United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Knowledge Management and Communications Officer (Logic Project)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

The Local Government Initiatives on Climate change (LOGIC) is a joint project of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), supported by the European Union. LOGIC will promote local action on climate change adaptation at scale. Bangladesh is ranked 5th among the 10 countries of the world most affected by climate change and disasters. It is experiencing change in weather patterns and in the occurrence of extreme events like cyclones and floods, and rising of sea levels. These events exacerbate poverty and vulnerability of people on a regular basis The Government of Bangladesh recognises the severity of climate change and is working to mainstream related concerns into the national development policy, planning and financing. However, in the absence of a specific climate change policy, this sector is served by a number of sectoral policies which also shape the expenditure pattern in the national budget. While the local government institutions (LGIs) are mandated to implement many actions related to climate effects, these actions do not figure in the local plans as climate proofing initiatives. Moreover, the local planning process does not adequately engage communities and vulnerable people to reflect their needs and demands. LOGIC project will enhance the capacity of local government institutions, vulnerable communities, and civil society organisations for effective and inclusive local level planning and financing climate change adaptation solutions in selected climate vulnerable areas. LOGIC will establish two financing mechanisms at the Union level: a Performance-Based Climate Grant and a Community Resilience Fund. By achieving its objectives and results, the project will contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability in Bangladesh. Specifically, the intervention aims at achieving the following objectives: a. To strengthen the capacity of local governments, households and other local stakeholders, to develop local plans that integrate climate change adaptation measures and disaster risk management. b. To establish a financing mechanism to fund local governments and communities for implementing climate change adaptation measures. c. To produce information and evidence to feed further improvements in policies and practices for UPs and national systems in relation to climate change adaptation. Duties and Responsibilities Knowledge Management Communication Officer will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, and overall guidance of the National Project Director. S/he will also closely work with UNDP-UNCDF operations unit, Programme cluster, local government, non-government and civil society organizations. S/he would be responsible for the following key functions:
  • Review available local climate change information and vulnerability and adaptation assessments and highlighting gaps in terms of information, systems or guidance;

  • Research available local climate change vulnerability and adaptation information and generate knowledge products on the basis of accomplished studies, assessments, surveys, policy dialogues and other tools;

  • Support teams in formulating concrete and results-oriented research/knowledge annual plans;

  • Work proactively with the project team to identify opportunities for capturing and sharing knowledge, and disseminating information about major progress and results;

  • Apply his/her knowledge as well as practical experience in knowledge management concepts and tools, including software applications and IT systems;

  • Develop TOR for hiring survey/research firm and facilitate hiring local and international consultants to carry out planned research and communication activities;

  • Provide feedback to hired firm/individual consultants on survey/research tools and technique;

  • Take necessary actions to disseminate the research findings;

  • Providing a regular link with M&E and MIS Officer in knowledge generation and dissemination;

  • Design of different IEC activities for implementation;

  • Facilitate the development and field testing of appropriate messages for climate change awareness-raising and adaptation strategies, communication activities and materials;

  • Capture good practices for producing knowledge products and communications materials;

Competencies Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP and UNCDF;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;

Functional Competencies:
  • Strong analytical skills;

  • Strong knowledge on Action Research;

  • Strong communication and IT skill (MS Office, photoshop, web designing, and other communication-related softwares);

Technical Competencies
  • Understanding of political environment, reform issues and policy formulation;

  • Ability to analyze country context and development situation;

  • Involvement in decentralization and local governance program;

  • Strong background on field level case studies particularly related to Climate Change vulnerability and adaptation;

  • Good grasp on the issues of surrounding political and administrative context and dynamics, local administrative and procedural problems and strengths and weaknesses of democratic governance institutions at local level.

Behavioural Competencies
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;

  • Ability of establishing and good working relationships to facilitate work goals;

  • Ability to demonstrate results-oriented approach to work;

  • Strong networking and inter-personal communication skills;

  • Understanding of gender and human rights issues in the LGI context.

Required Skills and Experience Education: Bachelor degree in mass communication and journalism, library science or any other related subject. Experience:
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the field of communication and knowledge management in development projects in Bangladesh.

  • Solid understanding of climate change vulnerability and adaptation issues;

  • Professional achievements in the relevant fields of knowledge management and communication;

  • Demonstrated experience in developing content that clearly communicates ideas and experiences for media, web, print production, and audio-visual productions.

Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English and Bangla. Disclaimer Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment. Applicant information about UNDP rosters Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements. Note: UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and people living with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Scam warning The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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