Consultant – Photographer (multiple positions)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home-based, with regular interaction through e-mail and Skype and with possible travel in Central Asian countries
Application Deadline :10-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :2 years (With possibility of renewal/extension with the same ToR)
Expected Duration of Assignment :May 2021 - May 2023

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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The UN Women Country Office (CO) Kazakhstan is based in Nur-Sultan. CO programming includes support to Government and civil society organizations in the development and implementation of innovative approaches aimed at achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. In Kazakhstan, UN Women supports efforts of the national partners and UN agencies in implementation of gender equality commitments in compliance with the UN human rights conventions ratified by Kazakhstan. It provides strong and coherent technical support of gender equality priorities in national and UN efforts and support to build effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. It strengthens
coordination on gender equality and women’s empowerment programming and enhances cooperation for gender responsive post-2015 development agenda’s implementation (Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on SDG 5) at the national and sub-regional levels.
Reporting to the UN Women Kazakhstan’s Communications Analyst, the Consultant will work in close collaboration with Programme colleagues of the Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will work under the supervision of UN Women Communications Analyst with matrix management of Programme Management Specialists.
The Consultant will provide photographic coverage, in digital original, of UN Women activities and events, as assigned and directed by the hiring unit and regional communications focal points. Consultant will undertake photo editing work, including image optimization and caption writing, as requested. When assigned, the Consultant will work within the Central Asian Region to visit project sites, cover high level events/activities and other coverage. The main activities of the consultancy will include, but not be limited to, events and coverage at the national level in Kazakhstan; and also specific photo sessions by the request of Kazakhstan CO.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Abide by the UN Women Photo Policy and Guidelines and be aware of communications objectives for the assignment(s)
  • Undertake Photographic coverage of UN Women events, programmes and other assignments, and successfully capture and emotionally express the core elements of the situation assigned for coverage; 
  • Provide within said coverage a variety of visual perspectives, as appropriate (close-up, medium range, long distance, vertical, horizontal); 
  • Ensure images are technically good, properly framed, exposed, and optimized; 
  • Supply all photographic equipment necessary for the assigned coverage, as determined in consultation with the Supervisor (e.g. professional digital camera, lenses and accessories); 
  • Provide full take of images from assignments as well as edit, optimized selections of best images with complete caption information; 
  • Provide complete caption information embedded in the photo metadata with appropriate background information.

UN Women will provide the following support to the Consultant:

  • Briefing and detailed explanation of the kind of photos needed and help in defining the best contents of photos for different purposes; 
  • Programme information and editorial guidance to the Consultant to enable him/her to understand the Deliverables required and generate captions to embed in the photographs; 
  • Assistance in acquiring access to specific locations in the form of a letter confirming that the consultant is on an assignment commissioned by UN Women. 
  • A UN Women country office staff member to accompany the Consultant to the selected project site. 
  • UN Women acknowledges that the Consultant has the right to be credited and that their name should accompany all originals and reproductions of their work.

Final products and deliverables

For event coverage, the Consultant is expected to deliver images during or upon immediate conclusion of the event. Programme or other coverage will be delivered by a date agreed to in advance. Delivered images must be optimized and captioned and ready for use on UN Women platforms.
Consultant will be required to:

  • Deliver via storage device or link for download an optimized edit of select images from each assignment within a deadline agreed to before the assignment. In addition, a full take of all the original images should be delivered following the assignment(s);
  • Deliver images at highest camera resolution as jpeg or raw files (minimum requirement: 300 dpi at 8 x 10 inches) 
  • Incorporate caption information into the metadata of all delivered images via Adobe Bridge, Adobe Lightroom, Photo Mechanic or other photo application/software, including names of participants and businesses/projects; city/town/village/district; country; date; and other information relevant to UN Women's work as instructed;
  •  Include Consultant's photo credit in the image metadata using the following credit format: "Photo: UN Women/ Photographer First Name Last Name”; 

The deadline of submission for each assignment will be indicated with the instructions for each assignment.


Core Values:
- Respect for Diversity
- Integrity
- Professionalism

Core Competencies:
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Accountability
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: 

Required Skills and Experience

Qualification requirements:

  • Minimum secondary education. Bachelor's degree in Arts is preferred;
  • At least 5 years proven working experience in photography with a demonstrated record of providing high-quality, creative work for clients.
  • Experience capturing images for development organizations e.g. NGO, UN Agencies, etc., is an asset;
  • Experience on the development of products related to gender equality, women’s empowerment is an asset;
  • Flexibility and ability to travel in the region is an advantage; and
  • Proficiency in Kazakh and Russian. English is an asset

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis: Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%] and Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

Submission of applications: 

Interested candidates should apply via
The application should include:
- Cover letter to include a brief overview in English (unedited text) about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.
- P11 with past experience in similar assignments; can be downloaded at, a signed copy should be submitted.
- Financial Proposal (Specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference). The financial proposal shall reperesent daily rate in KZT.
- Previous Work - The candidate should provide a portfolio with at least 3 examples of graphic design, including publication layout and infographics developed in the last two years, preferably using and transforming data into user friendly format and messages.

Consultants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal. The candidates must possess following minimum qualification criteria as listed above (Qualifications/Experience/Language).
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation

            Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

      A) Education

  • Minimum secondary education. Bachelor's degree is preferred         
5: secondary education
5: bachelor degree in relevant field

      B) Substantive experience and skills

  • At least 5 years working experience in photography and editing with a record of providing high-quality, creative work for clients;
  • High level of creativity and initiative;
  • Have own camera and other photography equipment;
  • Experience capturing images for development organizations e.g. NGO, UN Agencies, etc., is an asset.
  • Experience on the development of products related to gender equality, women’s empowerment is an asset.


20: 5-10 years of
30: more than 10 years of experience


    C) Quality of work portfolio


0: without experience
20: demonstrated

    D) Language, communications skills and ability to travel

  • Flexibility and ability to work outside Kazakhstan and abroad is an
advantage; and
  • Ability to communicate in English, Kazakh and Russian is an asset


0: no relevant
10: proven knowledge


Total Obtainable Score



























Only candidates who have passed the preliminary selection will be informed.

Kindly note, that the system will only allow one attachment, hence all supporting documents e.g. P11, CV, cover letter must be scanned as one attachment. Applications without the completed P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

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