International Consultant - Communication & Advocacy Content Writer

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Homebased, Dhaka, Bangladesh, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :30-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
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 :110 days spread between August 2021- August 2022

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.


The Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) programme focuses on prevention and response to violence against women, strengthening the legal framework, ensuring coordination among key stakeholders working on EVAW and transforming social norms.


UN Women Bangladesh is seeking an international communication & Advocacy Content Writer to support the development and editing of knowledge and communication products, briefs and research summaries related the prevention and response to Violence against Women.

The consultant will be engaged for a maximum of 110 days within the period of the contract.


The objective of the consultancy is to develop and edit communication, advocacy materials, knowledge products and briefs for the EVAW programme. The products include event’s reports, research summaries, briefs, op-eds, newsletters, and infographics on prevention and response of violence against women. The assignment will also include materials consolidation and drafting of narrative for the EVAW webpage resource repository. The consultancy also includes the collection of data and information for report writing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Knowledge Management and Monitoring Analyst - Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW), the International Consultant will undertake the following tasks:


  • Research, write, develop and edit communication and advocacy briefs, event reports, op-eds, infographics, and newsletters for EVAW programme activities, and events including 16 Days of Activism (16 DOA) and International Women’s Day (IWD);
  • Content edits of communication and advocacy materials and knowledge products developed by implementing partners.
  • Consolidate data and editing research reports on violence against women.
  • Write and edit the narrative of the resource pages and background notes for rehauling of EVAW website. 


Expected Deliverables and Payment Milestones:


No of days



1st batch of deliverables:

  1. Inception report with detail workplan for deliverables and time plan
  2. Completion of 02 briefs / infographics on VAW
  3. Editing of 02 reports developed by UNW partners.
  4. Development of 01 OP-EDs and 02 newsletters during 16 DOA
  5. Collect and update data on government and NGOs’ compliance with commitments to End VAW (10 Action Points)
  6. Resource page and background notes for EVAW website

45 days

Aug – Dec 2021

40% of payment after satisfactory completion of 1st batch of deliverables

2nd batch of deliverables:

  1. Development of 01 OP-ED and 02 newsletters during IWD including annual newsletter of CGBV
  2. Completion of 05 briefs / infographics on VAW
  3. Editing of 04 reports developed by UNW partners
  4. Resource page and background notes for EVAW website
  5. Consolidate data and edit research reports on violence against women.


40 days

Jan – April 2022

35% of payment after satisfactory completion of 2nd batch of deliverables

3rd batch of deliverables:

  1. Completion of 06 briefs / infographics on VAW
  2. Editing of 04 reports developed by UNW partners.
  3. Resource page and background notes for EVAW website
  4. Consolidate data and edit research reports on violence against women.

25 days

May – Aug 2022

25% of payment after satisfactory completion of 3rd batch of deliverables


Duration of Work: 110 days spread across August 2021 – August 2022


Supervision and Performance Evaluation:

The international consultant will work under the supervision of the UN Women Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) - Knowledge Management and Monitoring Analyst and will closely work with the EVAW team.


Travel and DSA:

No DSA will be paid at the duty station. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UN Women, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be UN Women  expenses and the individual contractor/SSA shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).


Certification of Payment:

It is to be noted that due to the nature of the Programme, there will be periods of time when no actual writing or research will occur because the writer will be waiting for either text clearance from UN Women and/or new assignments. The Knowledge Management and Monitoring Analyst will certify each assignment on the certification of payment.


Functional Competencies

  • Experience in communication writing for top-tier international media outlets or international organizations.
  • Strong research and excellent writing skills in English.
  • Strong communication, time management, research, and organizational skills.
  • Understanding of editorial policies in traditional and social media and UN system.
  • Knowledge of issues related to gender equality and ending violence against women.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Previous professional experience with international development agencies and the United Nations would be considered an asset.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in communications, journalism, social science, international relations, fine arts, or related fields.


Technical Competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years of combined and relevant experience in journalism, communications, print and newsroom editing.  
  • Strong understanding of gender issues and violence against women:
  • Strong portfolio of work, including writing communication and advocacy briefs, event reports, op-eds, newsletters, infographics, particularly on gender-based violence, and gender equality.  
  • Expert user of Microsoft Office and data visualization software and platform. 
  • Experience in working in or with international organizations and UN agencies, particularly in the gender equality and violence against women fields.


Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all
costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, only  and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the SSA in completing the assignment.
The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon
completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages

Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.

Cumulative analysis-

The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:
1. Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the
Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70 mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points out of 100)

Criteria-01; Academic Qualification- Max Point 20
Criteria-02; Experience/Familiarity in the field of gender equality and violence against women- Max Point  25
Criteria-03; Proven experience in writing communication and advocacy briefs, event reports, op-eds, newsletters, and infographics- Max Point 25

Criteria-04; Strong communication, time management, research, and organizational skills- Max Point 15

Criteria-05; Previous professional experience with the United Nations, especially with UN Women- Max Point 15

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points (70) will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.

Interested candidates will submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.

To be included as part of the proposal:

  • A brief expression of interest: a brief narrative presenting your suitability for this assignment·
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from:
  • 3 Sample works on communication / advocacy work, op-eds, infographics, and/or newsletter.  
  • Financial proposal: Propose the daily fees (per date USD rate x 110 days) as lumpsum.

Only applications including all items mentioned above will be considered.

NOTE: Documents required before contract signing:

UN Personal History Form;
Full medical examination and Statement of Fitness to work and travel for consultants with travel involved. (This is not a requirement for RLA contracts);
Security Certificate BSAFE: EN:
Individual subscribers over 65 years of age are required to undergo a full medical examination including x-rays at their own cost and obtaining medical clearance from the UN Medical Director prior to taking up their assignment;
Release letter in case the selected consultant is government official.
Only applications will all items mentioned above will be considered

Note: The individual consultant who does not meet the above eligibility criteria shall not be considered for further evaluation. Necessary documentation must be submitted to substantiate the above eligibility criteria


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