International Consultant-Editor Writer, Accra, Ghana

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Ghana

City: Accra, Ghana

Office: UNICEF Accra

Closing date: Thursday, 10 June 2021

International Consultant-Editor/Writer, Accra-Ghana (only for non-Ghanaians)

Job no: 540873

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Ghana Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal

School/Unit: Ghana

Department/Office: Accra, Ghana

Categories: Communication / External Relations

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

In Ghana, UNICEF cooperates with the Government and other partners to defend the rights of children and help them fulfill their potential. With offices in Accra and Tamale, the UNICEF team seeks to achieve results in strategic programme areas. The overall goal is for every child to survive and thrive, to live in a safe and clean environment, to learn, to be protected from violence and exploitation, and to have an equitable chance in life. The current Country Programme of cooperation is aligned with the Government priorities, the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) and Key Results for Children (KRCs) in the West and Central African Region (immunization, nutrition, learning outcomes, ending child marriage and ending open defecation). UNICEF main strategies include evidence-based advocacy, system strengthening, integrated programming across sectors, emergency preparedness and response, and innovation.

How can you make a difference?

Provision of consultancy services to edit or develop communications and advocacy materials including but not limited to the following: human interest stories, advocacy briefs, brochures, booklets, audio slide shows or video scripts, concept notes/proposals, reports etc.


The UNICEF Communication Unit in Ghana regularly produces materials that are disseminated for advocacy and other purposes. These include human interest stories, advocacy briefs, brochures, booklets, articles, talking points, audio slide shows or video scripts, analytical reports and other high value advocacy materials/documents. They are used to share information on UNICEF’s vision and work with various stakeholders, including the government, civil society and partners. These communications materials are based on our interventions and give stakeholders an insight into what UNICEF does and how investments in child related programmes make a difference in the lives and future of children and their families.

Rationale for SSA contract / Long-Term Agreement

Communication and advocacy materials, as well as other documents are often required at short notice. The UNICEF Ghana country office therefore needs to engage consultant(s) on a long-term agreement to facilitate the timely and efficient delivery of quality products. The aim of the consultancy is to have someone who is readily available on a standby arrangement at short notice to develop high value and quality communications and advocacy materials that document UNICEF’s key messages and programme results. The materials will be used on UNICEF websites and social media platforms, in reports and other channels.

Specific tasks

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Communications Manager in Ghana, in consultation with other colleagues from the Communications Units, the Representative and other team members:

Edit high value communications and advocacy materials, including human interest stories, advocacy briefs, brochures, booklets, audio slide shows or video scripts, articles, talking points, briefing and concept notes, talking points, proposals, presentations, donor reports and other reports.

Develop and write assigned high value communications and advocacy materials, including human interest stories, advocacy briefs, brochures, booklets, audio slide shows or video scripts, concept notes, proposals, or reports.

Other tasks as relevant and needed (e.g. taking high resolution photographs and providing captions to accompany human interest stories).

Methodology and scope of work

The consultant will discuss the scope of each assignment with his/her supervisor, staff members from the communications unit, the Representative or/and other colleagues involved in each activity.

Expected deliverables

The deliverables and scope will be determined via email before each assignment starts. They include the following: human interest stories, advocacy briefs, articles, talking points, brochures, booklets, audio slide shows or video scripts, concept notes, inputs into proposals, and reports.

Sample of Portfolio

To support UNICEF in evaluating applications, candidates should submit two samples of previous work that demonstrate their ability to develop and/or edit high value communications materials e.g. human interest stories, advocacy briefs, brochures, booklets, audio slide shows or video scripts, concept notes, proposals, reports, articles, books etc.


The consultant will work under the virtual supervision of the Communication Manager in Accra working closing with the Communications Officers, the Representative and other relevant colleagues.

Payment schedule

The consultant will be paid upon satisfactory submission of detailed deliverables for each assignment. As this is a long term consultancy, the consultant fees will be on pre-agreed daily amount and number of days and paid as and when agreed deliverables are met.

General conditions

The consultancy will be performed via teleworking from consultant’s home country

All hardware and software requirements will be provided by the consultant.

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All final products and deliverables will be the sole property of UNICEF.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Sociology, Communication studies, Journalism, English language, social sciences or a similar field

A minimum of

[5 years] of relevant professional experience in developing, producing and/or editing communications materials, including human interest stories, advocacy booklets, brochures, concept notes, proposals, and reports

Solid understanding of UNICEF’s mandate and programmes

High responsible sense of journalistic ethics and in-depth understanding of human/child rights issues

Excellent editing, writing and analytical skills

Very good inter-personal skills

Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered "staff members" under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: Jun 01 2021 Greenwich Standard Time Application close: Jun 10 2021 Greenwich Standard Time

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