Consultant (Communications) Safe Online, End Violence Against Children (EVAC), Hosted Funds, Home based, 12 months, Req

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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.

How can you make a difference?


Safe Online is seeking an experienced communications expert to provide technical guidance and coordinate and strengthen the implementation of Safe Online’s communication agenda. Safe Online is evolving its strategy, results framework and business model, to better support the collective impact of the growing portfolio of grantees and lay the foundations for systemic change at scale, all in view of making the internet safe for children. Safe Online plans to raise awareness and grow demand for change; make a compelling investment case with enhanced evidence on what works to tackle online CSEA to mobilize new resources; and collect the knowledge, solutions, expertise and resources to inform the Safe Online community and wider ecosystem of relevant organizations and entities with a role in tackling online CSEA and other forms of violence against children. The Communications Consultant will work closely with the Safe Online team and other colleagues at End Violence as necessary (e.g. Communications, Admin, Finance, etc.).


Under the supervision of the Safe Online Director, the Consultant will be responsible for delivering:

  • An overall communication strategy for Safe Online and its implementation
  • Creating and strengthening effective partnerships for communication for Safe Online
  • An effective and compelling content strategy







Communication Strategy

Safe Online Communication Strategy

- Develop Safe Online communication strategy.

- Develop and maintain planner of key external communications moments and upcoming opportunities.

- Develop communication and social media plans for key events (at least 4 high-level events during the year)

- Plan and implement 1 high level campaign on online safety in the year

Word document

October 2023- September 2024


Coordinate support for Safe online brand development and launch

- Development of new Safe Online website

- Development of brand identity for Safe Online including logo, colour scheme, tone of voice and additional assets.

- Outreach to media and influencers

- Launch event for Safe Online

Word document

October 2023- November 2023


Partnerships for communication

Partnerships for Communication:

-Identify and strengthen engagement with 3-5 key influencers during the year

-Develop material for outreach with influencers including key messages, asks and opportunities for collaboration with Safe Online.

-Provide communication and media outreach support for at least 4 high-level events during the year.

- Engage and promote sharing of knowledge and information with the Safe Online network of grantees

- Draft, design and disseminate 4 quarterly grantee updates

October 2023- September 2024


Content Strategy

Content Strategy

-A minimum of 12 communication and knowledge products (e.g., case studies, human-interest stories.) are produced to high quality standards to showcase results, generate evidence, and collate lessons learned and best practices from the Safe Online portfolio of grantees.

- Ensure innovative and regular content (weekly) on Safe Online social media channels

-develop at least 10 social media kits during the year.

-Develop at least 12 talking points, blogs, editorials, website articles for Safe Online during the year

October 2023- September 2024


Coordinate asset-gathering project being facilitated by external communication agency.

-Coordinate 6 country visits to grantee locations to generate assets for Safe Online.

-Complete online interviews with Safe Online grantees (12 grantees)

-A collection of 20 stories, photos and videos from across the Safe Online portfolio

October- December 2023


Coordinate and collaborate with other areas of work of Safe Online

  • Attend and contribute to Safe Online weekly team meetings.
  • Communicate, coordinate and ensure alignment with other Safe Online areas of work and participate in external meetings/ events as relevant.
  • Provide communication support to key high-level events at Safe Online (external and internal); resource mobilization and advocacy initiatives.

October 2023-September 2024


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


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in communication, public relations, international relations, social sciences or a related field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (French or Spanish and/or other UN languages) is an asset.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent storytelling and technical communication with peers and non technical stakeholders are essential.
  • Ability to see the big picture and connect multiple story threads into one greater narrative.
  • Good management skills and the ability to deliver against multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a diverse, multicultural, and highly collaborative environment.
  • Substantive knowledge and experience related to child rights programming and/or ending violence against children is highly desirable. Experience related to work on prevention, identification and/or deterrence of online child sexual exploitation and abuse would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrable knowledge on cutting-edge technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain) will be considered an asset.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills in English is required; knowledge of Spanish, French, and/or other UN languages is desirable.
  • Strong organizational and process-management skills and a keen ability to deliver against multiple priorities and deadlines, as well as monitor multiple tasks and actors while keeping people on task.
  • Ability to work in a diverse, multicultural, and highly collaborative environment.
  • Confidence, diplomacy and savvy in engaging with high-level partners and stakeholders.
  • Experience of the UN context and the role of the UN, its entities, and hosted funds is desirable


  • The consultancy is expected to commence on 01 October 2023 and end on 30 September 2024, for a total of 12 months (220 days).
  • The consultant will be supervised by the Safe Online Director.
  • The consultant will work closely with the Safe Online team and other key members of the End Violence Partnership.
  • The consultant will be home-based. Candidates with flexible working schedules can be prioritised, based on the current geographic distribution of End Violence’s workforce.
  • Travel may be required in consultation with the supervising unit including a visit to Paris, France in November 2023 for a week-long event by Safe Online and partners.
  • Payment will be made upon successful completion of quality deliverables.

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.


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.

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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