Purpose of assignment:
In view of the ever increasing demand for information and communications materials on UNICEF programmes in Pakistan from the Division of Communication NYHQ, Private Fundraising and Partnership Division in Geneva, national and international media, National Committees and programme sections within PCO, Advocacy and Communication is in need of hiring a short term consultant to support the Section with the present surge of public information work.
The consultant, under guidance from the Chief, Advocacy and Communication Section, will conduct research, interview beneficiaries and counterparts and produce human interest stories as per the demand by the programme sections for donor reports, UNICEF global and PCO websites and other public information documents.
The consultant will undertake missions to field locations for production of human interest stories and manage the video team and photographer during these missions. He/she will maintain a log of these stories and related video b-rolls and high resolution images. He/she will follow up with programme sections, field offices and DOC in connection with the pre and post production process.
In consultation with the Chief, Advocacy and Communication, the consultant will support activities to engage the mass media, such as responding to media queries, drafting and issuing press releases, organizing brief briefings, and facilitating media visits to project sites.
In addition to developing public information material including Q&As, Op-ed pieces, feature articles etc., the consultant will also proof read and edit existing drafts and finalise them in accordance with the UNICEF branding and styling guidelines.
Note: This TOR – and advertisement – also serves as a means to identify suitable candidates who may be available to accept short-term assignments in the event of a major emergency.
End of Product/Deliverables:
Final drafts of 4 human interest stories on emergency and regular country programme produced during the period of consultancy. Archiving of video b-rolls and high resolution images for all human interest stories produced
Final drafts of 6 public information documents – including press releases – editing, proof reading and writing tasks as assigned by the Chief of Section during the consultancy.
Time-Frame: Three months
Excellent English ability; must be able to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in written and oral form. Fluency in Urdu is also required (another Pakistani language would be an asset).
Strong skills in writing and producing feature articles/stories for traditional and electronic media.
Ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, government officials and other UNICEF partners.
Technical competence in producing written and visual content for various media formats eg. print, audio, video, and/or still photography, etc, is desirable.
Knowledge of computer systems, internet, and various office applications.
Proven ability to work as part of a multicultural team.
Possesses strong inter-personal communication skills.