Job Opening

Posting Title: ASSOCIATE DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, PROGRAMME COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY, NOB
Job Code Title: ASSOCIATE DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION OFFICER, PROGRAMME COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: VIENTIANE
Posting Period: 15 June 2022 - 05 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Sustainable Development-RCS-183708-R-Vientiane (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Secretary-General launched on 1 January 2019 a bold and new global reform which repositioned the UN Development System to deliver more effectively and efficiently with the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this reform, UN Resident Coordinator Offices (UN RCO), under the leadership of an empowered and independent UN Resident Coordinator - the highest-ranking official of the UN Development System and Representative of the UN Secretary-General at country level - support countries in the achievement of their development priorities and the attainment of the SDGs. The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Lao PDR and reports to the RCO Team Leader.

Lao PDR is in the process of completing the necessary steps for graduation from its long-standing Lesser Developed Country status. The UN in Lao PDR has also just launched its first UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2022-2026, and with it a new way of engagement with the government and development partners both in country and regionally based. The socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 as well as addressing the impacts of climate change are key issues facing the people of Lao PDR at this time, while they are also experiencing further tightening of the fiscal space in light of increased food and fuel prices.

“Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet” puts forward a comprehensive proposal on further improvements to the resident coordinator system to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective support for the 2030 Agenda. A reinvigorated resident coordinator system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, with a core capacity including expertise in coordination and strategic planning, economics, tailored policy support, results monitoring and evaluation, and strategic partnerships, plus a robust standing communications capacity within the United Nations country team. This post is part of this new generation of resident coordinator office, with the new skillset and competencies required to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Laos and typically reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Associate Development Coordination Officer, Communication and Advocacy will be responsible for the following duties:

1.SUPPORTS THE PLANNING AND FACILITATION OF STRATEGIC ADVOCACY AND PROGRAMME COMMUNICATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE UNSDCF;
• Provides substantive support to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and UN Country Team (UNCT) in designing, implementing and monitoring the UN joint advocacy and communication strategy, promoting the UNSDCF - One UN 2022 to 2026, as the primary instrument for the planning and implementation of UN development activities in the country, in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
• Plans and facilitates the promotion of advocacy and communications as a tool for a participatory approach to UNSDCF implementation and monitoring, reflecting the views and priorities of people, including those left farthest behind;
• Monitors and analyzes the media in the areas related to the UN’s mandates and programmes in the country, as well as other issues relevant to the UN brand and positioning;
• Provides substantive support to the RC and UNCT on public messaging and media outreach, and assists in managing reputational risks or crises around sensitive issues;
• Identifies and assesses potential issues, concerns and risks related to communications and advocacy, and suggests corrective actions to the RC and UNCT, Programme Management Team (or equivalent) and Results Groups;
• With support from the Head of RCO, plans and facilitates the work of the UN Communications Group throughout the stages of the UNSDCF cycle;
• In collaboration with the UN Communications Group and the UN Programme Oversight Group (POG), and in coordination with the RCO colleagues responsible for data management and results reporting, prepares the annual communication plan to publicize and communicate results with a focus on the UN’s development impact;
• Assists the RC and UNCT in projecting the UN’s image effectively and accurately as well as promoting transparency and accountability;
• Provides substantive support to ensure that communication performance indicators are identified, incorporated, monitored and reported on throughout the UNSDCF cycle.

2. CONTRIBUTES TO PARTNERSHIP BUILDING AND MEDIA RELATIONS;
• As requested, engages with key traditional and non-traditional partners, including government, civil society, private sector, development partners and others new as well as traditional actors, on the collective 2030 Agenda and the related role and impact of the UN’s work in country;
• Provides support to the RC and UNCT in significantly expanding public outreach on the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s role and impact in country;
• Provides support to public engagement on the UN’s role and work in country, including through programme visits showcasing the UN’s development impact;
• Through the UNCG mechanism, undertakes regular liaison with other partners for content development, information exchange, collaborative communication efforts, and innovative communication and advocacy tools, as assigned;
• Through the Regional DCO Communications Network, compiles and analyzes communication experiences and shares findings with country, regional and HQ communication colleagues so that best practices benefit the UN’s communication work;
• As requested, develops and maintains close working relationships with the media, including editors and journalists in key national and international news outlets; develops, maintains and updates media relations contact list/database;
• Prepares official briefing materials, talking points, speeches, statements, op-eds and presentations as necessary.

3. PLANS AND FACILITATES DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS;
• Maintains external and internal digital communications platforms such as the UN country team website, official UN country team social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), Intranet and on-line collaboration platforms, etc.;
• In consultation with the Head of RCO and RC, plans and facilitates the development and implementation of a digital content strategy and contributes to the development of key communications and advocacy products (e.g. human-interest stories, multilingual and multimedia content, etc.).
• Periodically explores the applicability of new and emerging tools and techniques to digital communications and advocacy activities to reach a wider, younger audience.

4. PROVIDES SUBSTANTIVE SUPPORT FOR PUBLICATIONS AND BRANDING MANAGEMENT;
• Provides substantive support to the RC and UNCT on joint UN publications ensuring high quality standards and the correct application of the UN branding guidelines and the UN publishing standards.
• Prepares inputs for the RC and UNCT on the use of the UN joint brand at country level across UN content and products, both offline and online.
• In coordination with the Head of RCO and UNCG, supports launch events for joint UN publications, coordinating with author entities in the UN country team and relevant local partners, including host country authorities, media representatives, members of academia, etc. to ensure high visibility and impact.

5. SUPPORTS THE LOCAL PROMOTION OF UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY PRIORITIES ON THE WORK OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN OTHER KEY THEMATIC AREAS;
• Provides substantive support to the United Nations Department of Global Communications in adapting and localizing global communications and advocacy priorities promoting the work of the United Nations in key thematic areas.
• Advises the Resident Coordinator on possible sources of funding and in-kind support and partnerships that could be leveraged for promoting localized global campaigns, galvanizing local, regional and global support as relevant.
• Identifies and supports educational outreach activities, including the organization of Model United Nations conferences and public-speaking engagements at local educational institutions with support from and/or the participation of the Resident Coordinator and/or the UN country team.
• Evaluates results and impact of communications and advocacy initiatives promoting the work of the United Nations in key thematic areas other than development, reporting the outcome to the Resident Coordinator, the UN country team and the United Nations Department of Global Communications.
• Performs other relevant duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis on sustainable development topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in journalism, social sciences, business or public administration, sustainable development, education or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in providing strategic support to communications and advocacy, campaign management, and resource mobilization in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.

Working experience in website management, desktop publishing, graphic design and other social media communications skills, is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English and Lao is required; Ability to translate between English and Laotian is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance. National Professional Officers are nationals of the country in which they are serving, and their functions must have a national context, i.e. functions that require national experience or knowledge of the national language, culture, institutions, and systems. THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS OF LAOS ONLY.

National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located and will be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office. If no suitable local candidate is identified, Laos Nationals residing elsewhere may be considered, in this case the candidate would be responsible for any costs related to traveling and relocating to Laos in the event of an employment offer.

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