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Consultant on Media and Elections (CI/FEJ)

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
    • Elections
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-30

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Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30-JUL-2021


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



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, the authority of the Director of Division for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section for Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists and the relevant Programme Specialist in charge, the Consultant will work towards the achievement of UNESCO’s objective to address issues related to freedom of expression, media and elections, and the safety of journalists, along the 40 C/5 Programme and Budget, related Expected Results and Performance Indicators.


In particular, the Consultant shall:


Assist the Section in its work of guaranteeing free, plural and fair elections in times of disinformation, notably by: 

  • Supporting fact-checking initiatives and networks at national and regional levels, in the context of the Section’s work on elections and media;
  • Providing technical advice and institutional capacities for electoral management bodies and NGOs on international standards on freedom of expression in relation to media and elections;
  • Supporting training for journalists on countering disinformation online and supporting ethical and professional reporting in the context of elections;
  • Liaising with internet platforms, electoral bodies and regulatory authorities to foster co-regulation and promote transparency in the oversight of online content moderation and political advertisements; 
  • Coordinating project activities with UN agencies, electoral management bodies, audiovisual regulatory bodies, press councils, internet platforms, electoral observers and practitioners, media and civil society organizations;
  • Monitoring contemporary challenges of the internet age in the context of elections, such as internet shutdowns, targeted blocking of websites and/or webpages, and their impact on online news media; 
  • Providing support and expertise on:
    • Micro-targeting of voters and political advertising on social media platforms; 
    • ii. Online content regulation and management, in coordination with election regulation bodies;
    • iii. Breaches of election laws and privacy of citizens during election events, liaising with data protection or ombudsman offices;
    • iv. Adherence to a code of practice among social media companies in election periods, to safeguard freedom of expression for citizens and political parties.  
  • Assisting in the production of an online course on Media and Elections issues for journalists and members of electoral management bodies;
  • Providing expertise on the role of disinformation and misinformation in the context of elections and on issues related to threats to the media, particularly women journalists; 


Contribute to the project of training security forces on freedom of expression in the context of elections, specifically by:

  • Supporting the development of a Toolkit for Security Forces on Freedom of Expression and the Safety of Journalists, and an Issue Brief on the role of security forces in public demonstrations, riots and election periods. The Consultant will contribute to editing and proof-reading the final versions of the two documents, and liaise with relevant partners to finalize the Section’s inputs; and
  • Contributing to the development of training modules for a global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for security forces and implementation of on-the-ground training workshops, particularly focusing on the component of sensitizing law enforcement officers to journalists’ safety issues, and maintaining public order in electoral periods, while respecting human rights and freedom of expression. 
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


•    Advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in political sciences, social sciences including history and law, or other relevant fields.


Work Experience
•    At least 5 years of relevant work experience in international development, communication and/or information.
•    Relevant work experience in the areas of human rights and/or freedom of expression and media and elections.
•    Proven experience in drafting and editing (e.g. reports, articles, publications, speeches, briefings etc. ).


•    Excellent analytical, technical assessment, and writing skills;
•    Excellent understanding of UNESCO's work to promote freedom of expression, safety of journalists and media freedom during elections; 
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to exchange information on complex issues;
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a complex and multicultural environment;
•    Excellent organization and planning skills, including the ability to organize own work priorities and deadlines;
•    Discretion and maturity of judgement are required;
•    Ability to work under pressure and to organize and coordinate multiple tasks;
•    Solid computer skills including advanced knowledge of office software such as Word and Excel.


•    Fluency in written and oral English.



Work Experience
•    Experience with UNESCO and/or the United Nations System and understanding of their functioning and procedures would be an asset.



•    Fluency in written and oral French.


Interested candidates should complete the on-line application, download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:

Part I:

  • A letter indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment (500 words max)
  • A CV;

Part II:

  • A competitive fee for the assignment, which should be quoted in USD and expressed on a monthly basis (with maximum amount of USD 5,168 per month).



  • Consultancy contract duration is for 11 months.  Consultancy work by remote.
  • Estimated contract dates from September 2021 to August 2022.



  • Only applications providing the complete information requested in the application procedure will be considered. 
  • Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

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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