Communications Manager

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This is a LICA Specialist-10 contract. This kind of contract is known as Local Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally only for nationals. It's an external contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education. More about LICA Specialist-10 contracts.

Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF), and acting as the Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure, and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs, and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Access to Health Fund aims to improve Health outcomes for vulnerable populations in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar. The Fund works with Ethnic Health Organizations, national and international NGOs, the United Nations, and other partners to increase people’s access to health-services (maternal, newborn and child health, combating HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria) and to strengthen health systems. The Access to Health Fund is supported by four donors - the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States, and Switzerland.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Functional Responsibilities


Manage the review and refinement of the external communication strategy for Access to Health to ensure alignment with the overall Access to Health Fund strategy (which prioritizes vulnerable populations in conflict-affected areas), and effective implementation across platforms. This includes: - Determining key messages for the Fund, and refining those messages over time based on evidence - Assessing the effectiveness of the strategy and refining as necessary - Harnessing new opportunities for the Fund in communications - Managing resource needs for communication activities (budgeting); and - Managing communications approach and implementation of the ADB and Takeda Funded program communications in alignment with overall Access to Health Fund communications - Monitoring and evaluation framework for communication activities.

Manage the implementation of the Access to Health Fund External Communications Strategy. This includes taking the initiative to identify and seize opportunities in an independent, self-driven way to enhance the communications work of the Access to Health Fund. - Appropriate visibility for Access to Health and its donors with all stakeholders (including correct logo usage, appropriate media coverage both locally and internationally, assess the communications materials of Access to Health partners to ensure that they are appropriate and relevant to the communities in which they are used.) - Manage internal and external communications channels, including social media and website, staying attuned to global developments in web-based communications to ensure the Access to Health fund is up to date and following latest developments - Preparation of written and visual content for distribution to the press and website or other relevant channels, including articles, speeches, videos, brochures, newsletters and reports - Manage communications products, including the preparation of factsheets and materials needed for workshops, seminars, briefings, and events. - Identifying and obtaining feature stories and other materials to facilitate global/regional advocacy; - Easy web-based access to information on Access to Health Fund policies, board decisions, implementing partner details, types of actions funded, grant allocation, funding possibilities and sharing of Access to Health beneficiary stories; - Manage the Communications Unit workplan - Support the Takeda/ADB Communications Officer in the implementation of the Takeda and ADB Funded Program Communications Strategy (Takeda and ADB are a specific project within the Access to Health Fund) - Ensure maintenance of relevant contact lists and content libraries. - Manage brand awareness of Access to Health Fund, including raising awareness and managing the perception of the fund through localized messaging and brand management. - Evaluate effectiveness and impact of the Access to Health Fund’s publicity campaigns, events, website and social media - Provide Fund Board and donor missions with high-quality briefing kits before each visit - Manage the development of project communication materials to support donor agencies reporting to their constituencies - Coordinating the production of multimedia content.

REPORTING: - Manage the delivery of the Access to Health Fund Annual and Progress Report (content, writing, editing, layout, publishing) to deadline and specifications.

  • Manage the delivery of other fund board reporting requirements including ad hoc requests

EVENT MANAGEMENT AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: - Organization of regular events to showcase Access to Health and its partners; - Organise logistics for communications-related field trips and events, including media and press. - Plan, design and implement capacity building activities for implementing partners, EHO/ECBHOs, CSOs, government for communications skills and activities

TRANSLATION: Manage translation processes, including technical oversight and quality assurance from English to Myanmar and Myanmar to English content

ADMINISTRATION AND PROCUREMENT: Oversee administrative and procurement processes for the Communications Unit of the Access to Health Fund, including managing the budget

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT: Supervise personnel, including the International Communications Officer, Communications Senior Officer, Communications Analyst, Communications Assistant and Writing and Editing Intern

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: Manage smooth, well-functioning internal communications and knowledge management for the Access to Health Fund, including: - Newsletter and/or other internal communications products - Information about the Fund to UNOPS MMOC and HQ - Communities of practice and other internal mechanisms for sharing knowledge and bolstering internal communications - Internal knowledge management by gathering lessons learned - Events and other mechanisms to disseminate information (internal and external) based on lessons learned

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education - Master’s degree in communication, media studies, journalism, international relations, public/media relations, public relations, event management, English or any other related field is required. - A Bachelor's Degree in combination with 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree


  • Five years of experience in communications, event management, advocacy/government relations, digital media, journalism/press, public health, public/media relations, marketing, international relations, writing/editing (including grant/proposal writing), research or any other related fields is required.
  • Experience working with Myanmar and international media is highly preferable.
  • Experience working in advertising, public relations, social behaviour change communications would be an asset.
  • Experience in developing strategy and plans for communications and helping in the organisation events (and associated materials) is highly preferable.
  • Previous working experience in a similar position with media organisations, UN, NGO or private organisations would be an asset.
  • Previous experience with health would be an asset.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills in English and Myanmar, with an understanding of drafting press statements and web articles is required.
  • Excellent skills in translation from English to Myanmar and Myanmar to English is required.
  • Experience in personnel management is required

    Language - Fluency in English and Myanmar Language is a strong requirement.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA Contract level: LICA 10 Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

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This vacancy is for Myanmar National only.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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