Communication Officer

Posted on 24 May, 2023
Closing on 07 Jun, 2023

Job Description


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1.      Office/Unit/Project Description:

The World Bank funded project aims to Improve the Economic Opportunities, Food Security and Effective Management of Fishery Production in Yemen. This will be done through a number of different activities including support to improve fishery production and quality by reducing post-harvest losses and improving climate resilience and access to markets, thus contributing to restoring fishery sector related livelihoods and create economic opportunities. It will also promote interaction and networks between fishers, micro and small fish processors, wholesalers, and retailers to improve access to markets in targeted coastal areas. Support to small-holder fishers and micro and small enterprises (food producers, processors) engaged in the fishing value chain to procure assets and equipment to help to increase productivity, reduce production costs, reduce post-harvest losses, improve household income and food security. This will support improving entrepreneurship and business skills, micro small and medium enterprises linkages and market access, enhancement and products in the fishery sector.

The project also includes improving landing sites, supplying fixed and/or mobile cold storage facilities, use of clean technologies such as solar for ice production and for energy generation for auction facilities, and a digital information system hosted by the General Authority of Fishing (GAF) to provide real time pricing information in different markets for fish products and to transmit early weather warnings to the fishers and fishing communities to improve climate resilience in the coastal communities.

Capacity building, training, and awareness creation to strengthen institutions, fisheries, and coastal communities will also be implemented. The aim is to  develop local governance systems and knowledge to effectively manage fisheries and ensure climate resilience that aligns with the fishery sector strategy of Yemen. 

Support will be provided in developing sub-national fishery management plans to respond to short-term needs of the sector and beneficiaries under the current humanitarian context and to develop the medium to long-term needs of the sector. These management plans will also ensure the scarce resources to the fishery sector is better utilized and targeted reducing potential overlap of interventions and investments and create complementarity. 

2.      Scope of Work:

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Communication and Knowledge Officer and the overall strategic guidance National Coordinator, and in close coordination with the CO Communication Lead, the Communication Officer will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Provide a substantive contribution to the project and capacity building for the partners:
  • Coordinate/Collaborate with the Senior Communication and Knowledge Officer and the Project Team and implementing partners to develop and implement an effective communications & outreach strategy for FSRRP based on target audience;
  • Develop quarterly and annual communication work plans respective of the FSRRP activities implementation plan and Communication and Outreach Strategy and ensure its timely implementation; 
  • Provide support to the Senior Communication and Knowledge Officer and assist in the implementation of the communication and outreach of the project; 
  • Constantly assess the validity and need of updating the Project Communication Strategy in order to fully support all outputs of the Project; 
  • Liaise as needed with other Communications focal points within UNDP as needed; 
  • Develop the project’s branding (logo, promotional materials, signboards etc.) and ensure their correct and systematic use in the target areas of the project and for all communication, visibility and advocacy activities; 
  • Provide support to the project partners in planning and implementing advocacy and communication actions and ensure that work-flow, branding and products are aligned with the overall project communication and visibility strategy; 
  • Liaise with implementing partners and develop a calendar of monthly events for the planning and support communication activities; 
  • Organize media events, including press conferences, journalists field visits, press kits, regular radio and TV interviews on lessons learnt and major achievements of the project to be aired nationally and internationally; 
  • Prepare and organise awareness programmes and public messages to be aired on local radio channels, television and newspaper; 
  • Promote projects’ actions and activities and ensure visibility of the Programme and information updates at national, regional and international levels by preparing and managing content published on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) and publishing regular press releases in English and Arabic; 
  • Produce human interest/impact stories focusing on interventions and strategies that bring about real changes in the lives of the beneficiaries, with special interest to marginalized groups and women beneficiaries, and that could be replicated by donors and partners. (E.g. Support communication of success stories where women’s engagement in self or wage employment activities positively contributed to income generation at household or community levels.); 
  • Collaborate with professional photographers and implementing partners for the collection of professional high-quality photos of the project activities to be used for the project communication and visibility materials; 
  • Draft speeches, notes, develop briefs and other public relations materials for the project and project partners for advocacy, visibility actions and awareness-raising campaigns; 
  • Develop and organize publication activities, communication materials, flyers, newsletters, information briefs, posters, handbooks, case studies, social impact studies and thematic studies aimed at empowering stakeholders and enhancing visibility of the Project outcomes; 
  • Ensure strong and continuous relations/contacts with journalists and media in Yemen and regularly monitor the coverage of the Project in the regional and local media (print, electronic, video, social media); 
  • Work closely with other project staff to ensure strong linkages with the partners and media; 
  • Provide direct technical knowledge and expertise that is necessary for the implementation of assigned project activities; 
  • Support the project partners in planning and implementing advocacy and communication actions; 
  • Develop campaign and outreach activities, as requested by the Senior Communication and Knowledge Officer, according to the needs of the Project and its beneficiaries; 
  • Support communication of success stories where women’s engagement in self or wage employment activities positively contributed to income generation at household or community levels; 
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of project knowledge, experience and lessons learned through enhanced communication, forward-looking knowledge products and publications.
2. Contribute to project planning and implementation:
  • Provide analysis of requirements and synthesis for elaboration of the Project communications and outreach strategy; 
  • Provide support to the planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach; 
  • Support in developing the implementation strategies and communication campaigns for the Project through public awareness campaigns which will aid in project implementation; 
  • Contribute to the preparation of the project work plans, in particular focusing on communication aspects in collaboration with project team and partners; 
  • Coordinate and cooperate with different project partners for implementation of project activities, focusing on communication aspects; 
  • Support the Project Team to prepare reports regularly on activities, outputs and outcomes as per UNDP rules and regulations and ensure that gender dimension are highlighted in all products; 
  • Advise the Project Team on communications issues.

3. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment:

  • Support the development of gender responsive information management system that include information on the project transformational impact as well as the level of women participation;
  • Ensure collection and reporting of data is disaggregated by sex, age, disabilities, status and other intersectionality;
  • Support the Gender officer/Focal Point to conduct periodic gender review, prepare gender fact sheets, and report gender related lessons learned and recommendations;
  • Support the institutional and technical capacity of the project team and stakeholders on gender responsive information management system;
  • Contribute to the country office knowledge management system on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
4. The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that:
  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

3.      Institutional Arrangement      

This person will report directly to the Senior Communication and Knowledge Officer.

4. Competencies

Complete the Competencies section for each set of competencies as follows:


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 
    • Master’s Level Degree in Communications, public relations, Journalism, or any other related field. 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies) 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Cross-Functional Competencies Integration with the UN Ability to identity, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations.
  Monirtoring   Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Ability to make an independent judgment based on set criteria and benchmarks.

Ability to anticipate clients' upcoming needs and concerns

Technical Competencies Technical Knowledge  Knowledge of M & E applications, methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations
  Planning and Organizing 

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies

Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required

  Client orientation

Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect

Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions

  Accountability Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards


5.  Minimum Qualifications of the Successful NPSA

Education requirements Master's degree in Communications, public relations, Journalism, or any other related field or Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of relevant working experience.

Min. years of relevant work experience 


  • Bachelor’s Level Degree: Minimum of (2) years of relevant experience in a communications role specifically focusing on developing and implementing communication strategy and plan, media outreach and relations, advocacy, coordination with various stakeholders and partners.
Required  skills 
  • Ability to use information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool and resource, experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel), and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages; experience in handling web-based management systems.
  • Proficient in photography, Microsoft Office, content management systems, and social media platforms.
Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft/ATLAS, knowledge of IPSAS, are an asset.
  • Working experience in communications with the United Nations system, particularly with UNDP in emergency and recovery programmes is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing/video editting software (InDesign/Photoshop/Premiere) is desirable.
Required Language(s) 
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and oral.
Professional Certificates  

6.       The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

  1. 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.
  2. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
  3. 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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UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

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