United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) : National Communication Expert

Job Title: National Communication Expert

Requisition ID: 1544

Grade: SB4 - Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level)

Country: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

Duty Station: Lubumbashi

Category: National Consultant

Type of Job Posting: Internal and External

Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular

Contract Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Application deadline: 19-Dec-2022

Vacancy Announcement

TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL

Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered

eligible.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the

United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization

and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration

adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi

Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote

and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The

relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is

recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards

sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build

resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”.

The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the

Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared

prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and

Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which

are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s

four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy

advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv)

convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such

core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and

Hubs and Country Offices.

DIRECTORATE OF SDG INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION (IET)

Under the overall direction of the Director General, and in close collaboration with all organizational

entities within UNIDO, in particular the Office of Change Management (ODG/CHM), the Office of

Legal Affairs and Compliance (ODG/LEG), the Strategic Planning and UN Engagement Division

(ODG/SPU), and the Office of Evaluation and Internal Oversight (EIO), the Directorate of SDG

Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET), headed by a Managing Director, is responsible for

the development of innovative UNIDO services in the areas of agro-industry and agribusiness,

sustainability standards and fair production, and climate-relevant or climate-improving

technologies. It is also, in collaboration with ODG, responsible for developing innovative technical

 

 

cooperation concepts, identifying new sources and means of finance and entering into new

partnerships with a broad range of relevant stakeholders.

The Directorate houses the Divisions of Coordination and Integration Support (IET/CIS), Quality,

Impact and Accountability (IET/QUA), Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR),

Innovative Finance and International Financial Institutions (IET/IFI), Fair Production, Sustainability

Standards and Trade (IET/PST), Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and Climate and Technology

Partnerships (CTP). The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the

Divisions and relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations

(GLO) and the Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS).

Division of Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade (IET/PST)

Under the overall guidance of the Director General, the direct supervision of the Managing Director,

Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET), and in close coordination with

other organizational entities within UNIDO, the Division of Fair Production, Sustainability Standards

and Trade (IET/PST) develops and implements an innovative service package in response to

UNIDO's mandate for fair and responsible local industrial production and trade with a particular

focus on building the required skills and capacities and foster a conducive business operating

environment to ensure that such production and trade are as inclusive as possible, promoting –

among others – the development of human capital through vocational training and industrial skills

development. In collaboration with IET/IFI, IET/PPP, TCS/SME, TCS/CPA, and GLO/MSR, the

Division will conceptualize and negotiate such services and raise funds from Member States,

development partners, IFIs, and the private sector to coordinate their effective implementation and

devise ways in which their implementation can be brought to scale.

This will include cross-cutting and sector-specific initiatives for sustainable supply/value chain and

skills development in industrial sectors where UNIDO has, over the years, accumulated expertise,

such as agro-industries, fisheries, textiles, leather, light manufacturing, health, mining, automotive

and pharma and others. It will do so through close engagement with Member States, private sector

associations, industrial enterprises, international quality, standards and trade-related governing

bodies, other UN Agencies (e.g. ILO), development partners, NGOs and consumer associations, as

appropriate, ensuring solid and operational partnerships.

Skills Development and Fair Production Unit (IET/PST/SFP)

The Skills Development and Fair Production Unit supports Member States in integrating into the

emerging global systems of fair and sustainable trade. To this end, it leverages partnerships with

the private sector to enhance employees' skill sets to become the sources driving the sustainable

transition. The Unit also promotes learning, concepts and norms to augment the attractiveness of

industrial employment for youth and women under transparent, fair and social working conditions.

The Unit also deploys foresight and planning instruments to guide Member States in developing the

industrial skills in future cohorts of industrial employees and respond to re- and up-skilling

requirements of actors in a sustainable value chain.

PROJECT CONTEXT

The National Communication Expert will be recruited under the project “Support for training and

skilled employment in the heavy equipment sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” (SAP

2

10117).

This Public-Private Development Partnership (PPDP) project between the Governments of the DRC

and Sweden, Volvo Group, Epiroc and UNIDO aims at increasing the number of Congolese staff,

especially young men and women, employed in technically skilled positions in the Heavy-Duty

Equipment and Commercial Vehicles (HDIECV) industry in the DRC. The intervention is designed to

improve the relevance and quality of TVET in the HDIECV sector and to ensure that experienced

and new Congolese professionals are equipped with marketable skills that enhance their

employability.

 

 

To this aim, the project will support two vocational training centers with upgraded facilities, learning

equipment and modernised curriculum. These “Centers of Excellence” will establish proof of concept

for PPDPs as an aid delivery modality which effectively promotes youth employment through

demand-driven industrial skills training and contribute to improving skills development and labour

market systems’ efficiency.

The intervention applies the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach to maximise scalability

and sustainability. The project will promote systemic change through evidence-based policy

dialogue with relevant governmental authorities to stimulate supportive responses and will

encourage private sector engagement in Technical and Vocational Education and Training

(TVET) governance and delivery in other geographic areas, VTCs and/or trades.

The project design is informed by the market analysis, market/labour and training needs

assessment, and stakeholder engagement conducted under SAP# 190404 (see more information

here).

The project document is publicly available from here.

The National Communication Expert will implement the project’s communication strategy ensuring

the engagement of the project’s stakeholders (Congolese youth, TVET institutions, private and

public sector actors) is maximised. He/she will be responsible for developing engaging digital and

print content (social media posts, success stories, newsletters, press releases, promotion materials)

and for analyzing and reporting on the project’s communication activities.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in implementing communication

campaigns, writing press releases, social media planning and have a strong understanding of DRC’s

media landscape.

Under the supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor and with guidance from an International

Communication Expert, the Expert will report to the Project Manager/Allotment Holder and will be

responsible for the following specific tasks:

Main duties

Concrete/

measurable

Expected

duration

Location

outputs to be

achieved

Strategic Communication planning

Implement the communication

strategy, in close coordination with

the HQ-based International

Communication Expert, with the

objective to raise awareness of the

project and increase stakeholder

engagement.

Communication

strategy effectively

implemented and

stakeholder

30%

Lubumbashi,

DRC with

missions as

required

(including to

Kolwezi)

engagement

strengthened (>100

email contacts for

newsletter identified)

Build connections with key

influencers, potential partners and

media professionals and identify

innovative ways to expand the

project’s reach.

Support the organization of events,

site visits and workshops and

ensure they have effective media

coverage.

Monitor and evaluate

communication activities and

 

 

provide a monthly report on

progress.

Liaise with colleagues and project

stakeholders to identify upcoming

opportunities and ideas for a digital

editorial calendar.

Proactively identify communication

synergies and innovative

opportunities for events and

networking.

Content development

Newsletter

50%

Aligned with UNIDO and project

partner guidelines, create high-

quality digital content and support

cross-promotion of content on

external partner channels.

Interview beneficiaries and project

(quarterly), photo

and video success

stories (> 2 per

month), social media

posts (> 4 per

month) prepared and

stakeholders to develop high-quality effectively

success stories (around 2 per

month).

distributed.

Draft a quarterly newsletter (in

French and English), highlighting

the projects key achievements and

learnings, and ensure it is widely

distributed.

Create social media posts, press

releases, media interviews, reports

and other materials.

Capture photographs for success

stories and to document project

activities.

Work with designers and video

editors to produce engaging videos.

Training & capacity development

Provide regular training to national

project counterparts to improve

their communication efforts, help

them adopt communication / social

media best practices and increase

the quality of content.

Training provided to

VTCs and project

beneficiaries,

communication

efforts enhanced,

PPTs prepared.

20%

Support project staff in preparing

key note speeches and powerpoint

presentations.

MINIMUM ORGANIZATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Education: Advanced university degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations,

Political Science, Marketing, or similar is required.

Technical and Functional Experience:

A minimum of three (3) years practical experience in the field of communications, public

affairs, advertising or other related field is required.

Experience developing and implementing nationwide campaigns and social media strategies –

using tools and metrics to properly capture reach is required.

 

 

Experience in drafting engaging content (social media posts, press releases, newsletters) in

English and producing multimedia content (such as postcards, audiograms, short videos,

etc.), incl. technical knowledge of using tools like Canva, Adobe Suiteand Wochit or other

similar tools is required.

Familiarity with the media landscape in the DRC, including a network of media contacts is

desirable.

Knowledge in the field of strategic communications, innovative marketing and communication

practices, ideally within an international organization is desirable.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to convey complex messages

succinctly and diplomatically are required.

Experience in graphic design tools (Canva, Adobe Suite, Adobe Express), photography and

video production highly desirable.

Experience and proficiency in using Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

and internet.

Understanding of government plans and policies on TVET and youth employment an asset.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken French and English is required.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Core Values

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible

manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully, and inclusively, regardless of our

differences in culture and perspective.

Key Competencies

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as

well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing, and managing our

work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and

meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and

supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better,

safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an

environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support

innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of

renewal.

Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity,

professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside.

Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for

jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System.

Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an

advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to

disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal

interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the

procedures established by the Director General.

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply: www.unido.org

 

 

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at

a lower level.

Notice to applicants:

UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in

connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the

payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official

UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be

recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact:

[email protected]

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