Job Description

Kyrgyzstan is particularly vulnerable to Climate Change, the effects of which include glacial melting and higher risks of glacial lakes outflows, disrupting the water regime and disasters. Extremes in weather and climate, and unsustainable natural resources management, are causing over 20 kinds of dangerous processes that trigger natural disasters, making the socio-economic situation even more fragile and increasing pressure upon local communities. Direct economic losses deriving from natural disasters are estimated at 1-1.5 per cent of annual gross domestic product. Low resilience of people and communities, limited policy and institutional frameworks, and poor forecast and response capabilities impede adequate response to climate change and disasters. Disaster management governance relies on an emergency management structure that is insufficient for a system- wide approach to addressing risks. A multi-disciplinary ‘risk governance’ paradigm needs to be adopted.

Kyrgyzstan is characterized by high degree of Biodiversity concentration at both ecosystem and species levels. However, natural resources exploitation over the past 50 years has severely damaged its ecosystems (forests, pastures and arable lands34). The rural poor, especially women and children, depend on access to natural resources – particularly land and water – for sustainable livelihoods. Climate change and more frequent natural disasters worsen the situation. The state of the environment thus largely hinges on the appropriate, rational management of energy, environment and natural resources.

The Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster (Cluster) will promote integrated approaches to development, applying social and environmental standards and building the resilience of institutions and communities to climate and disaster risks and contributing directly to Sustainable Development Goals 7, 13 and 15, with indirect impact on goals 1, 2, 8 and 12, and in line with the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015-2030. UNDP will help the country to elaborate a long-term low-emission development pathways and support with enhancing the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Policies and legal frameworks and institutions will be supported to apply innovative Climate Change Mitigation and adaptation measures. UNDP will work with other UN Agencies, development partners – including Japan and the Russian Federation, international financial institutions and the private sector – to access climate financing mechanisms for mitigation and adaptation, focusing on improved climate resilience of agricultural livelihoods through scaled-up on-farm water efficiency. ‘Smart’ solutions will be developed and supported at national and subnational levels for the transparent, accountable and sustainable management of natural resources, renewable energy, ecosystem services, chemicals, and waste, for better livelihoods and employment, focusing on women and youth. Women will be empowered to participate in natural Resource Management, and the Government will be supported in ensuring gender-responsive policymaking, monitoring and evaluation related to environmental management, including the collection and use of sex- and age-disaggregated data for evidence-based, inclusive decision-making. National and subnational government capacities will be strengthened to implement gender-responsive disaster risk reduction strategies, risk management capacities, and livelihood and recovery choices.

The development of effective internal and external communication, openness and transparency of activities, timely presentation of information to the public, accountability, consecutive communication strategy and Capacity Building of national partners on these aspects will allow the Cluster to achieve coordinated, informed and greater transformational results. Under the primary supervision of the Programme Advisors and secondary supervision of the UNDP Communications Officer, and in close consultation with the Cluster Team and the Country Office communication unit, The Specialist should enhance communications capacity, the standing and awareness of UNDP and its work with partners, the media and the public by employing client-oriented approaches in UNDP. The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with UNDP programming, financial, procurement and administrative rules, regulations, policies and strategies, as well as implementation of the effective internal control systems.

The Communications Specialist will coordinate the work of national communication consultants contracted under the relevant projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Communications Specialist:

1. Supports the formulation and implementation of programme/projects as related to the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster’s communications and advocacy strategies, supports project development:

  • Provides inputs and information for elaboration of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster’s communication strategy based on corporate communications strategy and UNDP Internal and External Communications Action Plan.

  • Increases awareness of UNDP’s mandate and goals namely in relation to programmes/projects as relates to environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction through dissemination of information, organization of public and media events.

  • Develops and prepares materials for publications, visibility and awareness-raising including briefing materials and media materials for respective programmes/projects.

  • Ensures branding is in line with the corporate requirements.

  • Organizes publicity, advocacy, knowledge-sharing events and promotional opportunities of programmes/projects.

  • Organizes the advocacy and communication campaigns with the purpose of advocacy and awareness raising.

  • Reviews reference materials, identification of reference materials for retention.

  • Researches and retrieves data from internal and external sources.

  • Assists in organization and implementation of joint UN information campaigns as required.

  • Ensures implementation of UNDP publications policy.

  • Prepares and develops communication material and content for communication material, responsible for proofreading and editorial work, quick and detail research.

  • Provide guidance for programme / Senior Management regarding communication materials suggestions, inputs, content development, coordination of production and dissemination of media materials, publications, articles and sharing Results of programmes/projects knowledge and successes.

2. Contributes to the digital activities to promote results, achievements and the progress of programs/projects.

  • Updates the website in three languages.

  • Updates the social media channels (Facebook, twitter and Instagram) with the focus on storytelling, video and photos in three languages.

  • Maintain the database of photos (Flickr account, MS Teams and a hard disk) and videos (Youtube channel and hard disk).

  • Takes proactive initiatives.

3. Ensures maintenance of data bases and knowledge of programmes, projects and activities.

  • Updates and maintains information regarding programmes and projects in line with corporate requirement.

  • Preparation of the content for the web sites in collaboration with Communication Specialist CO ensuring consistency of the materials.

  • Liaise with Media Companies for the publication of Advertisements and placements of programmes/projects publications/messages.

4. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management

  • Support to programme/project personnel in identification, documenting and drafting of success stories, best practices and lessons learned.

  • Organization of training for the programme/project personnel on effective communications and advocacy.

  • Ensure the timely and efficient content development for programmes/projects activities and events.

  • Ensure compliance of communication campaign and activities within donor requirements.

  • Perform any other duties connected directly with implementation of communication related activities as required.

  • Responds positively to new approaches.

5. Maintains effective Client Relationships

  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate manner.

  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.

  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients.

  • Responds to client needs promptly.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment

  • Self-development, initiative-taking

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively

  • Creating synergies through self-control

  • Managing conflict

  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.

Required Skills and Experience


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social science or / communications / or humanities or other related fields.

  • Additional training and certification in communication would be an asset.


  • At least 4 (four) years of relevant experience at the national level in providing communication services to promote the activities of state institutions or / international organizations /or CSOs / or business sector institutions (experience in international development organization is an advantage);

  • Demonstrable strengths in writing, editing and social media experiences;

  • Experience in handling and management of web-based database systems.

  • Experience in video production or graphics design would be an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English, Russian and Kyrgyz languages.


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