Application deadline 9 months ago: Sunday 5 Dec 2021 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
Result of Service The consultant contribute to successful communications and advocacy of the UN Office for Partnerships, particularly as it relates to the Decade of Action.
Work Location remote/from home
Expected duration 6 months with a possibility of an extension.
Duties and Responsibilities Org. Setting and Reporting: This position is located in the UN Office for Partnerships (UN Partnerships). Guided by the priorities of the UN Secretary-General, UN Partnerships is the gateway to the UN system to connect and co-create partnerships to keep the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its role as a connector, UN Partnerships proactively engages, convenes and leverages stakeholders, initiatives and solutions in support of the Decade of Action to deliver the SDG. UN Partnerships oversees the UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), the SDG Advocates programme, and the SDG Strategy Hub. The incumbent will support all initiatives of the UN Partnerships and report to the Executive Director of UN Partnerships, and work closely with other members of the team.
Background: To galvanise support for the SDGs, the Secretary-General established an Advocacy Group of eminent personalities to leverage their unique resources, networks, and specialised skills. The SDG Advocacy Group promotes the SDGs around the world with the aim to help accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The activities of the group are financed entirely through extra-budgetary funds and the responsibility is entrusted to the UN Office for Partnerships. The Office provides programme and substantive support to the activities of the Group. These activities of the Group include a series of global meetings as well as a multiple and ongoing individual and collective advocacy and outreach initiatives.
Objective: The objective of this request is to hire a Consultant to provide direct support to the Executive Director, UN Partnerships to advance activities of the SDG Advocacy Group and other key initiatives. The Consultant will assist with the coordination of all aspects of the SDG Advocates group’s activities. This will include, but is not limited to: implementing the SDG Advocates Workplan and Communications Strategy; facilitating the participation of SDG Advocates in high-level UN, non-UN and ad-hoc events and other conferences and events that the Advocates may be approached to attend, including facilitating their participation in media opportunities and events; liaising with colleagues across the Secretariat as well as outside partners to identify opportunities for the SDG Advocates to promote the goals to new and existing stakeholders; preparing correspondence, talking points, background notes and other briefing materials, through the UN Partnerships, for UN staff, including the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, other senior UN staff identified by the Executive Director of UN Partnerships from departments, funds, and programmes, as well as for the Advocates and their Advisors; remaining in frequent contact with the SDG Advocates’ Advisors to give and receive updates and coordinate their participation in events and meetings; supporting or observing on behalf of the Executive Director of UN Partnerships in meetings, including by preparing materials; planning events and meetings involving the SDG Advocates; regularly maintaining and updating the SDG Advocates website; establishing and managing an online platform for the SDG Advocates’ Advisors; developing communications and messaging content and strategies related to the activities of the SDG Advocates to promote awareness and progress of the goals; and reporting regularly on his/her activities and the activities of the SDG Advocates, including reporting on the use of donor funds. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Consultant will lead on research, data, partnership and outreach initiatives.
With guidance from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and under the supervision of the Executive Director of UN Partnerships, the Consultant will assist and support the work of the SDG Advocates in the following areas:
Communications Activities: - Implement the SDG Advocates Communications Strategy. - Communicate SDG Advocate activities and messaging to UN stakeholders for wider sharing and amplification - Work with UN colleagues and SDG Advocates/ Advisors to develop coherent and unified messaging and communications strategies around high-level events - Assist UN colleagues and outside partners in identifying opportunities for the SDG Advocates to deliver SDG messaging, including via social media and other channels - Leverage the global reach of the SDG Advocates to expose new stakeholders to SDG messages - Establish and manage an online platform for the Advisors to communicate with the UN Output: - Communications materials are developed in a timely manner, targeted according to audience, and coherent with strategic priorities - Advocate activities shared by UN system social media accounts - Meetings with UN colleagues, SDG Advocates and Advisors. Messaging reflected in talking points, briefing notes, and public statements - Advocate participation in global events. Advocate sharing of SDG messages through their social media channels - Involvement of new stakeholders in meetings and events. SDG action by new stakeholders. - Online platform established and improved two-way communication, such as sharing social media messages, talking points, and research.
Website and database management Activities: - Manage and maintain relevant websites, ensuring continuous updates, including on SDG Advocate activities, writing blog posts - Receive and analyse analytics reports and improve website reach - Lead coordination with all teams of UN Partnerships regarding the Office database, ensure timely input and maintenance, as week as regular testing and updates of the validity of data. Output: - Regular posts regarding SDG Advocate activities. Website remains current - Steady growth of website audience - Expanded and streamlined contact database of the Office
Policy Advice Activities: - Draft correspondence for senior UN staff regarding the activities of the SDG Advocates - Prepare and assist Executive Director of UN Partnerships in meetings and conference calls with SDG Advocates, UN colleagues, and outside stakeholders - Prepare background notes, talking points, and other briefing materials for SDG Advocates to use at meetings and public appearances, including high-level and high-profile events - Under the supervision of UN Partnerships, prepare background notes, talking points, and other briefing materials for senior UN staff, including the Secretary-General, to use in meetings with or relating to the SDG Advocates - Assist Executive Director of UN Partnerships in deepening Advocates' substantive knowledge of the SDGs - Assist UN Partnerships in close coordination with EOSG, with work to review and reappoint the SDG Advocates group Output: - Correspondence reviewed by Executive Director, and sent to senior staff - Meeting notes and where appropriate preparatory documents - Background notes, talking points, and other briefing materials - Background notes, talking points, and other briefing materials, prepared and reviewed by the Executive Director - Small meetings between the Executive Director and individual SDG Advocates and Advisors - Preparation of review and appointment of new Advocates
Coordination Activities: - Implement the SDG Advocates Workplan. - Liaise with UN colleagues and external partners to facilitate the participation of SDG Advocates in high-level, global events - Improve coordination and collaboration with UN colleagues regarding coherence and consistency of UN-wide SDG messaging, particularly at high-profile events. This will include through the SDG Strategy Hub. - Coordinate with Advocate Advisors regarding participation in UN events and initiatives, external partners’ campaigns and events, and updates on their activities to be published and shared Output: 1. Action taken to actualise the SDG Advocates Workplan that guides forward action. 2. Participation of SDG Advocates in high-level and high-profile global events 3. Regular meetings of UN stakeholders. Development and deployment of coherent SDG messaging. Active participation in and support to the SDG Strategy Hub. 4. Frequent contact with Advisors. Posts on SDG Advocate activities on Advocate website
Events – planning and support Activities: - Organise events for SDG Advocates at high-level conferences and events around the globe - Facilitate and support meetings between the Advocates and the Secretary-General and Deputy-Secretary-General - Support Executive Director of UN Partnerships and other UN staff at meetings with the SDG Advocates - Support SDG Advocates at global events - Plan and organise Advisors retreats as necessary to discuss issues and collaborate on ideas and messaging as a group Output: - Participation of SDG Advocates in high-level events - Effective meetings between the Secretary-General and the SDG Advocates - Meetings between the Executive Director and other UN staff with the SDG Advocates - Successful participation of SDG Advocates in events - Convening of Advisors retreats. Dissemination of agenda and meeting notes/report
Budget Management, Reporting and Project Evaluation Activities: - Provide the relevant assistance to the Support Agreement with the Donor. - Develop forward-looking cost plan for use of SDG Advocate funds and keep the UN Partnerships apprised of upcoming events and expenditures. Output: - Timely conclusion of new support agreement. - Cost plan accepted by Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Regular updates regarding expenditures.
Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations or other relevant discipline is required.
Experience: Progressive experience of working in international relations and in particular areas related to sustainable development is required.
Language: For this post, fluency in oral and written English and Korean is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Competency: PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to programme/project administration, programming and budgeting and coordinating events. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues and problems. In-depth familiarity of the United Nations, its organizational structure, formal procedures, and practical experience in planning outreach events and conferences. Ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently. TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Other required skills: - Strong report writing, analytical and presentation skills, and experience in briefing high-level officials. - Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with different UN organisations. - Strong communications skills, including writing press releases, blog posts, talking points and background notes, and knowledge of social media. - Demonstrated knowledge of the SDGs. - Experience working in high-pressure environments under tight deadlines. - Demonstrated political awareness and sound judgement. - Ability to work as part of a small team and with a variety of different offices both within and outside the UN system. - Knowledge and previous experience of conducting operational research, particularly lessons learned and best practice studies.
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