Communications and Advocacy Associate

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    Dresden, Germany

    Organizational Unit: UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    United Nations University Objectives

    The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States. 

    UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

    The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute to the development of integrated and sustainable management strategies for the use of water, soil and waste resources, in particular in developing and emerging countries, in scientific, educational, managerial, technological and institutional terms. Potential issues of focus include: urban water management, nutrient cycles and budgets, methods for reclamation and rehabilitation of degraded sites, site-specific river-basin scale water management; interaction of land use management and water inventory under differing climate conditions, and efficient site-adapted waste management strategies, among others. The Institute develops innovative concepts for target- and region-specific knowledge transfer as well as appropriate methodologies and approaches for postgraduate and professional education. The Institute is located in Dresden, Germany.

    In 2014, UNU-FLORES will continue its mission and support policy-relevant research and capacity development. The institute has launched a joint Doctoral programme (PhD) together with Dresden University of Technology (TUD).

    The institute is also planning to open an Operating Unit in Maputo, Mozambique, which will serve as a regional hub for the institute to fulfil its mission.

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    Reporting to the Director of UNU-FLORES and working closely with the Manager, Office of the Director, as well as the Academic Officers, the Communications and Advocacy Associate shall take the lead in executing the communications and advocacy tasks of the Institute. The key responsibilities include:

    1. Provide support to the planning and design of internal and external strategies for communication and advocacy focusing on achievement of the following results:

    • Conduct a communication-needs assessment for the Institute and its research activities;
    • Support the implementation of a communication strategy, ensuring the identification of key stakeholders;
    • Support collecting, editing and researching information regarding UNU-FLORES in the news, reports, announcements, and publications; support developing a newsletter for the Institute, including drafting articles;
    • Support Public Relations matters, including preparation of documents for high-level meetings, recording public activities and writing briefs and summaries;
    • Support liaison with media worldwide; draft press releases and other media briefing materials; organize press conference;
    • Develop/produce communication and advocacy tools and materials for marketing and awareness-raising campaigns, including briefing materials and press releases, newsletters etc.;
    • Assist Academic Officers in developing a comprehensive communication and media strategy in support of their research programmes/projects.

    2. Ensure the implementation of UNU-FLORES publications and promotional materials strategy and plans, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

    • Support editing, proofreading and ensuring that all outgoing materials (e.g. briefs, brochures, newsletters and publications, etc.) have high quality, coherence and correctness by following the UN editorial guidelines; draft related documents when necessary;
    • Manage the Institute’s publication activities; such as drafting articles; managing content; setting norms for publishing and design, maintaining regular contact with printers and other suppliers to ensure efficient production of media materials and necessary dissemination of materials produced;
    • Ensure dissemination of the materials to the right channels and partners;

    3. Provide support to the maintenance of the UNU-FLORES website and intranet, focusing on achievement of the following results:

    • Ensure that information published is accurate and up to date, and edit the web stories before publishing;
    • Support publishing and maintaining information related to UNU-FLORES on the UNU intranet and UNU-FLORES intranet;
    • Support the maintenance of event calendars and the record of activities on the UNU intranet, UNU-FLORES website and Outlook.

    4. Support programme implementation and resource mobilization, focusing on achievement of the following results:

    • Promote and support campaigns and other activities to market the research activities;
    • Take part in planning, coordination and administrative support of UNU-FLORES conferences, seminars, lectures and other events;
    • Support identifying specifications and terms of reference for procurement relating to communications.

    5. Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the following results:

    • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice, including corporate communication repositories;
    • Support effective information and records management;
    • Provide training to other UNU-FLORES staff on basic communication skills, such as writing press releases and news articles for newsletters, talking with media, and how to take good pictures of projects and activities.

    6. Perform other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

    Required qualifications and experience

    • First-level university degree (bachelor’s equivalent) in journalism, English language, communications, environmental sciences or a related field;
    • Minimum four (4) years  of progressively relevant professional work experience, of which preferably at the international level;
    • Very good command/native level of both oral and written English and proficiency in German is required; knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset;
    • Special journalistic and writing training and previous experience with press releases and media matters would be an asset;
    • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications; good knowledge in databases, Adobe Suite applications and other communications-related applications;
    • Outstanding presentation, writing and reporting skills;
    • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and complete tasks within given timeframes; and
    • Good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


    Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience and start at the GS-6 level of the General Service salary scale (Germany) of the United Nations Common System, plus benefits. For more information, please visit:

    Duration of contract

    This is full-time employment. Initial appointment will be on a fixed-term appointment of 2 years with the possibility of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance.

    Staff members of the UNU are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Rector and may be assigned to any of the activities or offices of UNU. The Rector reserves the right to appoint the candidate to a level below that is advertised.

    This is a locally recruited post. Suitably qualified women applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Starting date

    As soon as possible

  • Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by e-mail (to ), and must include the following:

    • a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
    • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations;
    • a full contact information of three (3) referees; and
    • the application must also indicate the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2014/UNU/FLORES/FTA/CAA/26).

    A written test may be implemented to facilitate the short listing of candidates

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    Dresden, 01067

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