Niger: Individual International Consultancy: outreach and digital communications, Niamey/Niger

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Niger
Closing date: 02 Apr 2018

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UNICEF Niger has experienced a growing demand for communication, which includes the facilitation of donor and international media visits, the increasing visibility requirements of donors, as well as the production of materials for external use to inform donors and visitors, advocate for children’s issues, and raise resources.

To respond to this increased demand, UNICEF Niger has identified an imminent need for dedicated support to help facilitate international visits in the country, produce a series of multimedia materials and ensure quality control of both internal and external communication and advocacy materials.

UNICEF Niger is seeking a strong writer and editor, with experience in developing communication material that can clearly convey UNICEF’s programme work in Niger and facilitate a broad range of partnerships. The consultant will ensure coordination and consistency of donor-related messaging and documentation of UNICEF’s programmes, among other assignments.

In addition, the consultant will support UNICEF Niger’s effort in strategically showcasing the organization’s work through digital and social media, as well as expanding its outreach to global audience and donors.

Objective(s) of the consultancy

Provide professional communications support in delivering effective donor-oriented communications and digital outreac

How can you make a difference?

Donor-oriented communications and international outreach

  • Support the office in organising and facilitating the planned donors (including UNICEF national committees) and international media visits within the period of consultancy. This includes the coordination with programmes and field offices, the development of briefing materials (including field notes) and the facilitation of the field-visits.
  • In line with the internal donors’ visibility plan, produce a series of human interest stories, media (including press releases) and other multimedia materials to highlight the impact of UNICEF interventions in the country and ensure that all the required donors’ visibility items are timely produced (stickers, banners, etc.).
  • Prepare, review, and edit programme-related overview briefs – including the production of factsheets, Q&A and visual materials to support UNICEF’s donor-targeted advocacy efforts
  • In close coordination with the UNICEF Global Digital Strategy Section (DSS/DOC), ensure the participation of the Country Office (CO) to at least two (2) global communication initiatives as part of the UNICEF Global Cause Framework.
  • In close coordination with the UNICEF Africa Support Unit, help facilitate the organisation of at least one (1) international media visit in the country to support the office current advocacy priorities
  • In coordination with the Communication Assistant, conduct an in-house training with programme colleagues (Niamey CO and field offices) on how to produce human interest stories, high end-quality photography materials and social media assets.
  • Effective digital outreach

  • In line with the Global Digital Transformation Project roll-out plan, support the office in developing the contents needed for the upcoming UNICEF CO website.
  • In close coordination with the Communication Assistant, conceptualise and pilot one (1) digital campaign with the aim of generating conversations around children’s rights and UNICEF advocacy priorities. Highlight in this framework what’s positive in the country through portraits of people (#changemakers) who are visionaries in their field and are making an impact on their communities, especially in regards to children’s rights.
  • Support the Communication Assistant in identifying and recruiting digital influencers and create conversations around issues related to UNICEF Niger mandate, keeping its digital community engaged in dynamic, interactive and meaningful ways.
  • Provide strategic guidance to communication and programme team to ensure a better amplification of our messages through digital platforms (#UNICEFConnect, #ActivateTalk, #TeamUNICEF, #VoicesOfYouth, #DigitalMapping, etc.).
  • Produce on a quarterly basis an English e-newsletter designed for donors, financial and technical partners and national committees.
  • Coordinate the production of a series of products designed for social media channels (infographic, short video, etc.).
  • Foresee and analyse risks as they relate to digital engagement and protecting the UNICEF brand.
  • Monitoring and evaluation

  • Support the Communication Assistant in undertaking regular monitoring and evaluation activities on social media and digital communication media according to the work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of country communication efforts.
  • Keep track of efforts and activities from other UN agencies, non-profits and competitors.
  • Track and report on all digital metrics, including website and social media.
  • Innovation

  • Be an active participant of the UNICEF Niger innovation taskforce and identify new opportunities and innovative approaches to continually improve our presence across digital platforms to deepen engagement with supporters.
  • Specific outputs/products/results/deliverables:
  • From April 15th to 30th April 2018

  • Donors communication and visibility plan finalised and approved by the management
  • Short concept note on UNICEF CO digital strategy and approach produced and approved by the management
  • Required Human interest stories for donor reporting purpose planned in May 2018 are produced and submitted on time to the Partnerships Unit
  • From May 1st to May 31st 2018

  • Donors and international media field visits planned in May 2018 are organised and facilitated and the related briefing notes and communication support materials are produced on time
  • The Terms of reference of the digital campaign highlighting what’s positive in the country is developed and approved by the management
  • UNICEF country office programmatic fact-sheets, key messages and key asks are developed and approved by programme sections
  • Required Human interest stories for donor reporting purpose planned in May 2018 are produced and submitted on time to the Partnerships Unit
  • From June 1st to June 30th 2018

  • Concept note for the participation of UNICEF CO to at least two (2) global communication initiatives developed and terms of reference for the recruitment of a communication agency approved in close collaboration with the Digital Strategy Section (DOC)
  • Donors and international media field visits planned in June 2018 are organised and the related briefing notes and communication support materials are produced on time
  • Required Human interest stories for reporting purpose planned in June 2018 are produced and submitted on time to the Partnerships Unit
  • Contracting process with local communication agency to implement UNICEF CO digital campaign and quality insurance of the planned digital products (infograph, short video and photos) completed
  • National digital influencers identified and negotiation process completed
  • The mission of the media production team from RO/HQ/GRO on child migration organised and facilitated and the related briefing notes and communication support materials are produced on time
  • An English e-newsletters on UNICEF achievements produced and widely disseminated among donors and technical and financial partners
  • From July 1st to July 31st 2018

  • Contents needed for the new UNICEF CO website are developed and approved by programme section and uploaded in the new application Druppal
  • Terms of reference for the organisation of an international media visit are developed and approved by the management in close collaboration with the Africa Service Unit
  • Donors and international media field visits planned in July 2018 are organised and the related briefing notes and communication support materials are produced on time
  • Required Human interest stories for reporting purpose planned in July 2018 are produced and submitted on time to the Partnerships Unit
  • UNICEF Digital campaign highlighting what’s positive in the country officially launched and digital monitoring tools available
  • Social media campaign report with key recommendations produced and shared with management
  • From August 1st to August 31st 2018

  • Refreshing training on how to produce on how to produce human interest stories, high end-quality photography materials and social media assets conducted
  • UNICEF DSS production team mission to Niger organized and facilitated (as part of the UNICEF Communication cause framework)
  • Donors and international media field visits planned in August 2018 are organised and the related briefing notes and communication support materials are produced on time
  • Required Human interest stories for reporting purpose planned in August 2018 are produced and submitted on time to the Partnerships Unit
  • Social media campaign report with key recommendations produced and shared with management
  • From Sept 1st to Sept 30th 2018

  • Donors and international media field visits planned in September 2018 are organised and the related briefing notes and communication support materials are produced on time
  • Required Human interest stories for reporting purpose planned in September 2018 are produced and submitted on time to the Partnerships Unit
  • Social media campaign report with key recommendations produced and shared with management
  • An English e-newsletters on UNICEF achievements produced and widely disseminated among donors and technical and financial partners
  • From October 1st to October 15th 2018

  • Donors and international media field visits planned in October 2018 are organised and the related briefing notes and communication support materials are produced on time
  • Required Human interest stories for reporting purpose planned in October 2018 are produced and submitted on time to the Partnerships Unit
  • Final report of the consultancy and key recommendations
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • First degree in communications, marketing, public relations, social sciences, humanities or related field.
  • At least two years of proven experience in producing content for communication materials in the development context is required. Communication experience working with UNICEF/UN agencies is desired.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Good knowledge of French is required.
  • Ability to cope with stressful and difficult conditions and political/cultural sensitivity, and ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.
  • Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely, in both written and oral forms, and to produce reports in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team in an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • Knowledge and skills in computer management and application (Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Final Cut Pro is an asset).
  • Excellent writing, research and analytical skills.
  • Duration of the assignment: 6 months (From April 15th to October 15th 2018)
  • Supervision: Chief of Communication, in close coordination with the Representative and the Partnerships Unit
  • Fees: Monthly payment will be made upon submission of monthly reports/deliverables. Candidates are requested to submit their monthly rate for this consultancy.
  • Travel: economy class and lump sum amount in lieu of DSA
  • Duty Station and work arrangements
  • The incumbent will be based in Niamey, Niger. The assignment will also require periodic travel to support partnership initiatives, field missions and facilitate media content creation.

  • How to Apply (Application is only online)
  • Qualified candidates are requested to submit cover letter, a CV and P 11 form which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_apply.html and a copy of your highest diploma. Please indicate your ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above and make a financial proposition for your work that includes daily rates, DSA and flight ticket. Incomplete files will not take into account. Only the selected candidates will be contacted.

    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.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    How to apply:

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