CIRDA Senior Communications and Knowledge Management Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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As the UN system’s development programme and a GEF Implementing Agency since 1991, UNDP supports countries in addressing development, climate, and ecosystem sustainability in an integrated manner. 

In its role as a GEF Implementing Agency, UNDP-GEF offers countries highly specialized technical services for eligibly assessment, programme/project formulation, due diligence, mobilization of required co-financing, project implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management. UNDP-GEF’s Green, Low-emission, Climate-resilient Development Strategies team works to support countries to attract and direct public and private investment towards catalyzing and supporting sustainable economic growth through initiatives focused on integrated Climate Change Strategies, Advancing Cross-sectoral Climate Resilient Livelihoods and Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilient Development.

Recently, the UNDP-GEF, launched the Multi Country Programme to Strengthen Climate Information for Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa (CIRDA). The programme has the objective of supporting with 11 countries in Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia) to enhance national climate services in their efforts to collect, analyse and disseminate climate information as a key tool in long term planning and adaptation.

The CIRDA Programme is providing support by providing technical support and capacity building as well as by fostering knowledge sharing between experts, regional organizations and the countries’ themselves.

UNDP is seeking a Senior Communications and Knowledge Management Expert to implement the communication strategies and manage the knowledge management platforms for the CIRDA Programme at a global and national level. This includes packaging of best practices and lessons learned through the appropriate communication channels and products and the development of knowledge management products to enhance information sharing among national Partners and other development practitioners relevant to the Programme. The consultant will also be responsible, under the guidance of the Programme manager, for strategic messaging that will be transmitted through national and international events.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will be primarily home-based and work under the supervision of the CIRDA Manager, with limited missions to regional/global meetings and UN offices. The consultant will manage the existing on-line repository of technical documents of relevance to the CIRDA supported countries. Furthermore, the consultant will support the CIRDA team to promote South-South and North-South collaboration by designing, organizing and conducting events such as e-workshops, webinars and other cutting edge methods of promoting collaboration. The consultant will work towards ensuring that activities conducted on knowledge generation for CIRDA will complement the existing knowledge networks and platforms on adaptation to climate change.

The Consultant will work with the CIRDA Team, national project managers, country offices, partner and donor country governments, other international/multi-lateral organizations, and contractors on the following:

  • Lead efforts to craft and write success stories and case studies to share as best practices with CIRDA projects at the national level as well as the donor community;
  • Manage and coordinate material for the CIRDA blog to showcase ongoing efforts, results, and impacts of the CIRDA Programme;
  • Collaborate with UNDP communications staff in order ensure all CIRDA Programme content is shared and in line with the messages and visibility guidelines of the UNDP and Programme donors;
  • Upon request, guide and support the development of communication strategies for CIRDA Projects at national level in the core CIRDA Partner countries, and support this process at regional and national meetings;
  • Develop and/or update banners, factsheets, news articles, press releases, newsletters, website pages, videos and articles and other media products as required for the CIRDA Programme;
  • Develop when needed UNDP CIRDA Programme press kits and assist with the facilitation of media at international events;
  • Advise CIRDA Project country teams and the global team on all media and communication related aspects;
  • Copy editing and dissemination of communication materials prepared by CIRDA national project teams and the global CIRDA Programme team;
  • Manage the CIRDA website and populate it with relevant guidance, methodologies and tools (e.g. sector specific guidance) and ensure that it serves as a repository of technical documents of relevance to CIRDA supported countries;
  • Coordination of relevant material to the Climate Adaptation UNDP newsletters to ensure that project information is shared among developer practitioners and partner countries.;
  • Promote CIRDA thematic discussions through existing networks and use of social media.
  • Promote thematic discussions regarding climate information through existing networks, including through webinars and social media (YouTube, Twitter, etc). This includes managing the relevant technological platforms or networks to be employed.

Key Deliverables:

  • Develop 11 knowledge products with good practices and case studies (e.g. fact sheets and case studies, technical reports), including harvesting information from regional workshops (e.g. gathering power points and modifying into video form and developing stories and fact sheets) and national projects, for dissemination through the programme website or blog, inclusion in the newsletter, and sent via email to thematic networks and LISTSERVE;
  • Maintain and improve the CIRDA website and blog (with continuously updated information, simple classification and attractive imaging) – on a weekly basis;
  • Production and dissemination of stories to be included for the UNDP Adaptation Newsletter under the guidance of the CIRDA Manager – on a bimonthly basis;
  • Promote CIRDA thematic discussions through existing networks and use of social media, at least one webinar in the year and promotion of discussion topics during project events.

Information on Working Arrangements:

  • Estimated level of effort: 55 days including travel days;
  • The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection;
  • Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the consultant is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones;
  • The consultant will report directly to the CIRDA Project Manager and will effectively cooperate with CIRDA Regional Technical Advisors and CIRDA Team, as well as, UNDP Country Offices and Project Managers;
  • The consultant must be available to participate in weekly team meetings on a virtual basis (skype);
  • Payments will be made upon submission of a detailed time sheet and certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Supervisor on days worked (with a “day” calculated as 8 hours of work) and outputs delivered.


  • Travel may be required to international workshops to ensure appropriate communications and messaging on-site, and offer guidance to the national teams on visibility and communications matters;
  • Any necessary mission travel must be approved in advance and in writing by the Supervisor;
  • The Advanced and Basic Security in the Field II courses must be successfully completed prior to commencement of travel;
  • Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director;
  • Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives; set forth under;
  • Consultants are responsible for obtaining security clearances and any visas needed in connection with travel with the necessary support from UNDP;
  • The consultant will be responsible for making his/her own mission travel arrangements in line with UNDP travel policies;
  • All related travel expenses will be supported by the project travel fund and will be reimbursed as per UNDP rules and regulations upon submission of an F-10 claim form and supporting documents.  Costs for mission travel should not be included in the financial proposal.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.


  • Advanced editing skills;
  • Good command of commonly used design and publishing software packages;
  • Good command of online publishing software and tools including WordPress and Blogspot;
  • Computer literacy for Microsoft Office Package or equivalent;
  • Good knowledge and command of social media tools (You Tube, etc.);
  • Demonstrated skills in editing news articles, press releases, success stories, newsletters, communication strategies and programmatic reports.


  • Capable of working in a high pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Exercise the highest level of responsibility and be able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.


  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.


  • Work well in a team to advance the priorities of the CIRDA Programme and UNDP as a whole;
  • Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
  • Focuses on results for the client;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s or advanced graduate degree in communications, journalism or other closely related field (Max: 5 points).


  • At least 10 years’ expertise in marketing, communications, journalism or a related field (Max. 5 points);
  • Proven experience in heading or implementing communication/market strategies for technical products at a global level (Max. 5 points);
  • Experience in relevant graphic design and publishing programmes (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or equivalent), developing, editing and layout of publications (Max. 5 points);
  • Experience in working on sustainable development, environmental, weather and/or climate related issues – please provide a link to your portfolio or attach at least 3 examples of previous work relating to development and/or environment, for example: news articles, web articles, publications for which you have been the principal author (Max: 5 points);
  • Experience and good network with international media is a strong asset (Max. 5 points)
  • Experience and good network with the weather and climate development community is a strong asset (Max. 5 points);
  • Previous work experience with developing countries is an advantage (Max: 5 points).

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language (3 Points);
  • Command of French a strong asset (Max. 1 point);
  • Knowledge of Portuguese a strong asset (Max.1 point).

Evaluation Method:

  • Applicants must submit a duly completed and signed UNDP Personal History form (P11). Kindly note you can upload only ONE document to this application. Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated;
  • Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the technical criteria will be weighted at 70% and the financial offer will be weighted at 30%;
  • The technical criteria (education, experience, languages [max 45 points], interview [35 points]), will be based on a maximum 90 points.  Only the top 3 candidates scoring 31.5 points or higher from the review of the education, experience, languages will be considered for the interview;
  • Applicants obtaining 24.5 points or more of the total interview points will be deemed technically compliant and considered for financial evaluation;
  • Financial score (max 100 points) shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified;
  • The financial proposal shall specify an all-inclusive daily fee.In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal must additionally include a breakdown of this daily fee (including number of anticipated working days and all foreseeable expenses to carry out the assignment);
  • Applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.

Documentation to be submitted

  • Applicants must submit a duly completed and signed UNDP Personal History form (P11) to be downloaded from the below link;
  • A link to your portfolio or attach at least 3 examples of previous work relating to development and/or environment, for example: news articles, web articles, publications for which you have been the principal author;
  • Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application.