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Communication Roster, UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEE/CIS)

Job Number: 498319 | Vacancy Link
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Work Type : Consultancy
 

COMMUNICATION EXPERTS

The UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEE/CIS) in Geneva seeks to establish a roster of communication experts who are able to work with the Regional Office in Geneva or with Country Offices in the CEE/CIS regionhttp://www.unicef.org/ceecis/region2.html. Becoming a pre-qualified consultant in the UNICEF Roster is a one-off standard application that opens the door for potentially multiple assignments. Once pre-qualified, consultants will be eligible for direct recruitment by UNICEF Country Offices in the region for a two-year period. Significant reductions in the time required by UNICEF to process contracts and for a consultant to be operational are expected. UNICEF will make extensive use of the roster for eligible consultancy requirements; this is therefore a unique opportunity for any interested and qualified consultants to submit one single application and, if entered into the roster, to be immediately considered for any future assignments by UNICEF in the relevant area of expertise.

 AREAS OF EXPERTISE  

  1. Communications Consultants

The consultants will develop communication and advocacy strategies and implementation plans. This includes preparation of media plans, press releases, quick lines and Q&As to ensure consistent and targeted messaging and increase visibility across multiple communication platforms, with a particular focus on digital media. The consultants will support the production of human interest video, audio, text, and images used for digital story telling; the organization of media or public advocacy events to maximize influencers such as government or civil society leaders, celebrities and public figures and/or organizations on all platforms. Leverage relationships with key media outlets is also a key area, in collaboration with respective UNICEF spokespersons to highlight children's issues of concern and increase visibility of UNICEF work in the region as well as manage reputational issues in the media.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

  • Advanced University degree in journalism, communication, international relations, political or social sciences, human rights; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • More than five years of progressively advanced experience in strategic communications, which should include developing communications and advocacy strategies at the regional or national level.
  • Excellent English writing, editing, and proofreading skills - strong communication skills (written and oral) in English are essential.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the work of UNICEF, the UN and/or international development, humanitarian, and child rights issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality results in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work with incomplete information and diverse views and opinions.
  • Concrete experience of fostering open dialogue, building trust and engaging key stakeholders.
  • Expertise in using MS Office software and carrying out research and data analysis.
  • Responsive to client requirements and feedback.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit communication and advocacy strategies and plans.

2. Writers

The consultants will support the UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Office or Country Offices in writing and reviewing regional documents such as regional reports, country office annual reports, bulletins, donor reports, and country documents, etc.  The writers should be (or will need to become) familiar with the UNICEF Style Book and follow its guidelines. The tasks include: carrying out research; writing publications with clear and consistent messages keeping in mind the relevant audiences. The text, depending on the format, should be highly readable with good logical sequence, emotional touch, highlight human stories and should avoid jargon; reviewing, fact-checking and copy-editing may also be required.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

  • Advanced University degree in social sciences, humanities, literature, linguistics or a related technical field; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • More than five years experience in writing advocacy publications or technical publications;
  • English mother tongue or equivalent level;
  • Russian language is an advantage;
  • Sensitivity to nuances and the ability to think and write analytically;
  • Portfolio that includes writing advocacy publications written for non-specialized audiences, or technical publications on specialized topics;
  • Demonstrated understanding of international development issues and/or issues concerning children; familiarity with the subject of the publication desirable;
  • Ability to effectively grasp and incorporate comments from multiple authors to fit a defined publication style and format;
  • Previous experience working with UNICEF/UN or an international organization on humanitarian or development issues is desirable.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit writing samples and/or undergo a short written test.

3. Editors/copyeditors/proofreaders

The consultants will support the UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Office or Country Offices in reviewing and editing various regional documents such as regional reports, country office annual reports, bulletins, donor reports, technical briefs, advocacy briefs, and country documents, etc.  The editors should be (or will need to become) familiar with the UNICEF Style Book and follow its guidelines. The tasks include: editing publications that may require rewriting, abridging and restructuring text for greater clarity, readability and consistency of message, better logical sequence, and elimination of repetition and jargon, carrying out research to fact-check or clarify ambiguities and to rectify substantive errors in the text, ensuring that the text is lively, clearly written and phrased in ways that engage the intended audience.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

  • Advanced University degree in social sciences, humanities, literature, linguistics or a related technical field; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • More than five years experience in editing or proofreading advocacy publications or technical publications;
  • English mother tongue or equivalent level;
  • Russian language is an advantage;
  • Sensitivity to nuances and the ability to think and write analytically;
  • Portfolio that includes editing or copy editing advocacy publications written for non-specialized audiences, or technical publications on specialized topics;
  • Demonstrated understanding of international development issues and/or issues concerning children; familiarity with the subject of the publication desirable;
  • Ability to effectively grasp and incorporate comments from multiple authors to fit a defined publication style and format;
  • Previous experience working with UNICEF/UN or an international organization on development issues is desirable.

 Shortlisted candidates are asked to upload editing samples (before and after) and/or undergo a short editing test.

4. Graphic designers /data visualization experts

The consultants will support the UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Office or Country Offices in developing designs/layouts of publications and information products for digital, print or multimedia formats, based on the UNICEF brand guidelines. The consultants will also support in data visualization efforts, analyzing data with the aim of telling compelling stories using specific data related to the region and designing infographics on various development and humanitarian issues. The tasks include: conceptualizing, designing and producing designs/layouts for different publications; analyzing data and producing infographics or multimedia data visualization tools.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

  • A University degree in graphic design, media and communication, fine arts or comparable academic qualification; a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of experience of working with communication or media, and specific experience in graphic design;
  • Strong practical background in graphic design, multimedia data visualization and infographics;
  • Proven experience of graphic production from start to published/printed product with knowledge of printing processes (offset and digital) and color management;
  • Good understanding of new and evolving technologies and digital platforms;
  • Creativity skills and a comprehensive knowledge of production processes;
  • Previous experience working with UNICEF/UN or an international organization is desirable.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a design portfolio.

Opening Date 3 Aug 2016 W. Europe Standard Time
Closing Date 1 Sep 2016 W. Europe Standard Time 

 

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