National Communications Consultant at the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) - Offering Global Opportunities

National Communications Consultant at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

National Communications Consultant at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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.


We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: National Communications Consultant for the Joint SDG Programme on Social Protection

Job No.: 549235
Location: Abuja
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: Social and Economic Policy

How can you make a difference?

  • The overall objective of the assignment is to development of high-quality visual materials, outreach brochures, and policy notes, including but not limited to graphic designing, development of infographics, and illustrating several strategic documents based on the target audience to be addressed (beneficiaries and policymakers, legislators, local authorities, community leaders, thoughts leaders, media, parents, teachers, care workers, and children) to support the effective communication and outreach of the JPs potential impact and expected outcomes.
  • Additionally, the enhanced communal engagement of women and adolescent girls in social behavioral change communication activities strengthens the effort to reduce infant and child mortality due to malnutrition.

The Consultant will be responsible for using his/her expertise and state of the art software and hardware to provide design services and produce high-quality products according to PUNO’s needs, including:

  • Designing brochures, banners, newsletters, fact sheets, briefing notes, and other such publications to support the JP to communicate their expected goals and potential in the most effective and compelling way;
  • Design infographics, data visualization, and fact graphs for print and/or digital platforms, and UN agencies intranet and social media platforms (Facebook; Twitter; Instagram) to raise awareness on the importance of the JP to expand the social protection system and provide access to vulnerable families to basic services and social protection schemes.
  • Liaise with Programme staff to identify relevant programme areas and counterparts to engage in developing the Human-Interest stories and photographs, including travel to programme locations to capture activities.
  • Develop communication plan and also an end of project brochure detailing all the project achievements
  • Identify innovative communication channels to deliver the messages using communication tools that are fit for purpose and adapted to the target groups.
  • Video documentation to align with implementation or monitoring efforts to capture key moments and interviews throughout the life of the Joint Programme, including facilitating the production of a series of videos to:
    • Communicate what the Joint Programme is and the importance for the use of social protection;
    • Communicate key results of the Joint Programme; and
    • Provide footage for the creation of a 3-minute final video to showcase the journey of change resulting from the Joint Programme to be shared across other countries in the region.
  • Produce texts, blogs, and audio-visual messages on human-interest stories, based on key achievements and implementation of JP to showcase the results achieved and the expected results to beneficiaries and donors

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, or other related fields with five (5) years of work experience in the field of media relations, journalism, or/and communication.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
  • To view our competency framework, please visit here .

Application Closing Date
22nd March, 2022 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage).
  • Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors.
  • Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
  • 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.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  • UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history.
  • Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.