Description of assignment title: UNV SBC Associate – Content Support
Assignment country: Nepal
Expected start date: 09/10/2023
Sustainable Development Goal: 10. Reduced inequalities
Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
Host entity: UNICEF
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Kathmandu
Mission and objectives
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation.
UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished: no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness. We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.
We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
UNICEF has identified six critical outcomes in South Asia, which include the prevention of child marriage, ensuring every child receives a complete immunization, ending stunted growth, eliminating polio, eradicating open defecation, and saving new-borns. Achieving these objectives depends on bringing about social and behaviour changes, which can be sustained by broader socio-economic modifications in the surrounding environment.
UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), through effective support to country offices and strategic engagement with partners, contributes to winning support for the cause of children from decision makers and the wider public particularly on key priority issues in South Asia. This includes providing technical assistance, capacity building and coordination to enhance digital advocacy in the region.
Social and behavioural changes keep people at the centre and focus on local context-specific solutions by understanding the needs of communities and individuals. It facilitates participation and engagement with children, families, communities, and networks, aiming to overcome existing challenges that hamper the adoption of desired behaviours for the survival and thriving of the most disadvantaged children and women. It draws on various disciplines, from social and behavioural data to evidence, sociology, psychology, communications and behavioural economics. Promoting positive and measurable changes to make societies more inclusive, equitable and peaceful and enabling people to build a better future for themselves, their children, and their community.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the SBC Regional Advisor or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV SBC Associate – Content Support will:
- Support SBC team to produce engaging and informative content across various platforms, including UNICEF’s internal channels (and external facing (such as website and social media), newsletters, and more to ensure visibility of SBC’s work in the region and maintaining consistency across different platforms.
- Work with the regional focal point to translate SBC best practices into visually appealing and user-friendly format to effectively reach and engage the target audiences.
- Support SBC team in creating visually appealing and effective creative communication assets such as publications, project brochures, infographics, factsheets, human-interest stories, short videos, podcasts in character and others for multiple audiences.
- Support as need to reach programing, information sharing and communication goals.
- Provide regular updates on the creative assets performance and make necessary adjustments to improve its effectiveness.
- Assist in creating guidelines, templates, and training materials for the production of creative communication assets based on SBC focuses on South Asia.
- Collaborate with SBC team in the ideation, conceptualization, design, and improvement of communication deliverables tailored for various UNICEF and SBC internal and external platforms and audiences, ensuring maximum visibility, functionality, and impact.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:
- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)
- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country
- Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities
- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.
- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers
- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible
- As an active UNICEF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, and high-quality support rendered to ROSA and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
o High-quality, engaging knowledge products/content is regularly submitted to the supervisor
o Research and recommendations that increase engagement with target audiences are regularly developed and used to strengthen engagement.
o Best practices are documented and provided to country offices in support of community management efforts
- Age, Gender, and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
- A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
27 – 80
Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.
- 3 years of experience in /as a content creator, copywriter, or similar role, with a focus on creating content for various audiences.
- Experience with video editing, graphic design, or other multimedia content creation tools is a plus
- Proficiency in creating engaging content with a strong command of grammar, style, and tone varying audiences.
- An eye for clean, simple, and compelling visual design.
- Excellent with Microsoft Package and good IT skills, especially with design and photo and video editing apps and software.
- Knowledge of and interest in South Asia cultural and social issues.
- Creative, enthusiastic, solutions orientated.
- Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging and multicultural environment.
- Ability to respond to short deadlines and demonstrate a quick turn-around and execution of creative work.
- Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
- Highly motivated, with a commitment to learning and growth within the assigned area of work.
- Have affinity with or interest in child rights, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Area(s) of expertise
Communication, Social work
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in or equivalent in Creative Writing, Multimedia, Journalism, Communication, Social Science, or a similar discipline.
Competencies and values
Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF’s procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented
Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority
Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues
Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment
Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities
Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups
Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary
Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance, and commitment towards UNICEF South Asia’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values
Living conditions and remarks
As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.
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