National Individual Communication Consultant

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Application deadline 1 month ago: Monday 29 Aug 2022 at 20:55 UTC

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UNICEF’s mission in Moldova is to make sure every child in the country is healthy, educated and safe from harm, therefore having the best start in life and a fair chance to reach her or his full potential and benefit from the country’s prosperity. We believe children have a right to live in a more equitable society, where their voices are heard, and needs met as a matter of priority in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children and their families across the globe. The Republic of Moldova has been greatly affected by the pandemic, with significant impact on all areas of life. UNICEF continues to respond to the urgent needs caused by COVID-19, to ensure children in Moldova do not miss out on essential services crucial for their survival.

How can you make a difference?

1. Purpose of the assignment

The individual contractor is expected to support the Communication and Programme teams in timely planning, coordination, and implementation of UNICEF communication interventions within. The incumbent will be responsible for designing and implementing visibility and awareness campaigns related to children and adolescents’ components of UNICEF Moldova programmes in adherence to the overall Communication and Visibility plan of the programme fully aligned with the visibility needs and interests UNICEF and its partners.

2. Objectives of the assignment

  • Support in planning, coordinating, implementing and reporting on UNICEF communication interventions .
  • Develop a communication/visibility plans.
  • Develop and regularly update a matrix (mapping) of communication activities/products implementing by CSOs in the period 2018-2023.
  • Coordinate, review, provide quality control, endorse the communication activities/products developed by the Implementing Partners (CSOs) under previously signed partnerships, under the supervision and based on the guidance from the related Programme Officers.
  • Develop articles, human interest stories, press releases, based on the results of the implemented programmes with the support from Programme Officers, pitch them to journalists and UNICEF intranet global platform (ICON).
  • Identify photo and video opportunities, make the logistical arrangements with photo/video teams, coordinate production of photo/video materials to illustrate UNICEF Moldova programmatic activities and humanitarian actions with the support from Programme Officers.
  • Support in the organization of public events (sport and cultural events, launches, delivery of supplies, public consultations, etc). Coordinate the logistical support to ensure proper visibility at events, meetings, launches, supply deliveries (banners, logos, stickers, speaker cards, talking points etc.).
  • Timely produce and post relevant digital materials (social media posts, pictures, infographics, designed frames, etc) for UNICEF Moldova Digital platforms (website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and partner’s platforms.
  • Ensure timely submission of communication materials (articles, press releases, photos, videos, etc) to dedicated project webpage Submit for clearance all the communication and visibility materials with prior coordination with the involved partners.
  • Generate reports from the media monitoring platforms available in the office in order to ensure relevant information for end-year donor reporting (impact, views, engagement, etc.).
  • Contribute to the donor reporting.
  • Develop Monthly progress reports.
  • Perform other related tasks, at the request of the supervisor.

3. Details of how the work should be delivered

The specialist will work under the supervision of the UNICEF Communication Officer, and in close coordination with Programme Officers working on programmatic activities. The assignment envisages a full-time engagement from the incumbent, with the expectation of approx. 20-23 working days per month.

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

  • University degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Management or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area, combined with a university degree in a related field;
  • At least two years of practical professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media;
  • Fluency in Romanian. Professional knowledge of English and Russian;
  • Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, organize public events and write clear and concise communication materials;
  • Experience in coordination and management of multiple partners;
  • Experience in working with the EU funded projects is a strong advantage;
  • Previous work experience with the UN and other development organizations is an advantage;
  • Basic knowledge of video editing, design and layout tools (i.e Canva, Adobe Rush etc).

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

For more details on deliverables and minimum requirements, please refer to attached Terms of reference (ToR)

2022_TOR_National Individual Communication Contractor_VA.pdf

HOW TO APPLY: Your online application should contain two separate attachments: Technical Proposal and Financial Proposal (templates below). Please secure the Financial Proposal *.pdf document with a password on document view; the password will be requested only from technically qualified candidates.

Technical Offer_Communication Consultant.docx

Financial Offer_Communication Consultant.xlsx

Applications for this assignment must be received no later than: 29 August 2022

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion. Women, persons from vulnerable groups, such as persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as persons from other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants from under-represented groups will be given priority in case of equal qualification. UNICEF is committed to reasonably accommodate the working environment for the persons with disabilities.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks: 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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