Fixed Term Appointment

NATIONAL POST: Communications & Advocacy Analyst

6 December 2017


Job ID 13373
No. of Position 1 Post (NO-B)
Duty station

UNFPA Country Office, Yangon

Duration One year (renewable)
Closing Date 25 December 2017 - 5:00pm (Rangoon time)


The Communications and Advocacy Analyst is located in UNFPA Country Office in Yangon and reports to Communication Specialist.


Job Purpose

Executive Board in September 2017. The Programme focuses on three key areas of intervention 1) sexual and reproductive health) 2) gender equality and women’s empowerment and 3) population dynamics. The proposed Country Programme is aligned with new UNFPA’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and the first United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2018-2022). Youth and adolescents as well as gender equality and related human rights, are mainstreamed throughout the programme.


UNFPA has partnerships with the government departments, UN agencies, INGOs and local NGOs, foundations and research institutions. UNFPA has a presence in a number of priority states/regions, integrating development, peace building and humanitarian.


Under the guidance of the UNFPA Representative, with direct supervision of Communication Specialist, the Communications and Advocacy Analyst supports the implementation of Country Program Action Plan by planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating communication and advocacy plans and/or activities, in the context of the national policies and UN initiatives

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

In this context, he/she will develop the following major duties and responsibilities:

1. Research and Analysis
Promotes awareness about UNFPA centrality to the ICPD agenda through the dissemination of strategic information and materials;
  • Maintains networks and knowledge assets for use within visibility and institutional image initiatives;
  • Makes recommendations on the design and delivery of institutional image and advocacy activities;
  • Collects, analyses and disseminates information on sexual reproductive health and rights (including HIV/AIDS), adolescents and youth, SDGs, gender equality, GBV and humanitarian assistance.
2. Developing promotional projects and organizational messages
  • Identifies and develops activities to enhance the visibility of UNFPA’s work;
  • Develops/oversee advocacy materials (factsheets, presentations, briefs and etc);
  • Develops promotional activities based on monitoring/evaluation of information, identifying areas requiring higher visibility;
  • Develops messages for use by UNFPA staff when working with partners;
  • Reviews documents and materials intended for use within and outside the organization in order
  • to ensure consistency and validity of communications;
  • Creates and cultivates networks of partners to promote UNFPA’s communication strategies;
  • Supports and monitors advocacy and communication activities conducted by stakeholders,
  • internal and external partners, including other UN agencies, UNFPA Myanmar staff, NGOs and Networks;
  • Conducts assessments of activities to improve impact and effectiveness.
3. Formulating strategies for communications and media
  • Formulates strategy for UNFPA branding and provides guidance on the objectives, content and direction of corporate image activities
  • Formulates strategy for the implementation of promotional activities and materials;
  • Develops strategies for improved and expanded coverage in the media;
  • Develops relationship and contacts with professional networks of media high profile advocates, including social and free media;
  • Disseminates information and strategic materials to the media (including social and free media);
  • Develop briefings and organizes interviews and press conferences (including hangouts);
  • Monitors press conferences (including hangouts) of UNFPA issues;
  • Undertakes appropriate follow-up action and analyses and reports on the impact of coverage and effectiveness of activities in the area of communication;
  • Builds consensus with colleagues on the image to be projected and sets priorities on key audiences to be targeted;
  • Secures necessary resources to carry out corporate image building;
  • Develops and/or adapts communications procedures and protocols (editorial policy, logo use, etc); manages communication files (photo library, hardcopy and online libraries, etc.).
4. Raise awareness about UNFPA CO activities
  • Shares information and network with the regional office and HQ (UNFPA in the news, lessons learned, programme information, updates, newsletters, press releases and other communication materials);
  • Writes up stories for UNFPA´s internal newsletter “Voices”;
  • Organizes advocacy campaigns on the WPD, the SWOP and other international days observed by UN Country Team (UNCT) Myanmar;
  • Monitors and analyses current events, public opinion and press coverage, identifying issues and trends, and advises UNFPA on appropriate actions/responses.
  • Develops documents/publications/communication materials, presentations, speeches, background information for interviews, formal/informal meetings, and other communication events;
  • Distributes institutional communication materials to key audiences;
  • Updates regularly UNFPA Myanmar website and other social media with latest press releases, publications and materials, job vacancies, and other information;
  • Updates the I-Docs with programme and operational information;
  • Participates as focal point with the UN communications Team and other interagency initiatives;
  • Participates in the promotion of the Country Programme and engages in programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Prepares regular inputs to implement M&E plan (annual reports and other as required);
  • Interacts with key stakeholders and maintains a solid network of partners involved in areas related with UNFPA mandate;
  • Coordinates efforts with internal and external partners by supporting monitoring and reporting on progress activities, taking appropriate follow-up action, and analyzing the outcome.
  • Contributes to creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the project, and drafting relevant materials for dissemination.
  • Participates in the planning of capacity building/training activities;
  • Supports the knowledge sharing and knowledge management strategy in the Country Office;
  • Works to guarantee the implementation and financial execution of program activities (regular and non-regular funds);
  • Supports processes of contracting (elaborates TORs, follows up on products & quality and ensures that the evaluation form is completed);
  • Uses Atlas system according to Profile;
  • Undertakes other tasks as maybe assigned by the UNFPA Representative.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree in Political Science, Media Studies, Communication, Public Relations, and other communications related fields.
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Minimum 2 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of communication.
  • Previous experience on building effective partnerships with members of the media, NGOs,
  • Government officials, international and national organizations, business groups, and others;
  • Excellent oral, written communications and editing skills in English.
  • An understanding of the UN system in general, and especially UNFPA mandate, and operations.
  • Good knowledge of current development issues in Myanmar.
  • Good understanding of Myanmar culture, history and political contexts.
  • Good with communications approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies.
  • Experience as a spokesperson for an international organization will be an added advantage.
Fluency in oral and written English and Myanmar is essential with ability to write clearly and concisely and to compose correspondence and documents in both languages. Knowledge of local languages in one of UNFPA target states and regions is an asset.
Computer Skills:
  • Excellent computer/information systems skills.
Required Competencies
  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • Embracing change
Core Competencies:
  • Analytical, Strategic Thinking/Results orientation, Commitment to Excellence/Decision-making
  • Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment/Performance Management
  • Team work/Communication/Self-Management
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning
  • Commitment to UNFPA´s values and guiding principles
Functional Competencies:
  • Results-based program development and management
  • Human Rights based approach
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Leveraging the resources of partners/ Building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Managing data
  • Managing documents, correspondence and reports
  • Managing information and work-flow
  • Planning, organizing and Multi-tasking
  • Providing logistical and financial support
  • Job knowledge/technical expertise
  • Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
UNFPA Work Environment
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.
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