Humanitarian Communication Consultant, Kramatorsk, Ukraine (Open for Nationals of Ukraine only)

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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,

Ukraine continues to face the unprecedented dual challenge of coping with the effects of an eight-year armed conflict in the east and the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict, the situation remains difficult for the 3.4 million people, including 510,000 children, living in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Across eastern Ukraine, UNICEF and partners provide psychosocial support and mine risk education to hundreds of thousands of children, youth, and caregivers. UNICEF also supports repairs to damaged schools and kindergartens, and to vital water and sanitation facilities. UNICEF’s work in eastern Ukraine has further expanded due to COVID-19. We are delivering vaccines, essential supplies, and cold chain equipment, supporting the national efforts to strengthen the health care system, and working with the community to ensure better service and coverage.

UNICEF continues its advocacy efforts to protect child rights in the conflict settings in eastern Ukraine by producing and promoting appealing multimedia assets, working with government counterparts, international media, and donors.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is looking for Humanitarian Communication Consultant to streamline and scale up its communication, advocacy and media outreach on the situation of children in eastern Ukraine. The Consultant will take a leading role in developing communication and media products to highlight challenges faced by the most vulnerable children and young people growing in the conflict settings in eastern Ukraine as the conflict nears its 8th year. He or she will be also responsible for identifying and packaging high-quality media assets to showcase the UNICEF work in response to the 8 year-long conflict in eastern Ukraine.

S/he will work with UNICEF field colleagues to identify engaging and compelling stories ‘from the ground’ that link to UNICEF’s priority issues and work. This includes stories and content that is required by donors, as part of contractual agreements. The Consultant will also propose ideas for and produce engaging social media content in both Ukrainian and English related to relevant issues, events and UNICEF work in eastern Ukraine.

Humanitarian Communication Consultant will be working under the direct supervision of the Communication Chief and will collaborate extensively with UNICEF Communication team as well as UNICEF field teams, led by UNICEF Chief of Donetsk and Luhansk. In his daily work he or she will also liaise with UNICEF digital team as well as other programme colleagues on topic relevant to his/her activities. Whenever requested he or she will also work closely with UNICEF Regional Communication team, as well as relevant colleagues at the Global Communication and Advocacy Section.

Deliverable: Multimedia products highlighting the situation of children and families in eastern Ukraine. Coordinating at least 6 photo reports to reflect the challenges faced by children in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine (6 days). Drafting at least 6 HIS to illustrate challenges and daily life of children and families in a conflict setting for the UNICEF global and local platforms (9 days). Deadline: 15/05/2022 (15 w/days).

Deliverable: Documenting UNICEF response in eastern Ukraine. Curating at least 5 photo galleries on UNICEF programmes in the conflict affected areas (6 days). Developing at least 3 blogs featuring UNICEF staff work on the ground to support the most vulnerable children and caregivers (4 days). Producing regular social media updates - including mobile photos and video blogs - promoting daily works of UNICEF teams in the field in education, child protection, health and WASH for UNICEF social media platforms (8 days). Conducting training for UNICEF field staff on use of social media to improve content generation by teams in the field (2 days). Developing at least 5 sectorial briefs on UNICEF interventions in eastern Ukraine, including on general humanitarian response, education in emergencies, child protection, WASH, youth engagement (5 days). Deadline: 08/06/2022 (25 w/days).

Support to media missions and donors visits. Preparing and facilitating at least 3 media missions (5 days) each to conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine, including scouting, story identification, arranging logistics, and onsite support for media teams (18 days). Support to donor missions and preparing donor briefs and reports (4 days). Deadline: 30/05/2022 (22 w/days).

Terms of payment: On a monthly basis, based on the number of days reported under each deliverable.

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

Education: Masters’s degree in Journalism, Communication, Media, International Relation, Social Sciences.

Professional experience: At least 3 years of professional experience in communication, media, or non-profit organization, preferably with previous assignments in conflict reporting. Experience of working with UNICEF or with UN/humanitarian agencies or international NGO will be an advantage.

Language: English: Proficient/Native [C2]; Ukrainian: Proficient/Native [C2]; Russian: Proficient/Native [C2]

Skills and competencies: Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, local government officials, and donors. Profound knowledge of the Ukrainian and international media landscape. Solid editorial and drafting skills with demonstrated ability to present thoughts and ideas in a clear and concise manner in writing. Excellent negotiation, presentation, interpretation, interpersonal communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate in a multicultural environment. Familiarity with UNICEF programs and their goals is a plus.

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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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UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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