Communications and Innovation Consultant, Beijing, China 218 views


The Communications and Innovation Consultant is responsible for providing communications and innovation support to the Communication, Innovation and Partnership Team as it leads the design and implementation of UNDP’s overall communications strategy, including design and roll out high-impact, multimedia campaigns; programme-oriented communications products; media relations and key events; localization of global content for Chinese audiences; and disseminate publications for policy impact. Specifically, he/she will assist in the design and implementation of Country Office communications and advocacy strategies and action plan, assist in drafting and editing project/partnership proposals and external outreach materials (press releases, speeches, briefings etc.), and support the development of a comprehensive international social media strategy and ensure effective daily management.

On the innovation front, he/she will be assisting in facilitating and prototyping innovative development solutions and experiment with new ways of working as UNDP strives to be at the forefront tackling complex and interconnected development challenges as the Sustainable Development Goals reflect a paradigm shift in development work.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist in developing and implementing an overall communications strategy and action plan to promote UNDP’s work in China to domestic and international audiences.
  • Draft, edit and/or provide quality assurance of external outreach and communications materials, including speeches, Op-Eds, success stories, press releases, website write-ups, PowerPoint Presentations, proposals, etc.
  • Assist in developing an international social media strategy and coordinate with HQ and RBAP for its implementation; ensure effective day-to-day update and management of CO international social media accounts
  • Assist in managing and disseminating CO publications and serve in the Publications Taskforce
  • Conduct research on behalf of the Country Office, compiling background materials, statistical data and briefing notes for meetings, high-level visits and meetings, media briefings among others
  • Assist in strengthening and maintaining international media relations in order to increase the impact of UNDP’s work, including handling enquiries from international media.
  • Support the design and rolling out of creative and high-visibility social media campaigns for the Sustainable Development Goals and other advocacy campaigns under specific Goals;
  • Effective communications support and story-telling for UNDP China programmes and projects
  • Be available to assist in ad-hoc tasks as required both within UNDP and other UN agencies in China.


  • Provide effective support to the design and implementation of the Country Office’s innovation strategies;
  • Lead a number of specific innovation initiatives in the portfolio/office in coordination with the Communication and Innovation Officer and the Communication and Innovation Associate;
  • Help organize innovation events such as conferences, camps, seminars, workshops, summits, etc.;
  • Conduct research on innovative thinking and practice, developing proposals for new initiatives;
  • Advise programme teams on innovation thinking and approaches and contribute to fostering an innovation culture in the office;
  • Prepare and provide quality assurance of Country Office innovation outreach materials, including reports, issue briefs, speeches, briefing notes, etc;

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

The Communications and Innovation Consultant will be expected to contribute to the work of the Communications, Innovation and Partnerships Team as it strives to help reposition UNDP in China during a period of significant change in the structure and modality of the organisation’s operations. Meanwhile, he/she will provide timely information to senior management enabling informed decisions to be made on political, economic and social developments.

  • Effective support to quality assurance of CO external communications materials
  • Effective implementation of the communications and publication strategies, including:
  • Managing Country office website
  • Managing international social media accounts
  • Drafting Success Stories and web articles to communicate programmes results and impact
  • Drafting Op-Eds to increase UNDP’s policy impact
  • Drafting Media advisory, press releases, media Q&A briefings and other media materials
  • Advising programme teams in response to their communications needs and efforts
  • Providing communications advisory as part of UNDP’s development consultancy service offer to government partners
  • All other communications support to be provided as needed

Facilitating innovation thinking and practices in the office

  • Providing CO training / information sharing on innovation best practices, such as design thinking, problem framing, or increasing digital literacy, etc.
  • Supporting CO programmes and projects by integrating innovation and adopting portfolio approach, including cross-programme project design and integration
  • Conceptualizing and concretizing innovation initiatives by developing innovation concept notes, issue briefs and other outreach and partnership materials

Facilitation of knowledge building and sharing

  • Advising programme and policy teams on quality assurance of CO publications

Institutional Arrangement:

  • The Communications and Innovation Consultant reports to the Assistant Resident Representative under the Communications, Innovation and Partnership Team.

Duration of the Work:

  • The duration of this assignment shall be for 1 year.


Functional Competencies:

  • Master’s degree or higher degree in communications, journalism, business management, marketing, advertising, international relations, development, or a related field.
  • Publication-standard English drafting and editing skills.
  • Experience in developing and implementing communications strategies and campaign tactics
  • Minimal 3 years of working experience in the field of communications, journalism, public-relations, marketing or related fields
  • Experience with website management
  • Experience with developing and managing social media.
  • Ability to think out of box and translate innovative thinking into practice
  • Good analytical and organizational skills

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates sound judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity to confidential matters.
  • English as native language, Chinese an asset.
  • Demonstrates commitment to UN’s mission, vision and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Good coordination and organisational skills: Ability to manage multiple projects, address fluctuating priorities and tight deadline.
  • Experience and familiarity with UN/UNDP procedures an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Final selection criteria


  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number)
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price.

Documents to be included when submitting application

Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal (download the format in the link provided: (Code:qjmb) together with your CV while submitting application.

For people who apply from UNDP Jobs, please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading.


Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications/skills will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.The final offer goes to the highest combined score winner.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. 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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