Communication Assistant

20 July 2018


UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan(2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Position:                                  Communication Assistant

Grade:                                     SC-5

No. of Position:                       1 Post

Duty Station:                           Yangon, Myanmar     

Type of contract:                     Service Contract

Duration of Appointment:        One year

Application Deadline:              20 July 2018 (5:00 pm Yangon Time)

Position Starting Date             As soon as possible

Applications are invited from interested Myanmar nationals.

Interested candidates should submit their application with a motivation letter together and an updated UN P-11 Form, relevant educational certificates showing highest level of educational attainment and the names and contact information of three references. Please indicate in your motivation letter where you have seen the vacancy announcement. UNFPA Myanmar operates a strict policy of pre-employment security screening. It is essential that applicants provide full and current contact details for all previous employers, institutions and referees. Applications submitted without these details WILL NOT be processed.  If candidates apply by email, the attachments should not be more than 4MB for one transmission.

Applicants can be submitted to the following UNFPA Office:

To:                     UNFPA Representative

Attention:         International Operations Manager

                          UNFPA, No. 6, Natmauk Road, Yangon



1.       Organizational Location

The Communication Assistant is located in the country office in Yangon and reports to the Media and Communication Specialist in Yangon.

2.       Job Purpose

UNFPA’s Fourth Country Programme Document (2018-2022) for Myanmar was approved by the 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 (2018-2021). 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 overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative and with the direct supervision of the Media and Communication Specialist, Programme Assistant, in close coordination with UNFPA CO in Yangon and sub-offices, the incumbent provides programme, administrative and financial support to the programme and technical team in compliance with UNFPA policies and procedures.

3.       Major Activities/Expected Results

Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative and with direct supervision of the Media and Communication Specialist, the incumbent will be responsible for the day to day implementation of communication related aspects of the UNFPA Country Programme in Myanmar.

  • Hands-on daily management and maintenance of the Country Office website. This includes technical preparation and regular publication of content in English and Myanmar language, as well as management of inquiries.
  • Hands-on management and maintenance of the Country Office social media platforms,including Facebook and Twitter. This includes daily technical preparation and publication of original content, and identification of content to share, in English and Myanmar language, as well as management of comments.
  • Graphic design of communication material, including publications, visibility items, event material and IEC material in English and Myanmar.
  • Photo and video editing.
  • Support procurement of communication products, including working directly with suppliers on quality control.
  • Inventory and distribution management of publications, visibility material and other communication products.
  • Produce monthly digital communication monitoring reports based on web analytics.
  • Technical support, towards the Country Office’s data and base-related needs in the area of monitoring, evaluation and reporting, including database input and maintenance.
  • Responsible for communication-related knowledge management and institutional memory management in the corporate document management system.
  • Ensures accurate branding and visual corporate identity of all communication-related products, in line with corporate standards and guidelines.
  • Support events management, particularly visual aspects, displays and technical equipment.
  • Conduct communication related research, including in the area of digital communication.
  • Assemble briefing materials and support power-point presentation production.
  • Ad-hoc translations.
  • Perform the communication supports in line with UNFPA rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA.

4.       Work Relations

The Communication Assistant maintains collaborative relationships with all programme and project staff at the CO. Internal contacts include the Deputy Representative, Assistant Representative, the Programme Specialist, the Programme Analyst, the CO’s programme/technical team, and the CO’s administrative management team.

5.       Job Requirements


  • Completion of secondary level education required.
  • First level university degree in Computer Science, communication, journalism, information technology, graphic design or a related field is desirable.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 5 years previous relevant experience in communication with a focus on digital, technical and visual functions, including website management, corporate management of social media accounts, and graphic design of publications and other communications material.
  • Essential computer, technical and programming skills: Advanced MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Analytics, general DMS and W/CMS, and basic MS Access.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Previous experience in the UN is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UN policies and procedures, including procurement, is an asset.
  • Photography skills are an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Computer, technical and programming assets (not essential): HTML, CSS, Drupal, Javascript.


Fluency in oral and written English and Myanmar is essential. This includes the ability to write clearly, concisely and accurately in both languages.


  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing cultural diversity
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Sound judgment, not least in relation to social media publication.
  • Achieve results
  • Take initiative
  • Can-do attitude
  • Being accountable
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen
  • Thinking analytically and strategically
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships
  • Communicating for impact

Functional Skill Set:

  • Website and social media essentials: Ability to work independently and at a high standard in content management systems, Google Analytics, Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Database maintenance and input: Advanced MS Excel, basic MS Access.
  • Graphic design and photo/video editing: Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign,Photoshop and Premiere.
  • Other: MS Office and general DMS.
  • Proven understanding of Myanmar font sets and ability to work across font sets.
  • Ability to write social media posts in English and Myanmar is an asset.
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization.
  • Other technical assets (not essential): HTML, CSS, Drupal, Javascript.


UNFPA reserves the right to offer comparable positions to those qualified candidates that may not have been selected for the position which they applied for. These offers will be based on the needs of the organization, appropriateness and relevance to the candidate’s educational backgrounds and work experience.

Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Office has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interviews. UNFPA practice relating to recruitment prohibits hiring of persons currently engaged in Government service or who have left Government service during the past 6 months.

(i)     This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex.

(ii)   UNFPA provides equal opportunities to all citizens in Myanmar.  The conditions governing employment are defined in the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules of UNFPA. 

(iii) There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.

(iv) UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

(v)   UNFPA regrets its inability to reply individually or to attend to telephone queries on the above advertised post.