Communications Consultant for promotion of participatory gender in DRR



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN
Application Deadline :17-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
18-Aug-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :4.5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4.5 months

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

UN Women in Kyrgyzstan is a strong advocate for improving the lives of women and girls in the country. Building on the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, we are working to enhance women's leadership; the elimination of violence against women; involving women in all aspects of decision making; economic empowerment of women.

UN Women in Kyrgyzstan prioritizes initiatives and programs in areas fundamental to achieving equality for women and finding ways of progress for both women and men. At the moment, the country office supports programs throughout the country, which are aimed at: expansion of economic rights and opportunities for women; elimination of violence against women; peace, security and gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action.

In 2022 UN Women has signed the partnership agreement with WFP for joint implementation of  the project “Promotion of participatory gender- and nutrition sensitive climate change adaptation measures” aiming at implementation of a complex set of objectives: a) to reduce vulnerabilities to climate change, b) increase the adaptive capacity and resilience of rural communities, and c) strengthen and upscale Disaster Risk Management (DRM) activities of vulnerable communities by supporting informed, coherent, gender- and nutritious- sensitive local adaptation, enabling the environment for risk financing and build-back-better mechanisms to climate-proof the food systems and guarantee food security. These activities will be implemented in selected 11 aiyl okmotus (AO) in 8 districts of Batken, Osh and Naryn provinces.  

Within this agreement UN Women is seeking a communications consultant, who will work under the direct supervision of the Community development specialist and an overall supervision of National Program Officer. The Communications consultant will be responsible for developing communication plan, including behavioral change campaign, media initiatives and ensured media/press coverage.  S/he will oversee the production of a range of communications materials for online and offline audiences. S/he will be responsible for timely, accurate and high-quality informational materials, such as press releases & media advisories, news briefs, fact sheets, stories from the field for media outreach, the UN Women website, and inclusion in informational kits for further public outreach. 

Reporting to the Community development specialist and National Programme Officer, the Communications Consultant will support the formulation and implementation of the communications and advocacy plans to increase the standing and awareness of UN Women and its partners, the media and the public within project “Promotion of participatory gender- and nutrition sensitive climate change adaptation measures”.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to communications and advocacy outreach activities for the project and UN Women Country office
  • Work closely with the Design thinking experts to develop and support in the implementation of the behavioral change campaign (BCC), including development and dissemination of messages on gender responsive climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction 
  • Draft press-releases, articles, key messages, and other communication materials
  • Provide logistical support to communications and advocacy efforts and BCC, e.g. by supporting the organization of roundtable discussions, press-conferences, and other publicity events and providing inputs to briefing materials and press releases, as necessary.
  • Create communications products publicizing and provide its contribution to changing public perception on the role and contribution of women to gender responsive climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Follow UN Women communication guidelines 
  • Provide support to the management of the CO social media presence and website
  • Gather information for the development of content for the CO website and social media channels;
  • Update the regional website and social media channels, as required;
  • Maintain files, databases, and systems relevant to the CO’s digital presence;
  • Social media support in creating and designing social media content for UN Women’s Instagram page (@unwomenkyrgyzstan) and Facebook page. Creating content plan including catchy texts, infographics, short videos, GIFs, social media cards, etc. in two languages  - Kyrgyz and Russian. 
  • Promoting the project’s content in a way that is consistent with the UN Women ’s brand and social media strategy 
  • Managing a budget to be spent on promoting social media posts and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising 
  • Keeping track of data and analyzing the performance of social media campaigns 

Other:

  • Manage media requests 
  • Respond to requests for information, as delegated
  • Gather and compile inputs for talking points
  • Support regular meetings of regional communications focal points
  • Provide/ exchange information with HQ and Regional office communication focal points
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor
  • Provide support on special web/digital/media projects undertaken by the CO

Timeframe, payments and deliverables 

The payments will be made in KGS on monthly base  on submitted and approved timesheet, and after all the deliverables are submitted, accepted and approved by UN Women. The Consultant shall provide a report with all necessary attachments describing the scope of work performed over the period for which the instalment is paid:

Deliverables Target Date

Monthly plan and narrative report on undertaken assignments according to monthly work plan submitted and approved by management by end  of each month . Final report By 31th December.  

Inputs

• UN Women will provide access to UN Women Office during working hours to print relevant documents or whenever required to work on-site at any point during the assignment

• UN Women will provide logistical support to organize interviews with project beneficiaries, when and if required to develop communication products (stories, interviews)

Duration of Assignment:

The expected duration of the consultant is to be 5 months starting from 20 July till 20 December 2022


Competencies

Core Values:

Integrity:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Respect for Diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision-making.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

• Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or relevant fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

• At least 3 years of professional work experience at national or international level in media, communications, or advocacy, including in media relations; previous experience in development organizations

Experience and knowledge:

• Editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports and press releases; Content writing experience for media platforms. 

• Knowledge of social media and communication strategies and methods. Social media management, website management. 

• Good event planning skills

• Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience

• Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality

• Great time-management skills

• Media literacy – capability to apply diverse media channels (social media, press media, informal channels) and to conduct cross-media analysis (analyzing one issue with diverse media/public discourse perspectives).

Language Requirements:

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Russian, Kyrgyz and English languages .

Application procedure

Applications should be sent by 23:59 on 17 August 2022 to hr.kyrgyzstan@unwomen.org  and include the following documentation package:

  • P-11 form including experience in similar assignments. This form can be downloaded at https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/application-process (UN Women Personal History Form (P11)
  • Financial proposal, indicating a total lump sum to include all costs relating to the delivery of activities as per above description
  • Letter of Interest 

Financial proposal format:

#

Item

Unit cost in KGS

    Number of units

Total cost in KGS

1

Monthly fee rate

 

       20

 

2

Other related costs (to be specified)

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period. The financial proposal should be provided in KGS. If the proposal is provided in any other currency, it would be converted as per UN exchange rate on the date of post closure.

Evaluation of applicants

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.

The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism or relevant fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience at national or international level in media, communications or advocacy, including in media relations; previous experience in development organizations
  • Editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports and press releases; Content writing experience for media platforms;
  • Social media management, website management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Kyrgyz and Russian

The selection of candidates:

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

Nr.

Criteria

 Maximum      points

1.

Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism or relevant fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

     10

2.

At least 3 years of professional work experience at national or international level in media, communications or advocacy, including in media relations; previous experience in development organizations

     20

3.

Editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports and press releases; Content writing experience for media platforms.

 

     20

4.

Social media management, website management   

    10

5.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Kyrgyz and Russian

 

   10

 

Maximum total technical scoring:

   70

Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 65 points out of maximum 70 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.

Evaluation of financial proposal

Financial proposal should include daily rate and field trip cost.

Financial evaluation will be conducted according to the method described below:

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other 

Timeframe, payments and deliverables

 

The payments will be made in KGS on monthly base by 20th on submitted and approved timesheet, and after all the deliverables are submitted, accepted and approved by UN Women. The Consultant shall provide a report with all necessary attachments describing the scope of work performed over the period for which the instalment is paid:

 

Deliverables

Target Date

Monthly plan and narrative report on undertaken assignments according to monthly work plan submitted and approved by management

By end  of each month

Final report

By 31th December

 

Inputs

 

 

Duration of Assignment:

The expected duration of the consultant is to be 5 months starting from 20 July till 20 December 2022

 

 

Core Values:

Integrity:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

 

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

 

Respect for Diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

 

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

 

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

 

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

 

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

 

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

 

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

 

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

 

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

 

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision-making.

 

 

Required Skills and Experience

 

Education:

  • Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or relevant fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience at national or international level in media, communications, or advocacy, including in media relations; previous experience in development organizations

Experience and knowledge:

  • Editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports and press releases; Content writing experience for media platforms.
  • Knowledge of social media and communication strategies and methods. Social media management, website management.
  • Good event planning skills
  • Ability to identify relevant events and stories and communicate them to a mass audience
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats, using appropriate IT functionality
  • Great time-management skills
  • Media literacy – capability to apply diverse media channels (social media, press media, informal channels) and to conduct cross-media analysis (analyzing one issue with diverse media/public discourse perspectives).

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in Russian, Kyrgyz and English languages  

 

Application procedure

 

Applications should be sent by 23:59 on 18 August 2022 to hr.kyrgyzstan@unwomen.org  and include the following documentation package:

-             

Financial proposal format:

 

#

Item

Unit cost in KGS

Number of units

Total cost in KGS

1

Monthly fee rate

 

20

 

2

Other related costs (to be specified)

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period. The financial proposal should be provided in KGS. If the proposal is provided in any other currency, it would be converted as per UN exchange rate on the date of post closure.

 

Evaluation of applicants

The candidates will be evaluated in three stages: according to minimum qualification criteria; technical and financial evaluation.

The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria to be eligible for further technical evaluation:

  • Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism or relevant fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience at national or international level in media, communications or advocacy, including in media relations; previous experience in development organizations
  • Editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports and press releases; Content writing experience for media platforms;
  • Social media management, website management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Kyrgyz and Russian

 

The selection of candidates:

 

Technical evaluation criteria (including minimum qualifications):

 

Nr.

Criteria

Maximum points

1.

Bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism or relevant fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

10

2.

At least 3 years of professional work experience at national or international level in media, communications or advocacy, including in media relations; previous experience in development organizations

20

3.

Editing and copywriting skills, including articles, reports and press releases; Content writing experience for media platforms.

 

20

4.

Social media management, website management

10

5.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Kyrgyz and Russian

 

10

 

Maximum total technical scoring:

70

 

Only candidates who have passed over the minimum qualification criteria and have accumulated at least 65 points out of maximum 70 under technical evaluation will qualify for the next stage i.e. evaluation of their financial proposals.

Evaluation of financial proposal

 

Financial proposal should include daily rate and field trip cost.

Financial evaluation will be conducted according to the method described below:

 

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. All other price proposals receive points in inverse proportion.

A suggested formula is as follows: p=30 (µ/z)

Where:

p - points for the financial proposal being evaluated;

µ - price of the lowest priced proposal;

z - price of the proposal being evaluated

The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.

Winning candidate

The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.

The Consultant shall promote a client-oriented approach consistent with UN Women rules and regulations and commits to high standards of quality, productivity and timeliness in the delivery of tasks. The volunteer will meet and apply the highest standards of integrity and impartiality.

The volunteer must be fully dedicated to the mandate and the values of UN Women, particularly to promoting Gender Equality as a strategy to reduce conflict, improve livelihoods and ensure fairness and justice; to Women Empowerment underpinning Gender Equality promotion efforts; to inter-ethnic tolerance and concord; and to respect for diversity.

Attention:

All online applications must include (as an attachment) the completed Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment.

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

 



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