Individual Consultancy: Senior Speech and Article Writing

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)


Job no: 546127
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

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, clean water…

UNICEF hosts part of the Secretariat of SWA. The communications of SWA are managed and coordinated by the communications team, composed of a Communications Specialist and a Digital Communications Officer, both based in the SWA Geneva office.  The communications team also works with a wider network of suppliers, from designers to copywriters, from video producers to translators.

Of key importance for the work of the communications team and the overall SWA objectives is the visibility and strategic positioning of its leadership, in particular its CEO, President of the Steering Committee, and members of the Global Leadership Council. This is done mainly through speaking opportunities at selected events (in person and virtual), as well as media placements of op-eds and blogs.

Therefore, Communication Section requires the services of an expert in writing speeches and articles, including research, on behalf of SWA’s leadership. The consultant would do this in English.

How can you make a difference?

SWA is looking for a speechwriter and article writer to support the CEO and senior leadership to further raise the profile of SWA and deepen understanding of and commitment to its strategic objectives and unique approach. The consultant will report directly to the Communication Specialist in Geneva. 

Consultant’s tasks and deliverables

The selected candidate will be a proven leader in helping senior executives succeed with internal and external communications that position them as thought-leaders, engage key audiences and fulfill their strategic communications objectives. Specific responsibilities:

  • Work with SWA leadership and other senior staff to determine key points, themes, positions, and core messages for speeches and public statements;
  • Advise on strategic opportunities for speeches and public statements;
  • Develop outline with compelling narrative, including relevant examples of SWA activities and results;
  • Based on leadership feedback, flesh out a well-structured full draft speech/statement/article reflecting the voice and vison of the leadership;
  • Research, verify content, and transform complex concepts into clear, meaningful and influential communications;
  • If needed, prepare/advise on slide presentations (PowerPoint) to support key speeches.
Work Assignment Overview
 Deliverables Duration (estimated # of days) 
Speech writing (calculated at 6 speeches, at around 5 days each – this may vary according to length and complexity of theme)30 
Article writing (calculated at 6 articles, at around 5 days each – this may vary according to length and complexity of theme)30 
Total # of days60 

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

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience with a focus on speechwriting, content writing and executive communications
  • BA in Journalism, Communications, International Affairs, or other relevant area (or equivalent experience)
  • Excellent writing skills, including experience in creating, editing, and proofreading within a professional organization, working closely with high-level leadership
  • Understanding of the varied political and policy contexts in which SWA operates is highly desirable
  • Excellent time management to meet strict deadlines and ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to synthesize information from a wide range of sources to develop thoughtful and original ideas
  • Very high rigor and ability to understand/ research data, facts, trends, examples, stories
  • Ability to write for international audiences with sensitivity to the cultural context
  • Knowledge and practical experience with international organizations is an asset
  • Fluency in English 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.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Functional Competencies

  • Analysing (2)
  • Persuading and influencing (1)
  • Applying technical expertise (2)
  • Learning and researching (2)
  • Planning and organizing (1)

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

Remarks:Applicants are invited to apply: 

Include a cover letter of interest, CV, your approach to the assignment, technical proposal fee (daily in US$) to undertake the above TOR. Applications submitted without a proposed fee will not be accepted.


Payment upon deliverables/milestones:  UNICEF will only make milestone payment based on achievement of specific deliverables as listed on the table above. These payments should be stated in terms of percentage.  Also note that UNICEF does not make advance payment except under certain conditions in line with UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations.

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.

If selected for this consultancy, the resulting appointment will be limited to SWA, a UNICEF hosted fund.

Advertised: 15 Nov 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Deadline: 29 Nov 2021 Eastern Standard Time