Job Opening

Posting Title: Communications Officer (1 Post)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 09 April 2021 - 16 April 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Environment Programme-153505-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 day to day management of the ICCWC Coordinator, the communications consultant will:

1. Produce communications and information materials as detailed in the ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy to create awareness regarding the activities, progress and achievements resulting from the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme and the activities of ICCWC partner agencies. This includes, among others, news items and press releases on success and impact stories, infographics, videos, pictures and banners.
2. Produce communications and information materials as detailed in the ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy to promote the work and achievements of ICCWC partner member States in addressing wildlife crime, through activities associated with the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme.
3. Engage and work with the communication teams of ICCWC partner agencies to collectively prepare and generate relevant messaging for target audiences as detailed in the ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy.
4. Coordinate and work closely with the CITES Secretariat Communications Officer to coordinate messaging on CITES Secretariat social media accounts, and to prepare and generate relevant messaging to target audiences as detailed in the ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy
5. Any other ICCWC communications and visibility related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Work Location

Remote

Expected duration

Two days per week for duration of 48 continuous weeks. Equivalent to a total of 96 days working days per calendar year have been allocated for the delivery of this work across a year.

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 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 (www.cites.org). The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP 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 (https://cites.org/eng/prog/iccwc.php).

The main objective of the consultancy is to implement the ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy, which is designed to facilitate increased awareness about the work and activities of the Consortium, the work, activities and successes of CITES Parties associated with the implementation of the ICCWC Strategic Programme, as well as donor support to the Consortium (https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/prog/iccwc/ICCWC_Strategic_Programme_2016-2020_final.pdf).

The communications consultant will actively coordinate and liaise with ICCWC partners in support of the implementation of ICCWC Communications and Visibility Strategy.

This assignment is part of the CITES Secretariat’s work and role as the Chair of the ICCWC. The role will require cooperation and collaboration with the CITES Secretariat Communications Officer and the ICCWC Senior Experts Group, under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Enforcement Unit (ENF).

Qualifications/special skills

a) Required years of work experience: At least two (2) years of relevant work experience in communications, journalism, public information, creative copy writing, content marketing or related area is required.
b) Required field of work and where applicable, area of specialty:
• Experience with international organizations is an advantage.
• Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
• Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
• Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
• Excellent overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
• Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
• 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 (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communication or journalism, strategic communications, public information or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with at least two additional years of 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. Working knowledge of French or Spanish is a strong advantage.
e) Competencies: To successfully undertake this consultancy role the incumbent will demonstrate the competencies of Professionalism, Integrity, Teamwork, Respect for diversity, Communication, Planning and Organizing.

No Fee

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