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International Consultancy: Digital Communication Consultant (Open to Non-Malawian Nationals Only) at UNICEF

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 000


About the job

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, protection…

A central component of UNICEF Malawi Country Office’s communications and public advocacy engagement is its ability to deliver quality, compelling informative content via social media channels and to curate high-quality photography. This is critical to the maintenance and enhancement of the UNICEF brand globally, ensuring continuing advocacy and resource mobilization efforts are achieved. Digital platforms are frequently used by influential and / or youth audiences. As such they provide an important function to advocate around children’s issues, to build social movements, and to influence policy makers.

How can you make a difference?

The Communication Consultant will work remotely for the majority of this contract with 12-days in country.

The Purpose Of The Consultancy Is To

  • To create and edit content for UNICEF Malawi’s social media platforms.
  • Establish UNICEF Malawi on new platform.
  • To produce high-quality audiovisual (photography and film) and written content during 10-day mission.
  • To provide capacity-training of Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships Section during mission.
  • To provide an end of month social report for four months within the duration of contract.


  • Create and edit content for UNICEF Malawi’s social media platforms:
  • To generate at least four-month social media plans. Plans are to include text (programme, advocacy) and proposed visuals to accompany text.
  • To produce at least eight (8) creative, compelling assets (e.g. infographics, puzzles, animations, reels etc): two per month.
  • Establish UNICEF Malawi on new platform(s):
    • write a concept note outlining objective, purpose and usage of LinkedIn for Malawi CO
    • Write two months’ worth of content for LinkedIn, including consideration of visuals.
    • Draft considered concept piece for Malawi CO to establish own WhatsApp channel, including recommendations.
    • To produce high-quality audiovisual (photography and film) and written content during 12-day mission
  • Produce at least two child-focused advocacy priority short films for social media purposes during field mission in Malawi. Film to include graphics (text etc).
  • Produce two human-interest stories (with text and photography).
  • Create at least 30 high quality photographs (captioned and edited) for advocacy and / or resource mobilization purposes.
  • To conduct training for CAP Section team members. Should take place during mission.
  • To provide an end of month social report for four months within the duration of contract:
  • Generate monthly social media analytics to track and identify optimum times for posting and interacting with external audiences.
  • Social media report to include information on high-performing and less successful posts and recommendations on how to improve performance on digital channels.

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

Academic Qualification

  • First university degree in relevant topic: communications, social sciences, international relations, computing, economics etc.

Work Experience

  • At least seven years’ experience in working in communications in an office which operates nationally or internationally, of which at least four years’ experience with a specialism on digital communication output and of which at least three years’ experience creating films and photography for social media output.
  • Demonstrable experience in reputation management, particularly in respect of online communications.
  • Experience of working in an international team and respecting cultural sensitivities.

Technical Skills, Knowledge And Strength Areas

  • Strong writing skills in English, particularly for social media platforms.
  • Up-to-date graphic design skills.
  • Photography using SLR (or other) camera.
  • Skills in shooting video, ideally to UNICEF standards.
  • Knowledge of captioning photographs.
  • Knowledge of social media analytics.
  • Good comprehension of all popular social media platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly with working with people from different nationalities.
  • Demonstrable experience of interacting, engaging with people in vulnerable communities, experience. of working in rural terrains across the African continent an advantage.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English required.

Please refer to the attached full Terms of Reference Terms of Reference Digital Communications Consultant.pdf for more details on the consultancy and requirements.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit  here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

How To Apply…

Interested Individual Consultant should provide the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic certificates
  • Brief technical proposal (no longer than five pages) demonstrating the Individual Consultant’s understanding of the assignment and approach/methodology to the assignment
  • Financial proposal including a breakdown of their all-inclusive fees (including professional fees, stationery, communication, and other miscellaneous costs). Financial Proposal for Consultancy.xlsx Complete the attached form.
  • References details from three most recent supervisors.


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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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