Job Opening

Posting Title: Communications Consultant (STRIVE)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 09 March 2023 - 20 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-204040-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will perform the following specific tasks:

Enhance targeted advocacy activities within the comprehensive advocacy media and outreach strategy developed in order to support the visibility of STRIVE Juvenile initiatives and achievements.

Conceptualize, design and execute the overall public information strategy, programme and activities (e.g. social media, editorial content, webpage, campaigns) to raise awareness about STRIVE Juvenile messages and themes into all relevant events, meetings and media.¿

Conceptualize activities to strengthen STRIVE Juvenile as a brand in the three target countries.

Enhance internal communication mechanisms and tools, provide advice and expertise to managers, senior officers and other staff on a range of public information and public relations challenges, methods, and approaches as well as anticipate and resolve communications/public relations issues/challenges.

Develop strategic partnerships with key constituencies to elicit support for and maximize the impact of promotional objectives; serves as a spokesperson/principal communications and advocacy liaison to media organizations, civil society and other partners.

Communications and delivery strategies:
Support the project implementation by providing input to national workplans on communication and outreach strategies and contributes to the development of awareness raising and advocacy strategies in beneficiary countries as necessary and by identifying opportunities to raise awareness on the topic in the three countries and globally.

Take the lead on conceptualization and elaboration of print and online communications (including through social media) related to capacity-building events and initiatives to support resilience of children and their environment.

Assess the effectiveness of the public information strategy and makes needed changes in approach and technique around focus areas of work such as serious forms of violence against children.

As part of the Knowledge and Information Sharing Team, in close cooperation with the Coordinator of the Global Programme to END VAC, the Project Leader of Strive Juvenile Project, and the Knowledge Management Expert, contribute to the creation of information sharing mechanisms within the STRIVE Juvenile Team.

Communications products:
Provide timely editorial direction, guidance, research to the development and production of flagship communication and advocacy content products (including brochure, press kit, presentation, ad hoc documentations). This work will include design, content production and/or editing, publishing coordination, marketing and dissemination strategy.

Conceptualize, design and execute the overall public information strategy, programme and activities (e.g. social media, editorial content, webpage, written communication materials, campaigns) to raise awareness about the STRIVE Juvenile messages and themes into all relevant events, meetings and media.

Provide diverse materials print/electronic/visual media for use by the team of STRIVE Juvenile.

Ensure coordinated and strategic planning of key communication materials as part of a broader content strategy and actively seek to improve communication tools and/or services such as PowerPoint presentations and other relevant platforms.

Campaigns/public prevention campaigns:
Develop high profile media and multi-media communications campaigns; set quality and production standards for information dissemination related to STRIVE Juvenile.

Take the lead in organising media outreach; arranges all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; provides talking points and other materials as needed for senior staff; responds to media inquiries quickly and effectively.

Monitor media in the three countries and prepare media reports following key STRIVE events.

Web products:
Implementation and regular updating including supervision of design, editing and proofreading of the webpages for the STRIVE Juvenile.

Regularly updates the Global Programme to END VAC and the STRIVE Juvenile websites to appropriately reflect the implementation and achievements of the STRIVE Juvenile Component.

Conceptualisation, design and content of visual online materials including infographics, web stories, video, webdoc to support the online and communication strategy of STRIVE Juvenile.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration


Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of the assignment is to manage the delivery of the STRIVE Juvenile’s Communications and Visibility Plan in consultation with the EU and UNODC’s Advocacy Section. The role will include training of national staff and the project team on communications and media engagement, the development of key communication tools and messages and campaigns to raise awareness on children associated with terrorist and violent extremist groups in 3 beneficiary countries of STRIVE Juvenile. Key to the role will be engaging with the media with the view of increasing awareness and visibility of the project and its activities.

The Consultant will be home based, and will report directly to the STRIVE Juvenile Project Leader and work under the overall guidance of the of the Coordinator of the Global Programme to End Violence against Children (GLOZ43) and the Chief of Section.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications, public relations, international relations, administration, development studies or social sciences is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in communications, public relations, research, or related area, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 10 years of experience in the area of international communications is required.
Experience working for the United Nations or other international organizations is required.
Strong track record in developing and executing comprehensive communication strategies is required.
Experience in working on public information, communications or advocacy is highly desirable.
Work experience on public advocacy strategies and communications related to violence against children is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and in French with excellent drafting and communication skills is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an advantage.

No Fee


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