Media Consultant

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Application Deadline :28-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 Months


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

The Communications & Advocacy Section at UN Women Headquarters in New York supports the positioning of women’s empowerment and gender equality as key issues on the international agenda and establishes UN Women’s role as the global authority in this context. This entails building relationships with the traditional and online press globally to amplify and highlight UN Women key messages via mainstream media platforms and engage key influencers in the journalistic world, and their audiences.

The Communications & Advocacy Section seeks to enlist the services of a Media Consultant to support several key activities during the next six months period in the lead up to UN Women’s corporate priority  of the 25th commemoration of the historic Beijing Conference and Platform for Action and the related newly launched Generation Equality campaign. The preparation for several other key anniversaries are also underway, including 10th year anniversary of UN Women, SCr1325+20, and the fifth anniversary of the Global Goals, and for these key moments, expert media support is also critical.

S/he will bring expertise on media relations and communications campaigns planning, design and implementation, as well as experience in drafting of communication materials and media monitoring. S/he will also assist in identifying and implementing of key interventions undertaken by the Media Unit, amplifying and enhancing media attention and coverage in international media spaces.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Communications & Media Specialist and working closely with the Media Unit and the Communications and Advocacy Section colleagues, the Media Consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Assist in the production of a media plan and ensure its implementation providing five key opportunities with strategic top-tier media in the lead up to Beijing+25 and the new, inter-generational UN Women campaign Generation Equality.
  • Develop media targets and initiate six new media partnerships with inter-generational and youth-oriented media houses covering all formats of news media, including new media, aligned with Generation Equality.
  • Serve as the focal point and coordinate with two selected media partners on time-bound projects in the lead-up to Beijing+25.
  • Develop a targeted six-month media outreach plan with defined timelines and phases, which enables the systematic growth of two media partners per month of the pro-bono alliance Step it Up Media Compact, focusing on national media  in various UN Women programme countries, and with global televisions and radio broadcasters, in close alignment  with the goals of  Beijing+25. 
  • Support in drafting and disseminating media materials in English for amplifying the UN Women campaign Generation Equality.
  • Produce three analytical media reports on media engagement for UN General Assembly (September), Security Council Resolution 1325 anniversary (October), and 16 Days of Activism (November), as well as weekly monitoring reports in the specified period.
  • Support the Media Unit as needed in leveraging other key media activities, for Generation Equality and Beijing+25, including coordinating the activities during visits to the field by UN Women Senior Management.



Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:

Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

Demonstrates / Safeguards Ethics and Integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:

Self-development, initiative-taking.

Working in Teams:

Team player and facilitates team work.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

Facilitates and encourages open communication in the team, communicates effectively.

Self-management and Emotional intelligence:

Creating synergies through self-control. Conflict Management / Negotiates and Resolves Disagreement.

Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:

Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master's Degree in Communications, Journalism, International Affairs, or similar
  • Fluent in English
  • 3+ years of experience in international media relations, media partnerships.
  • 3+ years of experience in journalistic writing and editing
  • 3+ years of experience in the strategic use of news media and monitoring
  • Familiarity with media databases and monitoring tools, such as Cision PR
  • Proficient in using new technologies and web-based platforms
  • Familiar with United Nations, UN Women and women’s rights issues and international standards
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities

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