Digital Communication Specialist – UNV


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Volunteers
Description of assignment titleDigital Communication Specialist
Expected start date02/10/2021
Volunteer categoryNational UN Volunteer Specialist
Host entityUNDP
Duration6 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments1
Duty stationsKhartoum
Advertisement end date 16/06/2022


Mission and objectives

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. In Sudan, UNDP supports a broad range of development interventions. At present, this focuses on support for Sudan’s transition, coupled with efforts on peacebuilding and stabilization, climate-resilience and access to energy, and broader health and economic improvement. Learn more about our impact in 2019. With dedicated support from donor nations, the international community, and national and international partners, UNDP works in Sudan to deliver on our promise to empower resilient nations. Serving as the main development integrator in Sudan, UNDP supports SDG-focused strategic capacity development initiatives nationwide, focusing on: inclusive socioeconomic transformation and revival; restoring governance through inclusive and accountable institutions; sustaining and consolidating local peacebuilding; and investing in a new Green Deal through renewable energy and climate resilience efforts. Through our active partnerships with national and international entities, UNDP strives to eliminate poverty, enable recovery, and ensure effective management of natural resources, and advance peace and social cohesion. Achieving this will require investment in stabilization and resilience strengthening at all levels of society, in tandem with humanitarian assistance. For more details of UNDP work in Sudan please visit


Guided by the vision of Sudan’s transition and key components of the JPA, UNDP Sudan is focused on critical aspects of the transition, like stabilization and peace, and institutional reform, aligned with the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, we support longer-term key areas of development like health and access to energy, as well as crisis response.

Working closely with the Transition Government, civil society, the private sector and the international community, UNDP is supporting the realization of Sudan’s vision at the national, state, and community/local level, while simultaneously assisting Sudan in transitioning from a humanitarian to a development focus within the framework of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus.

Essential to this is strong communications, led by the Communications Unit. The Unit supports senior management, programme and project teams in the development of high-quality substance-driven outreach and partnerships, communicating results and activities, promoting development in Sudan and facilitating dialogues and discussions, seeking feedback and public opinion, and supporting key activities via communications.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Communications, the Digital Communications Specialist is responsible for: leading digital strategy delivery and related programmes and activities; conceptualizing and delivering innovative digital communications for projects; developing a broad range of multimedia communications materials and visualizations tailored both to national and international audiences and partners; providing guidance and training on digital technologies and standards; and guiding on/supporting special projects and initiatives, such as digital communications platforms, campaigns and partnerships.

The Digital Communications Specialist works in close collaboration with all members of the Communications Unit, se

Task description

The scope of the activities listed below may vary, depending on the length of the assignment and phase of the crisis.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Head of Communication or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the Digital Communications Specialist will be responsible for the following:

Key Functions:

q Digital media strategy development, delivery and implementation, including conceptualizing and delivering innovative digital communications projects

q Digital platform/social media management – UNDP Sudan Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and others

q Utilize digital/social media tools and channels to support Sudan and UNDP Sudan objectives

q Developing a broad range of multimedia communications materials and visualizations tailored both to national and international audiences and partners

q Providing guidance and training on digital technologies and standards

1. Digital media strategy development, delivery and implementation, including conceptualizing and delivering innovative digital communications projects

q Under supervisor’s guidance, develop/support the development of the overall Country Office digital media strategy, and manage delivery and implementation;

q Design, support and deliver digital outreach activities in support of Country Office corporate priorities, Sudan’s national priorities, andprogramme priorities (Peace and Stabilization; Rule of Law and Justice Reform; Democratic Transition and Economic Recovery; Energy & Environment; Health for Development);

q Plan and executedigital media support for campaigns, activities and events, including national dialogues and other major events;

q Liasewith UN and UNDP HQ teams, and UNDP Regional Hub, to plan and coordinate social media campaigns and activities;

q Establish audience targets and monitor activities to gauge progress;

q Collect and analyse social media data to discover, report, and assess trends and adapt social media strategi

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

  • 4 years of experience in 4 years of relevant experience at the national level in Multimedia, Digital/Social Media, Marketing/Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Graphic Design, or related fields.
  • Proven experience in social media management, content production, graphic design, audio-visual production.
  • Experience in Adobe Suite i.e. Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere or similar tools. Experience in web-based management systems.

Area(s) of expertise

Communication, Information technology, Business management

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in University degree in Multimedia, Digital/Social Media, Marketing/Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Graphic Design desirable, but not a requirement.
  • Certification in Multimedia, Digital/Social Media, Marketing/Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Graphic Design, or related fields.

Competencies and values

, Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing, Professionalism, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Security situation is changeable while UNDP security advisory is 24/7. Air travel is accessible, but might be subjected to change depending on security situation and COVID-19 status, but UNDP Travel department is constantly monitoring and reporting on relevant changes. For climate, Sudan is hot most of the year, haboob during summer/April-June; flooding during autumn/July-September, Alcohol is prohibited, cost of living is very high, accommodation options are variables. Food is available – except for bread – and expensive. Water and electricity are of constant cut-off. Medical facilities are week. Banking facilities are available. Communications is available, but expensive. Infrastructure is below average. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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