National Consultant – Photographer (part-time) UNICEF Myanmar, Yangon /Home-based with travel to programme areas as required

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The socio-political transition, and the on-going crisis in Myanmar demands for a greater space and scope for information and communication. UNICEF Myanmar has planned to create contents that would serve to demonstrate UNICEF’s physical presence across Myanmar and the work UNICEF is doing to provide tangible support during the current crisis.

As part of this plan, UNICEF needs to produce multi-media external communication products to engage its partners to illustrate the problems experienced by children, the solutions, and the ways in which UNICEF is helping. Therefore, a regular supply of strong, dynamic photos is needed to show UNICEF’s development and humanitarian activities across Myanmar as well as support resource mobilisation efforts of MCO.

In this context, the Advocacy, Partnerships and Communication Sections seeks experienced professional photographer to travel to UNICEF development, humanitarian programmes, as well as to emergency affected areas and to capture photograph of the situation of children and UNICEF’s response.

The purpose of the assignment is to establish an SSA contract with 2-3 national photographers to provide visual documentation in digital original format of children and families in Myanmar in order to produce communication and advocacy materials to be used by UNICEF’s internal and external partners across various platforms.

Scope of Work:

  1. Photographic documentation including photo-stories
  2. Descriptive captions for all broad edit photos, quotes from central characters/subjects in the photo coverage serving to tell a first-person narrative story; quotes from of a more personal nature from photo coverage characters/subjects directly addressing the camera with their gaze.
  3. Broad range edit of photographs (including photo films if required) with specifications including photo format, transmission, captioning, etc.,


  1. Consultant will use his/her own camera, laptop and internet access.
  2. Photos should contain photo credit and full captions and should be able to be used by UNICEF free of rights.
  3. The photos should have a pre-set tag in the meta data
  4. On assignment completion, the broad edit will be transferred electronically to UNICEF APC Section, Khine Zar Mon, with complete captions.

Duty Station: Yangon /Home-based with travel to programme areas as required.

Report to: Communication Officer, Advocacy, Partnership and Communication section in Yangon

Duration of the Assignment: 11.5 months, part-time, flexible hours

Start Date: 1st April 2022

End Date: 15 March 2023

Number of Days (working):

1st April 2022 to 15 March 2023 consultancy paid at rate per day or half day based on agreed work assignments over a period of 11.5 months.

This assignment will be a part-time assignment. The contract may be extended for another 11.5 months upon satisfactory completion of the initial SSA.

Description of Assignment:

Task 1:

Travel to UNICEF supported programmes and emergency affected areas and capture high resolution, digital photographic images of UNICEF development and humanitarian programmes, for UNICEF Myanmar

Deliverable 1:

Dynamic and powerful images for UNICEF Myanmar communication products captured on assignment to the field according to specific instructions for each trip. A maximum of 40 days per contract period (1st April 2022 – 15 March 2023).

Task 2:

Provide original photographs as a broad edit

Deliverable 2:

High quality images delivered within 5 days of the field trip

Task 3:

Provide full captions for all images including date, place, programme and description of the image

Deliverable 3:

Captions for all images delivered within 5 days of field travel

Task 4:

Produce short photo/video films

Deliverable 4:

Develop short video clips (1-5 minutes) from range of photos and interview videos with subtitles within 5 days of field travel or after receiving photos from UNICEF

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

  • Myanmar national, able to travel to the field at short notice
  • At least Secondary Education is required supported by required years of relevant experience in photography
  • At least 5 years of experience in professional photography and video production
  • Proven knowledge and experience in using photography for development messaging.
  • Experience of photography on development/humanitarian issues.
  • Experience working with NGOs or UN agencies is an asset.
  • Experience in child focused photography an advantage.
  • Proficient English-speaking skills and at least basic English writing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.

The Expression of Interest form to be completed and included / attach in the application here: 16032022 Expression of Interest-Photographers for UNICEF 2022-2023_Final.docx

Selection process

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV, completed Expression of Interest form, and samples of their work. The consultant will be identified by circulating an advertisement for two weeks and through review of the applications received by UNICEF taking into account the candidate’s experience, samples of their work, and the rate of pay requested.

Payment Schedule:

  • Monthly payment based on satisfactory performance of tasks assigned and submission of activity report and bill for the number of days worked.
  • Local travel cost and daily allowance for field trips will be reimbursed by UNICEF separately.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed 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.

Other conditions:

The consultants will undertake extensive official travel throughout the year within Myanmar as and when required to document official field visits, Nat Com visits and as assigned by the Communications Specialist.

As a general rule, for every four productions days, the photographer will need one postproduction day.

Life and health insurance

UNICEF does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for consultants and individual contractors, and consultants and individual contractors are not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to United Nations staff members. Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate. The responsibility of UNICEF is limited solely to the payment of compensation for service-incurred death, injury or illness as per the provisions detailed below.

Insurance for service-incurred death, injury or illness

Consultants and individual contractors who are authorized to travel at UNICEF expense or who are required under their contract to perform services in a UNICEF or United Nations office shall be provided with insurance coverage, through a UNICEF-retained third-party insurance provider, covering death, injury and illness attributable to the performance of official UNICEF duties. Compensation in the event of service-incurred death, injury or illness shall be equivalent to amounts stipulated in the agreement between UNICEF and the insurance provider.

Copyright and Confidentiality:

The documents produced during the period of this consultancy will be treated as strictly confidential, and the rights of distribution and/ or publication will reside solely with UNICEF.

Nature of Penalty Clause to be stipulated in the contract:

UNICEF Myanmar reserves the right not to pay the Contractor or withhold part of the payable amount if one or more requirements established for this assignment is not met or deadline set for the accomplishment of the tasks is missed.

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

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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.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

More information is available in the Child Safeguarding SharePoint and Child Safeguarding FAQs and Updates

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