Digital Specialist Consultant

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Result of Service
• Knowledge, events and other activities generated by the Programme is accessible and disseminated to key stakeholders in Africa. • Increased visibility of UN-REDD Programme through social media and the website • Increased visibility of forests as a key climate solution through social media and the website. • Improved social media coordination between forest players to increase impact. • Increased visits, downloads and interactions on the UN-REDD website. • Timely, systematic and accurate reporting on KM/Comms activities • Increased quality and quantity of stakeholder list on Constant Contact
Work Location
Expected duration
12 months
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP, through its Climate Mitigation Unit, is a key partner in the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD programme), which builds on the combined convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme and UNEP. Deforestation and forest degradation accounts for approximately 12-17 per cent of carbon emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. It is now clear that stabilizing global average temperature rise within two degrees Celsius will be practically impossible to achieve without reducing emissions from the forest sector. As the flagship UN knowledge and advisory partnership on forests and climate, the UNREDD Programme supports 65 countries worldwide in their nationally-led REDD+ processes to reduce forest emissions, enhance forest carbon stocks, mobilize large-scale finance and raise forest and climate ambitions. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism developed by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It creates a financial value for the carbon stored in forests by offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. An essential part of this mission is to ensure the meaningful involvement of all stakeholders, particularly indigenous communities and those reliant on forests, in both national and international REDD+ implementation efforts. UNEP’s Climate Mitigation Unit contributes its expertise to the UN-REDD Programme across three main areas: REDD+ Finance; Social and Environmental Safeguards; and Knowledge and Advocacy. • REDD+ Finance is currently not sufficient to change the economics of deforestation and forest degradation. UNEP provides technical assistance to countries to enhance their access and mobilize REDD+ financing, including both upfront/ex-ante and results-based financing/post-ante financial support to enable them to deliver high-quality emissions reductions from forests. • Although REDD+ has the potential to deliver social and environmental benefits that go beyond the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, it may also entail potential risks to people and the environment. To protect against these potential risks while promoting benefits, UNEP, supports countries in developing and tracking social and environmental safeguards (Cancun safeguards) throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. • Finally, mobilizing social and political support is necessary to raise the ambition of countries to meet their forests and climate goals. UNEP leads on efforts to facilitate knowledge generation and sharing of REDD+ practices, experiences, and innovation within and across countries and regions. It also runs knowledge-based advocacy campaigns to shift current behavior/practices, narratives and policies towards equitable and sustainable forest conservation and management. The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UN-REDD Global Knowledge and Communications Coordinator. Key Responsibilities: 1. Develop and implement communication plans for Africa regional events, ensuring effective dissemination and visual documentation in collaboration with the Global KM/Communication team. 2. Collaborate with the KM Specialist to ensure that activities, knowledge products, and materials in the Africa region reach the intended audience. 3. Craft engaging stories and blogs that highlight UN-REDD’s efforts in Africa and identify platforms for enhancing the visibility of these initiatives. 4. Oversee UN-REDD’s social media platforms, ensuring active engagement, consistent content delivery, and monitoring of growth metrics and audience interaction. 5. Maintain the UN-REDD website, ensure it is up-to-date and user-friendly, manage website analytics, provide technical support, and oversee communication tools and software maintenance. 6. Plan and execute content strategies in close collaboration with UNEP and UN-REDD teams, focusing on aligning with key events and initiatives, especially those related to Africa. 7. Develop and implement a systematic approach for data collection and analysis in partnership with the KM Specialist, supporting consistent and reliable reporting on communications efforts.
Qualifications/special skills
• A High school diploma or equivalent is required. • Diploma/Certificate in Graphic Design will be an added advantage. • A minimum 10 years of proven experience in social media and website management • Proven experience of managing social media platforms including knowledge on current social media tools e.g Hootsuite is required. • Proven experience of updating and managing websites including knowledge of at least one Content Management System (CMS) is required. • Experience in communicating on forests, climate change and REDD+ issues is an asset. • Previous experience working with an international Organization is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of any other official UN languages would be an asset.
Additional Information
Not available.
No Fee

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