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The year 2025 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is considered the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. Since the adoption of the landmark agreement on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, progress has been slow and persisting patterns of inequality are stalling further progress on gender equality and women’s rights. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which disproportionately affected women, demographic shifts, the effects of conflicts, natural disasters and climate change have profoundly impacted the development context for women, their risks and vulnerabilities as well as opportunities in the region. These issues have been further escalated by the impacts of the Ukraine war and other conflicts, which have impacted in the prices of key commodities including fuel and seen some countries in fiscal distress.
In the lead up to the Beijing+30 review, which will take stock of gains and losses as relates to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) seeks to engage a consultant to develop and implement a regional communication and advocacy strategy in the lead up to, during and follow up of the 30th anniversary and review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
Duties and Responsibilities
2. Duties and responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Head of External Relations Unit, and with matrixed reporting to the Regional Planning and Coordination Specialist, the consultant will be responsible for the coordination, planning and execution of the regional component of the Beijing+30 advocacy and campaign working in close coordination with the regional communications team and communications focal points in UN Women’s country presences, linking global, regional and national level communications and advocacy efforts; for the development and implementation of innovative campaigns, advocacy and social mobilization efforts, including through both traditional and social media; and communication support for UN Women country presences on national level communication as relates to Beijing+30.
3. Scope of work
The consultant will deliver the following key services:
1) Lead and coordinate the development and implementation of Beijing+30 campaign and advocacy in the Asia Pacific region.
- Develop and implement a strategy that covers the regional component of the Bejing+30 campaign, linking to regional and national level efforts and its rolling-out plan.
- Establish and coordinate routine internal and inter-agency communication and sustain strong commitment on the implementation of the campaign.
- Provide substantive inputs into global events, reports and other initiatives; strengthen country-level efforts and also support information-sharing and learning across UN Women programme countries in the region.
- Support liaison with administrative and support staff for the contracting of goods and services needed to implement the campaign.
- Support campaign related events including the planning and logistics for the event, invitations and post event follow up.
2) Develop and coordinate implementation of public communications and campaign messaging to mobilize and amplify Beijing+30 engagement.
- Coordinate the development and execution of key communication activities to be carried out, ensure synergies with other global, regional (including ROAP-specific) initiatives, partners involved, seeking, and incorporating inputs from concerned stakeholders and ensuring alignment of campaign messaging.
- Develop and sustain close collaboration with the global, other ROAP or regional and country-level campaigns to strengthen messaging and outreach in the region and ensure consistency of messaging between global, regional, and country-level campaigns.
- Liaise and consult with UN Women and inter-agency colleagues, in particular those working in the areas of communications (UN Communications Group at the country level), as well as leading practitioners from civil society and other stakeholders, to achieve the above and related tasks.
- Coordinate the production of social media packages, press releases, human interest stories, factsheets, presentations, and other communication materials.
3) Knowledge management, monitoring and reporting on results of the Beijing+30 campaign and advocacy in the region
- Develop and implement a strategy for monitoring and documenting campaign results, preparing monthly progress reports on overall results, trends, achievements, and challenges related to the campaign.
- Coordinate with relevant colleagues and partners to ensure the implementation of the above strategy.
- Facilitate sharing of results and related information with internal and external partners.
- Prepare substantive written contributions and inputs for use in various reports, events, and platforms, including web stories, speeches and press releases and other products, focusing on key results (achieved and expected) under the framework of the campaign.
- Prepare a final report on the implementation of the campaign and related results based on the strategy for monitoring the same.
4. Expected Outputs/Deliverables and Payment:
Monthly status Report provided. This report can include updates on the progress in any of the following areas of work:
Final report on the implementation of the campaign, including measurement of results against indicators in the monitoring and documentation strategy.
16 December 2024
The consultant is expected to work 20 days a month based in Thailand, and a monthly rate will be paid upon satisfactory completion of tasks and deliverables that will be summarized in a monthly report.
UN Women will cover travel and related visa and terminal fees for Thailand duty station. The cost of accommodation will be responsible by the selected consultant.
Should the consultant be required to travel outside the duty station, UN Women will prepare the travel arrangement for the consultant separately.
No documents, tools resources, or analyses (or parts thereof) or comments from UN Women staff will be shared outside the UN Women Office and all documents provided to the consultant will be treated as confidential.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Excellent communications and advocacy skills
- Ability to engage with and effectively coordinate with diverse partners.
- Strong knowledge of UN processes and systems
- Strong inter-personal skills
- Ability to work in a highly pressured environment.
Required Skills and Experience
6. Required Qualification and Experience
- Master’s degree in political sciences, Communications, Social Sciences, or related field.
- A bachelor’s degree with 2 or more years of relevant experience can be accepted in lieu of master’s degree.
- Minimum 5 years’ progressive experience in communications and advocacy, preferably within the UN System and/or international organizations.
- Proven track record in implementing and coordinating campaigns, advocacy and outreach activities to advance gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
- Excellent record of tracking and monitoring media, key message development, strategic positioning, and advocacy
- Substantive knowledge in gender issues and familiarity with the Asia-Pacific regional context is preferred.
- Experience with writing short, captivating texts for a variety of audiences
- Experience and understanding of UN Women’s communication policies and guidelines is an asset.
- Experience with and knowledge of Beijing Platform and Declaration for Action and associated campaigns for previous milestones a plus
- Language proficiency in English required.
- Proficiency in another UN language is an asset.
7. Working arrangements
Bangkok, Thailand with travel within Asia and the Pacific region.
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis:
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.
9. Submission of application
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to firstname.lastname@example.org, with cc to email@example.com, with the subject line, “Application for Consultant - Communications and Advocacy Beijing+30”, no later than 5 December 2023.
Submission package includes:
*Applicants without the completed UN Women P-11 form as per the format to the link mentioned above will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Please ensure that the percentage for part-time job is identified clearly in the P-11 form.
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