Danida’s Public Information Committee (Oplysningsudvalg) approved on 10 June 2013 phase I of a UNDP film project “In shared interest” [working title] where the overall goal is to strengthen the understanding of, and support for, international development assistance among the wider Danish public.
The project will seek to achieve this goal through a meta story that demonstrates that development of poor countries leads to global welfare gains in terms of economic growth, peace and social stability, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reductions. The main message of the film is that development and hence development cooperation are in our common interest and an investment that pays dividend in terms of future welfare for both rich and poor countries. The film will be ofinternational film format and standard and in English language.
The target group is the general adult population, who will be reached via traditional broadcasting media and other public information channels. The target group represents non-technical experts and is presumed to have limited knowledge, understanding or interest in development issues and development cooperation. Accordingly, the film shall communicate its information, arguments and messages in simple layman terms and in a way that catches the viewers’ interest and engagement.
The project will be implemented in three phases; I) an idea formulation and research phase, which clarify the concept and prepares the detailed story outline; II) a production phase and III) a post-production phase.
The consultant will coordinate the work process during phase I and the day-to-day management of the project.
Duties and Responsibilities
- The consultant will report to the UNDP Nordic Representation Office and in person to the Communications and Liaison Officer, UNDP/NRO Copenhagen;
- The consultant shall in close consultation with UNDP/NRO lead and facilitate the work around the Formulation Phase and the day-to-day management of the project;
- The consultant will act as main focal point and interlocutor between UNDP and the main project partners;
- Facilitate contact with UNDP headquarters, regional bureau and country offices to identify potential case studies and participants for the film, and to gather information on development results, challenges and key issues to highlight in the film;
- Together with project partners develop a detailed work plan that will lead to a finalized story outline. The work plan will include milestone meetings (can be facilitated online) where the key project partners are presented with key factors such as main locations, key cast members, key issues and final format;
- Help identify and facilitate contact with relevant technical development experts and researchers inside and outside of UNDP; Experts who possess the necessary knowledge and expertise that the film will convey.
- Help prepare the establishment of an external reference group that will serve as sounding board for the project.
- Organise and facilitate a minimum of two consultations with the reference group to solicit their feedback on the content and concept of the story outline;
- Organise and facilitate a consultation process with representatives from the target group to test the story outline with the group; follow-up accordingly to adjust story outline with production partner;
- Support development of preliminary PR and dissemination strategy, including identifying suitable international venues for showing and screening, potential public service tv-station partnerships;
- Draft progress report to Danida’s Public Information Committee (Oplysningudvalget) for phase I;
- Prepare application to Danida’s Public Information Committee (Oplysningudvalget) for phase II based on the finalized story outline, casting and dummy prepared in phase I;
- Support additional resource mobilization effort for phase II.
The project coordinator is expected to deliver the following outputs:
- A detailed work plan for phase I with specific milestones;
- Minimum of two consultations with the reference group;
- One consultation with a test group comprising representatives from the target group;
- A detailed story outline;
- Progress report to Danida’s Public Information Committee (Oplysningudvalget) for phase;
- Preliminary PR and dissemination strategy and plan for the film;
- Application to Danida’s Public Information Committee (Oplysningudvalget) for phase II.
- Strong substantive and problem solving skills with strong capacity to deliver on agreed plans;
- Strong communication skills and ability to analyze and to communicate and write in a non-technical and understandable language;
- Solid understanding of international development and knowledge of the current global development agenda.
- Good knowledge and understanding of the UN and UNDP;
- Strong track record of experience in communications including TV and other media productions.
- A strong eye for effective visual communication;
- Thorough understanding of the Danish media and political and cultural context;
- Good track record of facilitation, coordination and collaboration with different types of stakeholders;
- Exceptional ability to create professional networks with partners;
- Good team player;
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, lead, manage or contribute in a diverse team;
- Ability to share information across cultural backgrounds;
- Ability to communicate complex issues, represent the UN on relevant issues and facilitate groups.
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
- Self-development, initiative-taking;
- Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others;
- Excellent writing, editing and presentational skills in English;
- Has sensitivity for multi-cultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced degree in communications, journalism, political science, International Development, economics or related field.
- A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in the field of international development, communications, advocacy, research and policy work;
- Experience with film production and visible communications products;
- Solid experience with coordination of work flows and facilitation of groups;
- Experience in writing, drafting and communication in English and Danish;
- Experience of working in the UN and UNDP a strong advantage.
- Fluency in Danish and English required. Knowledge of French would be an asset.
Immediate availability and geographical proximity to the place of assignment (Copenhagen) are a further asset;
The following should be included as one uploaded document in PDF format:
- Letter of Interest and Availability;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- References if available;
- A financial proposal.