UN Women

Consultant (Reporting and Communications)

UN Women

Job Description

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. Making Every Woman and Girl Count (Women Count hereafter) is UN Women’s global gender data programme, operating within UN Women’s Research and Data section. Women Count aims to affect a radical shift in the availability, accessibility and use of data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It envisions a multi-year and multi-country programme of work, supported by global and regional activities linking normative and technical work on gender statistics at the global level to the regional and national levels through three interlinked areas of work:
  • Building a supportive policy and institutional environment for the localization and effective monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

  • Increasing the quality, comparability and regularity of gender statistics to address national data gaps and meet reporting commitments under the SDGs; and

  • Ensuring that gender statistics are accessible to users in governments, civil society, academia and the private sector, to strengthen adequate demand for their production.

Women Count has a strong presence in the East African region, with the regional project for East and Southern Africa (ESA), and pathfinder projects underway in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Given the strong results emerging out of programme implementation in these countries, there is a need to capture, package and share results, with key stakeholders as part of the reporting process, as well disseminate them as stories and messages to the general public.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Statistics Specialist- Gender in ESARO, and the oversight of the Outreach Specialist- Women Count in UN Women Head Quarters, the consultant will support the pathfinder countries in East Africa in reporting and communications for the Women Count Project in East and Southern Africa. The consultant will: Capture and enhance stories of progress emerging out of the projects in ESA, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda:
  • Review quarterly and annual reports, workplans and other sources to identify results that can be shared;

  • Develop public-facing narratives based on quarterly reports, to share progress in project implementation with external audiences;

  • Identify formats and Media Platforms for communicating results and knowledge emerging from the projects to diverse audiences, such as video, infographics, postcards, briefs, etc.;

  • Draft impact stories to be shared as features in the Women Count Data Hub;

  • Contribute to the review and finalization of the Donor Annual Report, particularly to the sections where ESA countries are featured;

  • Review and prepare final presentations generated for Women Count in the region especially for dissemination purposes in launches and technical meetings;

  • Contribute content to the Women Count quarterly newsletter.

Coordinate the production of knowledge products:
  • Develop a publication plan for ESA, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, to be shared with HQ, taking into account the products identified as effective ways to communicate results emerging from the projects;

  • Develop advocacy and knowledge products based on project results in formats identified and agreed upon;

  • Ensure quality assurance of the ESA, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda knowledge products, liaising with the Women Count Outreach Specialist and finalization of content of knowledge products;

  • Assist in procuring the services of designers, editors and other vendors as needed, and liaise with vendors on production and logistics, to ensure the knowledge products are developed in line with Women Count branding guidelines;

  • Support adequate storage and dissemination of knowledge products to ensure broad reach.

Expected Deliverables:
  • Develop Communication Plan: Containing detailed work-plan specifying activities and timelines agreed with UNWomen regional Advisor in consultation with Women Count focal points; This is expected to be delivered in five days after assuming duty.

  • Capture and enhance stories and presentations of progress emerging out of the projects in ESA, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda;
    • Review quarterly reports for Q4 2019, annual report 2019 and Q1 2020 – develop and capture stories for women count;

    • Contribute towards production of Donor Annual Report, particularly to the sections where East Africa countries are featured.

  • Review and improve presentations generated for Women Count dissemination and advocacy platforms;

  • Coordinate and support production of knowledge products
    • Develop a publication plan;

    • Quality assurance of knowledge products;

    • Develop advocacy and knowledge products based on project outcomes.

The work of the consultancy is expected to be delivered over a period of six months from February 2020 to July 2020. The consultant will be paid a standard monthly rate for the work described in detail in above. Tasks, except for the communication plan, will be executed continuously over the six-month period. This will not be a full-time engagement in Kenya, the consultant may travel to Uganda and Tanzania as when necessary but will work online in other instances.


Core Values: Integrity:
  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;

  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf Functional Competencies:
  • Excellent writing ability in English;

  • Excellent communication ability in English;

  • Ability to creatively capture project achievements and success stories;

  • Create power-point presentations that effectively communicate program achievements;

  • Ability to plan and effectively and efficiently implement a work program within the context of tight deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Graduate degree in media/communications, development studies, gender, international relations, or a related field. A post-graduate qualification will be an advantage.

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience combined at national and/or international levels in advocacy, outreach and communications;

  • Previous experience coordinating strategic outreach on gender equality advocacy products and/or major institutional reports required;

  • Experience working with media outlets, journalists and social media tools.

  • Fluency in English is required;

  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language, especially French or Spanish, is an asset.

UNWOMEN 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 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.
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