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1.3 million

Children still grow up separated from their families in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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All staff must share our organisation’s values of diversity and inclusion, integrity and commitment, and must meet our core employment competencies of communication, strong interpersonal skills, and a drive to achieve results. These competencies are behaviours that are used to achieve UNICEF’s desired results.

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In regards to national positions, if the Uzbekistan Country Office has any vacancies these will be announced on the UNICEF Uzbekistan website and all interested candidates will be encouraged to apply. They will each be given due consideration, in terms of their suitability and adherence to the minimum requirements of the post. Due to a high volume of applications, UNICEF cannot accept unsolicited applications if they are not related to a published vacancy.

More information on the hiring process can be found under:

  • International consultant for writing and editing in English and developing capacity of programme colleagues in presentation skills
    Valid till: 21 May 2018

    UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

    Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

    And we never give up.

    Background and justification:

    UNICEF in Uzbekistan produces various communication materials in English for advocacy such as human interest stories, briefing kits, speeches, publications and reports etc. Additionally, UNICEF in Uzbekistan also publishes stories and news briefs on its trilingual web site These materials and stories provide information regarding UNICEF's activities in Uzbekistan, achievements, and keeps UNICEF partners and donors as well as general public regularly informed.

    UNICEF has also produced several documents, and drafts need rewriting or/and editing in English as per international publishing standards.

    As part of UNICEF's knowledge management initiative, the office needs to document project implementation process, lessons learned, challenges and achievements for sharing through international forums. Human interest stories and other news stories are regularly disseminated on different international platforms. Hence, the quality of these stories and materials must be of internationally acceptable quality, in terms of content and language.

    To ensure high quality written materials in English, which can be later used for various communication products, Communication Section requires services of an international writer/editors in English based in Tashkent with a flexible, assignment-based hiring arrangement. This writer/editor will also be expected to build capacity of UNICEF's staff members on making effective presentation and communication skills.

    Purpose of the Assignment:

    The purpose of this Terms of Reference is to hire the services of an internationally published writer in English, with a background in development sector, who can be available to UNICEF for different assignments of writing/editing skills corresponding to UNICEF global standards. The incumbent will also be expected to improve capacity of UNICEF staff members' presentation skills. This will enable the office to produce quality communication, visibility and advocacy products and enhance the effectiveness of CPAP's (Country Program Action Plan 2016-2020) implementation.

    Contract Supervisor: 

    The Consultant will report directly to the Chief of Communication, who will provide the briefing related to different assignments.

    The Consultant will work closely with the office's programme and communication staff, who require her/his services. Relevant programme staff will be responsible for providing a detailed briefing on the particular assignment (with technical inputs from the Communication Section, if necessary).

    Tasks to be accomplished:

    Meet with UNICEF programme officers, partners, and beneficiaries (e.g. families, children, service providers, and local authorities) visit programme sites and attend relevant events.

     a. Understand the advocacy messages for each priority of UNICEF's work in Uzbekistan. Ensure that all written products have clear advocacy messages. Write/Edit/Finalize content for communication material, speeches, web stories, human interest stories:
    • based on interviews; briefings with program staff as well as secondary source materials provided by UNICEF;
    • in the form of information packages that may include news brief/human interest/analytical story, photo captions, web links etc.
    • articles and stories will range in size from 150 to 500 words.

     b.  Write/edit content for the UNICEF Uzbekistan website and based on information provided by UNICEF, produce:

    • Overview of children's situation on different issues (250-500 words);
    • Briefs on UNICEF's activities for different issues (250-500 words for each);
    • Different updates on issues, actions and results (250-300 words per piece);
    • New/adapted human interest stories;
    • News items;
    • Advocacy speeches / messages.
    1. Write/edit feature articles on UNICEF activities and programmes/projects for media outlets or for documentation purposes;
    2. Write/edit issue-based messages/scripts for campaigns/videos on UNICEF activities and projects;
    3. Write/edit materials for briefing kits and advocacy materials;

    Articles/stories/reports should meet UNICEF quality standards and guidelines concerning length, style, and format.

    Assignments will be developed by the Communication Section with inputs from the programme sections.

    Deliverables (with timing):

    Timely and accurate provision of quality writing services in English throughout the year, according to requirements of these ToR.

    At the end of each assignment, the international consultant is expected to have delivered written materials as per assignment specification and timeline that will be provided by UNICEF.

    Estimated duration of contract and Official Travel Involved:

    01 June - 15 December 2018

    The consultant is expected to work from UNICEF Office for three days in a week, with two hours on each occasion. The consultant will be provided office facilities when her/his presence is necessary in the office for discussions, face-to-face interactions and capacity development sessions. This is the minimum number of hours for the consultant to provide services to UNICEF Uzbekistan. However, additional assignments may require more number of hours from the consultant to provide his/her services. The consultancy will be Tashkent-based and if a field visit within the country is considered necessary by the supervisor, DSA and travel arrangements will be organized according to UNICEF rules and regulations.

    Payment schedule: 

    The consultant will be paid upon submission of invoice mentioning the number of hours used for completion of assignments. The invoice can be processed on a monthly basis. Consultant's assignment will be considered complete and fee for his/her services rendered only after approval of the products by the supervisor.

    Qualification or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:

    • University degree in journalism, communications, social sciences, linguistics or other related fields;
    • At least 5 years' experience of writing articles, features, human interest stories or reports on social issues for public audiences in English preferably in a media or development environment. Experience as an English language writer, journalist, editor is essential; 
    • Published public work by the consultant on issues of children's health, education or protection;
    • Ability to use ICT, including Microsoft Office applications, as a tool; 
    • Professional fluency in written and spoken English; 
    • Native English speakers are encouraged to apply.

    Additional information

    Additional Guidelines:

    UNICEF Branding and style manuals; guidelines on writing for the UNICEF publications and website.

    Reservations and remarks: 

    All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and cannot be submitted, distributed to or used by any other party. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

    View our competency framework at

    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.


    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    Opening Date Fri May 11 2018 09:00:00 GMT+0500 
    Closing Date Mon May 21 2018 23:55:00 GMT+0500

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