UN Youth Volunteer in Communications

The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (OSGEY) plays a lead role in the UN's efforts on youth development, focusing on raising international awareness of and bringing attention to youth issues and promoting youth rights and stronger youth participation in setting, implementing and evaluating the various development, peace and security, human rights and humanitarian frameworks.
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Application open
01 Jun 2021
Application Close
20 Jun 2021

The Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (OSGEY) plays a lead role in the UN's efforts on youth development, focusing on raising international awareness of and bringing attention to youth issues and promoting youth rights and stronger youth participation in setting, implementing and evaluating the various development, peace and security, human rights and humanitarian frameworks.

 

The OSGEY plays a lead role in advancing the roll-out, implementation and monitoring of the UN Youth Strategy, "Youth2030", that guides the entire UN System’s work with and for young people and seeks to facilitate increased impact and expanded global, regional and country-level action to address the needs, build the agency and advance the rights of young people around the world.


This assignment will be undertaken in support of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (OSGEY) to provide critical support to the implementation of OSGEY’s
communications strategy.The assignment will involve: supporting the overall social media strategy and various campaigns, contributing to core communication efforts, aligning content with the OSGEY and Youth2030 brand guidelines to convey a strong and consistent brand, sharing social media content with key partners within the UN system and externally, and collaborating closely with OSGEY staff and external partners on programmatic messaging and campaigns.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and direct supervision of the Strategic Partnerships and Communications Lead, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • As part of a team, the youth volunteer will support the coordination of social media coverage of important events; support liaison function with news and publicationsagencies, public relations firms, internal and external partners of the office.
  • Support the content creation and day-to-day management of the social media
    accounts of the Youth Envoy and work on new and existing social media campaigns and initiatives for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Weibo.
  • Specifically highlight the integration of youth and youth volunteers in UN field
    operations across all UN pillars (development, peace and security, human rights,
    humanitarian), including in joint initiatives with other UN and external partners.• Using relevant computer software, assist with creating designs in appropriate format for promotional and other material, e.g. brochures, presentational materials, announcements, video and audio material, catalogues, etc.; ensure that photos, graphics, etc. are appropriate and conform to UN standards.
  • Assist in the production and editing of video/film projects, podcasts, radio
    programmes or website projects; track all production material; produce scripts, cue cards, etc., select and catalogue sound and visual materials for inclusion in
    productions, and obtain requisite clearances and copyrights; coordinate scheduling of commercial and internal production facilities; direct studio recordings and/or evaluate audio quality of recordings for inclusion in programmes.
  • Research, compile and organize information and reference materials from various sources for reports, work plans, studies, briefings, meetings/conferences, etc.
  • Proofread documents and edit texts for accuracy, grammar, punctuation and style, and for adherence to established standards for format as laid out in the UN Style Guide.
  • Assist in the maintenance of websites by scanning, converting and posting a variety of documents onto the site.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate
    technology/software.
  • Maintain calendar/schedules; monitor changes and communicate relevant
    information to appropriate staff inside and outside the immediate work unit.
  • Perform data entry and extraction functions.
  • Review, record, distribute and/or process mail and other documents; follow-up on impending actions.
  • Update and maintain large distribution lists; monitor, prepare and distribute various materials, reports, where possible using electronic formats; handle arrangement for printing and translation as necessary.
  • Maintain files (both paper and electronic) and databases for work unit.
  • Assist in providing software and office equipment support.
  • Perform other duties as required.

 

Duration of the assignment and level of effort

The duration of this assignment is anticipated to be from 16 August 2021 – 15 February 2022.

 

 

Program highlights
Duration
6 Months
Location
New York (Remote Work or in-person)
Target
First Level University degree in communications, media, public relations digital marketing or other relevant field
Application criteria
  • Recognized First Level University degree in communications, media, public relations digital marketing or other relevant field
  • Fluency in English (both oral and written); excellent writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and positive working attitude
  • Strong ability to multi-task and a drive for on-time delivery
  • Previous experience in creating, implementing and supporting youth-focused advocacy campaigns or communications programmes would be considered an asset
  • Relevant experience in managing organizational social media accounts would be
    considered an asset
  • Previous formal or informal experience in developing creative content for social
    media will be considered favourably (including experience with programmes such as Canva, Adobe Suite, etc.)

  • Previous formal or informal experience in developing audiovisual assets will be
    considered favourably
  • Fluency in another UN language, in addition to English, would be considered an asset
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Application Close
20 Jun 2021
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