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    Vacancy code VA/2012/B5506/1107

    Position title Communications Officer

    Department/office APO, Myanmar

    Duty station Yangon, Myanmar

    Contract type Fixed Term

    Contract level P4

    Duration 1 year (with possibility of extension)

    Application period 31-Aug-2012 to 21-Sep-2012

    United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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    Background Information - UNOPS

    “UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving,
    peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of
    how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world.”
    -Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

    UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement
    peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

    Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always
satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality,
speed and cost effectiveness.

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other
development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the

UNOPS employs more than 6000 personnel and on behalf of its partners creates thousands
more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen,
Denmark, a network of five regional offices and a further 20 operations and project centres,
UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.
Background Information - Myanmar


The UNOPS Myanmar office develops, supports and oversees UNOPS portfolio of projects in
Myanmar which focus on post-disaster recovery, health programmes and food security.
Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS is the Fund Manager for the Three Diseases Fund, a multi donor fund supported by

Australia, Denmark, the European Union, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United

Kingdom. The Fund was established in 2006 and aimed at reduction of morbidity and

mortality from HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Myanmar.

The 3DF ends in 2012 and its donors committed to continued support for health needs in

Myanmar through a second phase (2012- 2016) of funding, the Three Millennium

Development Goals Fund (3MDG). The new fund will expand its scope beyond the three

diseases to cover maternal, newborn and child care and long term sustainability.

The three main components of the 3MDGF will be:

1. Maternal, newborn and child care. Increased availability and accessibility of essential

2. HIV, TB and Malaria. Support for specific interventions for populations and areas not

     supported by the Global Fund.

3. Health systems strengthening

The detailed programme description is outlined in the 3MDG Fund Description of Action.

UNOPS has been selected as the Fund Manager for the 3MDG Fund. The implementation

phase of the 3MDG will be preceded by an inception period during which the Fund Manager

and other structures will be established and when planning and preparatory work will be


Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Fund Director and in accordance with UNOPS policies,

procedures and practices, and with policies set by the Fund Board, the Communications

Officer will work closely with the Fund Management team in the area of communications.

His/her duties include:

1. Develop and implement a Communications strategy which ensures the visibility of the
     Programme is maintained for relevant stakeholders. Developing communication for

     appropriate communications channels (with inclusion of social media, if necessary)

2.   Responding in good time to media, donor and public questions and queries raised about

     the Fund and its work implemented by a wide range of stakeholders. Writing and

     distributing press statements when necessary

3. Develop and distribute information and advocacy materials for donors, local authorities

     and partners (for further disbursement to beneficiaries), including the timely

     coordination, compilation, editing, management and completion of six-monthly progress,

     annual reports and a bi-annual newsletter; routinely adding success or achievement

     stories to the website; supporting both Programme and functional Units with specific
   information and marketing materials ensuring language is suitable for international or

   local audiences and providing input to work plans

4. Lead the design and maintenance of a new 3MDG website, managing and preparing

   content website ensuring consistency of the materials/articles, and working to develop

   greater opportunities for data presentation

5. Responsible for all programme publication and promotional activities (e.g. print/media,

   audio/video, etc) including content management; preparation for publishing, design;

   liaising with printers, translators, editors and other suppliers to oversee production and

   supervision of dissemination of the end product

6. Provide sound advice to the Fund Manager, Fund Board, and Senior Consultation Group

   on communications issues as required. Recommend areas for possible high-level

   advocacy by the Fund’s Board and/or donors to help raise the profile of the Fund’s

   projects and to improve the health of the people it serves; Lead the creation of the 3MDG

   brand, and be responsible for the management of good visibility and public perception of

   the organisation

7. Develop and maintain effective mechanisms for internal communications within the Fund

   Management team and between the Fund Manager and implementers in order to ensure

   consistent messages and to collect the stories needed for external communications

8. Lead the organization of an annual event to showcase the past year of the programme,

   inviting the participation of the Fund’s board, government and 3MDG partners

9. Build and maintain relationships with communications focal points in each of the partners,

   arranging regular meetings and network opportunities

10. Assess the communications materials of partners to ensure that they are appropriate and

   relevant to the communities in which they are delivered. Other duties as maybe assigned

   by the Fund Director

11. Other duties as assigned by direct supervisor

Knowledge Management and Learning

•   Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office

•   In-depth knowledge of development issues

•   Ability to advocate and provide policy advice

•   Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more

    Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness

•   Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting

•   Ability to lead implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes

    and projects,

•   Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff

    behavioral/ attitudinal change

•   Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities and an analytic approach to information


Management and Leadership

•   Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback

•   Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills

•   Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

•   Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors

•   Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure

•   Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

•   Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, creation of new approaches.

Education/Experience/Language requirements
•   A Master’s degree in communication, media studies, journalism, international or public

    relations; or a BA degree in related field combined with additional relevant work

    experience could be considered in lieu of Master’s degree.

•   At least 7 years of relevant work experience, preferably in a developing country;

•   Significant experience in South-East Asia would be an asset;

•   Previous work in a similar position with the UN or NGO system would be an asset;

•   Previous successful involvement with, and good knowledge of NGOs and civil society

    sector is an asset;

•   Knowledge of the political, economic and social situation in Myanmar desirable;

•   Excellent writing and analytical skills;

•   Excellent presentation skills

•   Must be fluently in borth written and spoken English.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Contract level: P4
Contract duration: 1 year (with possibility of extension)

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Additional Considerations

•   Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)

•   Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

•   Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

•   Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
•     UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of

      the post

•     The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions,

      plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
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