Communications Associate, Fiji R2R Project – Suva

Suva, Fiji
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Communications Associate, Fiji R2R Project – Suva

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Application closing date: 21 June 2019


The Fiji R2R project’s objective is to preserve biodiversity, ecosystem services, sequester carbon, improve climate resilience and sustain livelihoods through a ridge-to-reef management of priority water catchments on the two main islands of Fiji.

This R2R approach in priority catchments will address key environmental issues in an integrated manner. It will bolster Fiji’s national system of marine protected areas through an enhanced, representative and sustainable system of LMMA including greater protection of threatened marine species. Negative impacts of land-based activities on these MPAs will be reduced through development and implementation of integrated catchment management plans, including mangrove protection, the adoption of appropriate sustainable land use practices and riparian restoration in adjoining upstream watersheds as well as terrestrial PAs, restored and rehabilitated forests.

The selected priority catchments are Ba River, Tuva River and Waidina River/Rewa Delta on Viti Levu and Labasa River, Vunivia River and Tunuloa district on Vanua Levu.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for internal and external communications for the project including periodic updates and dissemination of results achieved, synthesis and analysis of lessons learned and production of various communication materials.

The Project Manager and UNDP will assess his/her performances on an annual basis.

Summary of functions:

  • Implementation of the project’s communications strategy and outreach;
  • Ensure that the project communications strategy and its implementation is aligned with the UNDP Pacific Office (PaO) in Fiji communication strategy and plan;
  • Secretariat for the R2R knowledge management committee; ensuring that meetings are convened on a regular basis and the meeting minutes circulated in a timely manner;
  • Produces communications and awareness raising workshop reports;
  • Provide input to the Annual Work Planning process to ensure that sufficient resources are secured to carry out activities to implement the communications strategy;
  • Work closely with the Department of Environment, the UNDP PaO in Fiji and Regional Hub in Bangkok to ensure effective communication of the project activities to the relevant parties;
  • Communication with project partners and stakeholders to ensure adequate awareness of the project and its progress, and that there is a mechanism for feedback.
  • Deliver quarterly reports on communications activities, outputs and impact.
  • Establish a database of all internal and external communication materials with a corresponding file management system;
  • Produce a range of communications products – including web and social media updates, videos, photos, human interest stories, news articles and printed materials – to ensure maximum exposure of the project,
  • Government of Fiji, GEF, partners and the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji;
  • Capture high-quality photos and videos documenting the progress of the project.
  • Act as the communications and media focal person for the project and conduct outreach to promote the project and its goals, activities and achievements.
  • Coordinate with communications counterparts in the relevant ministries; as well as the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji and UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Hub to ensure international visibility for the project, its goals, activities and achievements.
  • Ensure that all print, digital and audio publications and communication materials are in alignment with the Government of Fiji/Department of Environment and UNDP publication guideline and that of donor partners (including logo placement and donor acknowledgement across products).

Required Skills and Experience

At least an undergraduate degree in journalism, media studies, communication, social science, political science, international relations or a related field. At least 4 years of relevant experience at the national, in public relations, communications or advocacy related to development and/or climate change. Proven experience in writing about results from development. Previous experience with a multilateral organization is helpful but not mandatory. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, especially the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems. Proven experience in creating content for social media. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluency in English is required

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