Young Professional Communications Associate


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The UNDP Young Professional Programme (YPP) is designed for highly qualified and motivated young Malawian professionals recently graduated from Masters programmes or in some cases, from Bachelor’s Degree programmes. The programme provides an opportunity to start a development career through “on the job’ professional development that can be based on learning from UNDP’s programmes, policies and operations. Training and learning will be part of the day-to-day activities under the UNDP Young Professional Programme. The key qualifications required for consideration will include meeting the age requirement of 32 or below.

Communications Unit is crucial for the UNDP in Malawi and provides the tools in enhancing public knowledge on development aspirations. The unit is crosscutting and supports the Malawi Country Programme Document and UNDP’ contributions to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

With the support of the Communications Strategy as our framework, we work to further strengthen and innovate UNDP Malawi’s communications, enhance Public Knowledge, information and understanding of our work, as well as conducting advocacy to influence policy agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Support the implementation of internal communications activities for the CO
  • Compiling weekly internal highlights for the digital board
  1. Support the production of relevant Communication Materials
  • Support production of branded items with service providers
  • Drafting of stories of change, Press Releases, Blogs and monthly highlights of UNDP Malawi’s work
  1. Support the management of the UNDP Malawi’s website and social media platforms
  • Daily updates of Facebook and Twitter
  • Monthly updates of UNDP Malawi website
  • Update of UNDP Youtube channel with new content
  • Weekly uploads of all relevant communications documents and pictures on the UNDP communications shared drive
  1. Support media management and planning of key project events
  • Organise media visits, breakfast with the media for increased engagement
  • Ensuring Coverage of UNDP in the local media
  • Daily media monitoring Reports of UNDP coverage
  1. Administrative support on communications
  • Liaising with service providers on delivery of communications products
  • Support to associates in processing payments for service providers
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

Business Direction & Strategy – Strategic Thinking
Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritised plans in line with UNDPs objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

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

Communications – Campaign management
Ability to produce and implement communications and advocacy campaigns which lead to impactful change
Communications     Marketing    Ability to communicate the value of a product or service

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

Communications – Creative direction and copywriting
Ability to creatively communicate concepts in an engaging and simple way

Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, Communications, or any related field from a recognized institution; OR
    Completion of Secondary Education with certification in journalism, Communications, or any related field from a recognized institution
  • At least 3 years of work experience in media and communication for Bachelor’s degree holders; and six years experience for those with secondary level education

Required  skills

  • Social Media management
  • Media Monitoring
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Very good interpersonal and team skills
  • Photography skills

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Publication designing and website management skills
  • Good research and analysis skills

Required Language(s)

  • Fluency in English and Chichewa, both written and oral

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