Project Officer for communication, outreach and marketing at UNDP Moldova

Agency: UNDP

Title: Project Officer/Communication, outreach and marketing vacancy - Green City Project - UNDP Moldova

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 27.01.2019

Duty Station: Chisinau, Moldova, Republic of

Languages: Required - English, Romanian, Russian

Contract Duration: until 31 December 2019, with possibility for extension


Moldova Sustainable Green Cities Project is a project that intends to catalyze investments in low carbon green urban development based on integrated urban planning approach, by encouraging innovation, participatory planning and partnerships between a variety of public and private sector entities. 

The strategy of the project is to create, launch and support a new institutional mechanism called “Green City Lab” (GCL) as a vehicle for encouraging and supporting new innovative measures and approaches in addressing the urban development challenges and barriers

The Green City Lab will be set up during the first two years of the project however it is expected to transition to an independent self-sustaining entity, operating on a commercial basis, that does not rely on technical assistance funding alone, so that by the end of the project it can continue to operate and grow.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will ensure the provision of development services and products (commensurate with the scope of the projects) of the highest quality and standards to national counterparts and clients.

More specifically, the Officer will perform the following functions:

  • Co-manage, with the Project manager and Officer, the day-to-day operations of GCL;
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of the Project annual work plan related communication, outreach and marketing activities (Projects communication plans), according to indicators, for achieving planned results, as well as for the overall management of the Project in accordance to prevailing UNDP rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Identify appropriate suppliers for the provision of goods and services for activities under the communication plan;
  • Write TORs for short-term experts and service providers to be hired to deliver Communication and Visibility services; 
  • Lead, coordinate work of, and evaluate project consultants and providers related to Communication & Visibility; 
  • Assume full responsibility for and manage effectively and efficiently all GCL communication, outreach and marketing activities and resources (human, financial, physical/material assets, etc) in order to meet expected results;
  • Develop, together with the Project manager and Officer, and submit to the supervisors, corresponding periodical reports on GCL activities;
  • Contribute in the implementation of marketing strategies;
  • Take lead and coordinate implementation of pilot projects as per Project manager request;
  • Identify target audiences, beneficiaries actual and potential, and develop and implement strategies for engaging and influencing them. Develop communications and branding/positioning strategy and annual outreach, marketing and communications plans for GCL;
  • Undertake continuous monitoring of the impacts of the communication actions through both a media log and a log of enquiries arising from media exposure;
  • Identify and communicate about novelties in the innovation field to the target group of the project, locally and internationally;
  • Conduct market research to identify opportunities for promotion and growth of the GCL portfolio. Conduct market research to determine present and future market requirements;
  • Organize and attend marketing activities or events to raise GCL awareness;
  • Coordinate and clear all communications, outreach and marketing -related activities;
  • Expand and develop marketing platforms;
  • Develop and distribute press-releases, success stories, blog posts, photo essays, newsletters;
  • Coordinate development of a wide range of promotional materials: visual, audio and video;
  • Take and edit photos, take stock of all photos of the projects;
  • Maintain database of GCL subscribers;
  • Develop GCL’s online community, by engaging with stakeholders via social media and other channels;
  • Manage GCL’s social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Medium, SlideShare, Flickr, YouTube and websites: to ensure consistency of both language versions based on corporate requirements and maintain the content up to date;
  • Provide analytical, and administrative support in the delivery of events, workshops and seminars;
  • Maintain the evidence of workshops and seminars delivered in support of GCL’s concepts, Government counterparts and UNDP colleagues;
  • Ensure that GCL “work out loud” to ensure visibility and presentation of results of the Lab activities; ensure increased hits on the website and reach of the social media accounts, as well as evidence of visual content;
  • Support UNDP E&E cluster lead in mainstreaming innovation and green economy into UNDP programming;
  • Apply UNDP programming tools and policies as explained in the Results Management Guide. Keep abreast of UNDP programming practices and maintain an optimum level of knowledge by continuous learning;
  • Ensure compliance with all corporate rules and regulations of UNDP and GEF in the field of communication and visibility promotion and reporting;
  • Respond to queries from the Government, UNDP and GEF with respect to communication and visibility aspects of the project;
  • Develop Final Evaluation notes after the piloting of each approach/project (results achieved, lessons learned, recommendations for similar future projects);
  • Coordinate and clear all communications-related activities with UNDP Moldova CO Communications Analyst;
  • Contribute to UNDP Moldova social media and web presence;
  • Elaborate, implement and continuously monitor a communication and visibility plan in promotion of the visibility of project results including appropriate feedback mechanisms and monitoring tools; 
  • Write stories, press releases, blog posts and news about the projects’ most important achievements to be placed in the national media as well as in the local and regional websites;
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as requested by the Project Manager.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master Degree or equivalent (University Degree with 5 years of studies) or in communications, social studies or other related discipline.


  • At least six (6) years of professional experience at national or international level in the development programmes, communication, civic or private engagement, marketing or digital communications;
  • Experience in the design and delivery of lectures, workshops or seminars is an advantage;
  • Experience in working with the public sector (Government and local public institutions), private sector, academia and NGOs is a strong asset;
  • Records of writing reports, researches, articles and/or blogs;
  • Experience in the usage of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), as well as multimedia tools.

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