Category Host entity Country
Communications Specialist Nat. Specialist UNWomen Kazakhstan

Communications Specialist

Communications Specialist

National Specialist
Host entity
Location, Country
Nur-Sultan (KAZ)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
01 January 2022
6 months with possiblity of extension
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of UN Women’s Peace, Security & Humanitarian Specialist, the UNV Communications Specialist will:

a. Developing and Implementing Communication and Outreach Plans:

  • Develop communication and outreach plans for projects under the WEE & WPS/HA portfolio
  • Advise in terms of message formulation and identification of effective communication channels for reaching the target groups
  • Provide advice on communication and outreach strategies into programme implementation
  • Maintain close contact with the media representatives in the region, provide support to building partnership with the media
  • Provide advice and guidance to and coordinate with Country Offices for a harmonious implementation of communication and outreach plans
  • Provide support for the implementation of project events and report them accordingly
  • Prepare media advisories to announce events to the media and draft media releases to send out after/right at the end of the events
  • Prepare drafts of texts about project activities and achievements for the regional website
  • Provide support in preparing short video clips containing statements from project beneficiaries, experts, stakeholders, and partners, dedicated to important topics and events, and help in distribution of such video materials through media, social media and other channels
  • Develop and organize regional social media and other campaigns

b. Contributing to Knowledge Building and Management:

  • Contribute to the identification of best-practices. Draft success stories (including human interest stories and testimonials by project partners and beneficiaries, and communications assets) and other communications products (infographics etc.) for distribution. Conduct simple interviews where necessary
  • Develop and disseminate outreach communication materials, presentations, knowledge products, and other relevant documentation
  • Support programme and policy colleagues with the development, branding and design of publications and relevant knowledge materials
  • Utilize social networking and other media strategies for advocacy and promotion
  • Seek, follow-up on and provide content for any information campaign and outreach opportunity with partnering UN agencies and other partners

c. Maintaining Web/Online Presence:

  • Develop content for the regional website and social media accounts
  • Improving ways on how information, statistics and results are organised so that high-quality data and statistics support project’s key messages, and that information and communication is organised in an appealing manner

d. Ensuring Programme Visibility:

  • Provide support in presenting important project results – success stories, using as many communication channels as possible in close cooperation with partnering UN agencies
  • Ensure a unified visual identity for all program activities, materials, and events. Oversee the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, translations, reviews of layout and graphic design)
  • Ensure that all communication activities are implemented in line with UN Women Regional Communications Strategy and donor guidelines on communication and visibility
  • Seek and follow-up on opportunities to enhance visibility of programme results

Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. Communication, Media, Journalism, International Relations, or a related field;

Required experience
24 Months
Experience remark

2 years experience at the national or international level in communications, social and online media, PR/media outreach, campaigning, outreach and/or advocacy.

Experience in desktop editing/publishing, copy-editing and production.

Experience in journalism, web publishing and public relations.

Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Russian(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise
Other communications related experience
Area of expertise details
  • 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;

· Solid 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;

· Sound security awareness;

  • Have affinity with or interest in the humanitarian-development nexus, Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment, and volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Driving license
Competencies values
Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of Kazakhistan and legal residents in Kazakhistan with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply. Application deadline: 28-09-2021