Closing Date : 2020-02-26
Duty Station : Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uzbekistan
Closing date: 26 Feb 2020

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UNICEF Uzbekistan is implementing EU-funded project, which will contribute to protecting the rights of vulnerable children affected by migration, including those left behind. The project has two specific objectives: (1) To determine the situation of migrant families and protection needs of their children through study, and (2) To increase the institutional and operational capacity of Governmental and non-governmental actors to support children of migrant families.

Many Uzbeks leave home to find better paying work leaving children behind. UNICEF Uzbekistan conducted the study in 4 regions of Uzbekistan to learn about the situation of children left behind, identify system gaps and develop policy recommendations. Findings, conclusions and recommendations are available in the study report to be further used for the development of communication and advocacy materials. In addition, UNICEF conducted series of training activities in 4 regions of Uzbekistan, namely Bukhara, Fergana, Khorezm, and Surkhandarya for services providers such as Guardianship and Trusteeship Authorities, Commission of Minors, Community specialists of Women's Committee, NGOs present in the regions. The teams of specialists further provided an assistance, including counselling to 204 families with 403 children affected by migration identified during the study. Project partners are Women's Committee, Republican Center for Social Adaptation of Children (RCSAC), Family Center Oila, and NGOs. Based on the results of programmatic interventions, human interest stories should be further developed.

Purpose. As per the guidelines of the European Union, UNICEF has developed a communication and visibility plan. The plan will enhance the visibility of EU's support to improving lives of vulnerable population in the country. It will also show case results achieved through the project for wider audiences.

The communication consultant will be responsible for implementation of the communication and visibility plan for the EU-funded project "Protecting children affected by migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia" .

Specific Objectives

More specifically, the consultant will be responsible for providing visibility to activities and results of UNICEF project in a timely and efficient manner, as per the agreement with the donor. The communications consultant will further develop and implement activities to raise awareness about the project, its activities and the key results.

The consultant will also be responsible to develop communication materials to support visibility needs and other requirements of the visibility plan. The consultant will develop stories for dissemination, including human interest stories and other materials for sharing with partners. The consultant will support engagement of media-professionals to ensure visibility of activities and project results.

Timeline & Deliverables

The consultancy will start on March 16, 2020 and will be completed on March 1, 2021. It is expected that consultant will perform the following tasks and provide the following deliverables addressing the visibility aspects of the EU funded project within the given timeframe:

Deliverables and payment details

All tasks should be executed under close supervision and guidance by Communication and Child Protection Sections

Payment schedule (based on satisfactory and timely submission of quality deliverables)

1. All communication and visibility products developed, as per the C&V plan agreed between UNICEF and EU in 2018, some of which are mentioned below:

1.1. Fact sheets (infographics) with key advocacy messages, tables, graphs, photos developed in three languages based on report on situation analysis of children affected by migration.

(1 fact sheet in English (apprx 6,000 characters) with translation to Russian and Uzbek languages)

1.2. Posters with key messages, photos, graphs, tables developed based on finalized situation analysis and assistance provided to children (1poster in English (apprx 6,000 characters) with translation to Russian and Uzbek languages) Total 3 posters.

1.3. Human interest stories based on identified issue as a leaflet (1 human interest story with photos (apprx 6,000 characters with translation to Russian and Uzbek languages - total 12 stories)

1.Develop effective advocacy and communication materials and products for the project

2. Identify gaps in information required for C&V materials and ensure those gaps are adequately filled, in close supervision with Child Protection and Communication Officers.

3. Ensure that other relevant tasks related to timely delivery of C&V products such as language-editing, design, printing are done in a timely manner, as agreed before undertaking the assignment.

4. Plan and ensure execution of photo shoots and video products on own ability and skills and with UNICEF-hired photographers and videographers in line with EU and UNICEF branding and communication guidelines

5. Write and finalize human interest stories, with support from child protection and communication officers.

3 printed fact sheets printed (by 31 May)

3 printed posters (by 31 May)

Human Interest stories (4 stories per month - April - August, to be paid after three stories) till 31 October.

2. Plan and support organizing special events and high-level field visits by donors and UNICEF partners:

2.1. Draft field visit briefs/briefing notes/press release/press notes/ presentations with key advocacy messages based on available information and reports (1 product in English with translation to Russian and Uzbek - apprx 2,000 characters)

1.Support the development of quality C&V materials

2. Ensure that other relevant tasks related to timely delivery of C&V products such as language-editing, design, printing are done in a timely manner

1 press note/briefing note/press release per event (in June and November; 2 for trainings - April-August)

3. Media engagement is ensured (with support from communication officer) and regular reports are compiled to be shared with the donor. MoV: media reports, media social posts, web-stories:

3.1. web-stories (based on CP events and priorities related to child care system reform (1 product in English with translation to Russian and Uzbek - apprx. 2,000 characters) (Total 4 stories)

3.2. minimum 24 social media posts

3.3 media reports drafted and finalized, with support from communication officer

1.Support the development of quality communication materials (leaflets, radio, video clips and TV spots etc.) for promoting key advocacy messages

2. Use of social media to share project successes and activities.

3.Develop C&V products for media (web stories and social media posts

4. Plan and ensure execution of photo shoots and video products with UNICEF-hired photographers and videographers.

Plan and support organizing special events and high-level field visits by donors and UNICEF partners;

1 web story- per event 2 covering training workshops April-August by 31 August; 1- for Round Table(s) by 30 June; 1 for CP Forum by 30 November);

Minimum 24 social media posts per endorsed C&V plan.

4 media reports (2 training; 1 for Round Table in June; 1 for CP Forum in November);

4. C&V plan fully implemented for EU-funded project

4.1 M&E plan is updated, as per the progress of C&V plan implementation

4.2 All C&V materials to be archived for easy retrieval and reporting to donor, with support from communication officer.

4.3 Finalized documents and materials of C&V plan uploaded on RO share point, with guidance from communication officer.

4.4 Timely submission of communication products, as per the timeline agreed before each assignment.

1.Develop M&E plan based on C&V plan

2.Continuously review the progress of activities, number of deliverables; update both plans on a regular basis

3. Store all developed C&V products (including photos, human interest stories, web stories, press releases, fact sheets, posters, etc.), all trip reports and progress reports, reports from partners, videos, media reports, links to other publications/reposts, lists of participants of all events, on shared drive

4.Upload all finalized project documents on local and regional share point

5. Provide inputs on communication activities for donor reports, ensuring accurate and timely submission

On receipt of full report listing all deliverables (by 30 November).

5. Overall support is provided to implementation and reporting of the EU funded project activities:

1 web story per event, with translation to Russian and Uzbek languages and photo coverage

Drafting minutes of migration-related meetings;

Translation support (from English into Russian/Uzbek and vice versa) of incoming and outgoing CP official letters and reports;

Providing support for the development and finalization of the 3 Interim report and final report to EU

1. Undertake tasks to support C&V plan and needs of child protection section, together with communication section.

2. Undertake field trips to cover all events related to the development of C&V products, including human interest stories, and prepare timely trip reports

3. Participate in the meetings when required and develop minutes of the meetings

4. Ensure that other relevant tasks related to timely delivery of C&V products such as language-editing, design, printing are done in a timely manner

5. Provide support to finalize the 3 draft Interim report and Draft Final Report to EU

Against deliverables to be made till March 1, 2021


The consultant will ensure donor visibility and donor mention in communication products and activities in accordance with EU communication and branding guidelines, work with Child Protection section's colleagues to identify gaps in information required for visibility and ensure those gaps are adequately filled; work with Communication section's colleagues to follow UNICEF communication and branding guidelines. The consultant should undergo all required trainings per UNICEF rules and procedures, follow all ethical guidelines, enhance own knowledge and skills through on-line webinars related to UNICEF and EU communication, visibility and branding requirements.


Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist/Officer, the consultant will work in Tashkent, with field visits to project sites. The consultancy doesn't require full presence in the office. However, the consultant must be present in UNICEF for a minimum of 20 hours every week. If there is an event, for which the consultant's services, the consultant would make additional time available for the event. The Communication consultant will be accountable for implementation of the communication and visibility plan of the EU funded project and provision of support to the Child Protection and Communication sections for the activities within UNICEF programme specified outcome and output.

Resource requirements and payments

The consultant will be paid against tasks completed and deliverables by three installments (see above table for details). This is as per the approved budget of EU project on protecting children affected by migration.

Required qualifications, areas of expertise or selection criteria


University degree in communication, journalism, mass-media, advertisement, public relations, or related field.


At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in communication, journalism, advertisement, creative writing or external relations.Experienced with communicating using social media platforms, to be assessed by CV review.Experienced with planning and executing work-plans, to be assessed during interview and background check.Strong writing and analytical skills in English, Russian and Uzbek, to be assessed by review of work.


Fluency in English language (both writing skills and spoken skills) is very important for this assignment. Excellent knowledge of Uzbek and Russian is also mandatory.

Previous experience in working with UN and/or EU and/or international development organizations in a similar role is an asset.

Procedures and Working Conditions

The time required from the consultant will be as mentioned the section under Management above. The consultancy is partly home-based. The consultant must be present and work in UNICEF premises when required by supervisors and will be provided with work place and computer. Consultant will submit all quality deliverables in a timely manner as specified in the TOR. This will be done in consultation with Communication and Child protection sections. Once all deliverables developed and submitted along with report and invoice, payment will be made.

While consultant will be based in Tashkent, the incumbent is expected to travel to the field, where the project will be implemented. These visits will be planned with communication and child protection colleagues. Travel will be undertaken as per UNICEF's travel policy.

Travel expenses will be covered according to the UNICEF's procedures. Consultant is responsible to pay to relevant government authority taxes or duties deductible from the earnings from this assignment. UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract. While contract would be in USD, however, all invoices and payments would be in local currency via bank transfer.


UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. UNICEF will reserve copyright of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract.

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

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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