National Media Consultant, Kyiv, Ukraine (Open to nationals of Ukraine only)
Application deadline 10 months ago: Wednesday 24 Nov 2021 at 21:55 UTCOpen application form
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For every child,
UNICEF Ukraine provides technical support to the Ministry of Health to improve government emergency communication on healthcare issues, including the COVID-19 pandemics and the outbreak of poliovirus. As part of this assistance, UNICEF will provide technical communication support to planning and implementation of a high-quality emergency response and crisis communication strategies on the above issues.
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF Ukraine is looking for Media Consultant with experience in content production, media relations, crisis communication and advocacy development to ensure the efficient media interventions on public health issues, including СOVID-19 and poliomelitis. The initial duration of the assignment is three months with possibility of extension depending on the situation, including polio, in the country.
The overall objective of this assignment is to assist the office with scaling up media outreach on healthcare portfolio, in particular COVID-19 vaccination and poliomyelitis response. The consultant will be responsible for developing strategic communication framework on healthcare interventions as well as supervise development of media materials including press releases, Q&A, op-eds and their placement in local and international media. S/he will also contribute technical communication expertise and support to the implementation of the activities focusing on strengthening preparedness, prevention and response to the government crisis communication related to healthcare emergencies needs.
The consultant will be working under supervision of Head of Communication Section, in close cooperation with Communication, Health and Communication for Development Sections. The consultant will also have regular interactions and direct communication with the Ministry of Health as well as WHO Communication Team to carry out the planned activities.
Deliverable: Communication plan and strategic communication framework on polio response are developed and approved by stakeholders
Support with drafting and updating key messages and fact sheets for media and relevant key stakeholders ( 8 days) Drafing press releaseas and media statements ( 6 days) Developing and regularly updaing Q&A in Ukrainian and English in close cooperation with govenment and international counterparts (6 days) Draft background notes, speeches and talking points for media events and public pearances (6 days) Contribute to strategic development of digital initiatives, including development of social media packages for messages dissemination to respond to polio outbreak (4 days). Deadline: 15 January 2022 (20 w/days).
Deliverable: Communication and media materilas on polio response are prepared and timely updated.
Support with drafting and updating key messages and fact sheets for media and relevant key stakeholders ( 8 days) Drafing press releaseas and media statements ( 6 days) Developing and regularly updaing Q&A in Ukrainian and English in close cooperation with govenment and international counterparts (6 days) Draft background notes, speeches and talking points for media events and public pearances (6 days) Contribute to strategic development of digital initiatives, including development of social media packages for messages dissemination to respond to polio outbreak (4 days). Deadline: 30 May 2022 (30 w/days).
Deliverable: Media trainings on polio are conducted in Zakarpattia and Volyn regions.
Developing a standard pack for media trainings in targeted regions, including education sessions, training exercises and reading materials (8 days) Support with planning and organizing media training sessions for identified spokespersons from local government and healtcare authories in Zakarpattia and Volyn regions (8 days) Conducting media briefings on polio vaccination and polio respone with local media in regional media (8 days). Deadline: 30 April 2022 (24 w/days).
Deliverable: Press pack on COVID-19 vaccines is prepared and updated.
Localizing global media materials on COVID-19 vaccination (6 days) Translating and adapting at least 3 global press release on COVAX and COVID-19 vacination with further pitching it to local media outlets (8 days). Deadline: 30 May 2022 (14 w/days).
Deliverable: Media engagement and maintaining media contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets.
Identify press opportunities through evolving issues, including media monitoring, managing rumours and misinformation (4 days) Prepare background communication and promotional materials for briefing and visits of media and other special interest groups. Assist in the planning, logistic and administrative arrangements for them (4 days) Support with drafting and editing articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy / information materials in all media formats, as appropriate (6 days) Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of coverage and prepare adhoc reports on the media events' results (4 days). Deadline: 30 May 2022 (18 w/days).
Deliverable: Curating media partnerships.
Developing and approving a concept note for training programme for editors in chief and senior editors of national media outlets(8 days) Initiating and overseeing two media partnership project with national TV channel on COVID-19 vaccination promotion (6 days) Revision of the UNICEF media database and mailing lists to ensure that all key media contacts are regularly updated and incoming media inquiries are incorporated timely (2 days). Deadline: 15 March 2022 (16 w/days).
Terms of payment: Once per month, based on the submitted report for the number of working days used to deliver the tasks.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Education: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of studies such as journalism, communications, marketing linguistics, political or social studies, international development, or related field.
Professional experience: Three years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media. Experience in preparing communication products on healthcare issues is desirable. Previous working experience with the United Nations and/or an international organization is desirable.
Language: English - Advanced [C1]; Ukrainian - Proficient/Native [C2]; Russian - Proficient/Native [C2]
Skills and competencies: Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, Government officials and donors. A profound knowledge of the Ukrainian media landscape at the national and regional level. Solid editorial 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 programmes and their goals is a plus.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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.
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.