deliverables and Outputs:

Communications strategies handbooks for the Crisis Management Branch, including for its country programme offices in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Haiti, and Sudan delivered.

Draft and final reports on strategic direction/guidance for the Crisis Management Branch relating to communications, outreach and external messaging, including innovating in communications, outreach and advocacy

Develop checklists to asses project’s and country office’s communications, provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve reach and visibility.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
Advanced university degree in the field of international relations, journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.

• At least five years of progressively responsible work experience in media and communications related to environment and/or climate change and/or development;
• Strong writing and editing skills;
• Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, web applications, social media monitoring tools, etc.);
• Experience in use and management of social media tools and analytics;
• Knowledge of environmental issues in the context of disasters and conflicts;
• Prior experience in communicating complex multi-dimensional issues to a non-specialized audience;
• Relevant work experience in developing countries or in conflict/post-conflict settings is an asset;
• Experience with managing and overseeing multimedia production, including videos, graphic design, layout design, and animation;
• Familiarity with Adobe software, particularly Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere is an asset.

• English and French (official UN languages). Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.


• Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
• Strong organizational and time-management skills;
• Respect for diversity;
• Attention to details;
• Motivated and able to work in team and independently to deliver outputs;
• Ability to respond to tight deadlines in an organized and efficient manner.

No Fee


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