Communications Specialist (Visibility, Learning and Influence)
IT / Development
UNOPS is Fund Manager for the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT), a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. LIFT’s designated outcomes are improvements in income, resilience, nutrition, and pro-poor policy developments. So far, LIFT has reached more than 7.2 million people, or roughly 20 per cent of Myanmar’s population; and is active in almost half the country’s townships. For more details visit www.lift-fund.org ( http://www.liftfund.org/ ). LIFT is currently refreshing its strategy to guide the next five years programming from 2019.Design and delivery of high impact communications is critical to the success of and funding of LIFT. The position is under the direct supervision of the Fund Director and works in close collaboration with LIFT teams in Programmes, MEAL (Monitoring and Evaluation for Accountability and Learning) and Policy. The position is central to ensuring effective learning from LIFT’s work and influencing on the basis of evidence and experience. The position also works very closely with LIFT’s Fund Board (donors and government) and plays a critical role in building trust and ensuring visibility, knowledge, influence and impact. He/she works in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices.Functional ResponsibilitiesDeliver on communications strategyImplement an external communication strategy for LIFT, setting out the key communications challenges and opportunities faced by LIFT and how these will be addressed. Update and adapt the communications strategy as and when needed.Coordinate closely with a donor communications group to ensure the communication and visibility requirements of LIFT’s donors are understood and met. Ensure advanced information of events and posts and provide a stream of opportunities for donors to use LIFT’s products/assets.Communicate LIFT’s work, including its activities and results, to a wide range of stakeholders through key products and events, including:delivering LIFT’s flagship communications products, the annual and semi-annual reports, both long and highlights versions, in both English and Myanmar language versions in a timely mannerSupporting the learning events to showcase LIFT and its partnersorganizing report launches and knowledge-sharing eventsfacilitating a variety of speaking opportunities for donors/Embassies to support visibility and influencepreparing informative material on LIFT-funded projects and beneficiaries for use by donors, media and other stakeholdersmaintain networks for the dissemination of results, good practice and lessons, studies and other research activitiesSupporting major workshops and international days with events and materialsLead a step-increase in public visibility of LIFT’s work and donors, through:ensuring effective use of tools of mass communication and social mediaensuring easy web-based access to information about LIFTidentifying and obtaining feature stories, video, photography and other materials to support LIFT and global advocacy effortspursue and manage an increase in public messaging through a format appropriate for MyanmarDevelop and support delivery of an internal communications strategy, raise national voice and promote LIFT’s valuesLead and supervise the LIFT communications team (four national staff and international/national interns), through:Team workplan setting and reviewIdentifying and supporting growth opportunities, through delegation, exposure or coaching Promote learning, knowledge management and influenceSupport the LIFT Fund Management team in ensuring that monitoring and evaluation evidence generated by LIFT is used effectively to inform programme and policy development in Myanmar.Lead a noticeable increase in learning and knowledge management through the development, communication, promotion and use of evidence and experience, of LIFT’s partners and programmes. Support the Fund Board Support the LIFT Fund Board in key communication tasks, including:ensuring that succinct and accurate minutes are taken of all Fund Board meetingsproviding regular reports on key themes and issues (currently include weekly/monthly reports on a) Rakhine, b) conflict-affected areas in the Kachin, Shan and SE, c) COVID-19 response, d) Voices from the Field)providing good quality monthly updates of LIFT activities to the Fund Board and Donor Consortiumproviding quarterly updates on LIFT activities to the Government of Myanmar’s FERDproviding Fund Board and donor missions with high-quality briefing kits before each visitEnsure appropriate visibility for LIFT and its donors with all stakeholders, including:creating and implementing visibility guidelinesensuring that the contributions from donors and the role of UNOPS in LIFT are given appropriate coverage and visibility in all publications, promotional activities (e.g. print/media, audio/video, etc.) and on the websiteassess the communications materials of LIFT partners to ensure that they are appropriate, relevant and in line with LIFT’s visibility guidelinesproviding accurate information to the local press including press statementsensuring rapid coordination of responses to questions and queries raised about LIFTensuring appropriate use by the Fund Manager and implementing partners of the LIFT logo and the logos of all donors to LIFTEducation/Experience/Language RequirementsEducation Master degree preferably in communication, media studies, journalism, development studies, international relations, public relations or related field is required.A Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of similar experience is considered as equivalent.Work experienceMinimum 5 years of experience in development and implementation of external communications strategies, external relations and/or other strategic communication roles is required.Experience in development projects, preferably in the area of livelihoods and food security, in a development country, is highly desired.Experience of meeting donors’ visibility, learning and influencing requirements through communications is required.Significant experience in South-East Asia would be an asset.Knowledge of the political, economic and social situation in Myanmar is desirable.Proven ability to write excellent technical reports and policy briefs in the area of agriculture and/or rural development are highly preferred.Excellent presentation skills would be an asset.Language RequirementFluency in both written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Myanmar language would be an asset. Competencies Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Contract type, level and duration Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: IICA 2/ICS10Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – 'Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspxAdditional ConsiderationsPlease note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen timeApplications received after the closing date will not be considered.Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract typesFor staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the postFor retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks. Background Information - UNOPS UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.Working with usUNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.DiversityWith over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.Work life harmonization UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.