Remote Job Opportunity at the United Nations Foundation: Manager, Communications Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (Global Partnership), hosted at the United Nations Foundation, is a dynamic international network bringing together over 700 partners including governments, international organizations, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others.

The salary range is 57,255 to 78,075 USD.

Position Overview

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (Global Partnership), hosted at the United Nations Foundation, is a dynamic international network bringing together over 700 partners including governments, international organizations, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others.

This year we launch our brand-new strategy which will take us through 2030. Our vision is to achieve a world where data and technology is driving sustainable and equitable development. We will deliver this vision by focusing on three core objectives:

  1. We will strengthen national data systems that use data and technology from across the public and private sector for timely decision making.
  2. We will make inclusion the norm, putting people at the center of data production, sharing and use so that their experience is visible, and the power of data is used to fight inequality.
  3. We will change the rules that govern data, ensuring they are accountable to those who the data is intended to serve.

The External Relations Division has developed a plan to support the delivery of our strategy, and we are now ready to execute this plan. The Communications Manager will play an important part in making that happen.

The ideal candidate for this position will combine interest in and experience of international and public relations, public policy, and communications — all for the purpose of improving the production and use of data for sustainable development. Working closely with the Senior Communications Manager and the wider secretariat, the Communications Manager will develop, deliver, and maintain some of the Global Partnership’s main strategic communications plans to support engagement across web, media, events, and stakeholder relations.

  • This position is remote.

Essential Functions

Project Management

  • Run assigned strategic communications projects by developing detailed plans that include objectives, audiences, messages, creative ideas, and dissemination. Skilfully and creatively implement the projects to create intentional impact.
  • Lead the delivery of strategic communications launches, delegating to and engaging the wider team to deliver projects and ensure the most engagement and impact possible is reached.
  • Deliver media production projects with external vendors including designers, translators, photographers, videographers, and podcasters.
  • Support the other divisions’ engagement plans, ensuring key policy messages reach stakeholders in government, the private sector and civil society through our owned channels.


  • Oversee and support production of all Global Partnership Secretariat-authored reports, working as focal point for external vendors such as proofers, translators, graphic designers, and managing internal deadlines within team.
  • Work with team to ensure all publications are high quality, strategic and timely.
  • Develop a publications pipeline, in collaboration with the wider team, to ensure resources are available and launches are impactful.
  • Write, edit and/or commission compelling blog posts, press releases and newsletter content, tailored for specific audiences including government, the private sector and civil society.
  • Support brainstorming and sourcing information for our monthly newsletter.

Staff Management

  • Manage, mentor, and elevate Communications Officer and Communications Associate.
  • Collaborate with direct reports to define performance goals and metrics that support the Global Partnership vision and mission.
  • Provide ongoing feedback and accountability via one-on-ones and facilitates annual performance management with direct reports.
  • Manage freelancers and consultants, providing guidance and support both in delivering and producing work.
  • Stand in for the Senior Communications Manager, as needed, by proactively planning and delegating upcoming work, supporting the communications team to ensure deliveries happen at a high quality and on time, leading team meetings, and ensuring coordination across communications efforts in all our channels.

Other Duties

  • Research, identify and develop media relationships with journalists globally who have a focus on data for development and the broader topics we work with, as well as producers and bloggers, to advocate for data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Support the maintenance and development of the website. When needed, act as the point of contact with our website developer.
  • Assist at virtual and in-person events, as needed, to convey our core messages and assist with other aspects of event management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, communications, journalism, English, or other relevant degree required.
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education, and experience.
  • Experience with communicating policy-based information to media outlets; confident pitching news stories to journalists, producers, and bloggers.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills, with a strong interest in visual design and what makes a good website for experts and the general public.
  • Maturity and resilience in managing tight deadlines for external communications and policy products with internal project management capabilities.
  • Self-starter able to manage multiple media production projects, including managing budgets with external vendors.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm for data for social good and data science and the ability to translate this into external content.
  • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines.
  • Team player, problem solver, relationship-builder.
  • Highly organized, delivers results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally. Approximately 6 trips per year.
  • Ability to research and integrate new tools and technologies into communications products or to manage others in doing the same (e.g., data visualization, animation, video).
  • Good judgment, sensitivity, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
  • International experience or experience working for a multilateral institution preferred.
  • Experience using Drupal based Content Management Systems or similar preferred.
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish preferred.

Benefits & Compensation 

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

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • 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 subsidy
  • back-up care
  • 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 family leave care.

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