Consultancy - Conduct Report Writing Skills Workshop for Programme Staff at UNICEF Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

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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, education

Resource mobilization efforts can only be successful if funding proposals, donor reports and other donor relationship communication are written in a clear, concise and compelling manner. In line with the Office Staff Development and Learning Work Plan for 2021, UNICEF Namibia Country Office is looking for a consultant to transfer editorial and report writing skills to a core group of programme and communications staff through the delivery of virtual training workshops.

UNICEF Namibia Country Office does not have the human nor financial resources for dedicated editorial and report writing support. It it thus an essential skills for all programme and communications colleagues to draft and edit quality documents relevant for reporting and fund mobilization purposes.

How can you make a difference?

  1. *Goal and Objective*****: Under the supervision of the Staff Development Committee Chair and the Deputy Representative, the consultant will transfer editorial and report writing skills to programme and communications colleagues. The purpose of the assignment is to enable programme staff to write in a clear, concise and compelling manner that requires only minimal editing.
  2. Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: This activity forms part of the Staff Development and Learning Plan for the Namibia Country Office
  3. *Activities and Tasks:*****1. Programme content development. Preparations for developing report writing workshops, including inception meeting and ensuring remote sessions run smoothly and are tailored for effective online delivery in English – 1 day work 2. Delivery of training programme on report writing/ technical writing workshop. For Programme and Communications staff (total of 12 hours to be divided over several days; e.g. six two-hour classes or four three-hour classes over three weeks). Presentation to be made in English via Zoom or MS Teams. Proposing to conduct six two-hour classes over three weeks. Zoom meetings to be recorded and uploaded to a cloud for future use. Present PowerPoint presentations along with detailed explanations and examples. Emphasis on showing, not just telling, results-based/ evidence-based writing of donor reports, donor proposals, human interest stories and other resource mobilization-related documents. – 2 days work.

    4. Work relationships: The consultant will work in close collaboration with the Deputy Representative, Heads of Sections and the Communication Specialist to fully understand the needs of the Office and be able to focus the training on addressing existing gaps.

5. Outputs/Deliverables:



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Schedule of payment

Preparation of virtual workshops, including inception meeting in English

1 day

By 17 December 2021


Delivery of training programme, including submission of recording and training materials, in English

2 days

By 28 February 2022


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  1. Education: Master’s degree in journalism, communications or relevant studies;
  2. A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in writing for international organizations, NGOs in development contexts – including donor reporting, annual reporting, resource mobilization and other external communication products;
  3. Evidenced work experience (at least 2 years) in transferring editing and writing skills to international organizations or NGO staff;
  4. Competencies: able to work in a multicultural environment with non-mother tongue English speakers; able to transfer knowledge and skills; networking and partnership competencies; fund-raising skills;
  5. Languages needed: mother-tongue or fluent English, spoken and written.

    Administrative issues

The consultant is expected to ensure all office space and equipment required from his/her side to deliver in a timely and quality manner. No travel is expected.

As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts, including Standard of Conduct on Child Safeguarding and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.


Slow connectivity may be the only identified risk. Staff will be encouraged to ensure sufficient bandwidth to benefit from the virtual training.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are requested to complete an application including profile to the respective advertisement on Vacancies | UNICEF Careers Please indicate your ability, availability and financial proposal/quote to complete the terms of reference above.

Rates must include all expenses related to the assignment (e.g. consultancy fee).

Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.

If you have not been contacted within 2 months of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, 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 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.


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

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.

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