Individual Consultancy: Communication and Visibility – Spotlight Initiative Phase II



Individual Consultancy: Communication and Visibility – Spotlight Initiative Phase II

Individual Consultancy: Communication and Visibility – Spotlight Initiative Phase II

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Purpose and Objective:

The Spotlight Initiative is a programme of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations which aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls and harmful practices, in numerous countries globally. The Initiative comes with the highest level of commitment globally and is governed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and the Vice President of the EU Commission. The Initiative is built around six pillars developed after an extensive global theory of change exercise. The pillars are: 1) Laws and Policies; 2) Institutions; 3) Prevention and Social Norms; 4) Services; 5) Data; and 6) Women’s movement.

Mozambique is one of the participating eight countries in the Africa region and is implementing interventions in all the six pillars. The Spotlight Initiative’s investment in Mozambique aims to contribute to a country where every woman and girl is free from all forms of SGBV and harmful practices and can enjoy sexual and reproductive health and rights. The programme will operate in three provinces in Mozambique and at the central level, in accordance with the scope of the Spotlight Africa Programme, focus on: sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), early marriage (with linkages to the eradication of harmful practices) and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR).

UNICEF has the leading role on the programme’s external communication and visibility, as per the programme document and agreement with the donor, the European Union.

With the recent extension of SLI Programme in Mozambique into phase II until 31 December 2022,  the programme seeks services of a Communication Consultant who can work in close collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s office,  Heads of the UN Recipient Agencies, communication focal points and the Spotlight coordination and technical team. The purpose of the assignment is to support the communication and visibility component of the initiative. The consultant will follow up on the on-going work on the implementation of the Spotlight Communication plan, produce impactful human-interest stories and lead the documentation for advocacy and communication of results achieved, lessons learned and future GBV programming in Mozambique.

The continuation of services of a Spotlight Initiative Communication and Visibility Consultant are therefore required to continue supporting the programme’s external communication, showcasing its impact and ensuring the visibility of the European Union, the UN and the Government of Mozambique.

#Tasks and Deliverables Due date
1Finalize support to the planning and lead implementation of communication and visibility activities during the “16 days of Activism Against GBV” (25 November to 10 December), as agreed with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UN agencies, the European Union Delegation and Government partners. November 30, 2021
2Prepare and release the Q4 Spotlight Initiative NewsletterPrepare a story and visibility materials on “16 Days” campaign highlights, to be published on the global Spotlight Initiative website and on the UN Mozambique websiteBegin consultations with agencies and with SLI secretariat for drafting of 2022 SLI Communication and Visibility PlanDecember 30, 2021
3Finalize 2022 Spotlight Initiative Communication and Visibility Plan (including the digital and social media plan) aligned with key celebratory dates, in consultation with implementing agencies, the RCO, Government and the European Union. January 31, 2021
4Prepare the Communications and Visibility section of the 2021 Spotlight Initiative Annual ReportFebruary 28, 2022
5Prepare and implement an activity plan for the Women’s Month; draft human interest stories and a social media pack, aligned to the International Women’s Day/month.Prepare and disseminate Q1 newsletter. March 31, 2022
6On-going support to the programme’s communications and visibility efforts, including preparing media interviews, media alerts, press releases, talking points, speeches, briefings, presentations, fact sheets, editing, formatting and reviewing content – as required by the programme coordination team.April 30, 2022
7Prepare content for International Labour Day, May 1st  (from a perspective of women’s economic empowerment); organize support to MGCAS Department of Communication (material support and/or further training); refresher training on SLI communications and visibility to civil society partners May 31, 2022
8Prepare and disseminate the Q2 Newsletter; produce human interest stories and social media content to raise awareness on “Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 JuneJune 30, 2022
9Support production of print materials to summarise the 2021 Annual report and main achievements to date; produce social media content for the Day of African Women (31 July) July 31, 2022
10Produce human interest, short impact videos on programme achievements (SRHR, GBV, Child Marriage) Aug 31, 2022
11Prepare and disseminate Q3 Newsletter; produce brochure with success stories and/or fact sheet with main programme achievements to dateSept 30, 2022
11.5Prepare Communications and Visibility Section for the Final 2022 Spotlight Initiative ReportOct 15, 2022
Routine support to the programme’s communications and visibility efforts on a monthly basis, including: preparing and/or supporting events, supporting and reviewing content production by programme partners, preparing media interviews, media alerts, press releases, talking points, speeches, briefings, presentations, fact sheets, editing, formatting and reviewing content – as required by the programme coordination team and/or programe partners; regular liaison with SLI HQ Communication teamand with the Mozambique SLI Communications Focal Points.Throughout the contract duration

Management and Supervision:

The communication Consultant will be directly line managed by the UNICEF Communication Specialist (external communications), however he/she will have a functional working relationship with the Spotlight Programme Coordinator, the Spotlight technical team and Communication Focal points from the Spotlight implementing agencies

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

Academic qualifications and experience:

  • At least Master’s Degree in Communication, Literature, International Relations/Development or other relevant discipline
  • At least 2 years of experience in the field of communication and event/conference management within the UN system
  • Work experience within the UN system in Mozambique, preferably in an inter-agency coordinating role
  • Work experience in the field of SGBV and/or Women’s empowerment
  • Minimum 5 years professional and relevant work experience in communication
  • Excellent communicator of verbal and written concepts to a variety of global audiences.
  • Able to work independently and problem solving oriented.
  • Able to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrated communication and relationship building skills.
  • Proven capacity to work with and lead collaborative teams across different agencies and with different technical skills.
  • Language skills: Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese is essential

Download File Annex 3 -TOR_ Communication and Visibility Consultant_ Spotlight II.docx

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.

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: 23 Sep 2021 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 05 Oct 2021 South Africa Standard Time

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