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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

(Temp) KM and Comms Consultant, UNDP (NY)

(Temp) KM and Communications Consultant, UNDP – NY

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is seeking a Knowledge Management and Communications Consultant. The position, which is based in New York City, lasts 6-months with a possibility of extension. Application deadline is January 31, 2014.

The consultant shall support the work of the team along three work streams: (1) knowledge management and the nurturing of communities of practice, particularly through the development of monthly and quarterly newsletters and the management of webpages and online knowledge sharing platforms; (2) the production and dissemination of communications materials through social media channels and campaigns; and (3) research on relevant development issues including South-South Cooperation. Specific responsibilities include the following:
  • Produce monthly news updates and newsletters by collecting and organizing content, and consistently and proactively liaising with relevant colleagues both at HQ and at country offices;
  • Manage relevant webpages and Teamworks spaces by populating them with useful resources, writing blog entries and leading e-discussions;
  • Support the organization of learning workshops, including on knowledge management, coordinating closely with relevant partners;
  • Produce fast facts, brochures, press/media kits, pamphlets, FAQs, posters and other visual materials, videos and any other communications materials deemed appropriate, liaising directly with a graphic designer to edit content and oversee production of final products in multiple UN languages;
  • Collect human interest stories and photos from country offices for editing and dissemination;
  • Support the dissemination of communications materials through UNDP’s public website and social media channels through effective collaboration with UNDP’s Office of Communications;
  • Conduct research on relevant development issues including MDG achievement, poverty reduction and South-South and triangular cooperation;
  • Identify best practices for analysis and documentation of lessons learned;
  • Support the development of instructional materials including presentation files and video clips;
  • Support overall research, drafting and editing needs of the team.


  • Strong understanding of communications and outreach at the international level;
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective communications strategies;
  • Proven ability to develop user-friendly, high quality communications materials;
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills, with proven ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Proven ability to communicate issues effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, creatively and with cultural sensitivity;
  • Outstanding strong organizational and planning skills;
  • Proven networking skills and ability to generate interest in UNDP;
  • Proven ability to multi-task effectively;
  • Respect for diversity and ability to work in a multicultural team.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in international relations, economics, social science, communications, journalism or development-related field.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in international development or communications;
  • Strong familiarity with international development issues, including poverty reduction, economic empowerment and South-South cooperation;
  • Good knowledge of office software packages and social media;
  • Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization an asset.
Language skills:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Competency in French or Spanish an asset.
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