Thematic Communication Specialist

Application Deadline :28-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :36 working days over 3 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.


. General Background

The UNDP Country Office in Guinea Bissau is reinforcing its Partnerships and Communications section as part of the new office vision and its partnerships and resources mobilization strategy.

UNDP has deployed tremendous efforts in the past year to mobilize resources for initiatives related to the i) the sustaining peace agenda, ii) green and blue economy, in the context of SIDS agenda and iii) resilience/recovery from COVID-19 and beyond, among others. These initiatives are at the core of UNDP’s planning process and they will constitute the core of UNDP’s programme for the next five years, to be translated into the Country Project Document, under formulation.

Continued advocacy, awareness raising, positioning and resource mobilization around these thematic areas will be a necessity. For this purpose, the office, in implementation of its partnerships and resources mobilization strategy, will put in evidence UNDP’s programmatic efforts in this area to help attract the attention of partners and donors and other important stakeholders like international media.

In this context, UNDP Country Office intends to recruit a thematic communications specialist to support the UNDP strategic vision in this sector, to contribute to positioning UNDP Guinea-Bissau vis-à-vis the international audience and to provide additional technical support to what communications officers have already been undertaking in the field.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative / Programme, the thematic communication specialist will also work in close collaboration with the Country Office’s communication specialist, the resources mobilization specialist, the Heads of Clusters, specific UNCT agencies and local and national counterparts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives and main tasks

The UNDP Country Office intends to recruit a thematic communications specialist to support the UNDP strategic vision in the following sectors : i) the sustaining peace agenda, ii) green and blue economy, in the context of SIDS agenda and iii) resilience/recovery from COVID-19 and beyond. The specialist will also provide additional technical support to the work communications officers are already been undertaking in the field.

In particular, the consultant is expected to:

  • Produce and support the production of communication products and materials (e.g. videos, infographics, etc.) in the areas of peace building priorities, green growth, blue economy/SIDS and resilience / COVID-19;
  • Co-design a UNDP Guinea-Bissau overall communication strategy;
  • Provide training on placing strategic topics in international media;
  • Collect information and prepare contents for media advisories, posts on the corporate website and other communication channels in these areas ;
  • Contribute to visual and digital communications, including photo gathering and editing, graphic ;
  • Creation and presentation, and other multi-media editing, including video and audio;
  • Develop/produce communication and advocacy instruments and materials for marketing and awareness-raising campaigns, including briefing materials and media materials ;
  • Support the building of internal capacities of the UNDP Country Office to consistently communicate and position the CO vis-à-vis international partners and audience, especially for placing of stories and information on international media;
  • Ensure UNDP branding standards are applied consistently across all communication supports and platforms.


Deliverable 1:

  • Produce a set of formats and templates that allow for comms to plan ahead for cohesive comms per week;
  • Elaborate at least two media advisories on peacebuilding related issues; 
  • Elaborate at least two media advisories on green growth, blue economy/SIDS;
  • Elaborate at least two media advisories on resilience/recovery COVID and beyond;
  • Two (2) spots as a sensitization campaign on COVID-19 response (one on COVID-19 call centre, one on Malaria tool free hotline);
  • Produce four (4) visual cards or infographics on the Blue Economy/SIDS.
  • After 2-3 weeks and throughout the entire assignment.

Deliverable 2:

  • Co-design of a UNDP Guinea-Bissau overall communication strategy in the identified thematic areas;
  • Produce four (4) visual cards or infographics on sustaining peace and provide a photo gallery (+/- 20 photos) to be used for comm on sustaining peace;
  • 2 visual cards (1 COVID, 1 malaria), a photo gallery (+/- 20 photos) on COVID-19 response;
  • Deliver two trainings on placing strategic topics in international media, namely one for the comm and partnership unit personnel, one for programme personnel;

After 4-6 weeks

Deliverable 3:

  • Provide advice and inputs for the elaboration of comm material to be developed on sustaining peace related interventions and activities;
  • 1 video on COVID-19 response.

Upon the completion of the assignment.


Competency Summary: PROFESSIONALISM: Sound knowledge of and exposure to a range of development assistance issues, including PBF related programmes, COVID-19 pandemic and the SIDS/Blue economy; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Required Skills and Experience


Required qualifications and experience Education:

Masters / Bachelors's degree or Bachelor’s in media relations, journalism, developmental studies, business administration/marketing or equivalent publishing area.               


  • Master’s Degree with 2 years or Bachelor’s with 4 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy or similar areas.
  • Good command and awareness of language dynamics
  • Design thinking experience an asset
  • Proven analytical and strategic thinking required
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages,
  • Good knowledge and experience in handling of web-based management systems
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with photography and video.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with blogging and social media will be an asset.
  • Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials, such as in the United Nations, government and external partners;
  • In-depth understanding of the media sector and experience in supporting the media from a thematic perspective.
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite for illustration, design, photo editing and video postproduction. Adobe certification is a bonus;
  • Ability to design a wide range of communication supports, including infographics, presentations, and layouts for both web, social media, mobile and print.


Fluent written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of Portuguese and/or French is an asset.

LUMP SUM CONTRACTS: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

TRAVEL: All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Individual Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

EVALUATION: Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should 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 and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;
  • Technical Criteria weight – 70 points;
  • Financial Criteria weight – 30 points.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Education background - 10 points;
  • Experience as defined in the ToR - 20 points;
  • Competences as defined in the ToR - 10 points;
  • Understanding of the ToR - 15 points;
  • Methodology and overall approach - 25 points;
  • Overall quality of the proposal (comprehensiveness, structure, language and clarity) - 20 points.


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