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Job title: Communications and Resource Mobilisation Specialist

Level: P3

Position Number: 129092

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Full/Part time: Full time

Fixed term/Temporary: Fixed term

Rotational/Non Rotational: Non Rotational

Duration: One year (renewable)


The Position:

The Communications and Resource Mobilisation Specialist is responsible for providing strategic advice and hands-on content creation and support, to ensure the best possible coverage for UNFPA’s mandate in the Asia and Pacific region and to contribute towards effective and efficient donor relations management. The incumbent will help coordinate and produce relevant, high quality and results-driven communication materials and content for a range of audiences and stakeholders, including media, donors/funders and private sector partners.

You will help establish and maintain effective working relationships with partners, donors, UNFPA Country offices and representatives of all types of media, including traditional and digital media, news networks, services and agencies.

You will work in an integrated manner with the programme and technical staff at the UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO) to raise visibility for the outputs and outcomes of the UNFPA Asia-Pacific Regional Programme and the Global Strategic Plan, underpinned by the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Communications Adviser and with a dotted line to the Regional Resource Mobilisation and Partnerships Adviser, you will support the coordination of communication and creation of critical content, as well as contribute towards the implementation of the Regional Office’s resource mobilisation and partnerships strategy.


How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, taking the lead in delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s current Global Strategic Plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.

In the face of challenges resulting from growing conservatism and pushback on gender equality and human rights, as well as opportunities to reach multiple audiences via technology and create new partnerships while strengthening current relationships with governments, civil society, funders/donors and media, UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results.

We need principled and ethical staff, who embody human rights norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction; 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 a complex operating environment, you will play a vital role in supporting the Communications and Resource Mobilisation and Partnership Units in coordinating and supporting communication, media and fundraising and partnerships activities around key project priorities and events in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender and population and development.

You will ensure that substantial programme events, success stories and good practices, along with challenges and gaps that must be addressed, are well documented and communicated in social, broadcast and print media, highlighting the roles of the donor community and partners. 

You will help support and strengthen the close collaboration between the Communications and Resource Mobilisation and Partnerships Units, ensuring that the content created, with a focus on storytelling with a human face, demonstrates the crucial impact UNFPA has across the Asia-Pacific region, and demonstrates the return on investment made by donors/funders and other partners. You will also provide support to UNFPA country offices in the region through review and oversight of key external documents such as donor reports, proposals and drafting briefing notes for engagement with donors.


You would be responsible for:


A. Supporting the planning and design of internal and external strategies for communications and outreach, including vis-à-vis the media and public, as well as donors/funders and other partners.

  • Support the planning and execution of communication needs assessments for the Regional Office;
  • Plan and design internal and external strategies for communications and project outreach based on corporate communication strategies;
  • Provide constructive advice on incorporation of advocacy and communication components into all aspects of the project implementation framework.
  • Support the Regional Office efforts towards enhancing the impact of the “150 Donors” campaign by developing advocacy material that will enable country offices to effectively engage with the host governments.

B. Support the Regional and Country Offices in conceptualising and creating stories and other content, and help build capacity for the same.

  • Help establish and implement a content creation strategy and plan;
  • Ensure or enhance the quality, consistency and appropriateness of country-specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages shared with partners.
  • Identify and develop stories for publication and substantive articles contributing to awareness and action on key issues;
  • Coordinate and manage project publication activities, including content management, helping the Regional Office set norms for publishing, design, liaison with printers and other suppliers to oversee production and supervision of dissemination;
  • Draft content as required, and oversee design and production of printed, electronic, audiovisual and online materials as needed (reports, brochures, leaflets, booklets, etc.).

C. Online knowledge management system and digital and social media platforms

  • Design/develop content for UNFPA and partner online platforms, with a focus on social media (currently Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and podcasts) content that is creative, compelling and strategic, with a view to attracting and expanding audiences, including influential personalities and organisations;
  • Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media, partners, donors and other appropriate audiences.
  • Help use online and social media analytics to support audience analysis and influencer identification and outreach;
  • Strengthen and expand the current digital management system of project visual and audio assets including photography, video footage, podcasts and sound bites;
  • Develop, maintain and update media relations, donor and partners contact list/database;
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen the capacity of country offices through appropriate resource mobilisation and communication training and through knowledge sharing;
  • Conduct timely and accurate monitoring and evaluation activities to ensure the communications objectives are met and the strategy is effective.
  • Undertake lessons learnt reviews of successful and unsuccessful communication and resource mobilisation experiences and share observations/findings with country, regional and Headquarters communication and resource mobilisation colleagues so that best practices benefit UNFPA’s work.

D. Resource Mobilisation, Networking and Partnerships

  • Share resource mobilization opportunities with country offices and where required, provide guidance and support with pursuing these opportunities in line with corporate guidelines
  • Familiarize yourself with key donor priorities, processes and procedures as well UNFPA rules and regulations related to co-financing agreements and ensure compliance with these through effective oversight of all new/pipeline donor agreements at the regional and country levels
  • Maintain the regional funding pipeline and engage with the country offices to ensure that the latest information is reflected in the pipeline
  • Help establish and maintain close working relationships with representatives of the media, partners and donors;
  • Help develop and maintain collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with communications counterparts from other UN agencies, government institutions, funders/donors and other partners to enhance cooperation and to ensure coherence in joint communications and public information activities and messages.
  • Participate in planning events and donor, partner and Ambassador-level visits, including preparing information materials and supporting necessary logistic arrangements.
  • List the key duties attached to the role that the candidate should expect.

Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership. 


Qualifications and Experience



Advanced university degree (Master’s) in communications, media relations, journalism or relevant social sciences  

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in communications, advocacy, social marketing, resource mobilisation and partnerships, or other relevant fields;
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience in communications and partnerships strategy development;
  • Knowledge of donor policies and procedures a distinct advantage;
  • Experience in editing/reviewing of donor agreements and reports;
  • Proven experience of managing partners or a strong track record of developing effective partnerships with donors, media and other stakeholders
  • Strong experience in digital and social media, including content creation, analytics, digital strategy and digital engagement
  • Excellent research and writing skills, with experience in writing reports, e-newsletters, fact-sheets, talking points, brochures, video production and developing multimedia web content;
  • Experience in the use of office and creative software packages, good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based content management systems. Experience of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro and Illustrator is strongly desirable;
  • Field experience is strongly desirable;
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an advantage.



Fluency in English is required; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable.


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 resource mobilisation and partnerships

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


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 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

Notice to applicants: In accordance with the 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, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment.  Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; (c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.



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