Communications Consultant, Human Development Report Office

Application Deadline :20-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months approx.

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.


The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is seeking a communications consultant to support the implementation of its communication and outreach activities around the 30th Anniversary of the Human Development Report (HDR). 

Since inception in 1990 the HDR has acted as a highly visible and influential people-centered contribution to development thinking. Each edition is launched around the world by UNDP offices as contributions to public debate and policy making at national and global levels; picked up by global and national media, and the analysis – and annually updated human development indices and data sets are used by governments, civil society and development partners in their policy formulation and advocacy.  

Throughout the year, HDRO also seeks to promote the human development concept and approach to analysis and policy making through outreach, including via social media and blogs to influential stakeholders, through engagement with strategic networks and by convening and participating in expert and high-visibility events.

The 30th Anniversary of the HDR offers a unique opportunity to delve into the future of human development particularly around issues like sustainability, inequality and poverty eradication. 

Under the guidance and supervision of the Communications Specialist at HDRO, the candidate is anticipated to develop and implement the communication plan for the 30Th Anniversary including all the areas listed below. Work will be distributed as appropriated. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Organization of High-Level Dialogues: 

  • Organizes series of virtual high-level dialogues and events with outstanding figures and human development champions to explore the future of human development, with a specific focus on issues like inequality, poverty, gender and sustainability.
  • Manages all logistics and organizational matters related with the organization on these online events.
  • Reaches out to participants and moderators, secures their participation and sets suitable dates.
  • Supports the follow up with invited panelist and moderators; and secures their appropriate briefing.
  • Acts a liaison with the streaming platform. 
  • Provides technical guidance to participants and conducts the necessary test. 
  • Acts a producer for each of these dialogues ensuring a dynamic flow and a proper visual narrative.  
  • Develops supporting materials including invitations, concept note, agenda, run of shows, preparation Kist for panelist kit and moderators, etc.; 

Communication and outreach: 

  • Supports the ongoing outreach to key stakeholder and audiences on the 30th anniversary initiative and other related matters.
  •  Updates relevant data bases related with these dialogues to ensure maximum outreach.  
  • Supports the visibility of the 30th Anniversary initiative through social media by drafting of messages, supporting the preparation of multimedia materials and ensure timely updates.
  • Ensures relevant content for HDRO communication platforms on issues like inequality, sustainability and poverty eradication.
  • Liaises with other UNDP divisions, country offices as well as relevant UN agencies and partners for the promotion on the 30th anniversary related initiatives. 
  • Compiles analytics and develop qualitative and qualitative impact reports.


Functional Competences

  • Excellent oral and writing skills.
  • Efficiency, accuracy, organizational skills, self-management, ability to prioritize, and attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to timely delivery of projects.
  • Ability to work with cooperatively in a multicultural and international environment
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback

Corporate Competencies:

  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNDP in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative
  • Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments and have a consistent behavior towards others
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge

Required Skills and Experience


  •  Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in media relations, journalism, publishing, international relations or similar disciplines or related field of expertise.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience in the field of public relations, media and/or communications at the national or international level.
  • Experience in media and social media outreach highly desirable;
  • Prior experience in the UNDP will be an asset.
  • Working experience in the field of development and familiarity with development terminology and concepts would be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with Human Development Report desirable.
  • Experience working with the media and social media a plus. 

Technical requirements:

  • Solid experience in using new technologies, web-based platforms and social media networks; familiarity with html is a plus.
  • Expertise in the use of social networking tools.
  • Some knowledge of Adobe Indesign Illustrator and/or Photoshop desirable. 

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English.
  • Writing skills and verbal fluency in another UN language is an asset.


Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on UNDP's cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (70%) and financial (30%) criteria.

The criteria which shall serve as basis for evaluating offers will be a combined scoring method as follows:

  • Technical (based on CV/ desk review and review of publications) – 70%
  • Financial (fee) proposal (30%)

Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (PI / Pn)* 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.

Application procedures:

  • Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website.

The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised consultancy.  Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application;
  • Signed CV that includes your past experience in similar projects and contact details of references

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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