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Work with us: Head of Communications

4 January 2022

The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) is currently recruiting a Communications Senior Manager (Head of Communications). Please visit the UNOPS website for the full vacancy announcement

Duty station: Bonn, Germany

Contract type: International ICA

Contract level: IICA-3

Application closes: 16 January 2022

Main Responsibilities:

1. Communications strategy:

  • Lead on the development of the ICAT communications and partnership strategy to ensure coordinated, targeted and coherent communications with existing partners, future prospects and external audiences in line with ICAT’s strategic objectives, covering all relevant components and action areas, and coordinating its implementation;
  • Coordinate the planning for ICAT knowledge sharing activities to maximize the reach of learnings and experiences from ICAT’s country and regional activities and good visibility of ICAT’s tools and methodologies;
  • Lead and coordinate the ICAT communications group in consultation with ICAT Director, consisting of representatives of the ICAT Implementing Partners, which includes managing regular communications calls;
  • Develop ICAT’s web and social media strategies to support and strengthen work by partners and initiatives in order to promote ICAT activities and objectives;


External communications:

  • Manage all ICAT external communications;
  • Lead the content preparation for ICAT website ensuring quality and up to date content for its overall structure, and main messaging, and sound drafting of ICAT case studies to clearly communicate ICAT success stories and impact;
  • Manage ICAT external communications to ensure that key messages and content used in outreach material, statements by the ICAT Director and presentations highlight ICAT achievements and impact;
  • Manage and provide creative inputs to ICAT communication activities and events, including follow-up with partners through the planning and execution of integrated multi-channel communication (website, social media, email marketing, webinars, side events to global climate conferences, etc.);
  • Lead the preparation of outreach material, such as flyers, brochures, power-point presentations, regular newsletters etc.;
  • Lead the preparation of ICAT webinars to promote ICAT tools and methodologies;
  • Specify appropriate communication channels, dissemination methods and media such as video, print, web/online media, traditional media, and social media, among others, to effectively communicate key messages to specific stakeholders;
  • Develop and maintain ICAT branding guidelines for ICAT partners ensuring these are in line with the ICAT donor agreements and UNOPS corporate requirements;
  • Manage timely response to external information requests;
  • Prepare media releases and liaise with media for interviews, identify opportunities and pitch stories as needed;
  • Liaise with communications colleagues in the United Nations, especially the UNFCCC secretariat, UNRIC, UNEP, UNDP, and UNOPS to keep aligned with system-wide communications and campaigns and exchange information;
  • Support partnership and relationships management with other initiatives and organizations;
  • Support donor relationship management, by developing proposals for a donor outreach and fund-raising strategy and support its implementation;


Knowledge management and internal communications:

  • Lead the knowledge management activities for ICAT publications, outreach material and partner engagement, and propose tools for implementing it;
  • Manage ICAT’s knowledge sharing portal and activities to engage communities of practice at global level and with thematic focus;
  • Support the ICAT Director in ensuring effective ICAT internal communication flows, in particular with the Donor Steering Committee, the Advisory Committee and the Initiative Coordination Team;
  • Develop the preparation of project and programmatic documents for expanding ICAT;
  • Provide any additional support as required.




  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Environmental Management, Communications or any other relevant subject is required;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields with additional two years may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree.


Work Experience 

  • A minimum of 7 years (9 years if combined with a Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience with communication activities is required.
  • Experience related to climate policy and/or sustainable development is required;
  • Experience of working within the international development sector, and on climate action and transparency matters in particular, is a significant asset;
  • Experience in web design is desirable;
  • Experience working with social media and website management (including content creation) is desirable;
  • Knowledge of the UN climate process is desirable.



  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.


To Apply:

Applications are open until before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) 16 January, 2022. To apply, please visit the UNOPS website and click ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the vacancy announcement.