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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation. UNICEF’s workforce is made up of different categories of staff reflecting various levels of responsibilities and duties, each with its own requirements.

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  • National consultant for digital communication for UNICEF Uzbekistan
    Valid till: 06 July 2018

    National consultant for digital communication for UNICEF Uzbekistan

    Background:
    UNICEF Uzbekistan Country Office is implementing the Country Program of Cooperation with the Government of Uzbekistan 2016-2020. The overall aim of the country programme is to accelerate progress towards the realization of the rights of all children. The country programme is aligned with key national policies and strategies, and will support the Government and other key relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the concluding observations of the Committees on the Rights of the Child and the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

    Purpose:
    Public advocacy, participation and civic engagement contribute to the achievement of programme results. To create/improve public dialogue through social media, website and other ICT channels, it is proposed to enhance the visibility of UNICEF's work on the issues of children of Uzbekistan. 

    As per recent communication from Division of Communication, and UNICEF ECA Regional Office, the website of UNICEF in Uzbekistan will migrate to the global platform for harmonization. While it will reduce the operational cost of hosting the website, it needs additional human resource to migrate old content and develop new content, as per global guidance.

    The rationale for the global digital transformation is that multiple online platforms in different languages should be coherent. Together, these platforms will encourage public support, participation and action. Taking into account all above mentioned and ensure a consistence web-presence, Communication Section seeks to hire a professional national consultant for UNICEF's digital engagement on a full-time basis.

    Objectives:
    The assignment will contribute to increase in public discourse on digital and social media platforms of UNICEF Uzbekistan. The assignment will also contribute in development of UNICEF Uzbekistan's digital strategy, generation of content on social media to reach more people, especially youth with messages that urges them to participate in solving issues for children's well-being in Uzbekistan.

    Timeline & Deliverables: 
    The consultancy has the following deliverables:
    • Increase in number of posts on UNICEF Uzbekistan's social media and website, as per monthly plan
    • Migration of UNICEF Uzbekistan's website and content to Drupal based platform of UNICEF global website. Day-to-day management of the website.
    • Analytical reports of social media platforms and website of UNICEF Uzbekistan

    Job description

    • Support development and implementation of UNICEF's activities on digital platforms, including social media;
    • Support design and implementation of digital advocacy campaigns, as per UNICEF Uzbekistan's advocacy priorities;
    • Develop and manage office's social media platforms, including daily, weekly posting of messages, photos and story contents; UNICEF will provide photos and other related content to support the content;
    • Provide weekly and monthly reports to management on content being created and posted; and provide suggestions on what can be done to improve office's on‐line presence and engagement;
    • Support migration of the website of UNICEF Uzbekistan to globally hosted platform;
    • Provide monthly online and social media plans based on the priorities and agreed strategy;
    • Mobilize bloggers and online writers for child protection networks, youth organizations, academic institutions, mass media, and civil society, to advocate for children's rights. act in the best interest of children;
    • Prepare and publish content to social media accounts (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram and other upcoming online channels) and office's website;
    • Provide support to Communication Team in management of UNICEF Uzbekistan's website;
    • Generate and analyze reports on web traffic using Google Analytics; Hootsuite or other tools;
    • Participate in Communication Section's meetings to provide support as needed and attend major events undertaken by UNICEF in Uzbekistan;
    • Engage with key influencers and celebrities to amplify the message for children's rights.
    • Provide information to media professionals of online news portals to ensure greater coverage of children's issues in media.

    Requirements

    1. University degree in the communication, journalism with relevant work experience in website design and social media management;
    2. At least 2-year experience as a manager of digital communication activities, preferably with a development organization; This should include working on websites, social media and new emerging digital platforms.
    3. Experience in using social media for marketing, to be verified from CV;
    4. Knowledge and understanding of local and global digital landscape and trends, to be assessed through written test;
    5. Knowledge of Google Analytics and social media monitoring tools, to be verified through written test and interview;
    6. Well-developed organizational and communication/interpersonal skills, to be assessed through interview;
    7. Ability to work in a multicultural team and establish effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization;
    8. A strong understanding of UNICEF programs and policy, including knowledge of youth, participation and partnership goals is an asset;
    9. Fluency in both written and spoken English, Uzbek and Russian is essential;
    10. Previous experience in working with UN and/or international development organizations in a similar role is an asset.

    Additional information

    Activities for deliverables will start from 16 July to 15 December 2018. On satisfactory performance, contract can be extended for 11.5 months.

    Management: 
    Under the direct supervision of Chief of Communication, and day-to-day guidance of Communication Officer, the consultant will generate content, post and manage social media platforms and website of UNICEF.

    Resource requirements: 
    Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication, the consultant will work in UNICEF Uzbekistan. The Communication consultant will be accountable for implementation of the tasked mentioned above. 

    Procedures and Working Conditions 
    The contract is a full time. The consultant will be working in UNICEF premises in Tashkent and will be provided with work place and computer. Some travel to intervention areas may be required, as per programme activities. Travel expenses will be covered according to the UNICEF's procedures. Consultant is responsible to pay to relevant government authority taxes or duties deductible from the earnings from this assignment. UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract. 

    Reservations 
    UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. UNICEF will reserve copy right of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

    Closing date for Applications: 
    The application should include a motivation letter in English explaining why the candidate considers herself/himself an outstanding candidate for this position; Cover Letter, a current CV and P11 form, expected fee for the consultancy service, names and contact details of professional or academic referees. Applications should be submitted in a sealed envelope by close of business on 6 July 2018 to the attention of HR Associate, UNICEF Office, 16, Sharof Rashidov Street, Tashkent. Only those who are short-listed for interviews will be notified.


  • National Communication consultant for EU funded project 'Protecting Children Affected by Migration'
    Valid till: 06 July 2018

    Background:
    UNICEF Uzbekistan is implementing EU-funded project, which will contribute to protecting the rights of vulnerable children affected by migration, including those trafficked. The project has two specific objectives: (1) To determine the situation of migrant families and protection needs of their children through Action-based study, and (2) To increase the institutional and operational capacity of Governmental and Non-governmental actors to support children of migrant families.

    Many Uzbeks leave home to find better paying work. In 2015, 1.9 million Uzbeks registered to work in Russia; 50,000 in Turkey and 16,500 in South Korea. There are also large numbers working in Kazakhstan and UAE, not to mention countless unregistered migrants. A 2013 study concluded that most Uzbek migrant workers are 30 years of age on average, married and male. However, an increasing number of women are also leaving home each year. 

    Compared to neighboring countries, which are also source countries of large numbers of migrant workers, data is very limited in Uzbekistan and little research has been done to understand the effects of labour migration on families and children. 

    Working closely with the Government, UNICEF Uzbekistan has developed several activities to meet the objectives of the project. UNICEF has also developed a communication and visibility plan, to enhance the visibility of EU's support to improving lives of vulnerable population in the country.

    Purpose:
    The communication consultant will be responsible for rolling out of the communication plan for the EU-funded project protecting children affected by migration, being implemented by UNICEF Uzbekistan. 

    More specifically, the consultant will be responsible for providing visibility to activities and results of UNICEF project in a timely and efficient manner, as per the agreement with the donor. The communications consultant will further develop and implement activities to raise awareness about the project, its activities and the key results.

    The consultant will develop communication materials to support visibility needs and other requirements of the visibility plan. The consultant will also develop and disseminate stories, including human interest stories and other materials for sharing with partners. The consultant will also organize field visits of journalists of media professionals to ensure visibility of activities and project results. 

    Objectives:
    As per the visibility guidelines of the European Union, UNICEF has developed a communication and visibility plan. The plan will enhance the visibility of EU's support to improving lives of vulnerable population in the country, it will also show case results achieved through the project for wider audiences. The objective of this consultancy is to implement the communication and visibility plan.

    Timeline & Deliverables: 
    The consultancy has the following deliverables:

    • Communication plan implemented for EU-funded project 

    • Inputs for donor reports (annual, bi-annual and quarterly) submitted timely 

    • Communication and visibility products developed, as per the plan agreed with between UNICEF and EU.

    The deliverables will be accomplished through the following tasks:

    1. Support documentation for visibility of the project activities and results: 

    • Provide inputs on communication activities for donor reports, ensuring accurate and timely submission 

    • Develop communication products (presentations, human interest stories, and social media posts); Plan and ensure execution of photo shoots and video products with UNICEF-hired photographers and videographers.

    • Plan and support organizing special events and high-level field visits by donors and UNICEF partners; 

    • Ensure donor visibility and donor mention in communication products and activities.

    • Undertake other tasks to support of communication and visibility needs of child protection section, together with communication section.

    2. Develop and implement communication and plan for EU-funded project: 

    • Since the plan is already developed, it will be important to review the progress of activities, to update the plan, as and when it is required. 

    • Develop effective advocacy and communication materials for the project.

    • Work with child protection colleagues to identify gaps in information required for visibility and ensure those gaps are adequately filled.

    • Support the development of quality communication materials (leaflets, radio, video clips and TV spots etc.) for promoting key advocacy messages

    • Ensure that other relevant tasks such as language-editing of technical reports, policy briefs and briefing notes are done in a timely manner, by professional editors.

    • Use of social media to share project successes and activities.

    • Write and finalize human interest stories in a timely manner.

    Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication, and in close coordination with the Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will work in UNICEF Uzbekistan, with field visits to project sites. The contract will be for 16 months starting from 16 July 2018, with a mandatory break of 2 weeks after 11.5 months as per UNICEF HR policy. 

    Management: 
    Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication, and in close coordination with the Child Protection Specialist, the consultant will work in UNICEF Uzbekistan, with field visits to project sites. The Communication consultant will be accountable for implementation of the communication and visibility plan of the EU funded project. 

    Procedures and Working Conditions 
    The contract is a full time. The consultant will be working in UNICEF premises in Tashkent and will be provided with work place and computer. 

    Consultant will submit a monthly work plan prior to every month, which aligns to the above key tasks. This will be done in consultation with Communication section. At the end of each month, the consultant is expected to submit a monthly report of all completed tasks.

    While consultant will be based in Tashkent, the incumbent is expected to travel to the field, where the project will be implemented. These visits will be planned with communication and child protection colleagues. Travel will be undertaken as per UNICEF's travel policy.

    Travel expenses will be covered according to the UNICEF's procedures. Consultant is responsible to pay to relevant government authority taxes or duties deductible from the earnings from this assignment. UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract.

    Reservations 
    UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. UNICEF will reserve copy right of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

    Required qualifications and areas of expertise

    Education: 
    University degree in communication, journalism, mass-media, advertisement, public relations, or related field. education. In the absence of University degree, additional 3 years of experience will be necessary.

    Experience: 
    • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in communication, journalism, advertisement, creative writing or external relations.
    • Experienced with communicating using social media platforms, to be assessed by CV review.
    • Experienced with planning and executing work-plans, to be assessed during interview and background check.
    • Strong writing and analytical skills in English, Russian and Uzbek, to be assessed by review of work.

    Language:
    Fluency in English language (both writing skills and spoken skills) is very important for this assignment. Excellent knowledge of Uzbek and Russian is also mandatory. 

    Previous experience in working with UN and/or international development organizations in a similar role is an asset.