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Consultancy for the UN75 Communications Roadmap for Maldives
|Location :||Male', MALDIVES|
|Application Deadline :||27-May-20 (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)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||55 working days, spread across 6 months|
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.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. A global dialogue was launched by the Secretary in January 2020 to have the most inclusive and furthest reaching conversation on the role of global cooperation in shaping a better future for all by the organisation’s 100th birthday in 2045.
Across the world discussions have been had in all settings, from classrooms to boardrooms, reaching out to as many people as possible and building partnerships with youth, civil society, business and media to discuss our priorities in the face of serious challenges to humanity globally such as the climate crisis, inequality and sustainability under the banner of UN75.
UN75 is being marked at a time of great disruption in the world, with an unprecedented global health crisis creating severe economic and social impacts. The present COVID-19 pandemic focuses our mind on the socio-economic impact of the outbreak on the ability of Member States to fulfil the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda. The pandemic has connected humanity in a common goal in a way that has not occurred in our living memory. Our collective defining of the future that we want cannot be more critical than now.
UN75 in 2020 coincides with Maldives 55th years of membership of the UN. This celebration will be a testament to the importance the Maldives confers on being an active and contributing Member State of the UN, and their commitment to various international commitments in the spirit of #UN75/#MV55. During this time, Maldives has graduated to middle income status, and has benefited from a surge in growth and development. The intrinsic value of multilateralism in sharing the world’s finite resources, managing country, regional and global challenges, and maximizing the benefits of increasing globalization is central to the UN75 milestone.
This campaign will be the key mechanism for collaborating with stakeholders and the community in the Maldives. It will support the shift and communicate the UN Maldives’ focus on upstream policy support to the country towards accelerating achievement of the 2030 Agenda. It will be a platform to better understand the expectations of the Maldivian people, with a special focus on connecting people, amplifying their voices and inspiring action, especially those of marginalized groups. The role of civil society, academia, community organisations, local representation and leadership, and individual citizens are critical to the success of the initiative. The UN Maldives will ensure that the voices of Maldivians are heard as part of the global discussions.
The UN75 global conversation in Maldives will also be generated around the 3 main questions:
As 2020 is being dominated by physical distancing in line with the COVID-19 outbreak, UN Maldives will focus on the official launch of #UN75/#MV55 initiatives in a creative way for maximizing online and media platforms to engage the widest set of sectors, communities and generations in the discussions.
With this in mind, UN Maldives is seeking the services of a consultant to support the UN Resident Coordinator to develop and operationalise the UN75 global conversation in the Maldives.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The consultant will develop the roadmap that outlines the methodology to undertake the UN75 dialogue in the Maldives in the current scenario of social distancing and work with the UN Maldives to implement it.
The roadmap should be developed based on the guidance provide with the toolkits for UN75 consultations (https://toolkit.un75.online/) and in discussion with the UN Resident Coordinator. The roadmap should be strategic, simple yet impactful, and should seek to reignite the conversation on key topics that are relevant to the Maldives such as:
The roadmap should identify and propose consultation approaches. Consultation approaches could include more structured focus groups, informal conversation, social media chats, stories with historical perspectives/images and various other approaches. These approaches should be designed in such a way that ensures a wide range of voices are captured across the breadth of the atolls while bringing the most vulnerable and marginalized (prisoners, drug addicts, etc.) into conversation with Government and civil society. Proposed consultation approaches in the roadmap should include but not be limited to the following:
The consultation approaches proposed should be feasible to be conducted within the limitations of the current context and the timeline set for the UN75 process. The consultant should identify existing local groups, tools and platforms that could be utilized for these consultations with the focus on capitalizing and building on existing fora, in recognition of the challenging times facing the Maldives with COVID-19.
The consultant in developing the roadmap should identify and consult with government counterparts, UN agencies, CSOs and other key stakeholders in the country.
The consultant will:
Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant will work under the guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator. Regular meetings will be held with the UN Resident Coordinator or her senior staff, to develop strategic ideas and agreed ways forward. Regular meetings/email communications are expected to ensure that deliverables are completed in the agreed timeline.
Duration of the Work
This assignment will take approximately 55 working days, spread across 6 months, through to 31 December 2020. The consultant should develop a proposal with a clear timeline for each deliverable as stipulated above.
The consultant can operate from Maldives or abroad.
Required Skills and Experience