Communication Assistant Vacancy – Food Security GEF-LDCF-I Project

The primary function of this post will assist the Project Media and Communications Officer (MCO), and Project Management Unit and all Project Implementing partners (PIP) in outreach and engaging tasks to ensure visibility of the project activities, in particular implementing the Communication Strategy (PCS) and its Action Plan

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Coordinator (PC), the incumbent will be assisting the Media and Communication Officer (MCO) for internal and external communications of the project including periodic updates and dissemination of results achieved, synthesis and analysis of lessons learned and production of various communication materials.

Summary of functions:

i. Support and assist the implementation of the project’s communications strategy and action plan;

ii. In the absence of the MCO, work closely with MELAD, the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji and Regional Hub in Bangkok to ensure effective communication of the project activities to the relevant parties;

iii. Assist project implementing partners and stakeholders to ensure adequate awareness of the project and its progress, and that there is a mechanism for feedback. 

iv. Assist with design of quarterly reports (eg newsletter) on project activities, outputs and impact.

v.  Support communication and outreach trainings and also developing at least 2 communication products for each project activity including, at minimum, a local press release and social media posts.

vi.  Support project stakeholders (Government sectors) responsible for outreach and communication outputs such as, blogs, press releases, social media posts;

vii. Assist with Establishment of a database of all internal and external communication materials with a corresponding file management system;

viii. Act as Secretariat to the Communication Working Group and other WGs;

ix.  Act as the secondary communications and media focal person for the project, to conduct outreach to local media and other public campaigns, to promote the project and its goals, activities and achievements to increase its visibility.

x. Capture high-quality photos and videos documenting the progress of the project.

xi. Ensure that all print, digital and audio publications and communication materials are in alignment with the MELAD and UNDP publication guideline and that of donor partners (including logo placement and donor acknowledgement across products);

xii. Update the project calendar of events with the relevant ministries; in consultation with UNDP Communication Specialists to ensure international visibility for the project, its goals, activities and achievements.

xiii. 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 Kiribati, GEF, partners and the UNDP Pacific and Regional Offices; 

xiv.  Undertake other tasks to assist the Project Management Unit staff, as maybe required from time to time

Key selection criteria


•        Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or Environmental/Marine science or related field

 Knowledge and experience

•         Some experience in communications, social media (including fb), designing & branding, networking to increase visibility

·         Having a year or more, of work experience (above) would be an advantage

 Essential skills

•        Experience with local communities, organisations

•        Excellent PC-based computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

•        Demonstrated organisational skills with ability to prioritise workload and complete work under deadlines

 Strong interpersonal and networking skills with demonstrated experience working with stakeholders at all levels on confidential and sensitive issues.

 Interpersonal skills

•        Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, inclusive and equitable environment

•       Ability to prioritise work load, work under pressure to meet deadlines.

 Language skills

•        Fluency in both written and spoken English and I-Kiribati.

 Salary: L10-7 (Starting salary depends on work experience)

Contract Duration – August 2020 (or earlier) to January 2021 with possible extension subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance

 Screening Questions:

1. Indicate how you fit well in this niche and contribute to the Project communication Strategy roll out 

2. Share two experiences in which you increase the visibility of a particular event and a personal achievement/milestone

 Application procedure

 Closing Date – 15 May, 2020

 Only electronic applications will be accepted BUT NOT hard copies.

 To be considered for this role, you must provide the following:

a.       an updated resume

b.       a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position

c.       responses to all screening questions

 Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

 Applicants should not attach copies of qualifications or letters of reference. These documents may be requested at a later stage.

 Please ensure that you respond to all of the screening questions. If you do not respond to the screening questions, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed at shortlisting stage.

 To apply for this role, please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria through email to .  and .

 For queries, direct them to the same mail contacts above.

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