Access to information and freedom of expression are cornerstones of a functioning democracy and UNESCO is mandated to promote ‘the free flow of ideas by word and image’.
For the first time access to information has been included in the UN Development Goals and Pakistan’s Vision 2025 acknowledges it as a key pillar in strengthening democratic governance, stressing its crucial relevance for development. UNESCO provides multi-stakeholder platforms for dialogue on freedom of expression and safety of journalists, access to information and builds the capacity of actors involved. UNESCO is the custodian agency for SDG16.10: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions; Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.
The main purpose of this Project Officer position is to support the implementation of the CI Program and of UNESCO’s efforts in this Sector.
Under the overall authority of the Director UNESCO, and under direct supervision of the National Project Officer CI, the ‘Project officer-SDG16 reporting’ will provide support to the CI Sector, on all upcoming and ongoing projects, particularly:
· Project for a balanced, strong, and gender-responsive media environment in Pakistan
· Advancing freedom of expression and the diversity of cultural expressions for sustainable development
· Building and Strengthening National Mechanisms for the Safety of Journalists in Pakistan
II. Duties and Responsibilities
A) Overall support to the Communication and Information (CI) Sector:
· Monitor national and international media for information and developments that are of interest to the CI Sector, in particular safety of journalists, freedom of expression, access to information, and overall governance;
· Liaise with other UN Agencies and UN Communications Group for UNESCO visibility and participation at joint platforms;
· Generate content for the CI Sector for UNESCO newsletters and for the UN Magazine.
· Plan and support execution of regular advocacy events of UNESCO including World Press Freedom Day, International Day for Universal Access to Information, International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Radio Day and Media and Information literacy week.
· Liaise with potential implementing partners, collaborators working on issues within UNESCO mandate
· Maintain a database of media, development partners, UN, government, civil society contact lists
· Maintaining social media platforms of UNESCO, especially for online campaigns within UNESCO mandate
· Support/Advise other UNESCO sectors (Education, Culture, Science) in developing media advisories, press releases, visibility material etc. as needed
B) Programmatic support:
Under the overall authority of the Director UNESCO, and under direct supervision of the National Project Officer CI, support the implementation of projects on freedom of expression, access to information and safety of journalists in Pakistan in coordination with the CI Program Coordinator, government and UN counterparts.
UNESCO Islamabad has particular obligations towards the program’s output: “Enabling Federal and provincial governments to monitor and report on SDG 16 target 10”. A part of this output, activities are focused on UNESCO’s Journalist Safety Indicators (JSI), Media Development Indicators (MDI) and Internet Universality Indicators (IUI) to pinpoint significant matters that show, or impact upon, the state of press freedom, safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. In this context the Project Officer’s main responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:
· Assisting the (simultaneous) preparation of trainings in the federal territory and provinces. This will entail budgeting and event arrangement; complex coordination of logistics across the country regarding, for instance, booking of venues, catering, printing training material and handouts, among others;
· Liaising with: a large number of participants(government officials), a pool of trainers, other UN agencies, development partners (sometimes simultaneously);
· Developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and collecting data through M&E tools i.e. survey forms, interviews to assess effectiveness of trainings, workshops, surveys or FDGs conducted
· Developing concept notes, project reports and proposals and budgets as needed
· Collecting material and information ─ that is relevant to the program ─ regarding SDG units set up by the government, status of voluntary national SDG review, before, during, and after the conclusion of the program; state of press freedom, safety of journalists and access to information
· Collecting material and information ─ that is relevant to the program ─ existing mechanisms of reporting, efforts for revival of steering committees on safety of journalists, stance of relevant stakeholders such as government, civil society, National Commission for Human Rights
· Maintaining project documentation and record of donor correspondence, meeting minutes, and other project documents as needed.
· Coordinating with admin unit to track project implementation, ensure timely disbursement of funds payment schedules
· Review of deliverables by services providers, contractors and implementing partners
· Conduct activities to extend and strengthen network with universities and student organizations and for effective dissemination of UNESCO publications
· Contribute to any resource mobilization or pilot activities in UNESCO’s other areas of work include media and information literacy, knowledge societies and the use of ICTs, and Memory of the World project to preserve documentary heritage of Pakistan, or overlapping activities with other sectors of UNESCO i.e. education, science and culture.
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Required Qualification and Competencies
UNESCO Islamabad seeks a ‘Project Officer –SDG16 Reporting’ with the following qualifications:
· Minimum 2 years of experience in the field of journalism and /or communication with practical professional experience, preferably in the development sector
· Masters university degree in Mass Communications, Media Sciences, Humanities, Journalism, or related Social Sciences field (or equivalent professional qualification)
· Previous journalistic experience or work with media houses, print or electronic media is an advantage
· Familiarity with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework and knowhow of Pakistan’s media (Urdu and English) landscape
· Experience in drafting concept notes, budgets, proposals, and donor reporting
· Knowledge of issues related to governance, ethics of journalism, press freedom, safety of journalists, gender in media
· PR skills, experience of advocacy event management, visibility content production, social media marketing is an advantage
· Experience with complex coordination of logistics in various parts of Pakistan
· Solid analytical and problem solving skills
· Experience of working with UN agencies and international donors and NGOs is an advantage
· Excellent writing skills in English and Urdu