Communications Officer

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This is a IICA-1 contract. This kind of contract is known as International Individual Contractor Agreements. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's an external contract. It usually requires 2 years of experience, depending on education. More about IICA-1 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). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, 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

UNOPS is the Fund Manager for the Access to Health Fund. The incumbent will work on communicating Access to Health’s message on appropriate platforms and supporting the writing and editing tasks for the Fund. Under the direct supervision of the National Communications Manager, in close collaboration with the Access to Health Communications Unit and Senior Management Team, the Communications Officer, the incumbent is responsible to abide by communications, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the Access to Health communications team.

Functional Responsibilities

The Communications Officer covers the following key functions:

  • Support the review 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
    • Manage resource needs for communication activities (budgeting); and
    • Monitoring and evaluation framework for communication activities.
    • Regularly update and help maintain the communications workplan.

    • Support the implementation of the Access to Health Fund External Communications Strategy. This includes:

    • 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.)

    • Organization of regular events to showcase Access to Health and its partners;
    • 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;
    • Access to Healths social media platforms and website: supporting the review of social media performance and website development to make it more accessible, attractive and informative for the general public.
    • Production of multimedia content.
    • Support the Takeda Communications Officer in the implementation of the Takeda Communications Strategy (Takeda is a specific project within the Access to Health Fund)
    • Closely working with the Takeda Communications Officer for communications capacity building of EHOs/CSOs.
    • Strong local networks in order to building local awareness of the Fund
    • Management of the brand identity for the Fund
    • Evaluate effectiveness and impact of the Access to Health Fund’s publicity campaigns, events, website and social media
  1. COPYWRITING AND EDITING: Develop and review high quality written communications content for social media and websites in English in support of the Access to Health Communications Unit, and providing editing and writing support to the whole Fund. Including but not limited to:
  • Develop and review strategic papers and documents
  • Develop and review documents to be submitted to the Access to Health Fund Board
  • Preparing information material on Access to Health - funded projects for use by donors, media and other stakeholders
  • Develop and review press releases, articles, social media content, newsletters, etc
  • Provide capacity development support to Access to Health Fund communications unit on writing and editing, including writing for social media and website and general English skills (speaking and writing)
  • Provide Fund Board and donor missions with high-quality briefing kits before each visit
  • Provide editing support to the Takeda Project as required
  1. REPORTING: Support the writing, graphic design/layout and publishing of the Access to Health Fund Annual and Progress Report to deadline and specifications

  2. INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: Support smooth, well-functioning internal communications and knowledge management for the Access to Health Fund, including:

  • Develop newsletter and/or other internal communications products
  • Provide information about the Fund to UNOPS MMOC and HQ
  • Support communities of practice and other internal mechanisms for sharing knowledge and bolstering internal communications
  • Support internal knowledge management by gathering lessons learned
  • Organize events and other mechanisms to disseminate information (internal and external) based on lessons learned
  1. OTHER: Other duties as assigned by the National Communications Manager

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Master’s degree in one of the subjects of 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.


  • At least 2 years of experience in area of communication, media studies, journalism, international relations, public/media relations, public relations, event management, English is required

  • Prior experience working with donors/ multi-donor funds is desirable.
  • Sound knowledge of UN regulations and rules is an asset.
  • Prior experience of working in a multicultural environment is highly desirable


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;

  • Understanding of other UN and local languages is an advantage.


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: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA) Contract level: IICA 1/ ICS 8 Contract duration: On going (possible extension subject to the performance and budget availability)

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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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