Communications Consultant, Grenada Spotlight Initiative

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Location : St George's, GRENADA
Application Deadline :27-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :120 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :120 working days between February 2023 – 31 December 2023

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.


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development places gender equality at its core to achieve the SDGs, with the elimination of violence against women and girls as a crucial component. To that end, the United Nations (UN) has embarked on a new multi-year programme with generous support from the European Union (EU), called the ‘Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls’. The Spotlight Initiative is modelling a new way of working on the SDGs, in line with objectives of the United Nations development system reforms to enhance integrated delivery of results at the country level. The Spotlight Initiative also aligns with the EU Gender Action Plan, and the EU has committed an initial contribution of €500 million to the programme. The initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in a focused number of countries aimed at achieving significant impact in the lives of women and girls. Having the highest level of commitment globally, the initiative is governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. The Spotlight Initiative is a flagship programme under the UN Reform, showing how the UN will work together towards a common goal, and a targeted investment in a usually underfunded SDG (SDG 5). For the Caribbean, an initial contribution of €50 million has been committed benefitting five Caribbean Countries as well as a regional programme. Grenada is one of the five Caribbean Countries that is receiving a share of the regional funding envelope.  

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.  As one of the Recipient UN Organisations for the Grenada Spotlight Initiative, UN Women is responsible for technical coherence and manages the Programme Coordination and Implementation Unit for the Programme.

The Government of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and Civil Society have made a number of systematic advances in legislation and policy frameworks and national action plans, as well as programmatic efforts to address gender inequality, and women and girls’ human rights. Despite these advances, however, violence against women and girls continues to be a pervasive problem throughout the country. The Grenada Spotlight Initiative (SI) is designed to focus attention, coordinate human effort, and strategically apply resources to the implementation of a well-conceived comprehensive national programme to end family violence and all forms of violence against women and girls. The Grenada Spotlight Initiative was developed in broad consultation with Government and Civil Society, and an integrated Technical Team from ILO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and PAHO/WHO.  The programme is built on the six pillars of the SI, with special emphasis on Prevention and Essential Services. 

  • Pillar One: Legislative and Policy Frameworks
  • Pillar Two: Strengthening Institutions
  • Pillar Three: Prevention and Social Norms
  • Pillar Four: Delivery of Quality, Essential Services
  • Pillar Five: Data Availability and Capacities
  • Pillar Six: Supporting the Women’s Movement and CSO

The Grenada Spotlight Initiative will contribute to the achievement of gender equality, peace, social inclusion and protection of human rights, which are catalytic for sustainable development (particularly SDGs 5 and 16) and inclusive growth, in accordance with Agenda 2030, as well as the priority areas of the UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework. The Initiative will contribute to the implementation of Grenada’s Gender Equality Policy and Action Plan (GEPAP) and the National Sustainable Development Plan 2035.

The Grenada Spotlight Initiative is entering Phase II which ends in December 2023. It is building on lessons learned from implementation of Phase I, as well as former and existing programmes with its partners, to address bottlenecks hindering progress. It is also building on achievements made to ensure a successful country programme with visible and sustainable gains to end violence against women and girls (EVAWG) in Grenada. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Grenada Spotlight Programme Coordinator and the technical support of the Communications Officer for the Caribbean Regional Spotlight Initiative, the completed tasks of the junior Communications Consultant supports the programme’s presence in the local media and the Global Spotlight social media and website to illustrate and promote the impact and results of Spotlight-supported interventions, and provides public relations support to the Programme to ensure visibility for the Spotlight Initiative, its donors and partners.

The junior Communications Consultant will work closely with the Technical Team comprising members from the Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNICEF, UNDP, UN Women and PAHO/WHO and implementing partners and grantees of the Grenada Spotlight Initiative project.



The Communications Consultant will deliver the following:

  • Five press releases over the period
  • Five human interest stories that are ready for publication Global Spotlight and/or RCO or RUNO platforms and in local newspapers 
  • Four articles on the Spotlight Initiative
  • Arrangements for four radio and/or television interviews with the local Spotlight Team
  • Photographs and videos with signed release forms for at least three activities within the Spotlight Initiative
  • Three media reports highlighting traditional and social media pickup and reach of Spotlight Initiative programming (no more than 5 pages each)
  • An annotated library/database of reference materials, photos, videos, knowledge products and communication materials of the Programme, that is periodically updated and made consistently available to RUNOs, partners and stakeholders to support knowledge sharing and visibility efforts
  • Draft analysis of communication materials for the preparation of the 2022 Annual Report and Final Report
  • Proofreading and review design of at least two main reports and other communication materials in accordance with Programme requirements and relevant standards



Under the overall supervision by UN Women Representative, the Communications Consultant will report to the Programme Coordinator, Grenada Spotlight Initiative Programme Coordination and Implementation Unit, UN Women Multi-Country Office – Caribbean and closely coordinate with the Communications Officer for the Caribbean Regional Spotlight Programme. 





Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism. 


Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.


Please visit these links for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:


Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication and public relations skills;
  • Understanding of design, photography, videography, editing, and/or campaigns in producing high quality written, audio and video materials;
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with main constituents, advocate effectively, and communicate sensitively across different constituencies;
  • Demonstrated strong IT skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a team;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience


  • An Associate Degree or Under-Graduate Certificate/Diploma (or equivalent) in English, Arts and Humanities (Literatures in English), Social Sciences, Gender/Women’s Studies, Psychology or related field with a communication/marketing component is required.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or university level training in Marketing, Communications/Media Studies, Psychology or other relevant field would be an asset.  


  • At least 2 years professional experience with roles or direct involvement in public relations, media, and writing or production of communication materials is required.
  • At least 1 year professional or volunteer experience working with stakeholders from government and/or civil society in Grenada is required.
  • Professional or volunteer experience working on gender equality and human rights, especially in the area of EVAWG would be an asset.
  • Professional or volunteer experience in public speaking would be an asset



  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.



  • The consultancy will be based in Grenada.
  • The consultant will be engaged for a maximum of 120 working days during the period February 2023 to December 2023.
  • Travel in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique will be required.



  • The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between UN Women and the consultant and will be disbursed based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.
  • The remuneration for this contract type is an all-inclusive fee, the organization will not be liable for additional cost or benefits.  Hence, it is the responsibility of the consultant to take out adequate medical insurance for the duration of the contract and it is recommendable that the policy includes coverage for COVID-19 related illness. The medical coverage should be international when the contract requires missions or international assignment.



  • Lump sum travel will be included in the contract.



  • The consultant must be equipped with a fully functional laptop, which must comfortably run Office 365 programs, using operating systems Microsoft Windows 10/11, or Mac OS X 10.11 or upward. The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of a reliable, internet-based communications platform (Skype or equivalent) is required.



  • Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title and contact information.



  • Applications received without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • Please group all documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows one document to be uploaded.



Interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates.


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