Communications and Events Officer

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) Communications and Events Coordinator
Location New York, United States
Application deadline 18 July 2021
Contract type Consultancy
Hours Full-time
Salary USD60,000-USD70,000
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United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York is an independent think tank within the United Nations system. We combine research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.

The Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative

FAST is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in response to calls from the G7, the G20 and the United Nations General Assembly to mobilise the financial sector in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. In under two years, the initiative has already had substantial impact, having trained thousands of financial sector professionals in more than 130 countries, mobilised institutional investors to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking, developed risk analysis tools for the sector, and provided input into a range of multilateral and regulatory policy processes. It has also organised a coalition of banks and survivor support organisations to provide survivors with improved access to financial services.

The role

UNU-CPR is looking for a Communications and Events Officer for the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative to advance project aims and promote outputs, as well as to enhance the initiative’s profile, policy impact and reach. Working with the FAST Project Director and UNU-CPR’s Head of Communications as well as the FAST project team, the Officer is a crucial team member dedicated to building and extending the FAST community. The position will also support other UNU-CPR communications initiatives and events, helping to further strengthen the Centre’s influence and audience.

Key roles and responsibilities

The Communications and Events Officer will:

  • develop creative and innovative outreach strategies to disseminate products to the right audiences at the right time to promote the FAST initiative and its objectives, using new and established communications channels
  • coordinate, design, and produce a variety of communications products including a monthly newsletter, multimedia products, training solutions, and other digital outputs
  • provide broad communications support, including website development and maintenance, content creation and curation, editorial support, and strategic messaging
  • implement all aspects of event planning and execution, including event collateral creation and marketing
  • plan and organise meetings and workshops, including for events held abroad and those held in-person, virtually and in hybrid format
  • monitor policy developments and news relating to the intersection of finance and modern slavery to feed into communications products and dissemination strategies
  • compile and maintain data and reports in relation to communication outputs and events
  • provide support to other UNU-CPR communications initiatives and events, particularly virtual events and UNU-wide initiatives

Experience and skills

  • a graduate qualification (bachelor’s degree) in communications, journalism, project management, business, or a related field
  • at least 4 years of relevant communications experience required, ideally with events experience
  • experience with MS Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress or equivalent is required
  • excellent writing, editing and project management skills with a strong attention to detail
  • full professional proficiency in English; knowledge of other language(s) desirable
    experience working with the UN, Member States, NGO, or international organisations is desirable
  • experience in dealing with matters related to business and human rights, modern slavery/human trafficking, sustainable finance, or corporate social responsibility would be an advantage
  • strong ability to establish priorities, multitask, and work within tight timelines
  • ability to work independently and report work activities in a timely and proactive manner
  • solid interpersonal and problem-solving skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender parity

Additional information

The duration of the initial contract is 1 year. This is Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU, with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration on a PSA contract with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for PSA holders is 65 years.

Annual net salary in the range of USD 60,000 – USD 70,000, commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a health insurance scheme.