Description of assignment title

Communications and Reporting Assistant

Assignment country


Expected start date


Sustainable Development Goal

10. Reduced inequalities

Volunteer category

National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities


Host entity





6 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments


Duty stations



Mission and objectives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, dis-aster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. For several years, UNDP with the support of various donors, Japan, Germany, Sweden, the European Union has made early recovery and stabilization within communities hard hit by the crisis its priority. More recently, UNDP has committed to implementing the regional stabilization strategy, adopted in May 2018 by the States Parties of the LCBC and endorsed by the African Union. The socio-economic situation and the endemic unemployment of youth and women in the intervention areas call for immediate interventions to consolidate the trend towards a return and the setting in orbit of an irreversible stabilization. The implementation of such immediate actions re-quires the presence within the National Stabilization Window team of a Communication and Re-porting Assistant who will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator in collaboration with the entire team based in Maroua and Yaoundé as well as with colleagues from other projects


UNDP has committed to implementing the regional stabilization strategy, adopted in May 2018 by the States Parties of the LCBC and endorsed by the African Union. In order to implement this strategy, UNDP proposed a regional facilitation program to the states, which was officially launched at the second governors’ forum held on July 17 in Niamey. On October 7, 2019, Cameroon held a Steering Committee meeting on the National Stabilization Window, which is a variation of the regional stabilization project.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Stabilization (HoS) in Maroua and the guidance of the CO Communication Analyst, the National UN Volunteer in Communications and Reporting will de-velop a communication plan and undertake the following tasks: • Prepare content for traditional or social media platforms and networks, a printed materials to enhance coverage and support of UNDP’s activities ensuring consistency with corporate messages and standards; • Execute communication strategies for stabilization project activities according to the speci-ficities of the different stakeholders (keeping in mind what is meaningful, important, and im-mediate for them) in compliance with UNDP’s communication rules, principles and stand-ards; • Monitor media coverage and provides management with a regular overview of relevant is-sues discussed in the media; • Plan and organize, with the public and private media, the media coverage of the project events; • Produce well-presented and effective publications and other knowledge products to com-municate key lessons learnt and best practices; • Draft and analyse projects’ reports and ensure timely dissemination of to stakeholders; • Prepare articles on project activities for donors information and contribution communication products (newsletter, brochure, publications, …); • Ensure that all communication products of the Maroua office are well presented, result fo-cus, informative, clear and concise; • Maintain an up-to-date database photo of the best images expressive of the issues, actions and results of the project; • Monitor and coordinate materials, schedules, facilities and clearances, and provide support for special events, and video/film, photographic and radio projects; • Conduct clearly defined research on relevant thematic in relation with project; • Contribute to a consistent visual narration, evidence-based story telling and telling of untold stories of actors and beneficiaries to advance transformative results; • Maintain a data base of national and local media partners and journalists; • Ensure timely media relations with media professionals and effective story pitching on UNDP’s work in the region; • Draft success stories to be shared with the Country Office for further dissemination. Ensure that all stories and reports are packaged in a compelling format that can be shared across traditional and digital media platforms; • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as and when required assigned by the HoS and Program team. Results • The key results are aimed at boosting the ability of UNDP to engage key stakeholders to support and/or take forward efforts, leading to better results in terms of programme out-comes and outputs. The key results also have an impact on effective communication and dissemination of information about the role and impact of UNDP in the Far North region. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the as-signment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in Reporting and Communication in a development or humanitarian organization. Very good mastery of the MS Office suite, good mastery of desktop publishing software. proficiency in graphic design software will be an asset.

Area(s) of expertise

Communication, Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Journalism, Development Communications/Studies, Media Relations, Mass Communication, Mar-keting, Public Relations, Political Science

Competencies and values

Client Orientation; Professionalism; Respect for diversity and gender; Teamwork; Communication

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Maroua is a non-family duty station.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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