International Consultant- Development and Implementation of Communication and Advocacy Strategy for 2020 – 2023
Job Number: 526508 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Sierra Leone
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
The overall goal of the UNICEF Sierra Leone Country Programme (2020 – 2023) is that more children and women in Sierra Leone, particularly the most deprived, have increased access to inclusive quality health, nutrition, WASH, education and child and social protection services. The country programme will contribute towards achievement of the goals of the National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The country programme is aligned with outcomes 1–4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), 2020–2023, the UNICEF Strategic Plan and Gender Action Plan, 2018–2021, and the African Union Agenda for Children 2040 and Agenda 2063. It is implemented through partnerships with key Government Ministries and through interagency partnerships and collaboration with a range of NGOs, civil society, UN agencies and young people.
To continue work towards achieving the new country programme goals and objectives, it is necessary to use sound messaging and advocacy that is visible in the public domain to make the case for children as a winning cause, thus engaging key audiences to act on behalf of children. At the same time, it is important to engage and attract donors (both locally & internationally) to raise funds for the implementation of all Government/UNICEF programme activities.
External Relations and Advocacy is a cross-sectoral Programme of UNICEF Sierra Leone which plays a role in building and enhancing various partnerships, ensuring visibility and promoting results of the work being done under the country programme, ultimately influencing positive change and development for children.
The role of External Relations and Advocacy is critical in UNICEF Sierra Leone’s programming – in ensuring that children issues are well positioned on the public agenda and that UNICEF messaging are consistent and in line with the UNICEF global and country office priorities.
A Communication Consultant is therefore required to develop, begin implementation of and drive communication and advocacy campaigns to ensure donors and key stakeholders have accurate information and ensure increased awareness about UNICEF’s activities and key issues addressed in the new Country Programme (2020-2023).
The consultant will have the responsibility for developing, initiating implementation, implementing and developing monitoring framework (impact and reach) an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights. This communication and public advocacy strategy is to be aligned with existing and evolving programmatic priorities at country level as well as with the Communication and Advocacy Strategic Framework, which focuses on contributing to the realization of UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018–2021 by winning the support of decision-makers and the wider public for the cause of children.
How can you make a difference?
Under the general supervision of the Communication Specialist and in close coordination and consultation with the Section Chiefs, the consultant will be responsible for the conceptualisation, development, and implementation of an Advocacy and Communication Strategy to promote awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF’s mission and priorities within the context of the Government of Sierra Leone/UNICEF Country Programme 2020 – 2023.
Review key global and country programme documentation including but not limited to the new Country Programme 2020 – 2023, the Communication and Advocacy Strategic Framework 2018–2021, UNICEF brand strategy, the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF), Situation Analysis Report, Key issue documents and strategies.
Conduct in-depth interviews with key internal and external stakeholders at global, regional, country and National Committee levels.
Based on above insights, conduct a national SWOT analysis in relation to priorities and communications objectives.
Develop a draft advocacy and communications strategy and associated presentation materials for discussion with Section Chiefs, Programme Officers and national stakeholders.
Finalise strategy development based on feedback and input from key stakeholders.
Develop a detailed costed action plan for implementing the advocacy and communication strategy.
See attached full ToR for more details. ToR.doc
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced University degree in journalism, communication, international relations, political or social sciences, human rights, or comparable academic qualifications.
10 years of progressively advanced experience in strategic communications, which must include developing communications and advocacy strategies at the global, regional or national level.
Demonstrated familiarity with the work of UNICEF and/or international development, humanitarian, and child rights issues.
Excellent knowledge of English is required.
Proven skills in conceptualizing and developing communication and advocacy strategies and developing actions plans for implementation.
Proven ability to think critically and seek out, synthesize and interpret large amounts of information.
Ability to work with incomplete information and diverse views and opinions.
Expertise in using MS Office software and carrying out research and data analysis.
Interested candidates should provide at least two examples of communications and advocacy strategies that they have developed in the last 5 years and a one or two page summary outlining the purpose of the strategy, pre-strategy analysis undertaken, key components of the strategy, challenges they faced in developing the strategy and the outcome of strategy implementation. (Please note that these examples will be reviewed and treated with utmost confidentiality.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
The consultancy will be home based with a possibility of two times travel to the country office foreseen in the duration of the contract. applications should include financial proposal for the assignment.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Thu Oct 03 2019 00:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)