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Media adviser/spokesperson for the Anti-Corruption Agency


Location : Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, UNSCR 1244 (1999)
Application Deadline :18-Nov-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
05-Dec-2016
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :05 December 2016 – 04 June 2017 (with the possibility of extension)

Background

The project Support to Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kosovo (SAEK) II is expected to have a positive impact on reducing the level of corruption in Kosovo by strengthening monitoring and oversight mechanisms of institutions to perform in an efficient, transparent, accountable, and gender sensitive manner. The project will ensure greater transparency and accountability of those institutions responsible for delivering public services and create the necessary requirements for more participatory governance at the local level. 

SAEK II takes an innovative and holistic approach towards anti-corruption by focusing both on the “supply-side” and the “demand side” of democratic governance and taking into consideration different levels of intervention, working directly with central government authorities, local/municipal actors, civil society and the citizens themselves. 

Activities implemented under SAEK II Component 1 will focus on strengthening the capacities of the Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency (KAA) to become an effective external control mechanism for ethics, integrity and efficiency of the public administration. As identified as a priority by the EC in its Progress Reports, the project will also focus on enhancing active partnership and stronger collaboration and coordination amongst relevant stakeholders on anti-corruption issues, particularly amongst the KAA, prosecution and law enforcement. 

SAEK II Component 1 will focus on building the capacity of the KAA and providing the agency with the necessary tools to properly fulfil its corruption prevention role, with a specific focus on asset declaration and conflict of interest. 

Capacity development activities will involve, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Conflict of interests, gift declaration and asset declaration;
  • Implementation of the Code of Ethics and disciplinary procedures; 
  • Technical skills in investigation and information gathering; 
  • Working with other public and CSO stakeholders on anti-corruption.

Objectives of Assignment

To enhance the capacities of the Media and Public Relations Department of the KAA in order to better inform citizens of the work of the KAA and deliver information to the media and the public.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the KAA Executive Director and the SAEK II Project Manager, the Consultant will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Summary of functions: 

  • Provide technical assistance to the KAA to enhance the capacities of the Media and Public Relations Department.  
  • Serve as spokesperson for the KAA.

Provide technical assistance to the KAA to develop public and media relations programs:

  • Develop a media communications strategy involving the use of regular, responsive and preemptive press briefings, press releases, and social media campaigns and regular informative interventions through social media. 
  • Prepare key KAA staff for press conferences and taking questions from the media.
  • Develop a communications strategy for informing the public about the work of the KAA, its successes, and engaging citizens in fighting corruption.
  • Support capacity development for staff of the KAA Media and PR Department, Heads of Departments, Director through on the job training and regular briefings.

Provide spokesperson functions:

  • Draft press releases, speeches for the Director and KAA staff. 
  • Draft social media interventions. 
  • Deliver messages on behalf of the KAA through press briefings, press releases, social media.
  • Conduct analyses of media coverage of the KAA and relevant corruption related news.
  • Deliver regular media briefings to the KAA director and relevant staff.
  • Maintain and update information on the KAA’s website.
  • Maintain relationships and strengthen partnerships with the media.

Deliverables/ Outputs

  • Media Communication Strategy for the KAA

Estimated Duration to Complete

  • 1.5 months 

Target Due Dates

  • 20 January, 2017

Review and Approvals Required 

  • KAA Executive Director & SAEK Project Manager

Deliverables/ Outputs

  • Public Information Communication Strategy for the KAA

Estimated Duration to Complete

  • 1.5 months 

Target Due Dates

  • 5 March, 2017

Review and Approvals Required 

  • KAA Executive Director & SAEK Project Manager

Deliverables/ Outputs

  • Draft press releases, conduct press briefings, draft social media interventions

Estimated Duration to Complete

  • Ongoing 6 months 

Target Due Dates

  • Ongoing through 4 June 2017

Review and Approvals Required 

  • KAA Executive Director & SAEK Project Manager

Deliverables/ Outputs

  • Maintain and update the KAA website to ensure a user friendly interface, timely information on current activities, and relevant information for public officials, media, citizens and other users

Estimated Duration to Complete

  • Ongoing 6 months

Target Due Dates

  • Ongoing through 4 June 2017

Review and Approvals Required 

  • KAA Executive Director & SAEK Project Manager

Deliverables/ Outputs

  • Deliver media briefings to the Director and Heads of Departments based on analyses of press coverage of the KAA and anti-corruption measures in Kosovo

Estimated Duration to Complete

  • Ongoing 6 months

Target Due Dates

  • Ongoing through 4 June 2017

Review and Approvals Required 

  • KAA Executive Director & SAEK Project Manager

Deliverables/ Outputs

  • Conduct trainings for KAA Director and Heads of Departments on media communication

Estimated Duration to Complete

  • Ongoing 6 months

Target Due Dates

  • Ongoing through 4 June 2017

Review and Approvals Required 

  • KAA Executive Director & SAEK Project Manager

Scope of price proposal and schedule of payments:

Recommended Presentation of Offer

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the monthly fee. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

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Competencies

Corporate Competencies 

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;

Functional Competencies

  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time;
  • Ability to work independently and takes initiative in addressing problems encountered;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment; supports effective and efficient team work;
  • Result oriented and constructive attitude;
  • Analytical and strategic thinking / results oriented; 
  • Ability to design and manage coordination processes, including with multiple stakeholders;  
  • Good knowledge of organizational policies and procedures related to the position and ability to apply them consistently in work tasks; 
  • Good knowledge of information technology and ability to apply it in work assignments; 
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others;


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University Degree (or equivalent)  in journalism, communications, public relations, law, public policy, political science, social sciences or other relevant field. 

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience in public relations within a public institution, the judiciary, international organization, business, media outlet.
  • Experience conducting press briefings, analyzing media coverage, using social media.
  • Experience in web development and design.
  • Experience in the development of media and public relations strategies.
  • Excellent knowledge of anti-corruption and governance issues at the national and international levels.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in both oral and written English and Albanian; working knowledge of Serbian desirable.


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