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Consultant for Community Media Policy


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Gambia
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-26

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Grade : 

Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Gambia (the)

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : Up to 1 month

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26-OCT-2020


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



The Regional UNESCO Office for West Africa (Sahel) based in Dakar, with support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), is implementing a project in The Gambia to support Community Media sustainability and the advancement of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the country.

The project seek to provide support for the ongoing media sector reform in The Gambia by helping the Government to protect and promote freedom of expression, including freedom of press, access to information and journalist’s safety, as well as ensure a legislative environment favorable to community media sustainability.

Part of support consists in providing assistance for participatory drafting of a policy document on community media sustainability in The Gambia, which is aligned with the ongoing media reform process in the country and covers all the dimensions identified in the UNESCO's Community Media Sustainability Policy Series.

The main tasks for the consultant are to:

  • Conduct a desk research on legal framework, policy documents, research papers, etc. related to media development, and mainly community media in The Gambia;
  • Liaise with the Ministry of information and communication infrastructure, as well as other media stakeholders, including the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, to gather inputs to inform the drafting of a community media sustainability policy;
  • Report on the desk research by mapping results with the checklist of UNESCO policy series for community media sustainability;
  • Draft a policy document on community media sustainability in The Gambia, aligned with the on-going media reform process in the country, and covering all dimensions identified in UNESCO’s Policy series for community media sustainability.


The main deliverables are:

  • Report on the desk research
  • Policy document on community media sustainability in The Gambia, aligned with the on-going media reform process in the country
Long Description 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 degree in media studies, journalism, or communication

At least ten years of experience in media development

Excellent research, writing and communication skills in English


Very good knowledge of The Gambia Media landscape

Very good knowledge of media policy development process

Previous working experience with Community Media 


Interested candidate shall apply online using this platform. To complete their application, it is mandatory that the candidate send at:, before closing date of the application, the following documents:

  • CV
  • Detailed strategies, methodology, methods and planning. 
  • Cost estimate (fee and possible travel to The Gambia)
  • Copy of relevant previous works

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. 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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