Communication and Media Consultant

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :26-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :up to 112 days until 31 December 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :up to 112 days until 31 December 2020


The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), launched at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, aims to support governments in the region as they implement reforms and enhance investments to address such challenges as poverty, food insecurity and climate change through reducing the rates of deforestation and forest degradation in 6 partner countries. More information available on CAFI’s website:

CAFI seeks to hire a consultant to support the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) Secretariat to:

  • Support the Secretariat with Crisis communication when sensitive matters arise
  • Enhance CAFI visibility internally within UNDP and externally through content published on social media, media trips organized for top tiered journalists and photo blogs
  • Embed CAFI messaging within the communication of important international events in 2020 (Oslo Tropical Forest Forum, Kunming Biodiversity Summit, Glasgow UNFCCC COP 26)
  • Develop CAFI storytelling
  • Develop / adapt communication training material and provide communication training to CAFI Secretariat and members

The consultant will also support the SDG Finance Geneva Summit as a contribution from CAFI to the organization of the event. The Summit brings together innovative entrepreneurs, investors, development practitioners to unlock financing for the SDGs.A 2-minute promo video presenting key elements of the  SDG Finance Geneva Summit is produced and shared on social media

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direct supervision of the Communications Specialist and CAFI Manager, the consultant will carry out the following tasks:

1.  Manage Crisis communication

  • Provide advice for further course of action and if needs be plan response campaign and draft response messages
  • Develop, in consultation with CAFI Executive Board, implementing agencies and relevant government, key messages and ready to use material for media, in response to potential public criticism or campaigns
  • Support, when necessary, the organization of interviews / responses in major media


  • Document updated twice a month documenting criticism expressed on CAFI in the public sphere, with analysis of risk level
  • Creation of a Response plan delivered timely and in an organized manner

2.  Enhance CAFI visibility on social media

  • Create a list of international days and events that are relevant to CAFI work
  • List all hashtags relevant for CAFI
  • Map key stakeholders and influencers to be connected to
  • Draft in partnership with organizers social media kit for main events of the year
  • Work with UNDP corporate communications to ensure that CAFI messages are channeled through corporate channels

        Deliverables:  At least a doubling of the number of followers of the CAFI Twitter account (from a baseline of 1,055 followers on 1 January 2020)

3.  Develop CAFI storytelling

  • Identify within CAFI activities good narratives that can lead to good visual stories
  • Work with team on the ground to collect background documents and pictures
  • Commission when needed a photographer and lead the documentation of project to turn into multimedia stories
  • Draft stories for UNDP website and for UNDP Medium

        Deliverables : At least 2 (two) CAFI stories featured visibly on the UNDP corporate web site in 2020.

4.  Support the organization of a field visit with journalists and photographer(s) to promote CAFI and CAFI members (governments of Gabon and DRC) messaging around the preservation of Central African forests. The tasks include:

  • Identify site or sites for visit
  • Draft technical notes to capture existing programmes and results to be featured during field visit
  • Support pitch drafting with compelling elements resulting from research and technical notes preparation
  • Establish a list of target media and journalists in Europe and in Africa to pitch CAFI stories
  • Support outreach to journalists to identify specific interests and needs; work along different work streams: TV, radio, audiovisual (pictures, movies)
  • Liaise with journalists, UNDP and governments counterparts to set up and implement the visit (programme, logistics, identification of interviewees on site such as high level government officials, etc.)
  • Prepare briefing pack for field visit participants
  • Ad hoc support on field visit organization
  • Liaise with journalists post visit and track publication
  • Prepare social media collaterals to promote articles on UNDP accounts
  • Prepare list of published articles for internal dissemination

        Deliverables : At least 4 articles in international media that reflect CAFI’s approach on the ground

5.  Support Media outreach during major events

  • Create opportunities for positive messaging about CAFI’s choices: identify opportunities, themes, network of editors to promote CAFI’s vision
  • Identify CAFI stories and draft pitches for top tiered and specialized media during the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum (Oslo, Norway, June 2020), COP 15 of the Convention on biological diversity (Kunming, China, October 2020) and COP 26 of the UNFCCC (Glasgow, UK, November 2020)
  • Support the organization of interviews ahead, during and immediately after the events
  • Draft Press release, key messaging and talking points
  • Liaise with UNDP CAFI team and governments members to pitch high level officials
  • Monitor coverage

        Deliverables: CAFI’s messaging picked up by at least 4 major media outlets in 2020, in connection with the 3 major events

6.  Manage the video coverage of the SDG Finance Geneva Summit

  • Identify key spokesperson from the finance sector and the development community and select at least 4 entrepreneurs, finalists of the Growth Stage Impact Ventures, to be interviewed
  • Define with the SDG Finance Geneva Summit overall messaging of the video coverage and prepare scripts and key questions for each of the interviews to secure sharp messaging
  • Identify three camera man and facilitate procurement of services
  • Work with camera man to shoot and edit quality interview
  • Develop a social media pack to promote the videos, develop subtitles in French, write short blurb for youtube channel for each interview, share with key partners
  • Develop a short 2-minute promo video to recap main elements of the Summit
  • Secure filing of plenary and dissemination through a Faceboook live and post Summit through social media
DeliverablesEstimate no. of daysEstimate due dates
Monthly monitor documenting criticism expressed on CAFI in the public sphereonce per month (10 days)March to Dec 2020
Response plan delivered timely and in an organized mannerup to 12 daysAs needed between March to Dec 2020
Double the number of followers on Twittertwice a month (up to 20 days)ongoing until end of Dec 2020
At least 2 CAFI stories featured visibly on the UNDP corporate web site in 2020up to 20 daysongoing until Dec 2020
At least 4 articles in major media outlets that reflect CAFI’s approach on the groundup to 20 daysongoing until Dec 2020
At least 4 articles in major media outlets that reflect CAFI’s messaging and announcements at major eventsup to 20 daysJune, October, Nov 2020
A facebook live is set up and promoted to attract remote viewers to watch plenary of the SDG Finance Geneva Summit1 dayOct to Nov 2020
A 2-minute promo video presenting key elements of the  SDG Finance Geneva Summit is produced and shared on social media3 daysOct to Nov 2020
At least 8 quality interviews based on SDG Finance Geneva Summit participants list are produced and disseminated through social media6 daysOct to Nov 2020
Estimate total no. of daysup to 112 days 

Institutional Arrangement

This consultancy will be home-based. The Communications Specialist and CAFI Manager will supervise the consultant.

The Consultant will provide a certificate of payment based on completed activities/deliverables and time spent at the end of each month (or as most convenient in relation to completed deliverables).



  • Analytical Skills : Excellent ability to articulate, conceptualize or solve complex problems by making decisions that are sensible given the available information
  • Written communication : Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write in a clear, simple, concise way for non-technical external audiences
  • Knowledge Management : Ability to efficiently research, analyze and share information and knowledge
  • Organizational skills : Ability for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meeting deadlines and working under pressure
  • Teamwork : Ability to engage with other units/teams and forge productive working relationships Ability to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in communications, international affairs or a related area.


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience (communication, media relations and external engagement with private sector)
  • Solid experience in coordination with a set of diverse players and in project management
  • Experience in developing high quality collaterals and turning quantitative and qualitative information into marketing and press material
  • Academic and work related experience in development, environment and SDGs financing is a plus
  • Professional experience within the United Nations System is desirable

Language Requirements

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and French

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would take into account both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer:

  • Is deemed technically responsive / compliant / acceptable (only technically responsive applications/ candidates will be considered for the financial evaluation)
  • And has obtained the highest combined technical and financial score

Technical Criteria 70% of total evaluation

Criteria:  Educational background, theoretical and practical familiarity with fundraising, event organization in its various components (marketing, registration, content development, liaison with speakers, caterers and team management), coordination across a diverse set of players (including a remote team) and with development issues, the SDGs and sustainable finance.

A short panel interview will be carried out for shortlisted candidates.

Financial Criteria 30% of total evaluation


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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