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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.

Vacancy Announcement: Consultant

Consultancy Title: Communications Consultant

Section/Division/Duty Station: Health/MNCAH Section/DHIS Unit, Programme Division – New York HQ

Duration: 15 April 2023 to 31 August 2023 - Remote


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. 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.


Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

Purpose of Activity/Assignment: the Communications Consultant will be responsible for UNICEF’s Digital Health & Information System (DH&IS) unit’s external communication and advocacy work, including support to the joint UNICEF – WHO Digital Health Centre of Excellence (DICE). In coordination with the PG-Health Communications lead, he/she will be responsible for developing a number of deliverables under the DH&IS’s communications and advocacy strategy, as well as ensuring that DICE's vision, partnerships, approaches and results are highlighted and amplified through a vibrant and ambitious communications strategy. A wide range of communication assets and materials will be produced to support public advocacy and awareness raising and distributed via various communication platforms including traditional and social media.

Scope of Work:

  1. Communications and Advocacy Strategy
    1. Work closely with the PG-Health, DICE, ICTD and OOI Communication Leads to develop a communications and media strategy that supports DH&IS strategic goals and elevates the efforts of UNICEF and its key partners, including donors, to a wider audience.
  2. Events
    1. Support DH&IS and members of the DICE Consortium in the planning, set up and promotion of digital and in person events
  3. DH&IS and DICE Websites and Social Media Channels
    1. Define and apply a communications monitoring and analytics framework and KPIs to measure

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

I - Reports

    1. Drafting and review key donor reports, briefs for high visibility events, and annual internal / external reports.

II - Content creation

    1. Produce compelling high-quality policy advocacy and communications material based on complex themes for print and digital platforms.
    2. Produce original audio, video, written and visual content for campaigns and communications activities.

    Deliverables/ Outputs Delivery deadline

    Communications and Advocacy Strategy

  • DHIS communication strategy and DICE transition communications Strategy are developed and approved by the DHIS unit chief
  • Media strategy is developed and approved by the DHIS unit chief

Delivery deadline – by 30 May 2023


  • Communications package for a global conference (ex re:publica 2023) is developed

Delivery deadline – by 30 May 2023

DH&IS and DICE Websites and Social Media Channels

  • Communications monitoring and analytics framework with KPIs is defined

Delivery deadline – by 15 May 2023

  • 4 reports of the DH&IS unit’s social media and web content with recommendations for how course correct to ensure a more effective communication strategy are produced

Delivery deadline – by 30 August 2023


  • GAVI Global Innovation mid-year donor report is drafted

Delivery deadline – 30 June 2023

Content Creation:

  • a generic PPT template based on agreed priority use-cases is produced
  • Communications materials and human-interest stories for three country use-cases, and an accompanying dissemination plan are collected and packaged
  • Original audio, video, written and visual content for campaigns and communications activities for three country use-cases are produced
  • A quarterly digital health newsletter is published and disseminated

Delivery deadline – 30 August 2023


(1) Education

  • Advanced university degree in communications, international development, public health, international affairs, or other relevant discipline.

2) Work experience

  • At least 5 years mid-level professional work experience at the national and international levels in strategic communications, managing digital advocacy and communications, developing campaigns and strategic plans, developing and managing partnerships in international development.
  • Editorial experience overseeing and managing the production of written and visual/audio content in a relevant field, including digital social media.
  • Experience as a strategist, planner and content creator with a proven track record of developing creative ideas and campaigns, including a focus on profile-raising.
  • Extensive experience with digital platforms, including organizing and managing and developing online blogs, consultations, outreach, and social media, including Drupal, Wordpress and other content management systems.
  • Experience working in UNICEF Programme Countries. Multi-regional experience preferred.
  • Experience developing Communications materials for Public Health, including Digital Health, Health Information Systems, and / or Health Systems Strengthening.
  • Experience with the UN, including UNICEF.

3) Competencies

  • Superior communications skills in professional writing and a demonstrated ability to develop, pitch and secure feature coverage in top-tier media.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system
  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • 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.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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