The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP's Communication Division is responsible for UNEP's strategic communications, raising environmental awareness, influencing attitudes, behavior and decisions related to the local and global environment with a view to implement UNEP’s programme of work. This post is located in UNEP/Communication Division at the Nairobi duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Director, and the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:
1. Lead UNEP’s communications strategy: - Lead and support UNEP’s global strategic communications; - Lead the development and implementation of a strategy to raise the profile of UNEP and of environmental issues among Governments, stakeholders, the media and the broader public; - Support the Execuive Director in articulating UNEP’s strategic messaging; - Identify emerging strategic communications challenges and opportunities.
2. Provide leadership and oversight to UNEP’s communications capacities: - Oversee and manage the UNEP’s Communication Division, formulate and implement its substantive activities and projects, determining priorities, mobilizing and allocating resources; - Coordinate a network of regional and national information officers to ensure unity of messaging and that UNEP’s communication resources are strategically managed; - Oversee and manage UNEP's relations and cooperation with the rest of the UN system as it relates to communications and public information;
3. Serve as UNEP’s spokesperson alongside the Executive Director: - Support the Executive Director’s role as spokesperson of the Organization, including by speaking on behalf of the Executive Director and for UNEP on all matters relating to the Organization; - Identify and respond to global, regional and national issues relating to the environment and UNEP's areas of interest that arise in the media and public domain; - Provide strategic guidance and direction to UNEP’s global media relations; - Guide the development of key press releases, supervise and direct the production of other communication outputs to ensure veracity, accuracy and news-worthiness;
4. Serve as UNEP’s lead editor, publisher and executive producer: - Develop and oversee UNEP’s global campaigns with a view to advance the implementation of UNEP’s Programme of Work; - Ensure that special days, such as World Environment Day, enjoy considerable public participation and widespread attention globally and that the Champions of the Earth awards attract global attention and impact the environmental agenda; - Ensure that UNEP’s digital platforms support the implementation of UNEP’s mandates through coherent, evidence-based digital communication approaches that effectively leverage partnerships and UNEP’s network of influencers and prominent personalities. - Ensure that publications meet UNEP standards and are distributed to target audiences in all six UN languages; - Ensure relevant promotional materials meet high and evolving standards of design and messaging;
5. Perform other related duties assigned.