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National Consultancy - Photographer (Only for Maldivian Nationals)



The Island Life Magazine is an annual publication by UNDP Maldives which comprises of a collection of human-interest stories around UNDP’s initiatives, interviews with selected partners of UNDP, fast facts and project briefs amongst others. Human-interest stories will be the primary focus of the publication that will aim to bring in the viewpoints of communities and individuals on how such initiatives had made positive impacts on their lives.

This year, we are producing the 4th issue of the Island Life Magazine. The focus will be on Maldives’ unique ecosystems, such as reefs, which are interconnected with human well-being and socio-economic progress. It aims to capture the significance of these ecosystems for the country, and how UNDP and partners (civil society, individuals, development partners, government and the private sector etc.) are working together, to ensure its most sustainable use and preservation for present and future generations. The issue will also encourage stronger partnerships and wider support on this front.??? ?

Duties and Responsibilities


We seek the services of a professional local Maldivian photographer to capture high-resolution photos for the Island Life magazine, and for UNDP’s use. The photographer will deliver the following services to UNDP Maldives under the supervision of UNDP’s Island Life Editorial Board.

  • Work with the UNDP team and the consultant writer and layout/graphic designer to conceptualize the photos that would needed for the magazine
  • Work with UNDP’s Island Life Editorial Board to finalize the timeline to capture photos
  • Capture the images, including travel to the field as may be necessary to obtain the necessary photographs
  • Photographs to also include underwater and aerial imagery, captured using proper professional equipment
  • Submit the photos for UNDP’s review, and final approval


  • All photography should be digital, using professional quality equipment
  • Photographs to also include underwater and aerial imagery, captured using proper professional equipment
  • Provide UNDP with at least 10 images per article (total 10 articles)
  • We seek high resolution images suitable for high resolution printing. It is preferred if the images are shot in RAW and supplied as high-resolution jpegs and tiff files.?
  • Detailed captions in English for each photograph, embedded in the metadata, and specifying accurately the following details as much as possible:
  • i. Date of the photograph
  • ii. Location of the photograph
  • iii. Names of the main subject(s)
  • v. A brief description of the activities photographed
  • vii. Name of the photographer


  • All photographs, once procured, shall remain the property of UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. Due credit will be given to photographers, but they may not use the images for their own purposes, once UNDP has procured the images, except with written permission of UNDP.
  • Photographs should convey respect for human dignity and rights, even when they portray difficult issues such as conflict and poverty. UNDP does not require photo authorizations, but photographers should ensure that the individuals in their photos know that their picture is being taken and agree to it. Extra care must be taken of identifiable individuals doing something illegal or violent, as well as children/minors and people living with HIV/AIDS.


The consultant is expected to work 15 days over a period of 1 month.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis and strong synthesis skills
  • Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result for the stakeholders and responds positively to critical feedback; consensus-oriented
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Regional and National Knowledge is highly desirable
  • Ability to write reports particularly for International Funded project
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution

Required Skills and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in photography or a related field, or at least a training in photography/ photo journalism or a related area will be an added advantage


  • Three to five years progressive experience as a photographer
  • Experience taking photographs for development related agencies and projects will be an advantage
  • Have strong photo editing skills and experience using the proper software
  • Availability and willingness to travel
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the peace and development context of the Maldives, and be aware of cultural sensitivities in the given context.

Language Requirement

  • Fluent in Dhivehi and English.

Application Documents

  • The application must include a letter of interest to undertake this task,?the CV or?Personal History Form (P11), and a financial proposal (indicating the daily fee (in MVR) and other costs for the assignment).?
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs as per each deliverable mentioned above.?
  • The applicant must also submit the reference letters from past supervisors/clients and the sample work. To download P11, kindly please visit the link:?
  • Please combine all the documents into one single file,?as the system will allow for only one document to be uploaded.
  • We will only accept online applications
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: male'
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Design (digital, product, graphics or visual design)
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-15

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