Technical advisor (Communications, WASH)

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ob Number: 501086 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
Work Type : Consultancy

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Background & Rationale

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global partnership of over 150 country governments, private sector and civil society organizations, external support agencies, research and learning institutions and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. Partners work towards a common vision of sanitation, hygiene and water for all, always and everywhere.

The Secretariat of the SWA global partnership is hosted by UNICEF at its Headquarters in New York. The SWA Secretariat is responsible for supporting the Steering Committee, Executive Chair and Chair, promoting the country-level engagement of partners, and organizing global High-level Meetings of finance and sector ministers.

The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership promotes and supports ongoing, multi-stakeholder dialogue at national, regional and global level. As part of this process, SWA has held regular, global, High-level meetings (HLMs) involving ministers of finance (2010, 2012 and 2014) and ministers responsible for sanitation, water and hygiene. Sector ministers have convened three times in Washington, at the time of the Finance Ministers’ Meetings and, most recently, during a dedicated, three-day gathering in Addis Ababa in March 2016.  Each of these meetings has been preceded by a preparatory process, coordinated by the SWA Secretariat, and follow up has involved ongoing reporting on progress towards commitments made at the meetings.  

 As part of this ongoing cycle of high-level political dialogue, SWA is planning to hold its 4th HLM for ministers of finance on April 21, 2017 at the time of the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. This meeting will be preceded by a Sector Ministers’ Meeting (SMM) on 19-20 April, for those ministers who will accompany their finance ministers to Washington. On the afternoon of 20 April, sector ministers will have the opportunity to conduct final briefings with their finance ministers on issues raised at the SMM, and selected SWA partners will offer sessions on a range of topics of relevance to SWA’s work.

 A significant amount of work is involved in ensuring that communication about these meetings is clear, and is directed to the right people, at the right time.  Further, it is crucial that these meetings be appropriately communicated as part of a broader, ongoing process of political dialogue, driven by country-level activity that is geared towards achievement of the sanitation, water and hygiene-related targets of the Sustainable Development Gaols.  In the lead up to the meeting, there will be a considerable amount of material developed: briefing papers; templates for participants to use when preparing their contributions to the meeting; web stories and blogs; speaking notes and presentations; media outreach materials; letters and emails.  Meeting reports are also anticipated. 

 Accordingly, the SWA Secretariat is looking for a skilled communications specialist to help boost its capacity before, during and in the follow-up to the 2107 SWA HLMs.  The communications specialist is expected to have the skills and experience to provide guidance on an overall communications strategy, whilst also contributing to the drafting, editing, quality control and finalization of the full range of communication products.


 The purpose of this consultancy is to contribute to the communications that take place before, during and in the follow up to the SWA 2017 High-level meetings. Ultimately, the meetings and associated activities are aimed at supporting the achievement of SWA’s vision of sanitation, water and hygiene for all, always and everywhere. 

 Expected results: (measurable results) 

  1. The objectives and outcomes of the SWA High-level Meetings are well understood, and participants and all others involved in the meeting understand how these meetings contribute to the broader objectives of the SWA global partnership.
    1. A strategic communications plan for the HLMs is prepared
    2. Communications products about the meeting are prepared and disseminated
    3. Various communications channels, including social media, are effectively used to provide information and facilitate dialogue about the HLMs.
  2. HLM participants are well-prepared.
    1. Clear background materials are developed and distributed
    2. Templates are provided that can be used to prepare briefings for participants representing countries and other constituencies
    3. Templates for presentations are prepared, along with briefing notes for speakers and questions for panelists
    4. The preparatory process is well-documented and lessons learned are captured for future meetings.
  • HLM runs smoothly and achieves its objectives.
    1. High-quality communications materials are provided to participants
    2. Interpreters are well-briefed and supported during the meetings
    3. Rapporteurs are well-briefed and supported during the meetings
    4. Meetings chairs, facilitators and speakers are well-briefed and supported during the meetings
    5. Outreach to media and others interested in the HLMs is undertaken.
  1. HLMs and related activities are well-documented.
    1. Teams of rapporteurs are identified and briefed.
    2. An evaluation form is developed, distributed and the results are analysed.
    3. Outcomes of the meetings are planned in advance (e.g. number and length of reports, statements)
    4. Meeting reports and other outcome documents are drafted in a timely manner.

 Duty Station

The consultant will be based remotely.  Travel will be required to attend the High-level Meetings in Washington, D.C. in April 2017. 


Start date:  12 December 2016  End date: 30 June 2017




(Estimated # of Days)



–  Develop communications strategy and implementation plan

–  Contribute to articulation of aims and objectives of the HLMs

–  Identify potential lists of journalists for outreach, and possible invitations to the HLMs

–  Contribute to preparation of background papers, templates for briefing papers, web content

–  Conceptualize a set of outcome documents and develop a timeline for their production


31 December, 2016


–  Contribute to preparation of briefing materials for speakers, facilitators and chairs

–  Draft background papers, web content

–  Identify list of potential meeting rapporteurs, and develop briefing notes and templates


28 February, 2016


–  Finalize documents for meeting participants

–  Coordinate media outreach, including support to country-level communications staff of SWA partners

–  Schedule interviews during HLMs for Chair, EC and other high-level participants

–  Brief and support rapporteurs

–  Brief and support interpreters

–  Contribute to support for Chairs, facilitators and speakers

–  Oversee updates to SWA’s social media and website


30 April, 2016


–  Contribute to finalizaton of meeting reports, including quality control

–  Take part in debrief meetings

–  Contribute to documentation of lessons learned, including the preparatory process and logistics.


30 June 2016





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Opening Date 3 Nov 2016 Eastern Daylight Time
Closing Date 18 Nov 2016 Eastern Standard Time