Junior Communications Consultant, Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP)


Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :26-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Apr-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

Background

The Sustaimable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP or the Platform) is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development agenda.

Established as a global facilitator that enables strong partnerships between philanthropic organizations, the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses, and other stakeholders, SDGPP is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, and many others.

To date, the Platform has brought together over a thousand philanthropists across various countries to facilitate effective collaboration so that together, funding and programmes have? a greater and more sustainable impact on people's lives. ??Also, SDGPP has established pathways to  engage philanthropy in the national SDG planning and implementation in 8 pilot countries, namely Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the US and Zambia, and is currently seeking to expand to many others. The Platform has  launched a new interactive portal – www.sdgphilanthropy.org – which serves as an SDG resource hub and a marketplace to support initiatives, and ideas for philanthropists, foundations, governments, the UN, and social innovators. 

UNDP is seeking a Junior Communication Consultant that will work on creating and implementing a communications strategy across partner organizations and in pilot countries, with the aim of communicating the value proposition of the Platform, and accelerating recognition of the Platform globally.

Recent communication efforts have resulted in significantly expanding of the Platform’s presence in the social media channels. This is attributed to creating strong and creative content and drawing on stories from the UNDP Country offices, reaching out to the partners of the Platform with social media campaigns, real time reporting on UNDP Live Twitter, sourcing of infographics, etc.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Platform’s Programme Officer, the Junior Communication Consultant will support the SDG Philanthropy Platform’s strategic communications priorities through advocacy, coordination and knowledge sharing. S/he will also work with the Platform partners including Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers, and the Funders, the Hilton, Ford and other foundations.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Programme Officer, the consultant is expected to:

Social Media Management

  • Support with expanding the Platform’s social media presence in pilot countries;
  • Support with the implementation of social media plan to accelerate recognition of the Platform globally;
  • Collect stories and updates from pilot countries and synthesize them into the short stories to be featured in the social media channels;
  • Support with the development of innovative assets, such as infographics and other visuals;
  • Keep abreast of social media trends and identify new opportunities to increase the visibility of the Platform’s work on online platforms; Propose appropriate action/responses;
  • Monitor the Platform’s communications activities on social media platforms to spot developments, trends and attitudes regarding philanthropy.

Writing & Editing

  • Draft and edit a range of materials, including blog posts, web content, inputs and presentations developed by global team and pilot country coordinators;
  • Support with the development of new articles in collaboration with partners and SDGPP team members, with an aim to publish in global media.

Newsletter Management

  • Collect stories from the country offices and other resources within and outside UNDP, format and adjust them as inputs to the Platform’s newsletter.
  • Initiate the monthly newsletter review process by other team members, make necessary adjustments as per obtained feedback and release it in a timely manner.

Event Support

  • Support team members with the promotion of local and global events via the Platform’s social media channels and website;
  • Support with the organization of webinars featuring the Platform’s experiences from the field. 

List of monthly deliverables (for April – September 2019):

  • Social media accounts in LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter updated on a daily basis;
  • New followers engaged on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and other relevant channels;
  • Social media trends monitored, new opportunities identified, and appropriate actions / responses proposed to increase the visibility of the Platform’s work on online platforms – a brief monthly statistical report prepared;
  • SDG monthly newsletter developed based on the stories and updates from the pilot countries;
  • SDGPP website updated to feature CO stories;
  • At least 4 pieces of articles for the Platform blogs, blurbs, articles to media proofread;
  • At least one SDG-promotion event in pilot countries supported through press release, social media, pitching to journalists, post event writing up, etc.; 
  • An evaluation report on the impact of the Platform’s communications activities on social media platforms, developments, trends and attitudes regarding philanthropy developed.

Payments will be released in accordance with the above list of monthly deliverables, upon submission of a monthly progress report on completed tasks approved by the certifying officer.

Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Monthly Progress Report 1, specifying the activities undertaken, results achieved, challenges faced and recommendations for improvement, in accordance with the above list of monthly deliverables;

Deliverable 2: Monthly Progress Report 2, specifying the activities undertaken, results achieved, challenges faced and recommendations for improvement, in accordance with the above list of monthly deliverables;

Deliverable 3: Monthly Progress Report 3, specifying the activities undertaken, results achieved, challenges faced and recommendations for improvement, in accordance with the above list of monthly deliverables;

Deliverable 4: Monthly Progress Report 4, specifying the activities undertaken, results achieved, challenges faced and recommendations for improvement, in accordance with the above list of monthly deliverables;

Deliverable 5: Monthly Progress Report 5, specifying the activities undertaken, results achieved, challenges faced and recommendations for improvement, in accordance with the above list of monthly deliverables;

Deliverable 6: Monthly Progress Report 6, specifying the activities undertaken, results achieved, challenges faced and recommendations for improvement, in accordance with the above list of monthly deliverables.

 

Payment Schedule:

Installment 1 – 16.67 % upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 1, indicative date: 1 month after the start of the contract;

Installment 2 – 16.67% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 2, indicative date: 2 months after the start of the contract;

Installment 3 – 16.66% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 3, indicative date: 3 months after the start of the contract;

Installment 4 – 16.66% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 4, indicative date: 4 months after the start of the contract;

Installment 5 – 16.67% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 5, indicative date: 5 months after the start of the contract;

Installment 6 – 16.67% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 6, indicative date: 6 months after the start of the contract.

 

Travel:

This is an assignment with no envisaged travel during the assignment. In the case of unforeseen travel is requested by the supervisors, the unforeseen travel costs will be paid separately as per UNDP rules and regulations.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Commitment to UNDP's mission, vision and values.
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues and partners across organizations, while meeting deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: being able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of players, being able to work independently, being pro-active and taking initiatives but also able to identify threats in social media use.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications / Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Development Studies, International Relations or a related field is required. Master’s degree in the above areas is preferred.

Experience:

  • Minimum 1 year of experience in PR and communications, including social media and other digital media management (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and blogs) is required;
  • Familiarity with the 2030 Agenda and private sector / philanthropy engagement for development is desirable; 
  • Practical experience in developing innovative and effective social media campaigns, including using data for storytelling and, publishing stories and editing content is desirable;
  • Previous experience with communication work for the UN and private sector / philanthropy is considered an asset.

Language:

  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing and editing skills, is required.

 

Evaluation of Applicants

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.

The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11/CV desk reviews and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only candidates who will get min. 70% of points in desk review (A-B) will be invited for interviews. Only candidates who get min. 70% of points in technical evaluation (includes desk review and interview, criteria A-F) will be scored in financial evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation (includes desk review and interview) – max. 35 points:

  • Criterion A – Bachelor's degree or higher in Communications, Journalism, Development Studies, International Relations or a related field (Max points 5);
  • Criterion B - Practical experience in communications, developing innovative and effective social media campaigns, including using data for storytelling and, publishing stories and editing content (Max points 10) (Methodology / Brief approach);
  • Criterion C – Familiarity with the 2030 Agenda and private sector / philanthropy engagement for development (Max points 5) (interview);
  • Criterion D – Fluency in English (Max points 5) (interview);
  • Criterion E – Flexibility, creativity and effective communication (max points 5). (interview)
  • Criterion F – Ability to work with minimal supervision and deliver outputs under sometimes tight deadlines. (max points 5). (interview)

Please ensure that your experience related to above-mentioned competencies and qualifications is very well documented in your P11/CV and cover letter.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation (max points 15).

 

 Application procedures

 The application submission is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.

Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document):

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.
  • Filled P11 form or CV including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees
    (blank form can be downloaded fromhttp://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc); please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
  • Methodology / brief approach on how you will approach and conduct the work (Max. 2 pages). Please upload it together with other documents.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal - Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to provide a financial offer.

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org

General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

Existing literature and further information to get a better understanding of the work can be found on www.sdgphilanthropy.org


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.


If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact jobs.help@undp.org.

© 2016 United Nations Development Programme