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Consultant for Gender Equality in the Media

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-19

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Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-APR-2020

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Under the overall authority of the Chief of the Media Development and Media Literacy Section, the incumbent will carry out the following tasks:

1.    Update the Gender Equality Indicators in Media (GSIM) and develop strategies for their application in the five geographical regions. Promote the elimination of gender stereotypes in media content, both on women and men. Develop media editorial guidelines for topics related to gender equality, including violence against women, and sports coverage. Help media institutions adopt policies on gender equality. Organize training workshops. Coordinate the actions of gender focal points in media. Carry out the annual "Women Make the News" celebration on 8 March around the world.
2.     Provide technical assistance to Member States on policy, legislative and self-regulatory changes that would be necessary to achieve gender equality in media operations and content.
3.     Build partnerships for gender equality with the media. Liaise with international or regional broadcasting organizations, academic networks, media organizations, professional associations, unions, media regulators, the private sector and NGOs. Liaise with other intergovernmental organizations.
4.    Promote the development of an academic agenda related to media and gender issues. Conceive a module on "gender and media", based on the GSIMs, for journalism schools.
5.     Develop results-based management project proposals and fund-raise for gender equality in media.
6.    Write reports and documents; produce syntheses. Prepare press releases, exhibitions and material for social media. Update web pages.


COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced university degree, preferably in the field of communication, information, media, journalism, public relations or gender studies.


Professional experience
1.    Five years of proven experience related to gender equality and/or media pluralism and diversity, including at least three years at regional and/or international level.
2.    Proven experience in the development of strategies and implementation of social or political actions at the international level.
3.    Results in fundraising and resource mobilization.
4.    Experience in conceiving strategies for using social and traditional media as well as designing and writing creative materials. Experience in developing innovative campaigning techniques to support action aimed at achieving concrete impact.


Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or French and good knowledge of the other language. Fluency in a third United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish) would be an asset.



1.    Relevant political and general judgement to assess the most effective means of communicating information in order to achieve the objectives of gender equality in the media.
2.    Ability to manage a large and diverse workload within short deadlines - this includes: managing competing demands, maintaining a high level of accuracy and excellent coordination of activities.
3.    A good understanding of the challenges and issues related to communication in developing countries, limited resources and other special circumstances, and the opportunities to move towards progress despite obstacles.
4.    Mastery of the use of online and offline media tools.



Interested candidates should press "Apply Now", and/or if the button is not visible, search, download and complete the Employment History Form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert additional pages with the following required information:

- A statement indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the mission;

- A statement on Gender Equality in the media (maximum 500 words);

- The amount to be invoiced for the mission, which should be indicated in Euros on a monthly basis (full-time work in Paris).

- CV


- Only applications providing the information requested under the application procedure will be considered.

- The assessment of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Any additional information requested will be sent to you as soon as possible. However, any delay in the transmission of such information shall not be considered as grounds for extending the date of submission of your application.

Please note, on the other hand, that if the contractor has not been selected and his contract has not been formally signed by UNESCO, the Organization is not subject to any commitment, written or oral, towards you or a potential contractor.




UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment

UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution (last update) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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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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