Communication Analyst (NPSA-8) - The Swiss-UNDP Project: Resilient, Inclusive Markets in Moldova (RIM)

Communication Analyst (NPSA-8) - The Swiss-UNDP Project: Resilient, Inclusive Markets in Moldova (RIM)


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The Swiss-UNDP project “Resilient, Inclusive Markets in Moldova” (RIM) is set to contribute to the promotion of integrated approaches to inclusive and sustainable local economic development and employment creation, in partnership with ILO and SDC, targeting both local populations, as well as returning migrants and refugees.

Previous and ongoing SDC – UNDP efforts to address the positive impact of migration and engage migrants in local socio-economic development, along with design and piloting of local economic developments models and partnerships shaped a favorable enabling environment to expand the current work and take it to another level. In this context, Moldova has a number of comparative advantages that can be harnessed to steam up the growth, broaden its geography, and make it more socially inclusive.

In order to do so, UNDP Moldova will further advance the successful LED interventions by scaling up the focus from local to (micro)-regional, while at the same time leveraging revenue generation, strengthening business support services and value chains to increase the competitiveness of local economy, retention of human capital and facilitate local socio-economic development. The role of the SMEs, including owned and led by migrants, is crucial, being potentially the most efficient transmission between the economic growth and welfare of the employed persons, particularly in the remote rural communities and small towns. Also new political and socio-economic development required new approaches, taking into consideration the need to build more resilient, inclusive, and innovative local communities and local markets.

Hence, the strategic goal of the RIM project is to enhance the SMEs-based sustainable economic development and promote equal access to decent work at the local and (micro)-regional levels, targeting both local populations, as well as returning migrants and refugees. It leverages the enhanced multi-stakeholder cooperation, improved business support services and complementary regulatory frameworks at the level of individual communities and micro-regions. The Project will enhance sustainability of the results from the previous efforts supported by the Swiss Government, shape them to new political and socio-economic developments, by embracing and promoting relevant policy and community-action innovations and by ensuring engagement of all relevant stakeholders in the design and implementation of local development solutions for building responsive institutions, inclusive economy, and resilient communities. In light of the regional security environment that is expected to remain turbulent even in the most optimistic scenarios, the Project is intended to bring a valuable contribution to the triple humanitarian-development-peace nexus at the local/regional level.

The strategic goal of the RIM project is to enhance the inclusive, competitive, and sustainable economic development, and promote equal access to decent work at the local and (micro)-regional levels, by leveraging the enhanced multi-stakeholder cooperation, improved business support services and complementary regulatory frameworks.

The Project targets three interrelated Outcomes. As part of Outcome 1, policy and institutional frameworks create an empowering environment for inclusive and sustainable economic development in the targeted economic sectors. 

The Outcome 2 assumes that local/regional communities including private sector representatives, meaningfully cooperate in cluster formats to enhance value chains and improve their competitiveness.

As part of Outcome 3, the people of Moldova, especially women, youth, returning migrants and refugees, will benefit from improved economic opportunities in the pilot micro-regions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Effective communication plan management:

Contribute to the timely and efficient delivery of outputs and products leading to the achievement of expected Project results and ensure full compliance of all the actions with UNDP policies and procedures
Coordinate the activity of the project’s national consultant(s) in the field of communication and public outreach;
Review, implement and continuously monitor the project’s communication, using appropriate feedback mechanisms and monitoring tools;
Establish meaningful partnerships with mass-media, at the local and national levels;
Ensure synergies with other programmatic partners on joint outreach, communication, and capacity building activities;
Identify appropriate suppliers for the provision of services required for the implementation of the communication plan;
Ensure compliance with all corporate rules and regulations of UNDP and the Donor organization in the field of communication and visibility promotion, efficiently cooperate with the UNDP, SDC and ILO communication analysts;
Provide solid inputs to project’s analytical products, work plans and progress reports, etc.;
Support the RIM Project Manager and the UNDP CO in general project implementation and related strategic processes.
Visibility of project results:

Support the communication capacities of partner communities (including representatives of LPAs and private sector) and coordinate the support offered to project’s institutional partners in the area of communications and visibility (particularly the State Chancellery, National Employment Agency, and Organization for Entrepreneurship Development), with a focus on their development initiatives and opportunities;
Document best practices (via articles, success stories, interviews, press releases, etc.) and ensure wide dissemination and visibility of project achievements in the national media as well as in the local and regional media/websites;
Design concepts for communication products and oversee their implementation;
Organize press trips in RIM partner communities and ensure media coverage;
Provide support to the project team on the conceptualization of new initiatives aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of local development, investment, and business opportunities in the targeted micro-regions.

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
Cross-Functional and Technical Competencies

o Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media, and other appropriate channels
Human-centered Design
o Ability to develop solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process
Knowledge Facilitation
o Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally
Digital Awareness and Literacy
o Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed
Advocacy strategy and implementation
o Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change
Media Relations
o Ability to develop media relations across all aspects of media work including relationships with media and preparing media materials such as messages
Writing and editing
o Ability to create and/or edit written content in different UN languages.
Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree or equivalent in Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, Sociology, International Relations, or another relevant field.
Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of qualifying experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master’s degree. 

Minimum 2 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of progressive experience in communication, mass-media, public relations, and/or other substantive area. 
Experience in development and implementation of media/communication strategies and plans.
Experience in conceptualizing and implementing national and local public outreach/communication campaigns.
Desired Skills:

Proven experience in similar positions in UN Agencies will be considered an advantage;
Openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
Commitment to UNDP mission, vision, and values.

Fluency in oral and written English and Romanian;
Knowledge of one or more minority languages relevant for Moldova, including Russian, Romani, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and sign language, is an asset.

Additional training and/or certification in communication and/or new media would be an advantage.
Institutional Arrangement

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the RIM Project Manager, the Communication Analyst shall contribute to an effective and efficient implementation of the project’s communication and outreach plan, contributing to an increased visibility of the policy and local development components’ results. The Analyst will apply and promote the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.

The Communication Analyst will work in close collaboration with the Project Manager and the Local Development Officer for the effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex project-related issues and information delivery.

The Analyst shall exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies, and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

Required Documents

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns, or other materials.

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Data de încheiere a postului vacant: 25 March 2023

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