Programme Analyst, Communications, Baghdad, Iraq, NOB

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Job Description

The Position:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Representative, the Communications Analyst plays a
leading role in internal and external information and communication. The incumbent will work in close
collaboration with the Country Office programme staff, the UN system, government counterparts,
development partners and civil society organizations to ensure internal and external flow of
communication and to strengthen partnership. The Communications Analyst will be located in Baghdad,
Iraq, with frequent travel to other parts of the country.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is
safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s global Strategic Plan {2022-2025) focuses on
three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning;
and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture UNFPA’s strategic
commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the 1994 International Conference on
Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action in the last Decade of Action to achieve Agenda
2030 including the SDGs. UNFPA Strategic Plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations, and
individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of health pandemics and
climate crises on women’s and young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and
reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who
embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full
conviction. UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained
results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to
them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose:

In coordination with the Representative, the Communication Analyst will be responsible for
strengthening the information flow and visibility of UNFPA’s assistance by leading the implementation of
the communication strategy of the Country Office. He/she will lead communication, visibility and
knowledge management work for the implementation of UNFPA’s programme as well as support
UNFPA’s broader communications work in the Iraq among national partners, donors, media, and UN
You would be responsible for: 

A. Communication strategy:

  • Review, design and update the Country Office (CO) Communications and Social Media Strategies; • Manage the implementation of the CO communications strategy, preparing annual work plans and updating them on a regular basis;
  • Lead and oversee the development of all types of methods of communication including print, TV, radio, web, photography, digital, quarterly newsflashes for the CO programme, and speeches to reach the media and the public;
  • Organize and facilitate training sessions to improve and increase media/communication skills and capacity of Iraq staff;
  • Organize and facilitate field visits for strategic media focal points on the CO programme and UNFPA’s mandate and relevant topics;
  • Create a well-catalogued electronic photo and video library;
  • Provide guidance and contribute to the CO Behavior Change Communication strategy implementation.

B. Publications strategy and plan based on the corporate publications policy.

  • Identify and develop story lines for publications and substantive articles contributing to debates on development issues as they affect Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth and women’s empowerment;
  • Oversee daily media scanning and summary in regard to topics related to the UNFPA’s programme to inform the Iraq staff, operating a functional internal alert system;
  • Coordinate and manage all publication activities, including content management, norms for publishing, design, liaison with printers and other suppliers to oversee production and supervision of publications dissemination.

C. Web Based Knowledge Management System

  • Design and expand the CO’s webpage, including projects/programmes specific pages and based on corporate requirements in cooperation with the ICT staff;
  • Supervise and prepare content for the web site ensuring consistency of the materials;
  • Strengthen and maintain the CO knowledge management system working with M&E staff to ensure all knowledge products are catalogued and widely disseminated.

D. Sustainable Partnerships and Advocacy

  • Participate in the UN Communications Group;
  • Assist in evidence-based advocacy efforts for the program and broader ICPD agenda with national institutions and other UN agencies;
  • Pursue innovative ways to maintain and create new partnerships with government, non- government agencies, development partners and donors in communications related areas and maintain a continuous flow of information;
  • Create, promote and contribute to campaigns for local, regional and international media that position the Transformative Agenda and influence on-going development work, based on current programme and new initiatives;
  • Support advocacy initiatives such as the organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, launches;
  • Develop and maintain media contacts and networks, providing newsworthy information to public and donors to increase coverage and understanding of the Transformative Agena and UNFPA’s work in the region, while ensuring coherence in public information activities and messages;
  • Contribute to annual reporting of the Country Program and formatting and packaging of key materials for the donor in close collaboration with programme staff.

E. Provide strategic advocacy and communications advice to Senior Management

  • Liaise with the UNFPA Regional Office to keep Iraq CO’s work aligned with UNFPA’s regional and global communications efforts;
  • Provide guidance and support to Senior Management in planning and implementing advocacy and communication activities that project UNFPA’s branding and image accurately and effectively;
  • Cooperate with all units within the Iraq CO to provide support for all advocacy and communication requirements;
  • Provide guidance to and liaise with all other personnel so that media and communications are integrated through their respective Transformative Agenda activities.

Perform any other activities/responsibilities as assigned by UNFPA.

Qualifications and Experience: 


An advanced University degree (Master’s degree or higher) in one or more of the following disciplines: Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Social Sciences, or other relevant subjects. Knowledge and Experience
Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Minimum three (3) years of professional experience in communication, media, broadcast, media relations, or public relations, including building and maintaining relationships with journalists; researching stories; organizing press conferences; writing press releases and news for website and social media
  • Experience of internal communications including communication of key corporate messages;
  • Experience of managing the production of printed material, including brochures, leaflets, briefing third party designers/printers to ensure corporate brand and style is met; Experience in managing websites and social media accounts;
  • Experience in planning and managing public events;
  • Excellent command of written English and Arabic, and proven ability to write and edit engaging news, stories, and feature articles, as well as compelling social media content;
  • Sound editorial judgement, analytical ability and sensitivity to the issues UNFPA addresses;
  • Good facilitation and coordination skills, demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner and meet tight deadlines;
  • High sense of responsibility. Tact, discretion, initiative and good judgment in dealing with staff members, partners and other stakeholders;
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with software packages essential to create compelling content (print/visual/online);
  • Photography and videography skills are in asset.


Fluency in English and Arabic is required.


Required Competencies:



Exemplifying integrity,

Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN     system,

Embracing cultural diversity,

Embracing change

Functional Competencies:

Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda

Leveraging the resources of national governments and      partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships

Delivering results-based programmes

Internal and external communication and advocacy for      results mobilisation

Core Competencies: 

Achieving results,

Being accountable,

Developing and applying professional             expertise/business acumen,

Thinking analytically and strategically,

Working in teams/managing ourselves and our    relationships,

Communicating for impact


Managerial Competencies:

Providing strategic focus,

Engaging in internal/external partners and       stakeholders,

Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance

Making decisions and exercising judgment


Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, rental subsidy, education grant, home leave, health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA’s workforce – click here to learn more.



Selection and appointment may be subject to background and reference checks, medical clearance, visa issuance and other administrative requirements.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

Applicants for positions in the international Professional and higher categories, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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