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SLE/IC/2017/040 National Consultant- Support to The Integrated Election Security Planning Committee to Develop an Election Security Communication Strategy.
|Location :||Freetown, SIERRA LEONE|
|Application Deadline :||15-Sep-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||50 working days|
The Office of National Security (ONS) has established the Integrated Election Security Planning Committee (IESPC), which comprises representatives from security sector institutions and other stakeholders involved in the electoral processes. The IESPC has established three (3) Sub-Committees that coordinate security sector responses in relation to the Election Security Strategy, Communication, and Training. The main objectives are to produce a comprehensive Election Security Strategy, Election Training Manual, and a Communication Strategy to ensure that a safe and secure environment is created for the conduct of peaceful elections in Sierra Leone in March 2018. The Communication Strategy will outline how the IESPC will deliver high quality communications to promote IESPC activities and create platforms to engage with the public on election security related issues.
For a safe and secure environment during the elections, the public must embody the values that underpin democracy such as respect in the rule of law, belief in political tolerance and confidence in the political system. The population must also have knowledge about the institutions, practices and basic rules which are the foundation of democracy. The overall Communication Strategy will develop linkages between the media, safety and security and the electoral education campaign for citizens. The IESPC and its constituents have an exciting opportunity to communicate with, and connect people, around the country through traditional media outlets and social media.
The content of what is communicated during this period will be developed creatively by the IESPC Communication Sub-Committee with the Office of National Security, The National Security Council (NSC), the National Security Council Coordinating Group (NSCCG) the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) and the Provincial/District/Chiefdom Security Committees, National Electoral Commission (NEC), Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), National Commission for Democracy (NCD) and Civil Society. The Communication strategy will be aimed at projecting or creating a strong image of the security sector to the public, to reduce fear among the citizenry and build trust and confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of the security forces in the electoral processes.
Under the UNDP Conflict Prevention and Mitigation during the 2018 electoral cycle in Sierra Leone Project, a National Communication Consultant will support the IESPC Communication Sub-Committee to develop a holistic Election Security Communication Strategy. The National Communication Consultant will also provide mentorship to the committee and work in close collaboration with partners to ensure key messages are complementary and where all security sector institutions are seen to speaking with ‘one voice.’ Human Rights and Gender considerations will be incorporated throughout to ensure a Human Rights and Gender Balanced approach to election security outreach.
As the electoral calendar progresses, technical support for the Communication Sub-Committee has become an urgent and critical requirement. To complement the efforts of the IESPC in this drive, the UNDP Conflict Prevention and Mitigation during the 2018 electoral cycle in Sierra Leone Project will support the committee with a technical Election Security Adviser to provide input and support.
Against this backdrop and on request by the Office of National Security (ONS), UNDP seeks to engage a National Consultant to support the IESPC Communication Sub-Committee to develop a holistic communication strategy, working in close collaboration with partners.
Duties and Responsibilities
Two main objectives will be achieved within the timeframe of this consultancy:
Scope of work and expected deliverables/ outputs:
The exercise will be sequenced as follows:
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Bachelor's degree in Communication, Mass Communication, Public Information or any other relevant discipline.
Language Requirements: Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills in English.
All candidates applying for this position must visit http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ item No. 40575 for detailed information. Incomplete applications without Technical and financial proposals will not be considered. If these cannot be uploaded in the job site, they should be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org given in the UNDP procurement Notices.
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.