: Junior consultant to support communication for the International Volunteer Day campaign 2020

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Bonn, GERMANY
Application Deadline :05-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
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 :17 August to 31 December
Expected Duration of Assignment :As above

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 United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well-supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

International Volunteers Day (IVD), is an international observance that was mandated for UNV to coordinate by the UN General Assembly in 1985. The Day is an opportunity for us all to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels. UNV coordinates a campaign to promote IVD every year, building on the impact volunteers have in communities, nationally and globally, for peace and development.

This year, the campaign will ride on the momentum and messaging of the outcomes of the Global Technical Meeting (GTM).  IVD 2020 will be a continued dialogue with all stakeholders and general public on the call to Action of the GTM and reimagining volunteering for the 2030 Agenda.

The consultant will be supervised by the Communications Specialist, P4, in the External Relations and Communications Section (ERCS).

Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of this consultancy is to coordinate and support all activities for the IVD 2020 campaign, particularly social media and outreach to partners and influencers. Tracking of the workplan and reporting on the campaign is also part of the responsibilities.

Deliverables and Timelines:



No. of days



Creation of the campaign workplan, with specific deadlines, responsibilities and time-line – including assistance in recruiting interns and contractors as needed.



working days


15 September 2020


Assisting in drafting of TORs for all graphic assets needed. Management of the campaign Trello board and photos/ video collection.


Design and implementation of the stakeholder engagement plan for the IVD 2020 campaign.


20 working days


15 October 2020


Development of the concept, along with drafting of the business needs, of the webpages for the IVD 2020 campaign.


Drafting of the toolkits (for partners and for UN Volunteer offices), to be in lay-out and designed for approval.

21 working days

5 November


Editorial plan (for online and social media)  for IVD drafted, with input and consultation for all regional offices


15 November


All social media content posted and disseminated  as in the social media editorial plan 

20 working days

5 December


Support all events (virtual and live), along with any other tasks in the culmination of the campaign on 5 December


Write IVD2020 campaign report, with all social media stats and reporting, and all media hits included.

10 working days

31 December


Total number of working days

87 working days




  • Demonstrated knowledge in the design and implementation of communications and outreach strategies;
  • Demonstrable creative flair in producing visual concepts and products related to humanitarian and development issues; 
  • Ability to work independently and ensure punctual delivery; 
  • Flexibility and client-oriented approach;  
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Communications, English, Journalism, Media or other relevant area.


  • Minimum 2 years of professional work experience with campaigns at the national and/or international level; experience in other areas of communications an asset;

  • Excellent design and written skills, excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;

  • Accuracy and professionalism in content production and lay-out;

  • Proficiency in all social media channels and multi-media programmes an asset;

  • Previous experience working for the UN in communications and campaigns is an advantage. 

Language requirements:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and one other UN language is a must; knowledge of additional UN languages is an asset.

  1. Criteria for Selection of the best Offer:

The selection of the best offer will be based on the combined scoring method, where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted 70 percent, and then combined with the price offer, which will be weighted 30 percent.

Key selection criteria are

  • Experience in developing and implementing international campaigns with social media elements (40 %)
  • Experience in graphic design and InDesign/ Illustrator (15 %)
  • Experience with UN stakeholders and communicating on the SDGs (15 %)
  1. Application procedure


Applicants have to provide a technical and financial proposal. 


The technical proposal shall consist of:

  • Motivation Letter describing their interest in the assignment and why they are the most suitable for the work;
  • Latest personal CV or P11, including past experience in similar projects and at least three references
  • A technical proposal: shall describe the methodology and the approach on how to fulfil the required deliverables as well as outline the major components of its implementation;

The financial proposal shall consist of 



Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.


How to Submit the Application:

To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:

  • Merge your Cover Letter, CV, Technical Proposal and Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability (including the financial proposal) into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded;
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement);
  • Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;”
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above);
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Queries should be sent to: procurement@unv.org, to Marc Wharton clearly marking: IVD2020  Communications Consultancy in the subject line.  Applications sent by email will not be considered.



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