UNDP Climate and Forests is recruiting a Junior Communications professional


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response.  BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

Climate change mitigation – or reducing greenhouse gas emissions - is essential to fulfilling commitments to the Paris Agreement and limiting the global mean temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. UNDP, with more than 280 climate change mitigation projects and programs in over 110 countries, is a key actor supporting countries in their emission reduction plans, contributing to ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions. Activities in energy, as well as forests and agriculture, will be critical to meeting global mitigation objectives. 

UNDP’s approach to forestry aligns with the SDG 15 and contributes to UNDP's 'signature solution' on environment and nature-based solutions for development. Deforestation and forest degradation accounts for more than 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and it is clear that the stabilization of global temperatures cannot be achieved without reducing emissions from the forest sector. Through a diverse portfolio of programmes and partnerships, UNDP's Climate & Forests Programme supports countries to conserve and sustainably manage forests and ensure sustainable and equitable development paths that lead towards carbon neutrality. More information here: www.climateandforests-undp.org.

Institutional Arrangement

  • Work will be home-based;
  • The selected candidate will report to and be directly supervised by the Principal Technical Advisor, Climate & Forests.
  • The selected candidate will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The selected candidate will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop and multi-media design and production software.
  • Given the global nature of consultation that will be necessary during this assignment, the selected candidate is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones; and
  • Payments will be made based on a monthly basis, per IPSA regular contract modality.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work:

In the context of the above, UNDP is looking to engage a junior communications professional to provide support to UNDP’s Climate & Forests Programme on specific tasks related to communications. The key deliverable of the consultancy is to deliver a steady pipeline of content derived from the Climate & Forests Programme’s achievements to target audiences via select web platforms, websites and social media and to manage the Climate & Forest social media strategy.

The scope of work over the course of the period will vary depending on the specific country and/or thematic focus of assignment. It will involve close coordination with UNDP’s Climate and Forests team and communication specialists at HQ, regional and country office levels. It will include one or more of the various deliverables below:

  • Under supervision, contribute to the design and deployment of communications strategies and campaigns for the Climate & Forests Programme and its sub-projects, enhancing their online and social media presence by maintaining a steady pipeline of content
  • Support the translation of technical products into social media-appropriate and user-friendly content with visual appeal;
  • Draft social media posts that can be shared by the project team and colleagues for Twitter, LinkedIn and/or related platforms in a frequent, regular interval;
  • Identify opportunities for amplification through corporate media channels and liaise with colleagues working on communications in other UNDP teams, including the UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, its Nature, Climate and Energy portfolio, and  the UNDP Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy;
  • Support event organization and delivery from communications perspective as needed (social media packages, technical support/production, live tweeting, facilitating Community of Practice discussions), including a large forest event at the UNFCCC COP 26 and other global and regional events;
  • Support virtual knowledge exchanges (both internal and external) to share lessons and resources on REDD+ and other climate and forest policy support.
  • Support the creation of infographics and short videos, as needed, to showcase stories and lessons on forests and climate from the Climate and Forest Programme;
  • Support scripting and asset selection for audiovisual products;




Professionalism:  Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Required Skills and Experience

Min Academic Education:
Master's degree in communications, journalism, or related field, OR Bachelor’s degree in Communications or Journalism with minimum of 2 years progressive/professional relevant experience.

Min. years of relevant Work experience:
Up to two years of progressive experience with a Master’s degree is desired, OR minimum of 2 years of progressive/professional experience is required with a Bachelor’s degree in the field of communications, public relations, journalism, project management of communications work, digital media management or advocacy.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in contributing to the development, design and implementation of strategic digital communication campaigns
  • Experience in creating social media assets
  • Experience in supporting in-person or online events from a communications perspective
  • Experience communicating stories on sustainable development, environment and climate change
  • Experience in supporting in-person or online events from a communications perspective
  • Experience communicating stories on sustainable development, environment and climate change
  • Experience with graphic design and publishing programmes such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Spark, InDesign or equivalent is a strong asset (please share samples if available);
  • Experience with social media managing and measurement platforms is an advantage;
  • Experience with video editing tools is an advantage;
  • Experience in the private sector is an advantage;


Language Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communications and presentations skills in English required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in French or Spanish is an advantage