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Job title:                                                      Communications Assistant

Level:                                                           SC SB3

Position Number:

Location:                                                     Skopje, North Macedonia
Full/Part-time:                                           Full-Time

Fixed-term/Temporary:                            N.A.

Rotational/Non-Rotational:                     N.A.

Duration:                                                1 year (with the possibility of extension) subject to satisfactory performance. 



The Position:


The Communications Assistant assists the implementation of the project “Prevention and Protection against Gender-Based Violence in North Macedonia”, funded by the British Embassy in Skopje, implemented by UNFPA. The project supports the Government in the Republic of North Macedonia to embed and begin implementing state-wide integrated policies on gender-based violence (GBV), in line with the principles of the Istanbul Convention.

The project supports the operationalization of the new Law on the prevention and protection of violence against women and domestic violence adopted in January 2021. It develops coordination mechanisms and access to critical multi-sectoral services for survivors, supports the design of a model for integrated data collection and analysis on GBV, strengthens the capacities of service providers, addresses the perpetrator’s program as well as works on sensitization of media professionals and developing campaigns for promoting GBV available services in the country.



How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. UNFPA strategic plan calls upon the UN Member States, organizations, and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.


In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.


UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them, and who commit to delivering excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose:


You will play an instrumental role in supporting the implementation of the communications activities within the project.


You will work with the CO Communications and Programme teams contributing to:


  • Effective implementation of the projects’ communications strategy and plan
  • Coordination and organization of the project’s campaigns and visibility events
  • Conceptualization and design of various projects’ promotional materials
  • Maintaining relations with the media and communicating CO positions and projects’ results through appropriate channels
  • Administration of UNFPA CO web and social media content related to the project
  • UNFPA participation in Joint UN communications initiatives related to the project


You would be responsible for:


  • Providing input to the implementation of the projects’ Communications strategy and plan
  • Organizing projects’ data and information, drafts and compiles documents, maintain records and controls communication plans for their implementation,
  • Assisting in drafting, editing, and proof-reading of all projects’ materials, capturing key messages of UNFPA/Donor work in the country, collating amendments from colleagues (including, but not limited to concept notes, brochures, press releases, flyers, feature articles related to activities/events, human interest stories and any other projects’ public information advocacy materials);
  • Preparing projects’ background communications and promotional materials for briefing and visits of media and other projects’ planning, logistics, and administrative arrangements.
  • Assisting in the creation and editing of projects’ photographs and videos. Managing the coordination of film and photography shoots/accompanying photographers and videographers. Support hired marketing agencies/companies in developing creative concepts for the campaigns and other projects’ visibility events
  • Maintains/updates the Country Office’s online communication channels, related to the project, including the country office’s website as well as social media platforms; Monitors press coverage of the projects’ media coverage
  • Organising and managing projects’ media archives. Establishing/maintaining an up-to-date documentation centre for publications, press releases, and clippings, as well as photographic and audio-visual materials
  • Maintaining projects’ media events calendar, ensuring timely preparation of promotional activities
  • Assisting in conducting joint events and initiatives in collaboration with the UN Communications Group related to the project
  • Assisting and participating in joint RO and cluster initiatives related to the project



Qualifications and Experience:




Completed Secondary Level Education required.  A first-level university degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Information, Political Science, or related field is considered a strong asset.



Knowledge and Experience:


  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience in the national or international level in communications with proven record in story/communication materials for a variety of media, video productions, website management, or related fields.
  • Good understanding of new and evolving technologies
  • Proficiency in current office software applications and digital platforms. Usage of software applications (Photoshop, PaintNet, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Premier Pro, Scribus, Word, PowerPoint, and other graphics applications) distinct advantage;Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent writing and interpretation skills, as well as strong analytical aptitude and strong communication skills, and attention to detail
  • Previous experience in the UN or other international development organizations, especially in areas related to gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health is an asset




Fluency in Macedonian and English is required. Knowledge of other local languages shall be considered an asset.


Required Competencies:



  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change

Functional Competencies:

  • Planning and organizing
  • Media relations
  • Client orientation
  • Networking skills
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Quality assurance
  • Creating and innovating


Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact



Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus, health insurance, and other benefits as applicable.




UNFPA does not charge for any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing, or another fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters, or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment. 


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