Communications Assistant (G4) – OHCHR

Job DescriptionBackgroundThe Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the leading UN entity on human rights with a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people and prioritize human rights in all UN operations.

The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe is one of the field presences of OHCHR. Its primary function is to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the European Union (EU). In addition, the Regional Office works for the integration of a human rights approach in EU external action, migration policies and development cooperation, seizing the impetus created by the Sustainable Development Agenda. The Regional Office further fulfils a good offices role between the UN Human Rights Office globally and UN mechanisms on the one hand and EU institutions on the other.

Duties And Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the OHCHR Regional Representative for Europe and the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Representative, the incumbent will support the implementation of the communications and advocacy strategies of the Regional Office to increase the standing and awareness of OHCHR with partners, the media and the public. Working in close collaboration with relevant colleagues and counterparts s/he will contribute to fulfilling the Regional Office’s overall efforts in developing and sustaining a solid communications network with key partners and constituents in the territories under the jurisdiction of the Regional Office.

The Communications Assistant Will Carry Out The Following Duties

  • Assist in the development of information and outreach materials, and activities to support human rights campaigns, including fact sheets, newsletters, promotional materials, articles, blogs, tweets, brochures.
  • Review translations; help sustain contacts with printers and other suppliers to ensure production.
  • Prepare photo essays, infographics, video and media campaigns for broadcast and print media.
  • Disseminate information, publications and statements; archive up-to-date documentation for publications, clippings, as well as photographic and audio-visual materials.
  • Provide logistical support to outreach activities, initiatives and promotional opportunities, such as media workshops, conference, meetings, press briefings, report launches, information campaigns: engage with facilitators and hosts; arrange times with participants over availability; liaise with budget focal points over costs and needs and prepare background material for participants.
  • Provide assistance during public events such as roundtable discussions, seminars, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, taking minutes and/or notes of the proceedings.
  • Support the coverage of events by drafting and disseminating releases using different channels, if necessary.
  • Research and retrieve information and data from internal and external sources.
  • Support in the timely updating of the Regional Office’s website including uploading of relevant publications, press releases, human-interest stories, etc.
  • Support in the daily management of the Regional Office’s social media channels.
  • In cooperation with the Programme staff, produce reports, web stories and blogs highlighting developments, achievements and successes to feed into the Regional Office’s website and digital media platforms; monitor the digital performance of these outlets; produce other communication assets as needed.
  • Support with feeding media and visibility materials to key constituents.
  • Contribute towards developing and sustaining collegial relations with government, donors, civil society organizations, UN Belgium communication counterparts, local media outlets as well as with groups and organizations whose support is essential to enhance cooperation and ensure coherence in public information activities and messages.
  • Contribute towards the drafting of the Regional Office’s strategic communication plan, including goals and outputs, to increase visibility, human rights storytelling and impact through communication.
  • Provide support in the drafting of specific communication and media plans for the office.
  • Identify and document best practices and lessons learned directly linked to the Regional Office’s communications goals and activities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned and deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Regional Office.

CompetenciesProfessionalismAbility to undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. The ability to perform analysis, modelling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Technological Awareness

Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Secondary education is required.
  • A degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations or related field is desirable, but is not a requirement.


  • A minimum of four (4) years of relevant experience in strategic and digital communications, advocacy, public relations or administration.
  • Experience in digital communications and in working with media is required.
  • Experience in website management, the usage of office software packages and the handling of web-based management systems is required.
  • Experience of Adobe software solutions (Photoshop, Audition, Premiere, etc.) is an asset.
  • Experience with the UN common system, the EU or other similar international organization is desirable.


  • Fluency in both written and oral English and French is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Non-discriminationUNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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