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Communications Specialist, Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit

Position Overview

Under the supervision of the Climate Action Summit Team Director, the Communications Specialist for the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit will be responsible for driving communications for the Summit, including traditional media engagement, development of a social/digital media strategy, Summit website content development and curation, development of Summit messaging and narrative, and drafting of Summit-related talking points and speeches for UN principals.

This is a temporary opportunity expected to last until December 31, 2019. 

Essential Functions

  • Work with the UN Department of Global Communications to develop a comprehensive communications strategy for the Summit.
  • Work with the UN Department of Global Communications to develop meta-narratives and key messages on the Summit, its goals, structure, and outcomes, for dissemination in multiple languages.
  • Work with Secretary-General's speech writing team, as well as the teams of other UN principals, to ensure that the latest messaging and framing around the Summit is being conveyed through speeches and other speaking opportunities.
  • Manage targeted and consistent media outreach to ensure high volume and high-quality media coverage of the Summit, in the lead up, during, and after the event.
  • Develop media and press opportunities in lead-up to and through Summit, including phone pressers, media advisories/press statements, press briefings, one-on-one interview opportunities with key principals, and more.
  • Oversee the selection process of a PR firm to support global media engagement and day-of logistics, if needed.
  • Create and execute a digital media strategy, including through regularly updating the Summit website, creating official social media handles for the Summit, and devising a social media campaign with other UN social media teams to engage a wide range of organizations and the general public around the world.
  • Work with designated members of the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit team to establish a global network of partners around the world, and collaborate with this network to create content, host digital events, and build global engagement and awareness in the lead-up to the Summit.
  • Lead in the development and commissioning of creative and editorial content to maximize global interest and drive engagement, including videos, share graphics, op-eds, articles, and more.
  • Lead on the day-of event communication logistics, including press opportunities, live event coverage, media engagement/wrangling, and more, with support of additional UN staff and/or a PR firm.
  • Direct all post-event communications and wrap-up, including metrics gathering and reporting, media coverage, and post-event content creation.
  • Coordinate with communications leads of upcoming major climate events, including IPCC and COP25, to ensure penetration of key Summit outcomes and message.

Selection Criteria

  • At least 8 years work experience in climate communication or equivalent with international experience.
  • Experience working in/with governments and/or international governance organizations is preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, including with a Public Relations firm.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team in a fast-paced environment, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds in an international environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • A choice of two health plans through United Healthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
  • dental insurance,
  • Vision discounts,
  • flexible spending accounts,
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution,
  • group term and supplemental life insurance,
  • short-term disability,
  • long-term disability,
  • health club discounts,
  • commuter benefits, and
  • employee assistance program.

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave. 

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