International Consultant - Writer for Advocacy Brief focusing on children in Myanmar

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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, Make A Difference

One concerning aspect of the new situation in Myanmar is the vastly increased number of families and children living in urban and peri-urban setting who are experiencing deprivation. These families, cut off from traditional means and networks of support, and deprived of income, require urgent support with provision of basic services, income supplementation and livelihoods support. UNICEF has adjusted its programming in Myanmar, working to expand coverage of basic services among these population groups. These efforts are unfortunately under resourced and operating at inadequate scale. UNICEF Myanmar Country Office (MCO) will produce a short advocacy brief, containing up-to-date analysis and data on the situation of families and children in these areas, to be used for fundraising and advocacy at all levels.

How can you make a difference?

The Advocacy, Partnerships and Communication (APC) Section is seeking an international consultant to plan and write a short advocacy brief of approximately 8-15 pages, containing key data, analysis and advocacy messaging, for the purposes of advocacy and fundraising. The consultant will work closely with colleagues from the APC section including the Section Chief, Communications Specialist and Advocacy Officer, as well as with colleagues from MCO programme teams, to solicit inputs, collate data and analysis from relevant programme sections, and plan and write the report.

  • With coordination from APC colleagues, the consultant will meet with relevant colleagues from UNICEF programme sections to obtain a rich understanding of the challenges facing children in urban and peri-urban areas of Myanmar, identifying data, analysis and advocacy messages that can be incorporated in a coherent manner into the advocacy brief.
  • Interview project partners and beneficiaries by phone or online meeting.
  • Preparation of a draft framework for the report, outlining structure and messaging.
  • Draft the report and share a report draft with APC Section for review.
  • Incorporate (potentially multiple rounds of) feedback from APC, programme colleagues and HQ communications colleagues, before reaching a final draft.
  • Work closely with copy-editor to facilitate final copy-editing of the brief.

Detail Terms of Reference can be accessed here; (1) TOR for International Writer- Reviewed_GT.docx

Please ensure to complete and attach the following "Expression of Interest" form in your applications;

(2) Expression of Interest_ International Writer.doc

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

  • University degree and/or post graduate education in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or another related field
  • Minimum of 10 years of proven experience (both at national and international levels) in writing and editing communication materials (including human interest stories, advocacy booklets, brochures, concept notes) in English
  • Extensive, demonstrated experience of working with UNICEF or other UN organisations to develop compelling reports and briefs, focusing on issues related to the work of UNICEF.
  • Demonstrated excellence in synthesizing complex data, analysis, empirical and anecdotal information into coherent and clear advocacy reports and products.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, with at least 10 years’ experience of producing written content for international organisations.
  • Familiarity with the national, regional and global context relating to Myanmar, as well as an in-depth understanding of recent political and socioeconomic developments in Myanmar and the broader region.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work smoothly and constructively within a diverse team, producing results in line with agreed deadlines.

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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