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Consultancy: Consultant, Communications, Environmental Health - Health Section, PD, NYHQ/Home based - Req # 541041

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Environment
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-22

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This consultancy will support the communications, advocacy and resource mobilization for Healthy Environment for Healthy Children programme and the consultant will lead communications for the “Protecting Every Child’s Potential” initiative.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope.


Consultancy Title: Communications, Environmental Health

Section/Division/Duty Station: Health Section/Programme Division/NYHQ

Duration: 11.5 months (15 July 2021 – 30 June 2022) extendable to a second 11.5 months duration



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. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


UNICEF crystallized and clearly articulated its Health programme priorities towards the Sustainable Development Goals, in documents such as the Strategy for Health, 2016-2030; Health Systems Strengthening Approach, and most recently the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021. The 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care recommitted to strengthening primary health care (PHC) as the most inclusive, effective and efficient approach to enhance people’s physical and mental health, as well as social well-being, and that PHC is a cornerstone of a sustainable health system for universal health coverage (UHC) and health-related SDGs. These agreements and developments at the global level serve to guide UNICEF’s health programmes at country, regional and global levels.

Research has documented that environmental pollution is a major factor of ill health, poorer developmental outcomes, and death among children, as well as a contributor to worse health outcomes later in life. Millions of children living in low-and middle-income countries are at risk from elevated lead levels in their blood. UNICEF’s Health Programme has rolled out its strategic framework on Healthy Environment for Healthy Children that aims to expand UNICEF’s health programmes to address these challenges as part of multiple SDGs. As part of this programme, UNICEF is a co-founder to the “Protecting Every Child’s Potential” initiative.

This consultancy will support the communications, advocacy and resource mobilization for Healthy Environment for Healthy Children programme and the consultant will lead communications for the “Protecting Every Child’s Potential” initiative. The consultant will be based in the Office of the Director, Health in NYHQ’s Programme Division and will report to the Senior Programme Manager. The incumbent will collaborate with the Environmental Health Specialist, colleagues working on Environmental Health in Programme Division, Division of Communications, Public Partnerships Division, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF USA and relevant UNICEF Country Offices. Additionally, the consultant will be working closely with partners involved in the proposed “Protecting Every Child’s Potential” (PECP) initiative.

The consultancy is office-based and full time.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

Based on monthly plans, the consultant is expected to support the following deliverables over the duration of the contract:

  1. Serve as the Communications lead in consultation with the Communications Working Group of the PECP initiative. Maintain the PECP advocacy strategy and communication plan and coordinate the operationalization of this plan. Report progress to PECP Communications Working Group on a scheduled cadence to update the plan based on their input.
  2. In line with the PECP advocacy and communications plan, develop innovative, inspiring and compelling communication materials including social impact to showcase the PECP initiative in relevant publications, at in-person events and through social media activations and for employee engagement.
  3. Coordinate and provide creative direction for the PECP brand; inclusive of the management of the PECP initiative website, creation of a key moments calendar with activation ideas, quarterly newsletters, PECP brand and explainer videos, assets to support PECP investment case, event ideation and coordination, and creation of a social media plan and content to support it, . Coordinate and support content gathering missions for key stakeholders in consultation with country offices.
  4. Provide technical leadership to the development and rollout of communications and advocacy assets in support of the Healthy Environments for Healthy Children programme in collaboration with internal and external partners. Manage internal SharePoint portals in support of the rollout of the Healthy Environments programme and the PECP.
  5. Provide technical support to UNICEF country offices on their advocacy and communications plan. Contribute to the development of country level communications and advocacy assets targeting country level policy makers, local governments, health sector managers, health care providers, community workers in addition to social media content in relation to UNICEF’s Healthy Environments programme. Provide guidance to PECP country teams in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the respective communications plan
  6. Coordinate with multiple UNICEF divisions (namely the Division of Communications) to align Healthy Environments programme and PECP with the global advocacy agenda, right to healthy environment and other global priorities as they emerge. This includes feeding into planning processes, aligning messages with other health and environment issues / activities, and ensuring Healthy Environments programme and PECP is integrated.  Liaise across UNICEF channels to ensure all relevant stakeholders are aligned with communication plans and visibility opportunities.
  7. Support resource mobilization for Healthy Environments for Healthy Children, including UNICEF’s programme on preventing childhood lead exposure.
  8. Support ongoing communications and advocacy initiatives for Child Health and Well-being.



(1) Education

Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations

2) Work experience

  • Eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • Knowledge of theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy, and on communications for resource mobilization.  UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • Expertise of management, communication strategy and networking. Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Desirable: previous experience of working with UNICEF/UN; experience of developing/working with multi stakeholder platforms
  • Proficient knowledge on Microsoft applications namely: SharePoint and MSOffice products
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate complex analysis in simple language
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral communication) is mandatory.
  • Ability to demonstrate organized multi-cultural working environment and a team player.

3) Competencies

  • Demonstrable competencies in strategic thinking, identifying opportunities and risk management.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment.
  • Drive for results to ensure all deadlines are met
  • Ability to produce high quality material
  • Ability to think strategically


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11)
  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Updated CV
  • Portfolio of work samples (document containing website snapshots, newsletters developed, best-practice documentation and/or links to knowledge management work)
  • Financial proposal that will include your daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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