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This is a UNV International Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Youth contracts.

UNDP’s presence in Senegal consists of both its sub-regional and country-level teams supporting both its efforts in Senegal and across 24 countries in the sub-region. At the sub-regional level, the UNDP Sub-Regional Hub for West and Central Africa (UNDP WACA) is at the forefront of accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in West and Central Africa. Our multidimensional approach encompasses promoting good governance, fostering sustainable livelihoods, tackling climate change, enhancing community resilience, driving structural transformation, and eradicating poverty. Through a tailored blend of strategic policy support, innovative programming, robust partnerships, and comprehensive capacity-building initiatives, UNDP WACA plays a pivotal role in shaping a more resilient and prosperous future for the sub-region. It is one of three regional hubs couched within UNDP's Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) and the Regional Bureau for Africa, providing specialised support to 24 countries which range from high and middle-income economies to least-developed countries and those in crisis and post-crisis settings. At the country level, UNDP Senegal works in close partnership with the Government of Senegal, communities, civil society, and international partners to help address the country's unique challenges and support the unlocking of the country’s full potential. By focusing on critical areas such as inclusive and sustainable economic growth, environmental sustainability, and governance, UNDP Senegal works to strengthen institutions, enhance social cohesion and support resilience building. Through innovation and strategic partnerships, UNDP Senegal helps implement effective, context-specific development solutions that drive long-term sustainability, empower communities and build a prosperous and resilient Senegal.

 Support the implementation of UNDP WACA and UNDP Senegal’s communications and digital engagement strategy based on corporate communications goals and priorities.  Integrate issue-based advocacy into the communications efforts around crucial thematic areas relevant to the sub-region.  Ensure key results and relevant success stories are incorporated into communications and outreach efforts.  Lead the development of communication products and materials that illustrate UNDP WACA and UNDP Senegal’s work, results and impact.  Prepare advocacy products targeting external audiences and the media.  Prepare succinct communications pieces of varying lengths for internal and external audiences.  Support strategic audience growth through various digital channels and diversification of high-quality audio-visual content.  Develop ideas for infographics, charts and images that creatively convey key messages/data.  Develop scripts and storyboards for audio-visual and digital content highlighting key issues.  Curate and present stories, images, and videos for UNDP WACA and UNDP Senegal’s digital platforms.  Prepare a range of materials, including press releases & advisories, news briefs, and fact sheets for inclusion in media kits and further public outreach.  Increase coverage and understanding of UNDP WACA and UNDP Senegal’s work through strategic media or donor outreach using innovative communication tools and various media types, including digital and social media.  Support country, regional and global public campaigns that promote UNDP as a development partner in Senegal and West and Central Africa and influence the development agenda based on current programmes and new initiatives.  Explore external engagement opportunities for existing and potential partners on joint initiatives.

 Accountability  Adaptability and flexibility  Creativity  Judgement and decision-making  Planning and organising  Professionalism  Self-management.

communications, creative sector, journalism and social science-related fields.

Other desired/mandatory required technical knowledge  Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;  Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;  Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;  Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;  Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;  Strong skills in Adobe Creative Cloud Applications – Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro etc.  Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;  Have affinity with or interest in promoting sustainable development and volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development.

The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Dakar, a family duty station (difficulty classification A) with possible travel both within and outside the country. Living conditions in Dakar are good and the social climate is calm and safe. Senegal has a good level of infrastructure available; however, electricity and water distribution can sometimes be unstable in Dakar. Senegal is also a popular tourist destination. The welcome and spontaneous hospitality of the Senegalese are part of the characteristic features of this West African country. The country is at Security Level 2, which corresponds to "Low", apart from the natural region of Casamance (administrative regions of Kolda, Sédhiou and Ziguinchor) where acts of banditry are often reported but also the presence of elements of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) and unexploded ordnance (UXO). All United Nations personnel must scrupulously respect the procedures and security recommendations of the UNDSS during their assignment in Senegal. Thefts and burglaries are the main incidents against United Nations personnel. Transport into town can be easily arranged by local taxis. Access to health services in Dakar is good. The yellow fever vaccine is mandatory and vaccination cards must be presented at the entrance. Vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis A and B are also recommended. Basic medicines are available in pharmacies, but it is recommended to bring specific medicines on prescription. Please note that to enter Senegal, a valid passport in required. Nationals of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) do not need and entry visa. Nationals of other countries may need an entry visa or a long-stay visa. They must contact the nearest Senegalese Embassy/Consulate for visas prior to travel. You can check full entitlements at the duty station at The complete UN Volunteer Conditions of Service is available at

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