Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for the Development of animations and promotional videos
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 06 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-165317-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will produce two high quality video clips: 1 x animated clip on the Nelson Mandela Rules and 1 x promotional video on UNODC’s e-learning course on the Nelson Mandela Rules.

The videos will be easy to understand and will explain and promote the Nelson Mandela Rules and the e-learning course in a precise and simple manner with an attractive design. The videos will be suitable for different cultural environments.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

1 November 2021 to 31 December 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

I. Background

1. On 17 December 2015, the General Assembly (GA) adopted the “United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” – an updated and enhanced version of the original SMRs adopted back in 1957. This landmark achievement was preceded by an intense negotiation process after the GA’s initial decision, in 2011, to establish an open-ended intergovernmental Expert Group to review and possibly revise the rules. As per resolution 70/175, the UN SMRs are also to be known as "the Nelson Mandela Rules" to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace. The Nelson Mandela Rules not only constitute an updated and fundamental blueprint for prison management in the 21st century, but can also be considered as one of the major advancements in the field of human rights in recent years.

2. Reflecting UNODC’s status as the custodian of the Nelson Mandela Rules, the General Assembly requested the Office to ensure broad dissemination of the Nelson Mandela Rules, to design guidance material and to provide technical assistance and advisory services to Member States in the field of penal reform, in order to develop and strengthen penitentiary legislation, procedures, policies and practices in line with the Rules. Complying with the mandate UNODC’s Justice Section has published a broad variety of guidance material, including full versions of the rules in different languages , brochures summarising the most significant amendments that have been introduced, a checklist for internal inspection mechanisms to assess compliance with the Nelson Mandela Rules and instructional placards explaining the content of the rules. Moreover, UNODC developed a scenario-based e-learning course for prison officers and practitioners on the Nelson Mandela Rules.

3. In order to further assist Member States in the practical application of the Nelson Mandela Rules at national level and to raise public awareness at international level, the Justice Section intends to design two video clips which will be placed on UNODC’s webpage and used as a general introduction to the Nelson Mandela Rules and the e-learning course.


II. Purpose of the consultancy assignment

4. The consultant will be tasked with designing both videos with text and precise content determined by the Justice Section of UNODC.

5. The first video clip will be designed as educational animation clip of appr. 1.5 to 2.5 minutes explaining the history of the Rules and its importance for prisoners and prison staff around the world. The clip will also briefly explain the content of at least two rules (e.g. contact with the outside world, treatment with human dignity or internal and external inspections) and UNODC’s work on the rules. The design of the clip shall be consistent with UNODC’s instructional placards and describe the Rules through concrete scenes, including prison staff, prisoners, visitors, lawyers and other relevant persons.

6. The second video clip will be designed as promotional video clip of appr. 1 to 2 minutes explaining UNODC’s e-learning course on the Nelson Mandela Rules. It will guide the audience on how to register and access the course, the structure and content of the different modules of the course and how it can be used for the training of prison officers and practitioners. In addition to animations it will include video material which is used for the different scenarios of the course and testimonials of persons who have completed the course or have implemented the course in training schools.

7. The videos will be placed on UNODC’s webpage and will be used during training sessions and technical assistance missions and thus encompassing very different prison settings, the videos shall be realized in an easy understandable manner and suitable for the use in different cultural contexts.

8. Both videos shall be produced in English language and feature UNODC’s logo and a logo of the Nelson Mandela Rules. They shall be designed in a manner that allows to reproduce them in different languages, by either adding subtitles or a different voice track.

9. Both videos will be designed in a concise and illustrative way that avoids technical language, and rather builds and maintains a practice-oriented approach. The overall aim is to provide a general introduction of the Rules to the wider public and to promote UNODC’s e-learning course in order to increase application and compliance with the Nelson Mandela Rules.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in graphic design, motion design, visual communication or related discipline is required.

A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

At least 2 years of professional work experience in illustrating and graphic design, including educational animations and promotional videos;

Experience in graphic design, motion design and illustration for the non-profit sector, including NGOs or international organizations, such as the United Nations;

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage

No Fee

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