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Job Identification: 4940

Locations: Baghdad, Iraq - Erbil, Iraq

Posting Date: 08/01/2022, 04:06 PM

Apply Before: 08/27/2022, 11:59 PM

Job Schedule: Full time

Grade: NOA

Vacancy Type: Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational: Non-Rotational

Contract Duration: 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience: Master's Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Other Criteria: Experience in editing & copywriting skills, including articles, reports, press releases preferred;

Required Languages: English and Arabic

Desired Languages: Kurdish

Vacancy Timeline: 2 Weeks

Job Category: Communications




The Position:

The Communications Analyst plays a critical role in developing and implementing the communications and advocacy strategy for UNFPA in Iraq and ensuring reporting on the delivery of UNFPA programmes.

The Communication Analyst will be based in the Erbil sub-office and will work under the supervision of the Communication Specialist.


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 new strategic plan (2022-2025), focuses on three transformative results: (a) ending the unmet need for family planning; (b) ending preventable maternal deaths; and (c) ending gender-based violence and harmful practices, including female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage.  

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:

Under the overall guidance of the Representative and the direct supervision of the Communication Specialist, he/she will work in close collaboration with the Programme and Operations Teams, Regional Office and will maintain relationship with other UN Agencies and the UN Strategic Communication Group.

She/he will also work closely with different partners to ensure internal and external flow of communication and information, particularly with media, and to strengthen partnership.


You would be responsible for:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of the CO communications and advocacy strategy;
  • Supporting the development of the social media strategy and monthly plan;
  • Maintaining a relationship with national and local media partners;
  • Collecting and drafting human interest stories related to the results achieved through UNFA-led projects;
  • Preparing press releases, articles, key messages, and other advocacy materials;
  • Overseeing the translation, adaptation, or rewriting of information received for the local context;
  • Managing the publication of materials for final approval; establish and maintain relationships with printers/ publishers;
  • Providing support to IPs and UNFPA staff on corporate communication guidelines and regulations;
  • Supporting implementing partners in ensuring UNFPA and donors' visibility.
  • Managing and updating the UNFPA website in three languages;
  •  Supporting the preparation of a monthly e-newsletter and other online materials, as necessary;
  • Providing support to advocacy efforts and campaigns that apply innovative approaches, organize publicity events, and prepare briefing materials and press releases.


Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Advanced degree in Journalism, Communications, Digital Marketing or other closely related field is required.


Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Up to two years of progressively professional experience in communications, digital marketing or related relevant field at the national level;
  • Excellent understanding of social media and online communication and media;
  • Experience required in editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports, social media content, press releases preferred;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Experience in video and photo editing and design software is an asset (Adobe package).
  • Practical experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of communications projects.


  • Fluency in English and Arabic; knowledge of Kurdish is desirable.


Required Competencies: 


  • Exemplifying integrity, 
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system, 
  • Embracing cultural diversity, 
  • Embracing change


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


Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Job knowledge/Technical expertise/In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
  • Knowledge Management and Learnings
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Leadership and self-management.

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.



UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

Workforce diversity:

UNFPA is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.



Should you have the required qualifications apply by 27 August 2022 on: