Job Opening

Posting Title: Digital Media and Communications Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: TOYAMA
Posting Period: 03 May 2018 - 01 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Environment Programme-96994-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

Records of effective and efficient support for the NOWPAP public awareness portfolio as evidenced through produced digital communication products.

Work Location

Remotely

Expected duration

01 July 2018 – 31 December 2018 (total working days - 50 days)

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment work encompasses the assessment of global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends, development of international and national environmental instruments, and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.

Regional Seas Programme of the UN Environment launched in 1974 is one of UN Environment’s most significant achievements in the past four decades. The Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through a “shared seas” approach – namely, by engaging neighboring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their common marine environment. The Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) is one of the UN Environment Regional Seas Programmes and was adopted by the four member states (P.R. China, Japan, R. Korea, and the Russian Federation) in 1994 (http://www.nowpap.org). The overall goal of the NOWPAP is "the wise use, development and management of the coastal and marine environment so as to obtain the utmost long-term benefits for the human populations of the region, while protecting human health, ecological integrity and the region’s sustainability for future generations". In order to support the implementation of the priority project activities of the NOWPAP region, a network of Regional Activity Centres (RACs) was established in the four member countries. NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) hosted by the UN Environment is co-located in Toyama, Japan and Busan, R. Korea.

NOWPAP is aiming to strengthen its mandate by addressing challenges affecting the marine and coastal environment in a holistic and integrated manner while contributing to sustainable development in the region. Future directions of NOWPAP will be laid down the Medium-term Strategy 2018-2023.

The objective of the consultancy is enhancing NOWPAP communication and outreach, particularly in the context of the mechanism’s role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the development of targeted communication products at the regional level. Consultant reports to the NOWPAP Senior Coordinator and will closely interact with other members of the NOWPAP RCU and personnel in RACs as well as NOWPAP external partners where applicable.

Within delegated authority, Consultant will develop targeted communication products at the regional level and country-levels.
The Consultant will be required to complete the following tasks:
• Take stock of existing NOWPAP communication products and assess opportunities for new narratives,
• Map current and potential audiences and dissemination channels,
• Review and collate current results of the programme and develop a regional narrative that will form the basis of the regional communications product,
• Review country level information against results of the NOWPAP and develop communication products in collaboration with the NOWPAP Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU), the Secretariats of the Regional Activity Centers (RACs), and NOWPAP country’s focal points when applicable,
• Frame the most important results from an accessible and impact-based perspective to communicate the programme’s results, experiences and lessons learned to audiences and partners,
• Collaborate with the NOWPAP Communication and Resource Mobilization Consultant, RCU and RACs where applicable to write, design, edit/ produce the products, including incorporating their feedback into final products. Finalize products and suggest dissemination channels,
• Travel on a mission as necessary to shoot video footage of results and interviews with key stakeholders,
• Through the NOWPAP RCU, work to get testimonial footage or quotes to incorporate in products.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Proficient in web content development and knowledge of HTML and other content management software, functional knowledge of Adobe Illustrator/ Photoshop/Indesign and Final Cut Pro/ Adobe Premier Pro/ After Effects and social media tools. The incumbent is required to possess his/her own computer, production equipment and software. Practical experience working in the region or in one of the NOWPAP countries on environmental or development issues is desirable.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (at Master level or equivalent) in Communications, Journalism, Online Media, Video Production, Sustainable Development or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: At least 5 years of experience working with UN or international NGOs, specifically in designing communications products and strategies for environment/ development related projects, proficient in video editing software and production, film and photo editing.
Language: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of one of the languages in the NOWPAP region (Japanese, Korean, Russian or Chinese) is an advantage.

No Fee

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