Communication Officer – New Delhi

Communication Officer


New Delhi


About the Organization

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Job Description/ Responsibilities

The primary role of the Communications Officer is to lead the communications team towards increasing the Institute’s brand visibility and outreach globally across its internal and external stakeholders. The incumbent will serve as the focal point in providing comprehensive expertise in maximizing global visibility, awareness, and support of the Institute’s Missions.

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO MGIEP, and working closely with Programme and Project teams, and the Institute Partnerships officer, the Communications Officer would undertake the following responsibilities:

Implement global communications strategies and activities

  • Responsible for overseeing the communications department and devising the Institute’s global communications strategy for media relations, publications, web, and digital media, including social media, email marketing, podcast marketing, and others with the objective of increasing the Institute’s brand impact across its internal and external stakeholders
  • Responsible for implementing the Institute’s global communications strategy by on-boarding partners such as PR agencies, and defining      and managing other strategic partnerships (i.e. brand ambassadors, media partnerships)
  • Advise and provide support to programmes to increase course outreach by devising appropriate communications strategies to reach targeted stakeholders across a range of communications channels,
  • Collaborate with UNESCO Headquarters, Field Offices, UNESCO Institutes, and UN agencies at a global level for a greater impact on the Institute’s work
  • Coordinate and manage a team of communications staff

Media relations and branding

  • Increase the Institute’s footprint through the placement of Op-Eds, podcasts, interviews, press releases
  • Manage and moderate Institute’s in-person and virtual PR conferences and other media/event interactions
  • Prepare material for press briefings and interviews; draft press statements and press releases as necessary
  • Establish, develop, and maintain relationships with local and international journalists
  • Design and develop new media outlets/assets to increase brand visibility i.e. podcasts
  • Upgrade and design new digital brand collateral to increase outreach i.e. brand video, brochures, brand merchandise


  • Serve as Institute’s Publications Points person to ensure compliance with the Institute’s branding guidelines and UNESCO Headquarters rules/regulations and guidelines
  • Manage the editorial, design, and development of the Institute’s flagship publication, The Blue DOT, including organizing the Editorial Committee, ensuring compliance of authors, and overseeing the production of the digital version and social media promotions
  • Manage the editorial and production process of the Institute’s statutory publications including:
  • Governing Board Report
  • Annual Report
  • Executive Committee Report
  • Other Statutory Publications such as Medium-Term Strategy, Theory of Change, etc


  • Manage Institute-wide communications activities for Institute-wide events (World Youth Conference; TECH) + launches of publications (ISEE Assessment, SECA, Digital Readiness Index)
  • Organize Distinguished and Ahinsa lectures in partnership with Permanent Delegations + other strategic partners

Programmatic Advice, Advocacy, and Marketing:

  • Provide advice to programmatic staff to increase outreach and impact of their work
  • Manage communications activities for launch and outreach for capacity-building efforts, research programmes, policy advocacy, and partnerships

Education Qualification/Required Skills & Experience

  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or above) in Journalism, Mass Communication, and International Relations   

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 4 years, of which preferably 2 years acquired at international level in communications, brand management, public information, journalism or related field is required.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Substantial experience in designing outreach and marketing campaigns for promoting university-level courses to universities, education/teacher networks, and Youth NGOs
  • Initiating and managing collaborations and partnerships with higher education institutions, and other partners
  • Understanding of social and emotional learning
  • Project and event management skills
  • Strong analytical and communication Skills
  • Global teamwork and ability to work in culturally diverse settings
  • Ability to work under high pressure
  • Leadership and management skills


  • Excellent drafting and communication skills in English.

Desirable Qualifications

Education Qualification:

  • A university degree/accreditation in visual communication and design


  • Experience in publications management, producing multimedia content for digital platforms, and using Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Premiere Pro, XD, InDesign, Photoshop) is desirable.


  • Working knowledge of another UNESCO language (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish).
  • Good knowledge of Hindi

How to apply

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