COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT/AFRICA FOCAL POINT
||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
|Application Deadline :||05-Aug-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months|
UNDP’s Office of Communications is the lead office for communications. It provides policy guidance and develops and implements global communications strategies to reach the media and other key constituencies with UNDP’s core messages.
The News and Media Team includes a group of communications specialists, a writer/editor and a TV Production Unit. Reporting to the Chief of the News and Media Team or the Officer-in-charge, the Communications Consultant works as part of a New York-based team whose primary responsibility is to position UNDP’s work in priority areas worldwide.
The Consultant will cover the Africa region as well as the following thematic areas: democratic governance and elections; crisis prevention and recovery; Millennium Development Goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Identify opportunities for press conferences; facilitate interviews with senior managers and experts;
- Develop and maintain a close working relations with the media (national, regional and international) to help position UNDP to achieve its strategic goals;
- Draft and/or edit and disseminate press releases, advisories, fact-sheets, press/media kits and updated information and stories to inform media, key partners and the general public of UNDP programming initiatives, results and successes, and other achievements;
- Identify and develop creative opportunities up to increase awareness of UNDP and its priority areas;
- Clear, consistent and timely responses to media inquiries; issuance of statements and corporate positions to media and other external audiences;
- Provide support to the Director on reputation management for Africa-related and thematic issues;
- In close collaboration with Regional Communications Adviser based in Africa and Communications Officers in Country Offices, plan and organize media activities for the Administrator, Associate Administrator and missions by top managers from Regional and other Bureaus, including arrangements for interviews and press conferences.
- Provide advice and technical support to UNDP/HQ Bureaus in developing communications activities and initiatives;
- Provide advice to UNDP/HQ Bureaus on communications tactics and media outreach as part of the roll-out of global campaigns and/or launching of flagship and other corporate publications and products.
- Maintain and nurture strategic partnerships with communications counterparts at other UN agencies, and with external media networks, strengthening internal capacity for media outreach and technical expertise;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Demonstrates very good understanding of communications and outreach at the international level;
- Demonstrated ability to build and nurture strong relations with the media (national and international);
- Proven ability to develop and implement effective communications strategies;
- Outstanding writing and editing skills, with proven ability to meet tight deadlines;
- Proven ability to position issues effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
- Very strong organizational and planning skills;
- Proven networking skills, and ability to generate interest in UNDP;
- Good computer skills, including databases and office software packages;
- Familiarity with UNDP and UN system;
- Familiarity with development issues.
- Strong initiative-taker;
- Very effective at multi-tasking;
- Focuses on impact and results for the client;
- Interacts effectively with all levels of the organization, including senior management;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; Identifies opportunities and builds strong relationships with clients and partners;
- Demonstrates exceptional ability to remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Participates effectively in team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's degree in communications, journalism, international relations, social science or development-related field.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience in media, communications or advocacy.
- Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization is helpful but not mandatory.
- Knowledge of development issues and media landscape in Africa is a strong asset.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages.
- Fluency in English; working knowledge of French is a strong asset.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS (INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED):
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
- Proposal explaining why they are the most suitable for the work, drawing on their knowledge and previous experience
- P11 or Personal CV and at least 3 references.
- Financial proposal specifying the daily fee, which should include all related expenses including related benefits and insurance. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as a separate line.
In the case of unforeseen travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight: 70%
* Financial Criteria weight: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Criteria for evaluation of candidates:
- Story gathering, writing and editing skills: 20%
- Experience in crisis communications and/or reputation management: 20%
- Understanding of the UN and UNDP’s mandate and demonstrated familiarity with its thematic areas : 15%
- Experience in media outreach and global campaigns: 15%
- Multimedia skills (social media, Audiovisual): 10%
- Knowledge and familiarity of African region and its key issues: 10%
- Ability to work as part of a multicultural team: 10%
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.