Consultancy: Communication Specialist - Gender Section, PD - NYHQ, Requisition# 508226

The Gender Section is seeking a Consultant to support strategic public facing engagement. This role will include ongoing identification of the most strategic opportunities in 2018, and support for production of required communication assets. This collaboration will also require close collaboration with the Division of Communications, Private Fundraising and Partnerships and other core members of the extended gender team. The production of specific deliverables described below are envisioned to improve and scale visibil-ity of UNICEF’s gender equality programming efforts in line with the GAP, and engage existing and new partnerships.

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 completing the implementation of its Gender Action Plan 2014-2017 and planning the implementation of its Gender Action Plan 2018-2021, which is an ambitious effort at catalysing field level programming and institutional results that advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in key areas of UNICEF's work. The GAP programmatic framework defines a twin-track approach: 1) integration of gender equality outcomes across all programme areas, and 2) specification of five “targeted gender priorities” focused on empowering adolescent girls. Together, these approaches strengthen UNICEF’s gender programming results which are prominent in all five goals of the Strategic Plan. A key programming effort in the 2018-2021 period is to also advance concrete programming efforts to empower adolescent girls along the five targeted priorities by maximizing the coherence, overlap, and efficiency in related interventions and resources. To achieve all programming efforts at scale, innovative solutions- including new ways of thinking, new technologies, new financial models – that challenges shortcomings and expands reach on how things have been done in the past must be pursued. 

Purpose 

The Gender Section is seeking a Consultant to support strategic public facing engagement. This role will include ongoing identification of the most strategic opportunities in 2018, and support for production of required communication assets. This collaboration will also require close collaboration with the Division of Communications, Private Fundraising and Partnerships and other core members of the extended gender team. The production of specific deliverables described below are envisioned to improve and scale visibility of UNICEF’s gender equality programming efforts in line with the GAP, and engage existing and new partnerships. 

Expected results: (measurable results) 

  • Work collaboratively with the gender section senior management team to map and implement strategic 2018 opportunities for public facing engagement, including with the general public and the specific international development and humanitarian ecosystem.
  • Create compelling public-facing content to be distributed through multiple platforms, including web stories, blog posts, photo essays, presentations, public speaking engagements, Facebook posts, Twitter campaigns, and videos. The content will draw attention to the many facets of UNICEF’s gender work, encouraging public support, participation and action, as well as ensuring greater partnership and fundraising.
  • Distribution via digital platforms such as UNICEF.org, UNICEF Connect, YouTube; other public news media and development- focused outlets (including peer reviewed journals and conferences); as well as via in-person fundraising and partnership pitches. 

Duty Station 

Home based in larger New York area with one day in the office per week 

Timeframe 

Start date:   1 December 2017                            

End date:  15 November 2018  

Deliverables

 

Duration

(Estimated # of Days)

Deadline

Develop a 2018 calendar of key public facing engagement opportunities with measurable goals, including with the general public and the specific international development and humanitarian ecosystem.

10

5 January 2018

Implement the 2018 calendar of key public facing engagement opportunities, including developing systems for effective consultation with all stakeholders, mechanisms for quality control, and logistical and planning support.  

15

15 November 2018

Lead creation of compelling public-facing content (12-15 key products in total) to be distributed through multiple platforms, including web stories, blog posts, photo essays, presentations, public speaking engagements, Facebook posts, Twitter campaigns, and videos.

45

15 June 2018

Support creation of compelling public-facing content (12-15 products in total) to be distributed through multiple platforms, including web stories, blog posts, photo essays, presentations, public speaking engagements, Facebook posts, Twitter campaigns, and videos.

25

15 October 2018

Disseminate and monitor public-facing content on multiple platforms and continually advance identification of the most effective and efficient platforms to reach the public facing engagement annual goals.

15

1 November 2018

total

110

 

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline 

The successful candidate will possess: 

  • Advanced university degree in communication, advertising, journalism or equivalent professional work experience in the print and broadcast media communication area
  • Minimum 8 years of experience with at least 5 in communications strategy and outreach
  • Have superior writing, analytical, and outreach skills
  • Previous experience with gender and international development issues highly preferred
  • A passion for translating UNICEF’s gender equality programming to external audiences- general public and fellow international development partners
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
  • Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.
  • Foundational competencies required: commitment, embracing diversity, integrity, self- awareness and self- regulation, teamwork, and drive for results.
  • Advanced ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written form; specific skills in writing stories, presentations, talking points and editing
  • Knowledge and understanding of social issues especially those affecting women and children
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Fluent knowledge of computer applications related to writing, packaging, social media.

To view our competency framework, please click here

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.

Remarks
With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.   

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage

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
  • Location:
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-06

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