Grade: IS – 6
Deadline: 31 October 2018, 11:59 PM KST
Under the authority and direct supervision of the Director of External Affairs, the incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of GCF’s communications strategy, including supervising media relations, public relations, and all communications products. S/he will also be responsible for the overall management of human and financial resources, planning and coordination of programs and plans of action in relation to the Communications Unit.
Duties and responsibilities
- Direct the development and implementation of the GCF communications strategy;
- Support GCFs external relations function, intended to influence the work of GCF stakeholders to mobilize action on climate change, and to prepare for GCF’s replenishment;
- Coordinate the production of high quality communication materials in order to:
- increase the accessibility of information about GCF’s policies, processes, and projects;
- promote the engagement of GCF’s stakeholders with the Fund;
- build GCF’s media relations;
- convey GCF’s progress in implementing its objectives, and
- explain the impact of GCF’s activities upon global efforts to combat climate change.
- Coordinate the provision of support to internal clients on external communications; develop and manage communication projects across different GCF operational divisions, collaborating with staff and partners to deliver exceptional PR products with consistent messaging, that promote transparency about the Fund, including white papers, opinion pieces, statements; create online and offline external communication products for difference communication channels (website, social media, newsletters, publications, speeches, events, etc);
- Coordinate communication plans that foster engagement of external stakeholders, including National Designated Authorities, Accredited Entities, Public and Private Partners, and Civil Society Organisations;
- Support the Director of External Affairs in communications and advocacy with funding partners as well as supporting the institutional strategic partnerships and alliances that are essential for advancing the mission of GCF;
- Raise awareness of the impact and tangible benefits generated through past, present and future investments in GCF’s mission;
- Provide management and leadership for the Communications Unit, including overseeing and managing the work of assigned staff, and facilitate effective use of human and financial resources; training, motivating and coaching staff, evaluating performance, advising on career development; and
- Undertake any other task, as assigned by the Director of External Affairs.
Expected experience and qualifications*
- Master’s degree in any areas linked to this post, in particular in international relations, communication, economics, social sciences, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
- Minimum of fifteen (15) years of relevant and progressively responsible professional experience in communications, with a significant part of this period at an appropriate managerial level and including at least 5 years at the international level;
- Established track record in political communications and establishing relations with senior politicians and policy-makers;
- Relevant work experience in multilateral organizations, international developmen and/or non-governmental organizations;
- Knowledge of, and commitment to, GCF’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities;
- Good knowledge of international development policies and institutions;
- Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programs and financial resources;
- Leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness;
- Ability to work with clients at Senior Management level, under pressure;
- Ability to resist political pressure;
- Ability to plan and organize the work of others;
- Balanced judgment and absolute commitment to confidentiality;
- Impeccable interpersonal skills; cultural sensitivity in communicating with staff at all levels;
- Proven ability to work collaboratively and to build relationships with diverse groups of organizations and individuals relevant institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including through networking; ability to participate effectively in high-level negotiations with internal and external partners;
- Analytical and organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, and in implementing them effectively, as well as in devising implementation plans;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with strong representational abilities;
- Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, in front of a broad range of constituents, as well as the news media; and
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential for this position; knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.
*The person assessed by the Selection Panel as most suitable for the position will be proposed for appointment. The above criteria should be seen as indicators of the experience and skills that would qualify candidates for consideration. Selection among short-listed candidates will also take into account performance at interview, appropriate testing, and references.
Applications from women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged.