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Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist, UNIDO: Vienna, Austria – Deadline 20 December

By 05/12/2022

Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist, UNIDO

Deadline: 20 December, 2022
Location: Vienna, Austria
Term: Consultancy
Other: 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 main objectives of the project “Building institutional capacities for the sustainable management of the marine fishery in the Red Sea State, phase II” are to consolidate and further strengthen institutional capacities for the operation, maintenance and use of the Fishery Statistics System (FSS) to enable counterparts to use the data collected for the preparation of reports on fish stocks and landings; the inclusion of data from trawling and purse seining fisheries into the FSS; preparation and implementation of surveys; and the development and implementation of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) plans for 2 key commercial species. Institutional capacities of counterpart institutions will be strengthened through a series of trainings.

This will form the knowledge base required for the development and implementation of EAFM management plans which are a precondition for a sustainable artisanal marine fisheries as well as for the development of a sustainable semi-industrial marine fishery in the Republic of the Sudan.

The objectives are to be achieved through the implementation of the provision of a series of targeted trainings by IMR experts in Port Sudan, the facilitation for and implementation of 2 surveys in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of the Sudan, as well as by facilitating the participation of Sudanese experts in trainings in Norway.

The project will continue the successfully implemented approach of the projects “Surveys of Renewable Marine Resources in the Red Sea State, Republic of the Sudan” and the project “Building institutional capacities for the sustainable management of the marine fisheries in the Red Sea State” of employing a National Project Coordinator (NPC) with subject matter expertise in fisheries management and a small support team in the project office in Port Sudan. IMR will provide a range of subject matter experts, which will be coming on missions to Port Sudan to conduct trainings and agree with counterparts on specific tasks and assignments to be completed by them in between training sessions in close cooperation with the NPC. For this purpose, dedicated working groups will be established. For each working group, one counterpart will be nominated by her/his institution as the focal point with the main responsibility for the follow-up of agreed tasks. In between the trainings in Port Sudan, the IMR experts will regularly interact with their counterparts in the Red Sea State by means of cost effective modern communication patterns (e.g. skype and e-mail) to backstop them in their work, to monitor their work and to assure quality.

Functional responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, and working collaboratively with the project team and partners, the Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist will lead communication and knowledge management support, and provide technical know-how for the planning, design, and implementation of the knowledge-sharing aspect of the Project.

Activities will be dedicated to capturing best practices, lessons learned, and raising the visibility of the project – both internally and externally. Results from the project will be disseminated within and beyond the project intervention zone through existing information sharing networks and forums.

The Specialist will apply their experience to the project and help the team measure impact by:

  • Working proactively with the Project Manager and project team to capture and share knowledge, and disseminate information about major progress, results and lessons learned following a pre-defined set of templates;
  • Supporting the Project Manager and project team to develop knowledge products and manage information materials across all technical components of the project;
  • Developing and maintaining material for websites and blogs that can be easily shared with partners and the project steering committee for dissemination;
  • Developing outreach material that focuses on the concepts and issues in a manner that can be readily understood by the public and policy makers;
  • Producing video documentaries for capturing project results and impact on beneficiaries;
  • Assisting the Project Manager in the development of a Project Legacy Video;
  • Preparing Factsheets/Case Studies to promote projects results and activities;
  • Supporting the organization of workshops/seminars to disseminate results and capture feedback; and
  • Supporting other ad-hoc communications and knowledge management assignments, as required.

Minimum requirements

Education: Advanced university degree in science journalism, science communication or other relevant discipline, is required.

Technical and Functional Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of relevant working experience, including in science journalism or in communications, as well as in Knowledge Management is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing knowledge management products and content that clearly communicates ideas and experiences for reports, web, print production, and audio-visual productions is required;
  • Understanding of the conditions and problems in developing countries, is desirable;
  • Knowledge of fisheries and the Red Sea is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
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