National Consultant Communication Strategist for Social Protection
Purpose: The purpose of this Consultant assignment is to support the implementation of the media/external communication component of the social protection advocacy strategy and social accountability programme
Duration: 70 working days within a contract period of 11.5 months.
The UNICEF social protection unit has developed a two-year social protection advocacy strategy to provide guidance to the units advocacy work.
The strategy has identified several allies including media to support the implementation of the strategy.
Specific roles have been identified for media outlets/journalists under all three objectives of the strategy: influencing budgetary allocation to the social protection sector, creating public awareness on rights and entitlements to social protection and influencing key political parties on social protection priorities for inclusion in party manifestoes.
In order to effectively manage all media and external communication activities in relation to the advocacy strategy, it is important to get the services of a communication/advocacy expert who would coordinate all these activities to ensure synchronization of efforts in this area.
Purpose of the Consultant Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to support the implementation of UNICEF’s social protection advocacy strategy and social accountability programme. Specifically, the consultant will help:
- Generate media attention for all three objectives of the strategy.
- Manage a media partnership aimed at ensuring sustainability for the duration of the assignment.
- Â Support all media related activities under the CSOs/UNICEF partnership on social accountability programme.
- Lead the capacity building of Media Outlets/Personalities for better engagement on key issues identified under the strategy and under the social accountability programme.
- Support the assessment of media personalities during the RBA baseline survey.
Specific Consultant Tasks
1. Capacity Building for Media
The unit will work with selected media allies on both the advocacy strategy and in promoting social accountability in the sector.
The consultant will provide an assessment of media houses and their work on social protection, poverty and related topics.
This mapping exercise will provide information on the strengths and weaknesses of key media outlets/journalists in this area, help identify potential partners and areas for capacity building.
2. Support the Assessment of Media Personalities during the Implementation of the Rights Based Approach Baseline Survey
There is in the pipeline (upcoming) a rights-based approach (RBA) to social protection baseline survey with a media component.
This will involve an assessment of the knowledge and perception of the media on social protection and rights issues.
The consultant will support the research institution carrying out the survey, to secure and organize interview sessions with selected media outlets/journalists.
The consultant will support the unit to organize at least 3 trainings for media outlets/journalists on key issues under the advocacy strategy and the CSOs/UNICEF social accountability partnership.
The consultant will also support the identification of media champions and confirmation of interest for the formation of a media platform on social protection and rights.
3. Implementation of Media Related Advocacy and Social Accountability Activities:
The consultant will develop a comprehensive communication plan to support the roll out of all media/communication outputs in the advocacy strategy and under the social accountability work.
The communication plan amongst other things should clearly outline the key stakeholders to engage, the planned activities as well as the timelines etc.
The Consultant is expected to support the unit to plan, organize, and document key events in the communication plan.
4. Engagement with Media Outlets and Journalists
The consultant will engage relevant media outlets, journalists and media partners to support implementation of all outputs outlined in the advocacy strategy and under the social accountability partnership (this will include journalists engagement on key issues, securing time slots for interviews with media outlets on key issues at strategic moments, ensuring effective media participation and coverage of key issues during events/workshops, monitoring media reportage on key issues covered and supporting all necessary follow ups etc).
The consultant is expected to work closely with the UNICEF’s communication unit for clearance and guidance on these activities.
5. Support the Development of Communication Materials
The consultant in close collaboration with UNICEF and key partners, will lead the design, development and printing of key communication/training materials for the media (all IEC materials must be developed with support/inputs from UNICEF’s communication unit to ensure compliance with UNICEF’s branding, quality control etc).
The consultant will also support the development of relevant briefs, position papers and op-eds on key issues at strategic moments.
The consultant will also be required to document all key processes during the assignment and to submit a comprehensive report on successes, challenges and recommendations at the end of the assignment/contract.
Expected Consultant Deliverables
- Submit media mapping report (based on findings at national and sub national levels) –8 days
- Interviews for media outlets/journalists organized in support of the RBA baseline survey (at least 15 key informant interviews at both national and subnational levels)-8 days
- Plan, organize and document at least 5 events for media outlets/journalists (this will include generating interest for the establishment of a media platform on social protection and rights). The event reports would include key highlights, lessons learnt as well as recommendations -12 days
- Support the implementation of all key media/communication outputs outlined in the social protection advocacy strategy and under the CSOs/UNICEF social accountability partnership as well as social policy relevant issues. This will also include engagement of media outlets/journalists for the successful delivery of all the outputs as outlined under specific task 3. All the relevant documents will be provided to the consultant at the start of the assignment-30 days
- Develop at least 3 media communication materials (this will include IEC materials for media trainings, policy briefs and op-eds). Finalized products should be submitted in soft copy-7 days
- Submit a report on all the media/communication activities (successes, challenges and recommendations). This will involve interviewing selected stakeholders (stakeholders will be selected in collaboration with supervisor) on their assessment of the media engagement component/ project- 5 days
Supervision and Reporting Arrangement
The consultant will report to the Social Policy Officer-UNICEF with an oversight by the Communications Officer (this will include providing strategic guidance in contacting media outlets and journalists and assessing the communication materials for media training, policy briefs and op-eds).
Payment and Payment Schedule
The consultant will be paid professional fees based on satisfactory delivery of expected deliverables per the number of days as follows:
Deliverable 1: 10%
Deliverable 2: 10%
Deliverable 3: 15%
Deliverable 4: 50%
Deliverable 5: 8%
Deliverable 6: 7%
It is expected that the assignment will be completed within 70 working days spread across 11. 5 months.
Expected Qualifications, Experience, Specialized Knowledge/Skills and Competencies
- Advanced degree in journalism, communication studies, public relations or related field;
- At least 6 years relevant and progressive professional experience working with media in a similar capacity, journalism, editorial reviews and in related areas;
- Experience in event organization and coordination is required;
- Excellent analytical, communication, facilitation and capacity building skills are required;
- Proven working relationship with media in Ghana is required;
- Knowledge and skills in designing user friendly training manuals and layout design is required;
- Experience in monitoring and evaluating communication activities is required;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team is required.
General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics
- The consultant will be expected to use his/her own computer and office;
- The assignment will be based in Accra and consultant will be paid DSA for all official overnight travels outside Accra;
- Total calculated professional fees will be paid in 6 installments based on deliverables as indicated above;
- The consultant will have access to UNICEF’s vehicle when out to conduct official duties outside Accra.
Policy both Parties should be Aware of
- Under the consultancy agreement, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays;
- Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement;
- No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or Contractor;
- Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.
- Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation;
- The Form ‘Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary’ must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section;
- UNICEF reserve the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
- The Consultant must adhere strictly to UNICEF’s internal and external communication and branding policies.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Interested candidates should apply on-line to the link provided and indicate their daily professional fees in Ghana Cedis. In addition to CV/resume and application, candidates are required to submit a two-paged write up on how they intend to successfully deliver this assignment as planned.
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