Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant: Communications and Visibility Specialist
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 20 March 2023 - 28 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-204855-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will:

a) Provide ongoing written and oral reporting to the Head of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme and PLEAD Programme Manager:
b) Provide monthly written reports to the Head of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme and PLEAD Programme Manager detailing work undertaken within the month:
The final report is to be submitted within three (3) days prior to the end of the contract.

Work Location

Nairobi, Kenya

Expected duration

April - August 2023

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background of the assignment:

As the global guardian of the UN Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNODC is mandated to support Member States in upholding the Rule of Law, promoting crime prevention and effective, fair, humane and accountable criminal justice systems in line with the United Nations standards and norms on crime prevention and criminal justice and other relevant international legal instruments.

In line with this mandate, UNODC’s project titled “Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery, Phase II and seeks to “Reinforce the rule of law, improve access to justice, increase efficiency and accountability in the justice system and use of technology as an enabler of justice” while addressing capacity needs and persistent bottlenecks affecting service delivery in the justice sector, advance digitalization to streamline the administration of justice and countering corruption to improve access to justice for all Kenyans, including those at risk of exclusion and marginalization.

The PLEAD component implemented by UNODC targets support to the following institutions in the justice chain (national partners): National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), Judiciary, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Probation and Aftercare Service (PACS), Witness Protection Agency (WPA), Directorate of Children Services (DCS), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) and National Police Service (NPS). On the other hand, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) through its flagship Amkeni Wakenya facility.
The Programme is funded by the European Union and targets 19 counties namely: Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru, Wajir, Mandera, Lamu, Tana River, Marsabit, Isiolo, Garissa, Meru, Kericho, Kisii Bungoma, Kakamega, Migori and Narok.
Communications and visibility continue to be central during PLEAD II planning and interventions. This recognizes the central importance of strategic communications, visibility and practical communications support to achieve the Programme’s objective and outputs.

2. Purpose of the assignment:
The overall objective of the project is to reinforce the rule of law, improve access to justice, increase efficiency and accountability in the justice system and use of technology as an enabler of justice in Kenya.
The assignment entails bringing greater visibility to all PLEAD II national partners and raise awareness of their distinct mandates and services as well as to assist in building their brands. Furthermore, it seeks to raise the profile of PLEAD II through a range of activities and the use of different modes of communication, including audio-visual material and social media and other innovative ways. All with the purpose of enhancing the success of PLEAD II interventions and the obtainment of the objectives of the Programme.

3. Specific Tasks to be performed by the consultant:

The Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UNODC ROEA Head of Criminal Justice Programme and the direct supervision of the and the PLEAD Manager. He or She will also be in close technical cooperation with the Associate Programme Officers under the Criminal Justice Programme in ROEA.

The Consultant will also work closely with the beneficiary institutions, PLEAD partners, the donor (European Union) and UNODC (ROEA and Headquarters) in performing the following substantive duties and responsibilities:
a) Develop a detailed workplan in coordination with UNODC and the relevant partners/stakeholders.
b) Develop the PLEAD II Communications action plan, aligned to the UNODC Communications Action Plan (2021-2023) and the visibility requirements of the EU, access to information and transparency and relevant policies guiding communication by Kenya Government institutions.
c) Coordinate to the monitoring and evaluation framework and implementation plan for PLEAD II on matters strategic to communication and public relations.
d) Provide technical assistance to national partners in the development or update of their respective communication strategies/policies as well as delivery of communication activities, such as sensitisation campaigns around specific thematic interventions.
e) Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, briefing notes, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies and inputs to publications, relating to PLEAD II.

f) Drafting, at a high-quality level, various print and digital communication products, such as talking points, newsletter articles, press releases and social media and website content.
g) Conducts media outreach, including by establishing and maintaining contact with national and regional media, placing op-eds and arranging interviews, organizing press conferences and briefings and monitoring press coverage of PLEAD II issues.
h) Update UNODC ROEA social media accounts and website and thus ensure that there is regular content on PLEAD events and related activities. This includes monitoring user traffic and engagement and advise on continuous improvements.
i) Raise visibility of PLEAD II and its partners as well as highlighting its positive impact on the criminal justice system and on all citizens.
j) Identify new and innovative ways to enhance the visibility of PLEAD II, especially by producing quality communications and information products to create awareness and publicity of the project.
k) Coordinate and sustain professional relationships with key partners and UN Agencies at the national and regional level and undertakes joint strategic activities with them; facilitates dialogues with partners to improve public engagement and increase understanding about PLEAD II’s mandate.
l) Coordinate the delivery of identified support services, such as communication, graphic design and layout, illustrations, translation, photography and video and audio production, and update the PLEAD publication master schedule.
m) Bolster the partnership with criminal justice actors and other UN Agencies in the area of communications.

Qualifications/special skills

An advanced university (Master or equivalent) degree in journalism, communications or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

• A minimum of 7 years of experience in communications is required.
• Experience working with criminal justice practitioners is desirable.
• Experience in working with senior government officials in sensitive areas is desirable.
• Experience within an International Organization or the United Nations system is desirable.
• Experience in developing or updating communication strategies for governmental or non-governmental stakeholders is required.
• Experience in working with EU funded projects is desirable.

Languages

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 another United Nations Secretariat language is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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