Expire date Monday, 20 June 2011
Contract type SC 7
Agency UN Women
Duration 6 months (with a possibility for extension)
Place Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Terms of Reference

The Communication Specialist will specifically support the implementation of the UN Women activities in Kyrgyzstan, and will receive technical guidance from the UN Women EECA Regional Office, as well as regular information from EECA section and the thematic sections at UN Women Headquarters.  The Specialist will work in regular consultation with the UN Communication Group and the UN Gender Theme Group.


The Programme Communication Specialist will:

■      Hold responsibility and ensure visibility of UN Women projects and programmes in the country in compliance with rules, ethical guidelines and regulations of the agency;

■      Provide analytical background, support and implement information/communication related initiatives;

■      Closely work and assist projects and programmes of UN Women in Kyrgyzstan to effectively contribute to UN Secretary General's campaigns and projects and other relevant global and regional UN/ UN Women campaigns;

■      Closely work and assist and effectively contribute to joint UN Women campaigns and projects with other partners, including UN Gender Theme Group and UN Communication Group through relevant analytical and participatory interventions as required within the area of responsibility;

■      Closely cooperate and work with the Communications Specialist of UN Women EECA Sub-Regional office and if necessary with other communication specialists from UN Women country offices providing them with the all the relevant materials;

■     Support UN Women team to plan, organize and conduct projects' activities/events including drafting the scene setters, agreeing the terms of participation with partners, media relations, preparing of talking points, invitations, press-releases;

■     Together with UN Women country team regularly contribute information about on-going projects and initiatives to regional UN Women and local UN websites;

■      Prepare regular analysis, human stories, articles, briefs and other communication and information materials derived from UN Women and partners' work;

■      Organize press-conferences, interviews, press tours and other events with media involvement;

■      Carry out and regularly update the baseline review of coverage/portrayal of UN Women project and programme activities in the Kyrgyz Republic in all sources of mass media;

■      Lead development of UN Women communications materials in collaboration with UN Women national, regional and HQ teams as needed;

■      Document and keep all relevant communication and information evidence (agendas, mails, communication materials, press releases, relevant citations/references in media etc.) of performed and relevant actions, and events;

■      Make relevant contributions to the quarterly and annual progress reports prepared by UN Women Kyrgyzstan;

■      Lead the development and up-dating of photo bank related to project activities in Kyrgyzstan;

■      Develop rosters of designers and photographers and identify cost-effective publishing opportunities for different communication materials in Kyrgyzstan;

■     Support the communication from national office to UN Women EECA Sub-Regional Office of relevant events (monthly event calendars) and materials (human stories, inputs to Sub-regional web-page and publications);

■       Perform other duties as required.


UN Women operational from January 2011 was created to address challenges faced by the UN in its efforts to promote gender equality globally. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, it will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. The work of UN Women is oriented around four core principles:

  1. to provide a demand-driven support to Member States and women’s organizations;
  2. to advocate for the world’s women
  3. to serve as a a catalyst and leader within the UN system to ensure coherence in the UN’s response on gender equality and to ensure that all UN organizations, leaders and staff, gender experts and units, pursue their mandates in a manner which best contributes to achieving a gender equal world. 
  4. to be a global broker of knowledge, expertise and experience on what works and on how to align practice with normative guidance from UN inter-governmental bodies.


With the aim to support the national partners for upholding commitments to advance women’s rights and gender equality, UN Women Sub-regional office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SRO) plans to contract a Communication Specialist.

Contact information

How to apply:

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

 A cover letter, contacts of 2 referees and duly completed P-11 form, which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/P_11_form_UNwomen.doc, should be submitted to the address:

The deadline for submission of the applications is June 20, 2011, 18:00 (Bishkek time).   Only short-listed candidates meeting the essential requirements will be called for written test and interview.

Applications without P-11 form will not be considered

Supporting Documents P_11_form_UNwomen.doc (Size: 391 Kb)
Supporting Documents TOR_UNWomen_Communication_Specialist.pdf (Size: 92 Kb)
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