Communication Specialist

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Result of Service The main objective of the assignment is to aggregate and consolidate the UN system wide results report implemented through the UNDAF for the period 2021, illustrating and communicating collective achievements and efforts of the entities contributing jointly to the UNDAF strategic priority results and pegged to SDGs. The report will use existing country-specific data uploaded in UN INFO which serves as a one-stop shop data coordination portal that tracks who does what and where, and the amount and type of resources; results groups progress reports among others resources and platforms.

Work Location Home Based

Expected duration 20 working days, starting from 10th of February to 10th March

Duties and Responsibilities The Kenya United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022 is the current instrument that articulates commitment of the United Nations (UN) to support the people of Kenya realize their development agenda and attainment of Sustainable development Goals (SDGs). The UNDAF is a partnership and accountability framework that guides the UN’s advocacy and resource mobilization efforts in supporting attainment of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda for the country.

The UNDAF was developed in consultation with the Government of Kenya as the key implementing partner among other stakeholders, ensuring close collaboration with Government, national ownership, and alignment to national development priorities. The UNDAF is anchored on the country’s blueprint for development, the Vision 2030, as well as the Medium-Term Plan III (MTP 2018-2022), national priorities outlined in the Big Four Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) localization process.

The UNDAF has three Strategic Priority Areas that are aligned with the three Pillars (Political, Social and Economic) of the Government’s Vision 2030 : 1) Transformational Governance encompassing respect for the rule of law, improved security, and effective implementation of devolution, 2) Human capital development comprised of education, training and learning, health, multi-sectoral HIV and AIDS response, access to safe water and sanitation, social protection, gender-based violence , access to adequate housing and strengthening capacities for addressing disaster and emergencies and 3) Sustainable and inclusive growth, focusing on a competitive and sustainable economic growth that is increasingly resilient, green, inclusive, equitable, and creates decent jobs and quality livelihoods for all. The outcomes support the Government to accelerate the economic transformation of Kenya contribute to an empowered, productive, and healthy nation.

The UNDAF 2018 – 2022 results framework has 14 outcomes that contribute to the 3 long-term strategic priorities of the UN, towards realization of SDG’s, Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Big Four agenda. “Leave No One behind” is the core programming principle of the UNDAF, underpinned by three other principles: 1) human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment; 2) sustainability and resilience; and 3) accountability.

The UNDAF is implemented by the UN agencies in partnership with the Government of Kenya as the key implementing partner among other key stakeholders, working through the joint and flagship programmes.

Monitoring and reporting of results to illustrate contribution of the UN towards advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and realization of programme outcomes and outputs is a critical component of the programme. The Annual Results Report provides the national Government and development partners with relevant snapshots and timely accountability of UN accomplishments for discussion of future UN support to the country as well as partnership and UN resource mobilization for the next planning period. At the global level, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is also mandated to receive a full account of the results of the UN on the ground.

Noting that this is the final year of the UNDAF’s validity, the Report to be produced must serve both as a final report for the year (2021) and also as a summary final report for the full arc of the UNDAF’s life (2018-2022).

Annual results writing consultancy The UN Resident coordinators office (UNRCO) in Nairobi seeks to recruit a communications specialist (report writing consultant), who will work closely and be supervised by the Resident Coordinator’s (RCO) data, monitoring and reporting officer to prepare the report. The consultant will also work with the strategic results area groups (SRAs) who are involved in delivering the program at implementation level. As this is the final report of the current UNDAF cycle it will also be important to build on previous UNDAF reports.

The primary audience of the report is the government of Kenya, while also informing other national stakeholders and development partners and ensuring full public visibility of UN results. The report content will focus on system-wide results and evidence at the country level outlining how the UN has continued to support the country to achieve 2030 Agenda, including to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what difference this has made.

The report will focus on UNCT results as a whole, rather than individual entity specific achievements, based on “outputs” and “outcomes,” rather than “activities,” (and programmes, not projects)( outlining the difference the UN has made in supporting the country with implementation of the SDGs. The ultimate focus is showcasing results that speak to the role of the UN in catalysing realization of SDGs.

Responsibilities of the consultant The overall responsibility of the consultant is to aggregate and write the UN in Kenya Annual Results Report , based on the background and context provided above. The report should not exceed more than 25 pages, will conform to a standardized global format, will use clear and concise language, as well as images and appropriate design with a good balance between narrative and visuals, few words and more data to attract the readers’ attention highlighting and showcasing results. Specific responsibilities and duties of the consultant include: - Substantively document results realized at output and outcome level clearly outlining the necessary linkages between the output and outcome level results. At output level, reflect on the changes in skills or abilities, or the availability of new products and services that resulted from the completion of activities within a development intervention, such as capacities built or formulation of a policy. At the outcome level, focus on the institutional and behavioral changes in development conditions that have occurred. - Provide hard data and system wide-evidence supporting and backing up the results using infographics, focusing on human stories of transformative change, photos and images with concise captions and summaries communicating UN’s work, to clearly illustrate collective achievements both through descriptive narrative and visually. - Demonstrate and clearly demonstrate in the report the role of partnerships and coordination in leveraging and realizing the results and driving transformative change giving visibility to major donors and innovative partnerships. - Provide a financial overview report demonstrating the link between results and resources required, available, spent, and funding gaps for the reporting year, using UNINFO financial data. - Write and submit a final fully-edited and proof-read report – as per the standard UN Annual Result Reporting Template

Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications: A first degree in communication, or related field is required . Experience: A minimum of 7 years of work experience in communications or report preparation, including writing high level reports / journalistic and features reports, publications and information, education and communication (IEC) materials is required. - Good understanding of socio-economic and development issues , demonstrating experience and ability to communicate development results is desirable . •Prior UN experience and/or strong familiarity with UN communications modes and writing style is an asset. Language: Fluency in English language is required .


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