Closing Date : 2018-09-01
Duty Station : Baku, Azerbaijan
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Azerbaijan
Closing date: 01 Sep 2018

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.

And we never give up.

For every child,learning

UNICEF Azerbaijan recently undertook a mid-term review of its current Country Programme 2016-2020. As the review identified a number of new focus areas for programme prioritisation, it also reinforced the importance of effective advocacy by Country Office professionals in order to engage government and other actors on the new and emerging priorities.

The Country Office undertook a two-day training programme on basic advocacy planning, and through this process identified a chronic weakness amongst staff in being able to succinctly and convincingly develop and deliver effective messaging around their areas of expertise.

This is not a unique challenge within UNICEF, as many highly competent technical staff find it difficult to translate their knowledge and expertise into compelling messaging and outward-facing communication.

Given that such message design and delivery will continue to be a key contributor to UNICEF Azerbaijan s programme success in the years ahead, it was decided by senior management to deliver a two-day intensive training exercise to sharpen key staff s skills to design and deliver more compelling and engaging messaging for public audiences.

How can you make a difference?

The contractor will design and deliver a two-day training workshop for a maximum of 15 staff designed to sharpen their ability to design and articulate effective messaging in support of their areas of work. Participants will be primarily staff who routinely engage with external audiences, but only two-three participants will have prior professional communication experience. Staff profiles include former lawyers, teachers, health care professionals, social workers, social policy experts and administrators.

The overall objective of the assignment is to de-jargonize staff external communication, build confidence in communicating to non-technical audiences, and introduce staff to a range of techniques to design and deliver an effective set of messages which will engage and motivate audiences. This should also include how to answer questions from external audiences and how to handle probing or challenging questions.

The contractor will also provide a confidential report to senior management with an assessment of staff skills, including potential for growth and any areas of concern, after the conclusion of the workshop.

The expected audiences of staff, after this training workshop, will be local media, government officials, donors and the general public. The workshop is not intended to replicate the basic introduction to advocacy planning undertaken in 2017 but rather focus in on the specific skills related to building and delivering a message that engages its audience.



Due date

Summary of proposed methodology and focus areas for the two-day training workshop, and proposed budget

(as part of expression of interest by Monday 3 September 2018)

Detailed draft programme for workshop including session plan and expected outcomes for each session

No later than Friday 28 September 2018, after contract signature

Finalised workshop programme

Friday 5 October 2018

Facilitation of two-day training workshop

13-14 November 2018

Draft feedback report/evaluation/recommendations

Friday 23 November 2018

Final agreed feedback report/evaluation/recommendations (if required)

No later than Friday 30 November 2018

Potential contractorsshould provide a budget outline for this assignment as follows:

Professional fees, in US dollars per day x total number of days required to fulfil the assignment (this should include preparation time before the training workshop and follow-up time after the workshop).Costs of materials, hand-outs and other items required to facilitate the workshop (UNICEF Azerbaijan may provide some items locally as required, in which case these costs will be deducted from the proposed budget after consultation with the contractor).Estimated travel costs from the contractor s normal place of work to Baku, Azerbaijan. For contractors based outside Azerbaijan, any travel costs should be based on the most viable lowest-cost route in Economy class (UNICEF does not cover the costs of Business class travel). See also notes below.Other expenses anticipated, with details.

Please note carefully the guidance for submitting budget proposals below.


Proposed travel itineraries will be reviewed by UNICEF Azerbaijan in advance to ensure compliance with organizational travel procedures and policy and, if approved, reimbursed to contactors upon submission of copies of tickets and boarding passes at the end of the assignment.For contractors normally based outside Azerbaijan, based on an anticipated arrival date in Baku of Monday 12 November 2018, and departure from Baku no later than Friday 15 November 2018, contractors will be paid a separate Daily Subsistence Allowance as per UNICEF procedures, to reimburse costs of accommodation and meals for all days while in-country. Daily subsistence costs do not need to be included in the budget proposal.As applicable, the costs of entry visas, vaccinations, and health/travel/equipment insurance are the responsibility of the contractor. All contractors must provide evidence of sufficient insurance to cover any eventualities while on assignment.As applicable, UNICEF Azerbaijan will provide the contractor with the necessary administrative documents to obtain an entry visa to Azerbaijan.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

At least eight years proven experience in leading and facilitating communication and/or media training, preferably including not-for-profit and international development clients. Contact details of clients with whom the contractor has worked in the last two years should be included in any submission of interest for this assignment.Proven experience is assessing strengths and weaknesses in teams and making recommendations on areas requiring further attention by clients.Knowledge or experience of working in international development contexts, including understanding of the UN system. Prior recent experience of working with UNICEF Country Offices would be a distinct asset.Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills.Fluency in English. Knowledge of Russian would also be a distinct asset for this assignment.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Interested contractorsshould submitthe followingdocuments by no later than 18:00 hrs in Azerbaijan (GMT+4) on Monday 1 September 2018.

Brief outline of the main methodology and focus areas proposed to deliver the training workshop objectives as set out above. Please include details of your technical approach (e.g. interactive sessions, group exercises, role playing, knowledge sharing opportunities etc.) that you believe would support the achievement of the planned objectives, and how they would contribute to the successful achievement of the objectives.Budget proposalFull client list for communication and/or media skills training assignments undertaken in 2016 and 2017, including contact details.Name of the proposed trainer(s) (if not yourself).Professional resume or similar profile detailing qualifications and summary experience of the proposed trainer(s) (including if yourself), and normal location of the trainer(s) (for purposes of estimating ravel costs).In the case of registered companies, a copy of your official company registration certificate.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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