Tuesday, June 22, 2021

38117 at UNDP, Comms Outreach & Advocacy Lead

Comms Outreach & Advocacy Lead  

UNDP has set up the Integrated Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening Program (Funguo Program and Facility) that aims at developing and strengthening innovative financing mechanisms and build a portfolio of SMEs with a transformative impact on local economic development. The program’s objective is to unlock innovation and investment for Impact Ventures in Tanzania, so that these ventures can contribute to the achievement of national ambitions and the SDGs. The Funguo program directly addresses development challenges related to innovation and entrepreneurship in Tanzania by focusing on three key objectives:

Capacitating women and youth lead Impact Ventures, relevant service providers in the Innovation and start-up ecosystem that support the development of these Impact Ventures and;

Bridging the funding gap for Impact Ventures to be able to access and unlock, national and international private investment and third-party finance for further growth and;

Creating an enabling environment where the Impact Ventures can thrive alongside the right policies on driving innovation, tax, and regulatory bodies.

The Communications, Outreach and Investments Lead you will assist the Program Manager for the Funguo Program to execute on these Strategic Objectives, in a cohesive way to ensure that the program grows to new heights and serve clients effectively. This post will specifically lead on Innovation Week and ad hoc events, as well as social media, and media stakeholder engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead on Outcome Output 3.4: Innovation is promoted at a national level. Define and execute the communications strategy for the SO3 work in collaboration with the Funguo Program Manager and the Knowledge Management and Partnerships Lead. Including actioning the Communications plan signed with the EU.

Lead on Innovation Week 2022 design and execution: In collaboration with the Funguo and broader UNDP team as well as government, set the vision for Innovation Week 2022 including theme, dates, sponsors, reach. Lead on the sourcing of regional partners to execute the event in the regions. Define a sponsorship strategy, ensure design the sponsorship brochure is done and work with the KM and Partnerships lead, as well as the Program Manager and UNDP team to secure sponsors. Design a contracting and fund management process within UNDP that allows for sponsor funds to be received or directed towards IW2022 costs. With the Investment Lead in Innovation TA Lead look at running a pitch challenge as part of Innovation Week in collaboration with a BDS provider.

Strategic Innovation Platform and program activity visibility: Execute on reaching out to diverse stakeholders and supporting the Strategic Innovation Platform activities to be visible and well attended online and in person. This includes a quarterly newsletter on the program activities written in collaboration with the Funguo Team.

HDIF digital assets: Ensure the transfer, revamp/re-brand, and maintenance of HDIF digital assets including LinkedIn, Twitter, MailChimp, Website, Instagram, Facebook, WordPress, twitter, FliKer. Maintain an active social media presence with the goal of building toward 80,000 followers in collaboration with the Funguo Team with the support of the KM and Partnerships Lead.

Donor visibility: Support and work with the UNDP Communications Lead to make the Funguo Program visible and ensure donor visibility (radio and TV programs and appearances) with the support of the KM and Partnerships Lead.

Contract Management: Write the TORs, contract, and manage the Long-Term Agreement contract with design and communication providers to support work with the support of the KM and Partnerships Lead.

Institutional Arrangement

The Communications, Outreach and Advocacy Lead will report directly to the Funguo Knowledge Management and Partnership Specialist.


Demonstrable experience organizing, taking a communications lead as part of Innovation Week in Tanzania a significant advantage.

Professional media networks.

International experience or training an added advantage.

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Academic Education

Master’s degree in a relevant field, preferably in Communication and Marketing, Development Studies, Program/Project Management, Business or Social Science, Finance, Investment, Economics, or related fields required.

Minimum years of relevant Work experience

7+ years of work experience in communications and marketing for Development Programs, corporations, or NGOs.

Required skills and competencies

Experience organizing and supporting large complex events at a national level, with multiple partners, budget of over $75,000 and more than 5 sponsors;

Experience working in an innovation program for development a strong advantage;

Able to conceptualize and execute a communication strategy;

Fully computer literacy including advanced knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet and database packages, and web-based management systems. Ability to work in WordPress and an understanding of hosting webinars in Zoom and on other platforms;

Strong understanding and practical experience of how to use paid promotions and analytics on social media: LinkedIn, Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, MailChimp etc. to drive engagement on topics and events;

Experience working with the media in Tanzania;

Experience developing and executing partnerships on events with media houses and stakeholders;

Understanding and experience of fundraising or sponsorship management ideally for events;

Understanding of SDGs and Tanzania’s development landscape, ability to support this in the Funguo Program, as well as connect the work of the fund to SDG agenda;

A strong understanding of Startup Ecosystem in Tanzania;

Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills.

Ability to develop TORs for vendors, and support contracting and execution through the program life cycle;

Ability to work with high-profile individuals by demonstrating high levels of discretion, professionalism, and responsiveness;

Sensitive and responsive to core values gender, equity, culture, traditions, and justice within the communication of the organization.

Required Language(s)

English and Kiswahili


Limited travel within Tanzania to visit Business Development Service Providers and Ecosystem Enabling Organisation (hubs), take part in conferences, trainings, and events, and possibly innovators is expected.


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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The deadline for submitting the application is 05 July 2021.



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