UNDP is the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience. UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
Under the direct supervision of the Communications Analyst, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Participate in, support and contribute to the improvement of UNDP’s digital footprint and active engagement through:
• Contributing to the design of the CO’s digital strategy;
• Creation of high-impact content (written, audio-visual, and graphic);
• Development of written content for the CO website;
• Consistent monitoring of social media platforms;
• Support with the preparation of impact report: data analytics;
• Monitor progress against the approved strategy;
• Support with the development of Terms of Reference’s for communications service providers.
Support, participate in, and contribute to the successful execution of public outreach activities through:
• Support with the identifying of potential partnerships that can enhance the CO’s communication function;
• Supporting the planning of events, public outreach activities, and workshops/conferences/seminars;
• Support with the management and maintaining relationships with external partners such as media, implementing partners, and other UN communications counterparts;
• Contribute to the planning of joint activities as part of the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG);
• Representing UNDP at partner events and other outreach activities;
• Contributing to the development of communication products. Assist with and contribute to knowledge building and sharing through:
• Identification of new communication trends and help introduce;
• Contributing to knowledge creation by supporting results content collection;
• Building and maintaining a database of partners, media, and other relevant stakeholders;
• Supporting content synthesis processes for reporting, branding, and communication;
• Managing the proper upkeep of the CO knowledge management system (SharePoint).
1 years of experience in (minimum three months) economic development/poverty and inequality/ gender equality/ innovation/ digitalization/ social protection/ green economy / youth development/entrepreneurship/climate change;
• Previous experience as a volunteer or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be an added advantage;
• Design skills (Adobe Creative Cloud or Canva);
• Photography and Videography;
• Digital savvy–a deeper understanding of social media (analytics and algorithms);
• Writing – the ability to prepare quality reports and impactful success stories;
• Research (General) Knowledge of analytical tools, market research and methods for undertaking substantive research on various issues;
• Data Analysis and Visualization Ability to evaluate, transform and model data to derive relevant findings- undertake & provide analysis of data to assess Org performance and or global trends;
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in currently studying towards a degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Digital Marketing or another relevant field.
Competencies and values
• Adaptability and Flexibility • Client Orientation • Commitment and Motivation • Commitment to Continuous Learning • Communication • Creativity • Knowledge Sharing • Planning and Organizing • Professionalism • Respect for Diversity • Self-Management • Technological Awareness • Vision • Working in Teams
Living conditions and remarks
The World Bank classifies South Africa as an upper-middle-income economy, one of only eight such countries in Africa. Yet the country is currently ranked just 109th out of 191 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI). South Africa is a developing country.
It is diverse in all possible aspects, from language to religion, owing to the many, many ethnicities unified in this nation. In South Africa, you can find some of the most “westernized”, wealthy, and progressive facets of the African continent, but also some of its most dire problems.