Communication Analyst, Baghdad, Iraq At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Tuesday, 13 June 2023

Job Identification : 11043

Locations : Baghdad, Iraq

Posting Date : 05/30/2023, 02:46 PM

Apply Before : 06/13/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Vacancy Type : Temporary

Practice Area : Nature, Climate and Energy

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Arab States

Contract Duration : 364 days

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 4 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Fluency in English and Arabic, written and spoken is required

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description

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.


Iraq is recognized as one of the most affected countries by the harmful effects of climate change. Iraq ratified the Paris Agreement on January 14, 2021. In October 2021, the Government of Iraq (GoI) signed their first National Determined Contribution (NDC), which has been presented at the COP26. The Government of Iraq has requested UNDP support in implementation of the NDC, including through capacity development, advisory for sectoral planning and formulation of related strategies, frameworks, and instruments.

The Environment, Energy and Climate Change (EECC) portfolio of UNDP Iraq is strategically placed to facilitate Iraq’s compliance to the global climate change agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. UNDP Iraq has recently launched the Catalytic Climate Action in Iraq Project with funding support from the United Kingdom. The Project aims to support the Government of Iraq on some of its key priorities with regards to NDC implementation, water resources management and disaster risk reduction. These include fiscal modelling for NDC implementation, NAMA development, Energy transition, cooperation on transboundary water resources and drought preparedness and risk reduction. Furthermore, UNDP Iraq is also in the final stages of approval of the Dam Emergency Preparedness project, which would focus on preparedness capacity building for 4 dams, federal departments and 4 governorates.

Position Purpose:

Under the general oversight of the Head of Partnerships, Communication and Advocacy Unit and direct report to Public Information and Communications Specialist with the support to the Portfolio Manager of EECC, the Communications Analyst is responsible for coordinating efforts to position UNDP’s work and knowledge products in the environmental field across priority areas through media and digital platforms. S/he works closely with relevant country team leaders to develop and implement communications, advocacy and outreach strategies and monitors and evaluates results and impact. The Communications Analyst works on campaigns, organizes regional press briefings, produces and edits communications materials and performs other editorial functions in addition to contributing to events and other external engagements.

The Communications Analyst will work in the Partnerships, Communication and Advocacy Unit of the Iraq Country Office of Iraq, in close collaboration with colleagues in EECC Portfolio of UNDP Iraq, PWG4 of UNCT, UNDP HQ, regional and country teams, as well as national and international media contacts, and when required, communications experts in other UN Agencies, Government partners, civil society and other key stakeholders.


Builds awareness among key audiences and areas of interest:

  •  Work with EECC team to target key stakeholder groups to grow awareness and engagement with UNDP Iraq’s environmental portfolio.
  •  Development of communications strategy for the EECC portfolio.
  •  Support the development of internal and external communications narratives and positioning.
  •  Create and promote campaigns to local and regional media that position UNDP and the environmental agenda based on current programme and new initiatives.
  •  Cover EECC workshops and events for communications and archival purposes.
  •  Plan and execute awareness campaigns around the different projects of EECC

Supports partnerships through communications and media relations:

  •  Work closely with relevant UNDP communications colleagues to promote UNDP’s environmental work and key messages
  •  Coordinate with media to ensure coverage of UNDP’s activities, and distribution of UNDP messaging.
  •  Coordinate with photographers and videographers in the field to collect the required material.
  •  Meet regularly with communication persons from the partners’ and donors’ side to ensure agreement on content and messaging in timely manner.

Supports development of marketing and communications materials:

  •  Develop and distribute success stories/case studies of UNDP, including digital innovations, climate digital responses.
  •  Create content for UNDP’s website and other UNDP’s online platforms in Arabic and English.
  •  Create compelling visual materials (video and photo) to communicate UNDP’s work in the environmental field in Iraq.
  •  Conduct and maintain communications needs assessments across the environment portfolio projects.
  •  Work with EECC team members to produce environment related articles and written materials in Arabic and English.
  •  Produce written articles to highlight UNDP Iraq’s work in the environmental field and its partnership with the governmental agencies to increase engagement with the digital strategy.
  •  Support the compilation and development of funding materials for key donors, government, and partner audiences.
  •  Create visual material to highlight key climate-related issues to the Iraqi audience with facts and figures.

Manages social media and digital communications:

  •  Manage the growth of audiences through social media and other digital channels.
  •  Actively curate content ready for social media engagement across preferred mediums.
  •  Coordinate regular updates to priority stakeholder groups; both within UNDP and with external partners and other United Nations agencies.
  •  Seek opportunities and partnerships to promote UNDP and its priorities through social media.


  •  Assist in branding efforts and understanding of UNDP mandate and identity within the community of development actors.
  •  Advocate and promote UNDP mandate, mission, and purpose.
  •  Ensure UNDP visibility in all project sites and media.
  •  Ensure the systematic use of corporate message, corporate graphic standard, communication policy, publication policy in all CO and projects.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

People Management

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found on the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Business Direction & Strategy – System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system

Business Management – Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

Business Management – Portfolio Management: Ability to select, prioritize and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment

Communications – Digital Asset Management: Ability to use digital asset management (DAM) systems to effectively store, share and organize digital assets such as images, videos and other media

Communications – Digital Asset Management: Ability to use digital asset management (DAM) systems to effectively store, share and organize digital assets such as images, videos and other media

Communications – Brand & quality management: Ability to position a UNDP brand and uphold it to a high level of quality

Communications – Crisis and reputational risk: Ability to prepare for and respond to potential issues that may negatively impact UNDP’s reputation

Communications – Media Relations: Ability to develop media relations across all aspects of media work including relationships with media and preparing media materials such as message.



  •  Master’s degree or equivalent in media, journalism, international relations, international development, or related field is required, or
  •  Bachelor’s degree in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be given due consideration in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  •  Minimum 2 years (Master degree), or 4 years (Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience at international and national level in public relations, communications, social media, journalism, and advocacy.
  •  Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, good knowledge, and experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  •  Advanced knowledge of and experience with blogging and social media is required.
  •  Advanced knowledge of photography and video editing is an asset.
  •  Experience with an international development organization, especially the UN is asset.
  •  Prior experiences of working in Iraq or the Arab region is an advantage.

Language Requirements

  •  Proficiency in oral and written English and Arabic


Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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