United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Job in Abuja for a Media and Communication Expert

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition, and work towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.

UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria (RON)
UNIDO’s vision is a world where economic development is sustainable and economic progress is equitable. UNIDO’s headquarters is based in Vienna, but operates worldwide, with a Regional Office for West Africa based in Abuja, Nigeria (RON). The RON works closely with private and public sectors, the UN System and development partners in the delivery of its mandate. The organization’s technical assistance to member states focuses on three main thematic areas: (a) Poverty reduction through productive activities; (b) Trade capacity-building, and (c) Energy and environment.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Media and Communication Expert

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Project Context

  • The RON implements regional and country specific projects with technical support from the Headquarters. It is also developing Country Programmes in support of the industrial development aspirations of countries under coverage. In Nigeria, UNIDO is implementing projects in close partnerships with the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD); the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Ministry of Environment and the Energy Commission.
  • The expert will develop and implement a communication strategy, offering an effective in-house specialist advocacy service for the Organization and its clients, including media relations, public relations, and communicating project results and impact to clients.
  • organization is also implementing specific projects with some state governments. With growing demand for services and portfolio of projects, the UNIDO Regional Office, Abuja is seeking a Media and Communication Expert to join a dynamic team in Abuja. The successful candidate will be responsible for enhancing the visibility, relationship management and impact of UNIDO in the sub-region, but particularly in Nigeria.

Main Functions

  • The Media and Communication Expert (MCE) will work under the supervision of the UNIDO Representative in Nigeria and in close coordination with the Coordinator, Advocacy and Communications Group at UNIDO Headquarters (HQ).
  • The MCE will work closely with the RON staff and a team of national and international consultants working on the projects.

Main Duties
He/she will be specifically required to undertake the following Main Duties:

Media and Communication:

  • Producing content for the UNIDO’s website, updating the website;
  • Production of periodic newsletter and other print materials;
  • Ensure the Organization’s print & online presence is consistent with HQ guidelines.
  • Output: Stakeholders having up to date information on UNIDO programmes, projects, and activities, as well as impact of projects.
  • Monitor media coverage of UNIDO, maintain media clips & photos;
  • Provide media support to the UR and UNIDO staff/experts;
  • Arrange speaking engagements, and plan and news conferences;


  • Prepare advocacy materials;
  • Propose activities to enhance UNIDO’s impact and visibility;
  • Package and promote UNIDO’s specific projects and activities;
  • Undertake media related research
  • Output: Stakeholders having better understanding of industrial development issues and integrating these in development efforts.

Liaison and Coordination:

  • Liaise with journalists to build a better network and understanding of the work of UNIDO;
  • Output: Structured and impact oriented reporting on the work and mandate of UNIDO.
  • Coordinate all media related activities in cooperation with the UNIDO substantive Branch;
  • Provide support and planning for UNIDO events.

Additional Support:

  • Provide ad-hoc assistance to the UR on communication matters;
  • Output: Enhanced engagement with stakeholders as of when needed.
  • Write featured articles and contribute to speech writing;
  • Any other related activity requested by the UR.


  • Submit a final report at the end of the assignment incorporating conclusions and recommendations.

Core Competencies

  • Core values: integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity Core competencies: results orientation and accountability, planning and organizing; communication and trust, team orientation, client orientation, organizational development and innovation.

Minimum Requirements


  • University – Master’s Degree or equivalent in Journalism and Information – Communications, Public Relations, International Business or other relevant area

UNIDO Languages:
English (Fluent), Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language, particularly French is desirable.

Computer Skills:

  • E-mail (Fully proficient), Internet (Fully proficient), Spreadsheets (Fully proficient), Word processing (Fully proficient), Multi Media.

Field of Expertise:
Information and communication (3 years and more), . Practical experience in the field of Communication, including: – experience in reporting/writing on economic issues, industry or manufacturing; – experience in organizing large-scale conferences; – working experience with external and internal service providers; – experience in the work of the UN is desirable; – knowledge of UNIDO’s mandate, rules and regulations would be an advantage; – background as a writer, or experience in public speaking would be an advantage.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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  • This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
  • All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process.
  • Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependants, under the procedures established by the Director General

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