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Media in Crisis and Disaster Situations

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security policy
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • 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


Working under the authority of the Chief of Section for Media Development and Media and Information Literacy, the consultant shall:


-    Organize activities linked to UNESCO’s work on media in crisis and disaster situations, i.e. media and terrorism, migration and climate change. This includes the development of applications or training material, the organisation of events and the implementation of activities.
-    Backstop and monitor contracts as well as UNESCO Field Offices activities related to media in situations of crisis and disaster. Help achieve the related 40 C/5 targets of Programme V.
-    Ensure quality achievement of the programme outputs, report on progress and regularly monitor and update work plans.

-    Build partnerships related to media response to crisis and disaster situations, including Member States, National Commissions, UNESCO Chairs and Centres, civil society networks and organizations, journalists and media professionals’ associations, media organizations and outlets, media regulators and other relevant stakeholders. Identify and pursue fund-raising possibilities.
-    Conduct research into existing resources and best practices regarding media response to crisis and disaster situations.
-    Draft correspondence, replies to governing bodies, reports, concept notes, speeches, briefings, project proposals and other documents
-    Conceive public information resources and identify opportunities for media exposure. Pitch stories and prepare web articles, press releases, audio-visual and social media content, lives, maintain and regular update dedicated webpages, etc.
-    Assist with any other necessary tasks as required by Chief CI/MDI.

Long Description 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 (Master’s or higher) or equivalent professional qualifications in media, journalism, communications, or relevant fields.



•    At least 5 years’ experience on record in developing the strategy and coordinating the implementation of social or humanitarian activities held at international level;

•    Minimum 5 years’ proven record in organizing events, capacity-building activities and visibility campaigns to support impact-oriented action;

•    Experience of coordinating networks and establishing contacts and joint projects with representatives of government and civil society, public and private sectors, including motivating donors to engage with an area;

•    Experience of developing and writing creative and motivating campaigning materials which argue a case, provide information and guidance for achieving 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.



-    Good communications skills, including the drafting of web articles, social media materials and formal letters.

-    Basic-level graphic design, multimedia production or similar communications skills, including use of Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Fireworks, Illustrator, InDesign and/or other, and ability to manage web and social media content.

-    Capacity to manage a heavy and varied workload effectively, under time restraint and pressure, including managing competing demands, maintaining high levels of accuracy, and ensuring excellent coordination of activities across diverse units and countries

-    Maturity and ability to solve problems are required


Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now”, download and complete the following:

•    Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:
•    A statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment;
•    A statement on media development needs and issues at stake when reporting on situations of crisis and emergency (500 words max)
•    A competitive fee for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars and expressed on a monthly basis (full-time working in Paris). 


•    Only applications providing the information requested under Application Procedure will be considered.

•    Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Any additional information you may request will be sent to you as soon as possible. However, any delay in providing such information will not be considered a reason for extending the date for submission of your proposal. 

Kindly note as well that until the selection of contractor is made and the contract is formally signed by UNESCO, the Organization has not undertaken any commitment, whether oral or written to you or other prospective contractors.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 



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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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