Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant: Communications and Visibility Expert - Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: PRETORIA
Posting Period: 22 April 2022 - 08 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-179913-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

a) Developed and strengthened linkages and visibility of UNODC ROSAF SAMM Project, TIP and SOM and the European Union in the project context and identification of ways of enhancing visibility of UNODC mandate, curated for use by different audiences, to increase the visibility of the SAMM project and to create awareness among relevant stakeholders, through:
- Outlining mechanisms to brand the aforementioned, internally and externally, and enhance recognition of its identity.
- Developing of templates for IEC material, including brochures, fact sheet, posters, e-newsletters, speeches, reports and other communication materials. This will be done in line with UNODC and EU Communication requirements and if applicable, the overall SAMM brand.
- Developing of content for ROSAF social media and website based on stories from the field, as well as issues that are relevant to the mandate of UNODC.
b) Management of UNODC website to accurately reflect and include all relevant reports, interviews, articles, analysis papers, and other related materials.
c) Production of human interest stories, case studies and features to share internally, with stakeholders and broader audiences.
d) Drafting and/or editing publications to ensure clarity, consistency and readability of the text for the intended audience.
e) Drafting of web stories, tweets, talking points, speeches, media advisories, press releases and reports, and assist with editing and revision of programme documents for publication.
f) Coordinating the delivery of identified support services, such as graphic design and layout, illustrations, translation, photography and video and audio production.
g) Identification and initiation of new and creative ways to enhance the visibility of UNODC in the SADC Region.
i) Overseeing the planning and execution of film and photographic projects to capture TIP and SOM in the Regi0on including development of TOR for a TIP/SOM film for the Region
j) Providing relevant articles and photographs for the quarterly UN magazine, InFocus and in lieu of this, develop ROSAF periodic IEC publications.
k) Adapting materials and publications to formats that can be readily used by each target audience.
l) Undertaking training for media on reporting TIP and SOM issues in SADC.
m) Coordinating the media and communications aspect of World TIP day.
n) Drafting and managing the design and distribution of reports, newsletters, and media appearances.
o) Maintain strong relationships with key media representatives both regionally and internationally, including reporters, editors, producers, and correspondents to raise awareness on the objective of the project and of UNODC work, as well as to solicit support and engagement from different Media institutions.
p) Participating in SAMM Communication meetings, as required, with counterparts including Member States, UN Agencies, EU and Civil Society. In addition, contribute to the work of UN South Africa Communications Group, as relevant to the overall objective of this consultancy.

Work Location

Pretoria with travel to the SADC Region as required.

Expected duration

101 working days
15 May – 30 September 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background of the assignment

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSAF) implements a Regional Programme aimed at combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. This project is run under collaboration with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat. Under an EU funded Southern Africa Migration Management (SAMM) project which is a model of a ONE-UN approach collaborative effort between 4 UN development and humanitarian agencies: the ILO, the IOM, UNODC and UNHCR, whose
overall objective is to improve migration management in the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supports Member States in domesticating the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, both protocols supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

Trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants are distinct crimes. The lines between the two may often be blurred though especially when they occur in mixed migration flows. A person may start their journey as an asylum seeker, for example, before seeking the help of smugglers and then being exploited as a victim of trafficking, while in need of refugee protection. According to the SADC regional statistical report (2004-2016), approximately 1,217 victims of TIP were officially reported to law enforcement agencies in the SADC region during the period 2004- 2016/7. It is believed that this is just a small proportion of cases of trafficking in persons as a number of cases are not identified and therefore, not reported. This is largely because of the complex and hidden nature of the crime. There are also cases where victims are rescued but are not interested in cooperating with law enforcement for purposes of investigation and prosecution of the offence.
Communications and visibility on TIP and SOM issues are imperative to create awareness on the cause, effect and consequences. Creating awareness also enhances preventive and protection to potential victims and witnesses in societies.

Member States require enhanced support in ensuring communication and visibility work for TIP and SOM in the Region.
In addition, the European Union also has communication and visibility requirements for its funded grants and programmes.

2. Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to enhance the visibility and communications of TIP and SOM in SADC Member states as well as promote the EU visibility and Communications in line with the EU policies on the same. T

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced degree in journalism, communications or a related field is required. A first-level university degree or equivalent, with an additional two years of relevant working experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
Experience: - A minimum of ten years of experience in communications is required.
- Experience in supporting governance programs is desirable.
- Experience within an International Organization or the United Nations system is desirable.
- Working experience in programmes funded by the European Union is desirable.
- Experience working within Southern African region is desirable.
Language: - English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese and/or French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations Secretariat language is an advantage.

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