South Sudan: Writer (P-3) Juba,South Sudan (Consultancy)

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 30 Jan 2017

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Terms of Reference for Consultants & Individual Contractors

Title of Consultancy



Support the CO fundraising strategy through news and feature stories for a global audience.

Consultancy Classification Level



Field location with a focus on NBeG and the Equatorias


6 months

Start Date

15 February 2017

Funding Source (WBS, Grant and GL Code)



Despite the mounting humanitarian needs in South Sudan, donor funding for organizations working in the country is reducing. The reasons for this are various: competing global emergencies, a focus among European governments on refugee inflows and fatigue among donors with a protracted, and largely man-made, crisis in South Sudan. As a result, several embassies, among them the German and the Danish, have already announced that their funds for South Sudan will be reduced in 2017. ECHO funding has been cut by 20% for 2017 compared to 2016. With a new administration assuming power in Washington from 2017, it remains to be seen whether US funding will also be impacted.

Donors are also aware that the government continues to limit humanitarian access in many areas while at the same time expelling aid workers who have been outspoken. This has resulted in discussions among donors about the possibility of withholding funding or even leaving the country.

Given this landscape it is important that the needs on the ground and the potential impacts of funding shortfalls be highlighted to donor governments, their constituents and those who can influence them.

During the crisis in Juba in July 2016, most donors present in South Sudan left or were evacuated to neighboring countries. However, by the end of 2016 many have re-established at least a limited presence on the ground. UNICEF’s biggest donor, the US Government through USAID, OFDA and FFP, was present on the ground during the crisis; DFID is planning to re-establish a permanent international presence in Juba in 2017; the European Union, especially ECHO are back in country and so are the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Japanese and German embassies; some with reduced presence for the time being. However the Canadian Government as well as JICA and the GIZ have not yet returned to South Sudan.


With the conflict in South Sudan now in its fourth year, securing funding is becoming increasingly difficult due to many competing global emergencies and changing political situations in Europe and the United States. Many donors have cut their funding to South Sudan and the competition over the remaining funds available to humanitarian agencies has become more intense. Due to its excellent reputation among donors and its wide reach via 10 field offices, good opportunities exist for UNICEF to secure additional financial support. To best exploit these opportunities, the work of the communications section and its outputs need to be better aligned with the office’s new fundraising strategy.

The consultant writer/editor will be contracted for a period of six months with the objective of producing written material that highlights funding gaps and challenges and the implications of those gaps on the children of South Sudan. She/he will spend 50 percent of her/his time in the field producing both short and long form news and feature stories that address both UNICEF CO funding needs and donor visibility requirements. These will be used across the range of UNICEF and UNICEF South Sudan digital platforms and will also be pitched to news organizations.

Specific Tasks

  • Write press releases, feature and human interest stories for dissemination to global media, UNICEF national committees, donor governments and UNICEF digital channels.
  • Pitch news stories and features to relevant media.
  • Write at least one Op-Ed to be pitched to a tier 1 media organization.
  • Contribute to visibility annexes of donor reports as necessary
  • Working with the rest of the team, contribute regularly to UNICEF South Sudan social media pages.
  • Provide ideas and regular input to the communications section editorial calendar.
  • Contribute content to headquarters global initiatives.
  • Expected Deliverables



    (Estimated # of weeks)


    1- Two press releases that produce broad global coverage.

    2- Six human interest stories for use by Natcoms and

    3- At least one Op-Ed to be pitched to major media outlets.

    4- Two long-form features highlighting an under reported aspect of UNICEF’s work in South Sudan.

    2 weeks

    4 weeks

    2 weeks

    4 weeks

    1 March – 1 September 2017

    All material will be packaged and uploaded onto a UNICEF FTP Site / and a drive couriered to UNICEF South Sudan

    All material will follow the UNICEF copyright stipulations.


    The consultant will report to the Chief of Communication.

    Expected background (Qualifications & Experience)

    At least five years’ experience of writing for a major news organization with strong editorial judgement and demonstrable skills in storytelling and media relations. Experience of working with UNICEF on similar projects and previous experiences in work with children would be an asset. As would experience of working in complex, multi-cultural environments and the ability to deliver results in a challenging environment. Native spoken and written English is required.

    General Conditions:

  • Terms of payment:
  • How to apply:

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