Communications Associate

Communications Associate

International Youth
Host entity
Location, Country
Maputo (MOZ)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
01 February 2022
12 months
Application deadline
Description of task

Under the supervision of the head of Partnerships and Donor Relations, working in coordination with the other CO staff and partners, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Overall support to the country office communication strategy

  • Ensure that the production of communication products and materials linked with WFP’s COVID-19 response is timely executed and followed up to support country communication strategy, regional and global campaigns and priorities and to support resource mobilization

  • Liaise with other UN agencies under the umbrella of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, on all external communications related to WFP’s programmes and COVID-19 in Mozambique

  • In coordination with field offices, undertake communications tasks (media messages, web contents andstoriesfor advocacy purposes). Review draft publications and recommend revisions or changes in approaches, scope, format, as needed to ensure best quality standards.

  • Help to maintain the Country Office website and social media accounts through commissioning and production of relevant, interesting material and posting.

  • Oversee and approve the information collated from media and local internal and external sources to facilitate and maximize the exchange of information and data flow between functional area networks in WFP, to provide operational awareness and understanding of events that may have humanitarian and/or operational impact.

Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Advanced University degree (preferably M.A.) in English, Political Science, Economics, Statistics, Information Management or Project Management, Social Sciences, Communications, International Relations or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience remark

0-2 years

Ideally one year or more of postgraduate professional experience in a relevant field of work, with a background and interest in international relations, humanitarian and development programmes and/or journalism.

Communications, Marketing, Public Relations

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyse and interpret information and draw out the key messages.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, able to clearly articulate insights to stakeholders in WFP.

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Portuguese(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Other development programme/project experience, Other communications related experience
Area of expertise details

Learning Expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.

  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.

  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.

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Competencies values
Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Creativity, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Leadership, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams
Application procedure
Prerequisites This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland, therefore only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizen or a European Economic Area national with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. This is a UN Youth Volunteer assignment and eligible candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the assignment. Selection process Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment, via competency-based interviews held via skype or telephone. Selected candidates will be invited to an assignment preparation training. How to apply Please apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’. You may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile. Application deadline: 29 September 2021