In 1990, Dr. Mahbub ul Haq produced the first Human Development Report, introducing a new concept of human development that anchored in the Amartya Sen’s work on human capabilities focuses on expanding people’s opportunities and choices and measuring the country’s development progress though richness of human life rather than simply the wealth of the economy. The report featured a Human Development Index (HDI) that measures achievements in three key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable, and having a decent standard of living. Subsequent Human Development Reports (HDRs) released have explored different themes using the human development approach and have had an extensive influence on the development debate worldwide. To date, UNDP has produced 25 Global and 40 Regional Human Development Reports.
Since the first national Human Development Reports (NHDRs) was released in 1992, local editorial teams in 135 countries have produced over 700 NHDRs with UNDP support. These reports bring a human development perspective to national policy concerns through local consultations and research. National HDRs have covered key development issues ranging from climate change to youth employment, to inequalities driven by gender or ethnicity. Pakistan produced its first National Human Development Report in 2003 that focused on Poverty, Growth and Governance, authored by Dr. Akmal Hussain. This was followed by a National Human Development Report on Youth in 2016.
UNDP is now preparing to produce its third National Human Development Report on the issue of inequality in Pakistan. Inequality is believed to drive conflict and destabilize society, and thus indirectly reduce economic growth. On a more fundamental level, inequality undermines the principles of social justice and preservation of basic human rights. It is for this reason that extreme inequality, even when accompanied by high growth, is unacceptable for sustainable development.
The literature broadly divides inequality into the more traditionally measured income inequality, and inequality of opportunity which assesses how circumstances such as region of residence, education and employment of parents and gender influence earnings and socio-economic profiles. Essentially, inequality of opportunity studies the effects of factors that are beyond the control of individuals, but also the effects of individual effort – mainly educational attainment, hours worked, whether or not the individual chose to migrate, occupational choice etc. Inequality can also be perpetuated by social and cultural traditions, which result in marginalization of certain ethnic, sectarian and religious groups.
While income inequality, measured mainly through Gini coefficients, has frequently been measured in Pakistan, there is relatively less work on inequality of opportunity, or other forms of inequality and marginalization.
Given the importance of the subject, a detailed research oriented product on the issue of inequality is being undertaken in the form of next NHDR for Pakistan. The NHDR would cite findings on income and consumption inequality, but the key focus would be on studying inequalities of opportunity in Pakistan, and tracing how disparities in gender, region of residence, caste, ethnic group or sect, and parental education among other factors determine educational attainment and occupational choice.
In this regard, UNDP is hiring a Communications Officer to develop and lead the implementation of a comprehensive communication and advocacy campaign for the Report.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of key functions:
Under the supervision of UNDP Assistant Country Director (Development Policy Unit), Communication Officer will
Develop creative content for report
• Support the development of creative communications and outreach tools for NHDR findings and policy messages.
• Interpret data and research findings of the report and present them in relevant and easy to understand manner.
• Provide support in identifying and drafting appealing boxes to complement research, supporting / commissioning the development of audio-visual material, cartoons, SMS engagements, recommendations for the NHDR website and social media, etc.
Improve advocacy for the Report
• Be proactive in developing fresh, innovative communication and outreach tools.
• Design and deliver a series of advocacy and outreach events for the NHDR
• Connecting with key partners and organizing outreach events identified in the work plan including film festivals in key cities, theatre plays, cinemas, etc.
• Lead the development and implementation of the communication strategy, in coordination with the Technical Advisor and other members of the NHDR team.
• Build partnerships with external stakeholders for effective advocacy of the report
• Update and maintain the NHDR contact list data base and support the Lead Authors in reporting to donors or any other stakeholders
• Using social media for continuous engagement and advocacy of the Report
Impact of Results
The key results of the post strengthen UNDP’s contribution to the national efforts on policy reform through evidence-based research. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design of research product, programmes, and creation of strategic partnerships.
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
• Ability to analyze and create messages and strategies;
• Ability to contribute to the elaboration of advocacy strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication means;
• Ability to use the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work
Knowledge Management and Learning
• Ability to promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office;
• Ability to work towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
• Ability to advocate innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches and capture lessons learned, reflects on positive and negative experiences to feed into improved performance both at an individual and organizational level.
Managing of Results:
• Plans and priorities work activities to meet desired results;
• Strategic approach to problem solving
Partnering & Networking:
• Builds and sustains relationships with key constituents (internal/external/bilateral/multilateral/public/private; civil society)
• Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices
• Demonstrates ability to handle working relationships with senior officials, academics and technical experts
Innovation & Judgement:
• Conceptualizes and analyzes problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;
• Generates creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
• Devises new systems and processes, and modifies existing ones, to support innovative behaviors
• Demonstrates outstanding communication skills, verbal and written in English
Education: Master's Degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Economics, or related field.
2 Years of relevant experience
Language Requirements: Proficient in verbal and written English
HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process, candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to (i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, or (ii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.
UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts