Vetted Roster - Individual Consultants: Communication


Location : Within Africa Region and Possibly other regional and global centers of UNDP and Various (within the African Region )
Application Deadline :11-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :15d 10h 21m
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French   Spanish   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
09-Jun-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :Varies from a few days to several months
Expected Duration of Assignment :To be determined, based on specific assignment


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.


Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in some 170 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges, and coordinating the efforts of the United Nations at country level.

Aiming to eradicate poverty, violence and hunger, UNDP supports countries in Africa to translate economic growth into long-lasting, inclusive human development, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The organization works with governments, regional organizations, businesses, and communities, helping countries to develop capacity, share knowledge and mobilize funds for sustainable development.

As an extension of the UNDP Headquarters, the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with additional offices in Dakar, Senegal, and Nairobi Kenya, serves UNDP’s 46 Country Offices in sub-Saharan Africa, develops high quality knowledge and policy, and is the organization’s main interface with regional and continental bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities. The Centre also implements UNDP’s Regional Programme for Africa focused on enhancing inclusive and sustainable growth, widening political participation, and giving everyone a voice, and developing responsive institutions which deliver desired services and promote inclusive processes of state-society dialogue.

At UNDP, external and internal communication—nationally, regionally, and globally—is critical to achieving both development results and business objectives. Skillful communication contributes to transparency and development effectiveness, attracts, and fosters strong partnerships, and can boost resource mobilization. Communications also plays a crucial role in positioning UNDP as a credible and trusted development partner and thought leader, creating greater awareness about the organization’s work and its impact on the continent.

In order to ensure continued support to our initiatives in Africa, UNDP’s RSCA invites candidates to send their applications for inclusion in a Vetted Roster of external experts. The process of including candidates in the Expert Roster is described in the latter sections of this advertisement

To be considered for inclusion in the roster, applications would need to have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Writing/editing knowledge and advocacy products;
  2. Graphic design and publishing; layout and design, visual artists, graphic recorder
  3. Digital communications: Digital media content development and campaigns, online community outreach, website content and technical management;
  4. Communications training: Experts in media relations, crisis communications, strategy development and digital media campaigns;
  5. Video and infographic video production: videographers, video editors, infographic video, scriptwriters. 
  6. Development photography and photo database management: Photographers 

For detial responsibilties please refer the competencies section of this adveristment 


Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks assigned in each individual assignment may include one or more of the following:

  • Writing and editing of knowledge and advocacy products targeting external audiences and the media;
  • Draft, summarize and edit succinct communications pieces of varying length for different internal and external audiences in close cooperation with UNDP task managers;
  • Support the substantive revision of content aimed at media outreach in coordination with the author(s), and communications focal points within relevant UNDP teams;
  • Under the guidance of the UNDP task manager and authors/specialists draft and/or edit publications to ensure clarity, consistency and readability of the text for the intended audience;
  • Assemble all chapters/sections suggesting re-writing as necessary, adding/editing the draft to full completion including all necessary components (table of contents, foreword, preface, introduction, bibliography, tables, annexes, boxes, etc.);
  • Point out factual inconsistencies, inconsistencies in arguments, political nuances, faulty logic, and awkward or unclear passages and suggest solutions;
  • Pursue and ensure timely incorporation of feedback received from internal and external peer reviewers into draft manuscripts; 
  • As appropriate, work closely with the consultant graphic designer to develop ideas for infographics, charts and images that creatively convey key messages/data in the manuscript;
  • Proof-read final texts as laid out by designer to ensure text and associated graphics are error-free.

Graphic design and desktop publishing:

  • Design and layout materials (e.g. reports, posters, infographics, images, dynamic presentations, etc.) in a variety of software including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Word and PowerPoint for internal and external audiences, and for presentation, print and online use;
  • Produce clear, concise and engaging materials that convey key messages to target audiences;
  • Image research and management (including subjects, permissions, photo release forms, etc.);
  • Pursue and ensure timely incorporation of feedback received from internal and external reviewers into draft materials;
  • Preparing materials for printing in line with UNDP editorial and visual guidelines, advising on print solutions, coordinating with printers and ensuring delivery of final error-free agreed materials.

Digital communications:

  • Design, implement and measure effectiveness of UNDP’s digital strategy;
  • Enhance and monitor UNDP’s presence on diverse and relevant digital channels;
  • Maintain and engage UNDP’s online communities, including drafting and editing content such as photos and information-based graphics, and strategic placement;
  • Conduct ongoing analysis of UNDP’s audience and use the data and evidence to adjust digital strategy as appropriate;
  • Identify, develop and execute creative opportunities, including campaigns, to increase awareness of UNDP and its priority areas across relevant digital platforms;
  • Position UNDP and its experts on leading digital media platforms;
  • Using UN social media guidelines and global good practice, provide training and guidance to UNDP colleagues on the use of social media;
  • Monitor social media trends for outreach purposes and appropriately apply that knowledge to increasing the use of social media at UNDP;
  • Work collaboratively with UNDP’s partners to leverage social networks to enhance UNDP’s mission;
  • Assist in curating and presenting stories, images and videos in UNDP’s web content management system;
  • Review and edit web stories, headlines and captions, liaising with relevant teams to ensure accuracy and consistency;
  • Work with content providers to research or rewrite material from the standpoint of reader interest, clarity, political sensitivity, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as relevance to UNDP’s focus areas.

Communications trainings including in media relations, crisis communications, and strategy development:

  • Conduct UNDP office communications needs assessment taking into account country programmes, ongoing projects and initiatives, and corporate requirements, and propose specific and cost options that respond to the needs assessment;
  • Liaise with UNDP to develop training Terms of Reference and agendas, collating relevant training materials, conducting training and assessing/evaluating impact of training;
  • Media training, including on crisis situations, for UNDP senior managers and programme staff;
  • Collaborate with UNDP to design, facilitate and evaluate communications training workshops for staff, anchored in corporate communication priorities (e.g. engaging storytelling), industry good practice and emerging trends;
  • Develop media strategies in line with UNDP’s priority areas taking into account emerging trends;
  • Plan and design internal and external strategies for communications and outreach focused on impact and results, transparency, advocacy, partner engagement and other corporate priorities;
  • Training of journalists in different aspects of media discipline, as well as development aspects in line with UNDP focus areas, e.g. election reporting, parliamentary reporting, advocacy journalism on emerging issues – climate change, inequality, resilience, etc.

 

Video and infographic video production: videographers, video editors, infographic video scriptwriters:

  • Conceptualize and produce videos or animated videos including short news features, documentary films, public services announcements, video messages and internal UNDP films, in line with UNDP editorial and visual guidelines;
  • Liaise with UNDP representatives to identify in detail the scope of work, including issues to be covered in scripting, review processes and other benchmarks;
  • Filming (shooting and interviews) and editing (including adding narration and music and tiles – texts and graphics on screen) with professional video equipment (with consideration for professional sound and lighting);
  • Produce clear, concise and engaging materials that convey key messages to target audiences;
  • Point out factual inconsistencies, inconsistencies in arguments, political nuances, faulty logic, and awkward or unclear passages and suggest solutions;
  • Pursue and ensure timely incorporation of feedback received from internal and external reviewers into draft materials;
  • Ensure delivery of final error-free agreed materials.   

Development Photography and photo database management:

  • Capture high resolution human-interest images of UNDP’s various programme/project activities in various parts of the country, in line with UN ethical guidelines on permissions and photo release forms;
  • Provide caption information within the individual photo file including names and ages of beneficiaries and businesses, city, country, date, description of activity;
  • Photos should be delivered error-free as high-resolution jpeg or raw files (300 dpi at 8 x 10 inches) within a specified amount of time;
  • Analyze, review and provide a set of recommendations to enhance the global capture and management of digital assets at UNDP, with particular emphasis on still images for use in online and print media;
  • Identify and present recommendations for meeting the digital asset management needs of UNDP and advise on the relative pros and cons of all options identified. Recommendations should ensure compatibility and address workflow within the UN global network with existing Adobe CQ5 Content Management System;
  • Advise on additional requirements/features of digital asset management beyond those already identified;
  • Provide a written report of findings and recommendations for software solutions, including a minimum of three alternative technologies, clearly outlining advantages and disadvantages of each.

 


Competencies

Writing/Editing knowledge and advocacy products:

  • Proven record in advanced copy editing and/or producing knowledge in the area of sustainable human development and international development;
  • Ability to synthesize complex and technical information from various sources into jargon-free, content for different audiences;
  • Experience in writing for media outlets, development-related organizations, research centers, think-tanks or multilateral institutions required.
  • Samples required.

Graphic design and desktop publishing:

  • Demonstrated experience in packaging development content
  • Reputable graphic designer with prior experience designing similar projects;
  • Demonstrated experience in using software tools in a creative and engaging way;
  • Experience in commercial print management;
  • Experience in designing multiple language versions.
  • Samples required.

Digital Communications:

  • Relevant experience at the national or international level in digital media, journalism, communications, or related field, specifically using social media in a professional capacity;
  • Demonstrated experience in speedy quality writing and creating compelling online content with different software tools;
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining online communities;
  • Experience in using web content management systems.
  • Samples required.

Communications trainings including in media relations, crisis communications, and strategy development:

  • Highly developed and proven communications skills in multi-cultural settings;
  • Excellent journalistic style writing and editorial skills, with ability to articulate ideas concisely to a variety of audiences including senior UN representatives, public officials, the media;
  • Excellent proven facilitation skills;
  • Experience in developing and delivering communication training programmes;
  • Experience in developing and executing successful communications strategies, including in complex emergencies, and varying development contexts.

Video and infographic video production: videographers, video editors, infographic video scriptwriters:

  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to synthesize complex and technical information from various sources into jargon-free content for different audiences;
  • Working experience in video production and Final Cut Pro editing;
  • Relevant experience in infographic video production;
  • Samples required.

Photography and photo database management:

  • Demonstrated experience working in the Africa region documenting impact and people-centered development stories;
  • Experience working with international organizations
  • Experience in designing and/or setting up photo databases, including front-facing and back-end design of database interfaces.
  • Availability and willingness to travel;
  • Ownership or possession of a high-resolution state of the art digital camera/equipment is a must.


Required Skills and Experience

I. Education:

  • Master's Degree in Communications, public relations, marketing, media relations, journalism, international relations, development or any other related field.

II. Years of experience:

Following a vetting process, the successful candidates would be placed in one of the following bands:

  • Band 1, Implementation Support: Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 5 years of relevant work experience or master’s degree in relevant field with minimum 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Band 2, Specialist Support: Band 2, Specialist Support: Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in the Africa region or master’s degree in relevant field with minimum 7 years of relevant work experience, out of which minimum 3 years of international experience as a requirement.
  • Band 3, Senior Advisory: Senior Advisory: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 12 years of relevant work experience, out of which minimum 5 years of international experience as a requirement
    • Excellent computer skills. 
    • Knowledge of UN, including UNDP terminology, language, and style an advantage.
    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting a must.
    • Previous work experience in Africa is an asset

III. Language:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
    • or fluency in spoken and written French and intermediate fluency in English.
    • or fluency in spoken and written Spanish and intermediate fluency in English
    • or fluency in spoken and written Portuguese and intermediate fluency in English

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter, clearly identifying the “Areas of Expertise and Sub-Expertise ” as mentioned in the background section above;
  • Updated Personal CV and Personal Information Formincluding past experience from similar projects, and email, telephone and any other contact details for references;
  • Daily professional Fee. This can be indicated on the cover letter

Evaluation of Applicants:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

Stage 1:- Establishing a Roster :

  • All applicants will be initially screened against the minimum requirements as in ToR and those meeting the minimum requirements will be longlisted;
  • Long-listed applicants will be evaluated through a Desk review and/or interview against the following criteria based on evident in the submitted application:
    • Demonstrated specialised expertise in a minimum of one of the six (6) areas mentioned above: (1) Writing/editing knowledge and advocacy products; (2) Graphic design and desktop publishing; (3) Digital communications; (4) Communications training; (5) Video and infographic video production; (6) Development Photography and photo database management:  – 20 points;
    • Demonstrated specialised experience (as applicable): (1) Advanced copy editing and/or producing knowledge in the area of sustainable human development and international development; (2) Graphic design and desktop publishing (samples required); (3) Digital media, journalism, online communications, specifically using social media in a professional capacity at the national or international level (Samples required); (4) In developing and delivering communication training programmes, including in media relations, crisis communications, and strategy development; (5) Video and infographic video production: videographers, video editors, infographic video scriptwriters (Samples required); (6) In photographing development-related projects and photo database management (designing and/or setting up photo databases, including front-facing and back-end design of database interfaces). – 50 points;
    • Demonstrable educational qualifications and experience in working with UN agencies in African geographies on communications, public relations, marketing, media relations, journalism, international relations, development or another relevant communications-related field. (Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3) – 10 points;
    • Demonstrated language skills: Excellent oral and written English and/or French or Portuguese and ability to write reports, presentations, briefs, scripts, pitches, etc., tailored for an external audience – 20 points.

Only those candidates who obtain a total technical score of 70 and above will be included in the roster

Successful candidates will be included in UNDP RBA Experts Roster for a period of 5 years, in one of the “bands” indicated above. However, the addition of an individual in the Roster does not guarantee a contract with UNDP. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Stage 2:- Evaluation and call off mechanism for specific assignment /Contracting/:

When a request for services arises, the roster manager shall contact the individuals included in the specific area of expertise with ToR, location and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability, as well as other costs such as living allowance, travel cost, etc. The daily fee quoted by the individual during this application process shall remain as the ceiling fee and cannot be increased upwards for any offered individual assignment(s).

onsultants that confirmed their availability for Specific assignment will be evaluated in one of the two evaluation criteria that shall be clearly indicated in the respective assignment ToR.

Lowest price and technically compliant offer:

When using this method, the award of a contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as both:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and;
  • Offering the lowest price/cost;

Responsive/compliant/acceptable can be defined as fully meeting the TOR provided.

Cumulative analysis:

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:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and;
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;
    • Technical Criteria weight; [To be determined];
    • Financial Criteria weight; [To be determined];
  • Only candidates obtaining the minimum point specified on the assignment ToR would be considered for the Financial evaluation;

Travel: For each assignment UNDP shall reimburse cost of travel from the place of domicile of the individual to the place of assignment (most direct economy fare). This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources;

  • The individual selected for the deployment will be contracted as an Individual Contractor to the UNDP;
  • The Contract and its terms and conditions are non-negotiable.

Payment:

Payment(s) shall be made following certification by the hiring UNDP Office that the services related to each deliverable, as specified in the contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified, if any.

Additional Information:

  • This call for experts is not linked to other UNDP rosters or to a specific UNDP recruitment opportunity.
  • The purpose of this call for experts is to add additional experts to the UNDP RBA Experts Roster. As a result, Candidates who have previously been vetted and maintained in UNDP RBA Roster/s are not required to apply.
  • Due to the large number of applications, we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
  • Interested individual consultants can submit the above documents (Cover letter, CV and PIF), in one of the following two addresses.

Interested candidates are strongly advised to carefully review this advertisement, the procurement notice and ToR, and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications required. All relevant information including ToR & Procurement Notice can be found on: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=92123

 

For any clarifications request, please write to: - rsca.icroster@undp.org



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