Communications Specialist (Visibility, Learning and Influence)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2020

Job Description

UNOPS is Fund Manager for the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT), a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. LIFT’s designated outcomes are improvements in income, resilience, nutrition, and pro-poor policy developments. So far, LIFT has reached more than 7.2 million people, or roughly 20 per cent of Myanmar’s population; and is active in almost half the country’s townships. For more details visit ( LIFT is currently refreshing its strategy to guide the next five years programming from 2019.

Design and delivery of high impact communications is critical to the success of and funding of LIFT. The position is under the direct supervision of the Fund Director and works in close collaboration with LIFT teams in Programmes, MEAL (Monitoring and Evaluation for Accountability and Learning) and Policy. The position is central to ensuring effective learning from LIFT’s work and influencing on the basis of evidence and experience. The position also works very closely with LIFT’s Fund Board (donors and government) and plays a critical role in building trust and ensuring visibility, knowledge, influence and impact. He/she works in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices.

Functional ResponsibilitiesView contentDeliver on communications strategy

1. Implement an external communication strategy for LIFT, setting out the key communications challenges and opportunities faced by LIFT and how these will be addressed. Update and adapt the communications strategy as and when needed.

2. Coordinate closely with a donor communications group to ensure the communication and visibility requirements of LIFT’s donors are understood and met. Ensure advanced information of events and posts and provide a stream of opportunities for donors to use LIFT’s products/assets.

3. Communicate LIFT’s work, including its activities and results, to a wide range of stakeholders through key products and events, including:
  • delivering LIFT’s flagship communications products, the annual and semi-annual reports, both long and highlights versions, in both English and Myanmar language versions in a timely manner
  • Supporting the learning events to showcase LIFT and its partners
  • organizing report launches and knowledge-sharing events
  • facilitating a variety of speaking opportunities for donors/Embassies to support visibility and influence
  • preparing informative material on LIFT-funded projects and beneficiaries for use by donors, media and other stakeholders
  • maintain networks for the dissemination of results, good practice and lessons, studies and other research activities
  • Supporting major workshops and international days with events and materials

4. Lead a step-increase in public visibility of LIFT’s work and donors, through:
  • ensuring effective use of tools of mass communication and social media
  • ensuring easy web-based access to information about LIFT
  • identifying and obtaining feature stories, video, photography and other materials to support LIFT and global advocacy efforts
  • pursue and manage an increase in public messaging through a format appropriate for Myanmar

5. Develop and support delivery of an internal communications strategy, raise national voice and promote LIFT’s values

6. Lead and supervise the LIFT communications team (four national staff and international/national interns), through:
  • Team workplan setting and review
  • Identifying and supporting growth opportunities, through delegation, exposure or coaching

Promote learning, knowledge management and influence

7. Support the LIFT Fund Management team in ensuring that monitoring and evaluation evidence generated by LIFT is used effectively to inform programme and policy development in Myanmar.

8. Lead a noticeable increase in learning and knowledge management through the development, communication, promotion and use of evidence and experience, of LIFT’s partners and programmes.

Support the Fund Board

9. Support the LIFT Fund Board in key communication tasks, including:
  • ensuring that succinct and accurate minutes are taken of all Fund Board meetings
  • providing regular reports on key themes and issues (currently include weekly/monthly reports on a) Rakhine, b) conflict-affected areas in the Kachin, Shan and SE, c) COVID-19 response, d) Voices from the Field)
  • providing good quality monthly updates of LIFT activities to the Fund Board and Donor Consortium
  • providing quarterly updates on LIFT activities to the Government of Myanmar’s FERD
  • providing Fund Board and donor missions with high-quality briefing kits before each visit

10. Ensure appropriate visibility for LIFT and its donors with all stakeholders, including:
  • creating and implementing visibility guidelines
  • ensuring that the contributions from donors and the role of UNOPS in LIFT are given appropriate coverage and visibility in all publications, promotional activities (e.g. print/media, audio/video, etc.) and on the website
  • assess the communications materials of LIFT partners to ensure that they are appropriate, relevant and in line with LIFT’s visibility guidelines
  • providing accurate information to the local press including press statements
  • ensuring rapid coordination of responses to questions and queries raised about LIFT
  • ensuring appropriate use by the Fund Manager and implementing partners of the LIFT logo and the logos of all donors to LIFT

Education/Experience/Language requirementsView contentEducation
  • Master degree preferably in communication, media studies, journalism, development studies, international relations, public relations or related field is required.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of similar experience is considered as equivalent.
Work experience
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in development and implementation of external communications strategies, external relations and/or other strategic communication roles is required.
  • Experience in development projects, preferably in the area of livelihoods and food security, in a development country, is highly desired.
  • Experience of meeting donors’ visibility, learning and influencing requirements through communications is required.
  • Significant experience in South-East Asia would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of the political, economic and social situation in Myanmar is desirable.
  • Proven ability to write excellent technical reports and policy briefs in the area of agriculture and/or rural development are highly preferred.
  • Excellent presentation skills would be an asset.
Language Requirement
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Myanmar language would be an asset

About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

More information

UNOPS Jobs _ Vacancy - Communications Specialist (Visibility, Learning and Influence).pdf

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