Knowledge and Information Management Consultancy for Gender at UNICEF
New York City (United States of America) | Washington D.C.
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
BACKGROUND & RATIONALE
UNICEF is reaching the final year of implementing its Gender Action Plan 2014-2017. The GAP elaborates the gender dimensions of the programmatic results across the seven outcome areas of the Strategic Plan along with the relevant indicators for measuring success. It also specifies the steps UNICEF is undertaking with regard to institutional effectiveness in implementing the programmatic work on gender, through commitment of resources and strengthening of staffing, capacity and systems. The Gender Section in the Programme Division serves as the Secretariat for the communication and implementation of the GAP, and one of its key mandates is to consolidate and share knowledge and information on gender within the organization as well as with wider stakeholders. The Section is also mandated to establish systems and platforms for more effectively sharing gender related procedures, resources, and insights among its expanding gender network within UNICEF.
As part of ensuring the accelerated implementation of the knowledge and information components of UNICEF's organization-wide Gender Action Plan (GAP; 2014-2017) and sharing knowledge in shaping the next phase of the GAP, the Gender Section is seeking a Consultant to support the development, refinement, maintenance and utilization of products and platforms for sharing gender related knowledge and information across UNICEF and its partners. The KMI consultant will work closely with the Senior Evidence, Knowledge and Communications Specialist, the Senior Gender & Development Specialists, and the Gender Senior Team in defining strategy and priorities and engage with the Gender Section, Regional Gender Advisors, and the Division of Communications in shaping and executing them.
EXPECTED RESULTS: (MEASURABLE RESULTS)
Improved design and maintenance of the Gender Section's teamsite and related products to facilitate Gender Section staff, Regional Gender Advisers and other extended gender network members' effective collaborative use of this platform:
- 1. Review existing design and content of the teamsite as well as past and evolving requirements on what the teamsite should deliver in consultation with extended team members
- Propose a plan to improve the structure, content and functioning of the teamsite for review and approval by the Gender Senior Team.
- Implement the improvement plan with input from and pilot testing with key members of the extended gender team, resulting in the existing teamsite being more streamlined, use-friendly, accessible and organized
- Develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the teamsite maintenance and ongoing improvement
- Inform relevant team members and other relevant stakeholders of their role in the SOP, and put the SOP into practice by managing the teamsite maintenance
- Solicit and sort content from core and extended gender networks and other colleagues as relevant for strategic inputs and updates to the teamsite via routine outreach and ensure information is organized and packaged in an appealing, intuitive and user-friendly manner;
- Repackage and structure knowledge management content into appealing and user-friendly products that are accessible on the teamsite;
- Maintain key Section documents as appropriate on the Gender Teamsite and support Gender Section staff, Regional Gender Advisers and other extended network members in making effective collaborative use of these platforms;
- Update the teamsite on a regular basis and in line with progress and developments in the extended gender team's work;
- Devise and execute attractive and useful electronic communications media (i.e. newsletters, bulletins, etc.) to effectively communicate to key constituencies the availability of new resources on the teamsite and other key announcements related to the Gender Section.
Development of a prioritized set of webinars and presentations that support the sharing of important GAP outputs and information across UNICEF, especially at important internal network, management and strategy meetings and events in the first two quarters of 2017.
- Work closely with the Senior Evidence, Knowledge and Communications Specialist, Gender Section Staff and Senior Management Team to prioritize key information that needs to be packaged or repackaged in presentations as well as the forums/platforms (specially organized webinar by the Gender Section, other webinars, network or management meetings, etc) for sharing it in Q1 and Q2.
- Work closely with staff members and Regional Gender Advisors to develop the relevant presentations and related packaging of materials in appealing, clear, and dynamic ways.
- Organize the process and timing for the delivery of the presentations and the webinars, support their dissemination and implementation and ensure required follow-up and modifications.
- Ensure appropriate cataloguing and documentation of presentations and webinars for readily accessible future use and adaptation
The articulation of gender in the updated UNICEF Support external website is effectively supported to highlight the most important and successful features of UNICEF's gender work for external audiences.
- Liaise with DOC and the Gender Senior Team to establish timeline, parameters, and required input and engagement by the Gender Section in updating the gender portion of the revisions to the website and other web-based platforms (blogs, social media).
- In partnership with the Division of Communication section, explore linkages of content and developments between the overall UNICEF website and the gender teamsite page and prioritize content for the website and other web-based media
- Solicit and sort content from the Gender Section and extended gender network for strategic inputs and updates to the website both for the update, and for routine outreach and posting;
- Seek input and approval from the Senior Evidence, Knowledge and Communications Specialist, and from the Gender Senior Team on the package of content for updating the website, and the process for more routine outreach and posting.
- In partnership with the website designer, consolidate and package the incoming inputs from networks and colleagues, in a very appealing manner.
- Establish a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for routine updating of the website so that the process and roles and responsibilities are clear to all involved.
The consultant will be managed by the HQ Gender Section, reporting to the Senior Gender and Development Specialist, and working in close collaboration with the whole team.
DUTY STATION: The consultant will be based in UNICEF HQ located in New York.
START DATE: 1 December 2016 **
END DATE:** 30 June 2017
KEY COMPETENCES, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- University degree in social sciences, international development, communications, or other related fields.
- A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant professional work experience in international development, communications, or a related field.
- Experience in designing creative and user-friendly communications and knowledge management products and platforms (i.e., intranet, communities of practice, content management, website content, newsletters etc.).
- Strong passion for gender equality and innovative ways for knowledge sharing.
- Expertise in technology, including various social media and web-based outreach tools.
- Experience with computer systems, including Microsoft SharePoint and various presentation software packages (i.e. Power Point, virtual meeting technologies).
- Excellent organizational and coordination skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
Excellent communications skills, especially written communications, facilitation skills, and ability to interact in a diverse user community.
Strong team player able to work effectively within large and diverse teams.
Fluency in English a must; knowledge of another UN language an asset.
To view our competency framework, please click here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
Opening Date 5 Nov 2016 Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date 15 Nov 2016 Eastern Standard Time
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