Communications for Development Consultancy- Project Support AACID-UNDP Initiative

Location : home based
Application Deadline :31-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Four and a half (4.5) months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six (6) months


The ART Initiative – Hub for Territorial Partnerships is a UNDP global project that seeks to harness the potential of territorial partnerships by supporting decentralized cooperation, South-South and triangular cooperation. ART is therefore an entry point for international cooperation actors interested in harmonizing their respective actions in support of national and sub-national policies for sustainable local human development. ART aims to strengthen and expand the existing alliance between UNDP and decentralized cooperation partners in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level. ART also seeks to strengthen the potential and role of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) as development partners and to promote the principles of development cooperation effectiveness in support of the localization of the SDGs.

In a global context marked by common challenges that require partnerships and complex solutions to "leave no one behind", UNDP ART has partnered with many decentralized cooperation partners to jointly promote innovative initiatives that contribute to the localization of the 2030 Agenda. Over the years, the initiative has contributed to demonstrating that regional, municipal and local authorities, together with other local governance stakeholders, have a key role to play in promoting sustainable development and making the SDGs part of national and local development strategies and policies.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNDP and the Andalusian Development Agency (Agencia Andaluza de Cooperación Internacional- AACID) are currently implementing an initiative that seeks to localize the SDGs in partner countries within the framework of a strategic partnership agreement signed in 2018. One of the components of this initiative is an awareness-raising and communications campaign on the SDGs to be designed and implemented in Andalusia. This campaign is to be conducted in coordination with various communication actions that are currently being carried out by AACID, including various thematic campaigns.  

The consultant will work under the direct supervision and in close collaboration with the AACID and UNDP teams. In particular, he/she will undertake the following duties:

To coordinate and develop awareness and communication campaigns within the framework of the UNDP-AACID collaboration on the SDGs and the fulfilment of the Agenda 2030 by various actors in their respective areas of operation.

  • Development of campaigns on the localisation of SDGs with the involvement of different actors, generating synergies with existing initiatives.
  • Creation of working groups composed of a variety of actors and led by UNDP-AACID in order to generate synergies that maximise resources with a positive and lasting impact on the construction of a society that is more active and aware.


  • Awareness-raising campaigns on the SDGs and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda that are tailored to the local context within the framework of the UNDP-AACID collaboration.
  • Implementation and coordination of working groups integrated by the different actors and led by UNDP-AACID.
  • Implementation of a system of indicators for the evaluation of awareness and communication objectives for each of the campaigns.

To provide overall support to the organization of two thematic dialogues on the SDGs and a global conference on SDG monitoring and evaluation in Andalusia.

  • Provide overall support to the organization and smooth running of the events and in the mobilization and participation of key actors;
  • Provide logistical support in the run-up to the events;
  • Liaise with relevant actors and partners to ensure that the resources, documents, news and other relevant information on the event are available online for participants;
  • Produce communication materials to support each event in order to ensure effective outreach and visibility.


  • Two thematic dialogues and an SDG monitoring and evaluation conference effectively supported.
  • Specific communication materials produced to support each of the three events (including press releases, dossiers, articles, etc.).
  • Visibility of the UNDP-AACID initiative strengthened.

To strengthen communication efforts to showcase the work conducted within the framework of the UNDP-AACID initiative in target countries.

  • Define a communication strategy for each of the target countries.
  • Support the implementation of communication activities in each of the countries.


  • Communication strategy defined for each of the countries targeted by the UNDP-AACID initiative.
  • Specific communication and related materials on the SDGs and project activities in target countries produced and disseminated.
  • Visibility of the UNDP-AACID initiative strengthened.

To strengthen joint UNDP-AACID actions on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda with a special focus on the main awareness-raising and communication campaigns developed within the framework of their partnership.

  • Develop communication materials for the foreseen actions, including the design and elaboration of contents in different audio-visual formats.


  • Press and media kits aimed at the different audiences of the entities.
  • Photography, video and design of communication elements and tools.
  • Press releases, news and management of online and offline media. 
  • Management and elaboration of contents for the different social networks.

To influence policy dialogues and debates through the joint design (and participation) in events and initiatives of interest for the international cooperation sector and the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda within the framework of the UNDP-AACID partnership.

  • Identification of events of interest for both entities in the realm of international cooperation and the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, designing and implementing a participation strategy to attend them.
  • Design events and actions related to these themes and effectively coordinate them.
  • Coordination and support of the different agents and interlocutors of both participating entities and/or promoters of these initiatives both in online and offline communication.


  • Calendar of events and agenda.
  • Elaboration of the necessary materials for the participation in these initiatives.
  • Training and support for representatives of the entities in different forms of participation.


Corporate competences:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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.

Functional competences:

  • Knowledge of sustainable development, local development, SDGs and related concepts;
  • Knowledge of online communication, networking and collaboration tools;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills;
  • Ability to produce high quality outputs and in a timely manner;
  • Sound judgment, strategic thinking and the ability to manage priorities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure and in a team.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced degree in relevant fields, such as Communication or Journalism.


  • Applicants must be fluent in English and Spanish.


  • At least 5 years of progressive relevant work experience in the field of communications for development;
  • Experience managing social networks and using related tools;
  • Experience in graphic design, professional editing of photography and video;
  • Knowledge of basic design and management of Wordpress;
  • Knowledge of SEO and SEM techniques;
  • Experience in database management and mailing tools;
  • Experience working with media and/or in PR;
  • Work experience with UN/UNDP is an asset.

Application Submission Process:

Interested consultants/companies must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows you to upload one document:

For companies:  

  • Institutional CV. 
  • A brief (one page) methodology on how your company would approach the assignment.
  • A relevant sample of prior work.

For consultants: 

  • Personal CV personal and a Personal History Form (that can be downloaded at or
  • Letter of interest outlining why you think would be the most suitable candidate for the assignment.
  • A brief (one page) methodology on how you would approach the assignment.

Financial Proposal:

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price in Euro or US Dollars. All other travel related costs should be foreseen in the proposal. The proposal shall be provided as per the financial proposal template available here: and needs to be sent to: by 31 January 2020. The proposals should be sent via email with the following subject heading: “Financial Proposal- Communications Consultancy- AACD-UNDP”. Proposals received after the deadline will be rejected. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown. The term ‘all-inclusive’ implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal. 

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposal:

Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated.  Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the educational background, experience on similar assignments, letter of interest and brief methodology will be weighted at 70% and the price proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring.  The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score that has also accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract. Only Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 100 points:

  • Criteria A – Relevant work experience in the field of communications – max points: 30;
  • Criteria B – Knowledge and experience in communication for development, emphasis in decentrilized cooperation and/or UN – max points: 25;
  • Criteria C –Methodology approach - max points: 25
  • Criteria D –Assessment by interview (optional)– max points: 20.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where;

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal;

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal;

z = price of the proposal being evaluated.

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

General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under:

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we receive, we can only inform successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.


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.

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