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National Communication Expert, Kiev, Ukraine (Open to Nationals of Ukraine only)

The National Communication Expert will contribute to the implementation of the UNICEF CO Communication Plan and deliver the following results.

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.


Key Expected Results:


The National Communication Expert will contribute to the implementation of the UNICEF CO Communication Plan and deliver the following results.


Outreach activities, materials and events:

  • Briefing notes for 5-10 media inquiries per month are drafted, and media interviews/comments are followed up.
  • Thematic briefing documents, human interest stories, fact sheets, and other multimedia products featuring UNICEF’s work in Ukraine are drafted/developed for the relevant programme and placed on UNICEF channels monthly.
  • Needs on visibility materials are identified and production of the relevant materials is facilitated for the filed programmes and nationally on the bi-monthly basis.
  • At least three high level donor visits, one GWA and three media tours are planned and organised during the contract.


    UNICEF digital channels are promoted:


  • Communication plan aimed at increasing audience and public outreach for UNICEF CO social media channels with clear KPIs is developed and agreed by 10 July.
  • Monitoring reports on performance of the social media channels through the social media listening tools, including specific issues related to crisis or thematic activities are provided twice a month.    
  • Posting (2-3 posts per day) are developed and placed on key accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Content for social media platforms is based on UNICEF messages including updates on the situation of children in Ukraine, UNICEF’s work for children, contests, life stories, local support to global UNICEF campaigns/initiatives, live streaming from key UNICEF Ukraine events;
  • Content (5-10 postings per week) developed from UNICEF Field Offices;
  • CO YouTube channel and Weshare are updated with fresh photos & video footage once in a week;
  • Responses to the followers inquiries, questions are provided twice a week, responses to the comments in the postings are provided timely.


    Monitoring and evaluation of the CO communication outreach:


  • Report on monitoring and evaluation of the communication and media activities with quantitative and qualitative indicators, aligned with global KPI Handbook is provided on a monthly basis; quarterly report on performance on global scorecards is provided on time;
  • A report with recommendations on further development for UNICEF presence in social networks is developed for the last month of the consultancy. 


    Details of how the work should be delivered:


    The workplan and communication products, as well as plan and posts for social media channels are to be approved with UNICEF Ukraine Communication Specialist. The monthly implementation report is to be provided to the Communication Specialist.


    Performance indicators for evaluation of results:

  • Quality of the planning   and KPIs reached of the proposed plan of activities;
  • Quality of communication products and digital content produced according to UNICEF global standards and CO best practices;
  • Increased number of subscribers to UNICEF accounts at different social media platforms;
  • Daily online posts, timely response to audience questions and feedback to requests;
  • Quality of the developed content and relevance to the UNICEF topics.


    Qualifications/specialized knowledge/experience required to complete the task:


  • A minimum of five years of progressive experience in media relations and communication including digital media and digital communication, content development, accounts promotion;
  • Proved successful records of communication projects on social issues, preferably in children rights-related area (examples of relevant projects in social media are to be provided);
  • Previous successful experience of cooperation with UNICEF or other UN agencies would be an asset.


    Definition of supervision arrangements


     The consultant will be directly supervised by the UNICEF Ukraine Communication Specialist, and will work closely with Communication for Development Specialist and Communication for Development Officer (Emergencies).


    Description of official travel involved:

    The Consultant will be based in the UNICEF Ukraine office in Kyiv. The consultant will undertake travel to regions of Ukraine on an as needed basis. No Travel Authorization will be issued, all travel costs are to be included in the contract. The travel can commence upon the consultant’s provision of certificate of completion of UN Basic (II) and Advance Security in the Field Course as well as Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Awareness if travelling to ATO zone. The consultant is to be responsible for insurance costs on their own, except MAIP insurance, which is added into the contract.

    All travel costs of the consultant should be included in the consultant’s contract. The consultant is responsible for managing all travel plans, though UNICEF can provide some minimal administrative support for travel plans and coordination with the national consultants who will participate in this work.

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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.



Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
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  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-05

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