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Media Development Consultant


Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20-SEP-2022


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



The Communication and Information Sector’s mission is to promote freedom of expression, media development and media literate societies, and to build knowledge societies through fostering universal access to information, innovation for sustainable development and the preservation of documentary heritage. The role of this vacant position does not include responsibility for UNESCO's wider external communications, which is managed by the Division for Communications and Public Engagement.

Long Description

Under the authority of the Chief of Section for Media and Information Literacy and Media Development, the consultant shall:


a. Assist in the execution and coordination of the activities of the Section. Liaise with field officers to follow-up implementation.

  1. Prepare the related budget breakdowns and allocations. Establish related Excel sheets. Supervise commitments and expenditures.
  2. Ensure backstopping of UNESCO field offices to carry out activities, particularly those concerning media pluralism and diversity, such as refugee media, community media, gender equality in media, media in crisis preparedness and response, youth media production, the observation of World Radio Day, etc. Provide conceptual orientations.
  3. Carry out activities that reinforce Member States practices or policies in the above-mentioned areas. Align extra-budgetary and regular programme activities towards the attainment of the 41 C/5 targets.
  4. Supervise the conception and execution of workplans per country. Help field offices achieve expected results and maintain a high implementation rate. Track the progress towards the attainment of the expected results, compliance with the countries’ calendar of activities and with internal reporting processes (i.e. Sister). Keep implementation rates high every month. Help raise obligations, control expenses and ensure timely liquidation of obligations.
  5. Draft briefings, documents, replies to Member States, inputs for deadlines, speeches, policy guidelines, etc.


Long Description

b. In collaboration with CPE and following available communication guidelines, develop and coordinate in a timely manner public visibility activities, materials and high-impact stories. Liaise with contractors for the production of videos, promotional materials, exhibits, etc. Follow up contracting process, payments, review deliverables, ensure high quality productions.

  1. Coordinate the production of short video clips showing the project life-changing impact on the poor and the radio impact on preventing violence against women, portraying these activities of UNESCO’s field offices.
  2. Produce innovative communication material, in English and French, for social media. Maintain webpages on the project and regularly publish news items. Conceive a social media strategy and put in place.
  3. Liaise with field officers to gather relevant data and continuously add content to the related webpages. Develop human interest stories related to the project beneficiaries, resulting from UNESCO’s capacity-building of duty-bearers -with best online practices and accessibility standards. Format and edit material received from Field Offices. See to compliance with copyright and privacy rights. Include pictures, comments from workshop participants, video or audio clips. Make introduction / summary texts and translate them into French or English.

Long Description

c. Build partnerships

  1. Maintain action at a visible level for donors, and this across the countries.
  2. Identify donor trends and raise funds. Draft and submit the projects’ annual narrative reports. Scrutinize submissions of progress reports from field offices: edit the content, summarize the projects’ achievements in countries, mainly providing data, specific country examples, and tables, and additionally narrative content/information.
  3. Prepare documents and presentations for the review meetings with the donors.
  4. Identify, propose and draft new project funding requests and related documents.


d. Carry out any other task delegated to her/him by the Chief of Section for Media and Information Literacy and Media Development.



Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



•    Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in the field of communication, information, media, public information or journalism.


Work Experience

•    Track record of minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of communication, information, public information, media and/or journalism, acquired at the international level.

  • Track record of 5 years’ experience in conceiving and managing international projects throughout their cycle, monitoring implementation rates and reporting deadlines, while ensuring results are aligned to performance indicators. Experience in Results-Based Management of projects.

•    A minimum of 2 years’ proven experience in raising funds for media-related projects, including researching the interests and application requirements of funding sources, identifying trends as well as opportunities and risks, drafting project documents and developing inspiring journeys for donors.


Work Experience

•      Experience in developing the strategy and coordinating social campaigns held at international level that advocate a concept or value (not a product), as well as organizing global events.

•      Experience in UN Agencies, Funds or Programmes



•      Knowledge of media pluralism and diversity issues

•      Good communications skills, including writing news items, articles, social media material and reports. Capacity to ensure accuracy of documents paying close attention to detail, reference sources, quotes and evidence-based recommendations.

•      Capacity to manage a heavy and varied workload effectively and manage competing demands under time pressure, maintaining high levels of accuracy while ensuring coordination of activities across diverse units and countries



Knowledge of other official languages of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).



Interested candidates should complete the on-line application: download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:

Part A:

    1. an up-to-date curriculum vitae, including birthdate and nationality
    2. a statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment; an indication of the approach he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment, including any inputs that may be required from UNESCO;
    3. Three references of former employers, including e-mail address and direct phone number

Part B:

        A competitive fee for the assignment, which should be quoted in EUR and expressed on a monthly basis


Additional Information:

  • The Consultant will work remotely. No travel supported.
  • This Consultant Contract is for an initial period of six (6) months with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance.
  • Estimated contract start date is September 2022
  • The incumbent shall work full time
  • If in France, the candidate needs to already have a working permit.



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

Only applications providing the information requested in the application procedure will be considered.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Only selected candidates will be further contacted. Candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.