Job Opening

Posting Title: Individual Contractor – Social Media Content Developer
Department/Office: Department of Global Communications
Duty Station: TEHRAN
Posting Period: 17 March 2023 - 24 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Department of Global Communications-204619-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

With Sustainable Development at the core, and in response to the General Assembly resolution 71/243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the UN Secretary General's report (December 2017) "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. This was further reinforced by General Assembly resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018, which gave the Secretary- General the mandate to implement the repositioning.

A reinvigorated Resident Coordinator System is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, and while the system has been instrumental in driving coherence on the ground over the past four decades, it is now insufficiently robust to respond to the needs of the 2030 Agenda. The UN Secretary General's report stresses that resident coordinator offices will need to be adequately staffed to ensure sufficient substantive capacities to lead United Nations country teams.

The UN system in the Islamic Republic of Iran consists of 18 resident UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies. The UN Country Team in Iran is diverse both in terms of operational modalities and in terms of the scale of engagement in-country. Some agencies are accredited with core funding and core staff, while others are project-based. The communications capacity of UN entities in Iran is also diverse, some agencies are staffed with senior level international and national professionals, while in other UN entities, the administrative assistants are performing the duties of communications focal points.

To coordinate the work of the UN system at the country level, the new generation of RC and UNCT is supported by the strengthened RC Office (RCO) that serves as a catalyst and vehicle for taking forward the planned results and priorities set by the UNCT in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

To strengthen the communications capacity of the reinvigorated RC system and UNCT, the UN development reform envisaged a further integration of UN Information Centres (UNICs) with the RCO, thus empowering UNIC and strengthening the capacity of RC and UNCT to communicate as one.

While the integration is progressing successfully in Iran, the RCO activities as well as joint UNCT tasks are expanding, and the demand for strategic communications support from UNIC is increasing, particularly due to challenges that UN Iran is facing in the current sensitive political, economic and social environment of the host country.

The UN Communications Group (UNCG) leads the joint strategic communications and advocacy efforts to support the RC and UNCT to achieve tangible results in line with the UN Iran development and humanitarian mandate. The UNCG consists of media focal points from UN entities in Iran and it meets regularly to coordinate the implementation of joint communications activities and campaigns, within the framework of the annual action plan. The annual plan is based on the UN Iran communications strategy.

The UNCG regularly reports to the UNCT and its activities are co-funded by UNCT. The UNIC director is the chair, while UNIC serves as the UNCG secretariat.

Work Location


Expected duration

6 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

• Create, edit and revise various content and forms of communication products, including web-articles and social media texts in a consistent and coherent manner across all social media platforms.

• To support UNIC/UN Iran on outreach activities and the development of digital and printed content for UNIC activities.

• Include appropriate UN Iran branding and crediting of UN Iran ownership for the produced content/material.

• Ensure UN Iran branding and donor visibility on events and related materials.

• Contribute to producing strategically aligned and compelling short videoreels for UN Iran Social Media channels. Contribute to Storytelling with Data projects to raise awareness about UN-Iran projects.

• Coordinate with relevant teams—internally and externally with partners—to produce outreach and social media content on UN in Iran activities; use new or existing material and documents to reinforce strategic key messages.

• Copywriting (online & offline) and editing of communication products (brochure, booklet, newsletters).

• Supporting UN Communications Group and UN Country Team communication campaigns and other activities and promoting key messages.

Qualifications/special skills

BA from a relevant field is required.
The Individual Contractor is required to have 2 years of experience in the field of journalism or social media content production.


Fluency in Persian (Farsi) and English is required.

No Fee


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