Title:  National Communication and Visibility Expert

​Requisition ID: 1383 
Grade: SB4 - Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level) 
Country: Egypt 
Duty Station: Cairo 
Category: National Consultant 
Type of Job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Contract Duration: 4 months (with possibility of extension)
Application deadline: 01-Dec-2022  


Vacancy Announcement

Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible. 
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.



The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.


The Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET) houses the Divisions of Coordination and Integration Support (IET/CIS), Quality, Impact and Accountability (IET/QUA), Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR), Innovative Finance and International Financial Institutions (IET/IFI), Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade (IET/PST), Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and Climate and Technology Partnerships (CTP).


The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions and relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS). 


The Division of Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development provides technical cooperation services to assist the modernization of agriculture and agroindustry, especially in less-developed countries, ensuring that enterprises add value to primary agricultural production, substitute the imports of food and other value-added agricultural products, and participate effectively in local, regional and global value chains. Where needed, it will develop infrastructure and agroindustrial parks and capacities for agro-industrialization, value addition, quality assurance and food safety. It will also bring innovative approaches to Member States to fully benefit from carbon-neutral and biodiversityenhancing agricultural and agro-industrial production and development opportunities in the green and blue bioeconomy


The Food Security and Food Systems Unit (IET/AGR/FSS) promotes the development of food industries and food value chains and the production of local food products in less-developed countries to end hunger and ensure food and nutrition security while generating income and employment adhering to principles of sustainable industrial development. It provides a range of technical assistance services that allow food enterprises – including in the informal sector and especially SMEs – to extend their production, improve their products, comply with quality and other standards, become more competitive and deliver adequate and nutritious food to local populations and for export. Where opportune, it also promotes the development of food safety compliance infrastructure and building related food safety systems capacities




“Building AIDMO capacity in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”Project - SAP ID: 140261


Founded in 1968, the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) is one of the largest technical organizations currently operating under the umbrella of the League of Arab States. With the aim to promote industrial development in the Arab region, the organization has substantially grown in its mandate and currently follows the industrial development strategy adopted during the Arab Summit of 2005 held in Algeria. By hosting the Arab Standards Centre, AIDMO is in charge of the regional activities on standards and Quality Infrastructure and acts as the coordinating regional body between all standards institutes in the region.


To fulfil its planned objectives of trade facilitation between member states, AIDMO embarked on an ambitious project of harmonization of standards, conformity assessment, accreditation and metrology infrastructures in the Member States. AIDMO initiated programme identification through a request to the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) for assistance. AIDMO knew Sida due to its long history in training regional experts in fields related to QI in cooperation with the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC). Sida suggested AIDMO to explore the option of cooperating with UNIDO. Following Sida’s agreement in principle to provide funding, a technical assistance project was jointly designed by UNIDO and AIDMO to support the implementation of the Arab Standardization Strategy (2009 – 2013). This first project witnessed the establishment of the Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) which achieved important key milestones over the past years with 17 member countries becoming its members. Furthermore, the project developed an innovative module on Good Governance and Professional Practices through the development of Regional Arab Guidelines on Good Governance and capacity building activities. In May 2014, a final independent evaluation was conducted to provide all the partners (AIDMO, UNIDO, Sida) with an assessment of project quality. The approach applied was found to be satisfactory responding to AIDMO’s core objectives and in line with its needs and priorities. A clear recommendation was made on the need to expand the implementation through a new project in order to capitalise and expand the successful results both at regional and national level.


Due to the delay in launching this intervention, specific set of activities were supported under the Arab Food Safety Initiative for Trade Facilitation (SAFE) project with the aim of bridging the support to ARAC and ensure the finalisation of the international recognition process, in October 2017, ARAC has been officially recognised as a regional accreditation cooperation body by ILAC & IAF. The broader objective of the second phase of the project is to facilitate regional trade & integration, enhance health & safety, protect the environment, and provide consumer protection through strengthening the regional coordination on implementing cooperation in accreditation.


The specific objective of the second phase of the project is to ensure an effective and internationally recognized regional cooperation on accreditation as key driving force for regional trade integration.

The project is designed to ensure the achievement of the following two main outputs:


  • Output 1: ARAC, as a regional cooperation body, is legally incorporated, technically / financially sustainable and international recognized (ILAC MRA & IAF MLA Signatory).
  • Output 2: Up to 4 ARAC members supported towards future ARAC MLA signatories






Under the supervision of the Project Manager and in cooperation with close coordination with the Regional Programme Officer and PMU team leader the National Communication and Visibility Expert will perform the following main activities:


 “Enhancement of regional trade capacities in food through harmonized regional conformity assessment and food safety systems” Project - SAP ID: 120541



Outputs to be achieved

  • Communication and visibility related duties
  • Design and implement the publicity and outreach frame of the related output(s) as required
  • Supervise service providers with regards  to desktop publishing, graphic design, and technical writing/editing of visibility materials, ensuring alignment with the UNIDO
  • Design and coordinate the production of promotional and communication materials
  • Guide and coordinate the production and / or dissemination of the audio-visual material of each evet such as short clips, educational vies, etc.
  • Develop and regularly update project online communication materials such as key messages, visuals, impact stories for national, regional and local media, websites; as well as social media materials.
  • Support activities of other related regional activities that incorporates occasional meetings / events within the region
  • Develop a bilingual communication and visibility package of promotional materials carrying the visual identity of the project, including, but not limited to, newsletters, project factsheets, brochures, folders, press kits, leaflets, flyers, display panels, banners etc.
  • Develop a media engagement plan to raise awareness of the project.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with communication offices of Government agencies and development partners involved in the projects
  • Maintain social media accounts including Facebook and twitter of the project, and link the project social media account to relevant partner including project beneficiaries,
  • Develop an active social media platform for the programme (Facebook, twitter, etc.) 
  • Develop and coordinate online dissemination of surveys, questionnaires and other relevant tools developed for qualitative and quantitative analysis run by the programme
  • Develop and implement regular and innovative ways of disseminating technical knowledge with an ultimate goal of harmonizing food safety efforts within the region
  • Develop newsletters to reflect project activities based on the articles, events to ensure visibility 
  • Carry out other tasks as required by the project manager

IT Support:

  • Provide IT support to the office with all software and hardware
  • Support the adoption of e-meeting system using open resource technologies
  • Support and facilitate regional and international distance meetings / events
  • Secure efficient performance of project equipment required for the job through regular maintenance and updates

Bilingual communication package developed



Planned events well organized and conducted





Photographs provided






Project website & social media are up and running with regular updates




Project visibility effectively achieved through high quality publications and media pieces that are broadly disseminated








Regularly publish and update project’s main news and events in the media
















Office IT infrastructure and connection fully maintained





Mission/s to the Arab region and Europe may occur if needed.




Education: Advanced university degree in communication, journalism, public/media relations, international relations or other relevant discipline required. 


In the absence of an advanced university degree, a relevant first level degree combined with substantive years of practical experience in the required field, will be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.


Technical and Functional Experience:


  • At least 3 years of working experience in designing and managing communication campaigns at national level is required.
  • Experience in tailoring  key messages to different target audiences is desirable.
  • Experience in the use of various software to develop visibility materials is required.
  • Experience with donor-funded Programme is an asset.
  • Experience/knowledge of networks with national media is desirable.
  • Advanced knowledge of and proficiency with multiple creative applications required, including Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, Final Cut Pro and website editing software is desirable.


Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.




Core Values

WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.


Key Competencies

WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside.
Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

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 dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply: www.unido.org
NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

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