Consultancy: Media Relations and Content Developer

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)
Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)


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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...

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global partnership of over 200 national governments, donors, civil society organizations, the private sector and other development partners working together to increase political will and strengthen resource allocations for water supply and sanitation. Strengthening resource allocations will require improved mobilization and better targeting of resources by both donors and national governments. The goal of SWA is sanitation and water for all. 

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

More information on SWA’s website.

How can you make a difference?

The Media Relations and Content Developer Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Communications Specialist and in close collaboration with the rest of the team. The consultant will undertake media relation on behalf of SWA and develop high-quality content for SWA’s communications channels. This consultant will be primarily responsible for leading media and public relations work to support SWA’s programmatic, policy and campaigning priorities, as well as the partnership’s activities globally, regionally and nationally, as appropriate.  The consultant will also ensure the regular development of stories that focus on the work of SWA partners and promote SWA’s approach to water, sanitation and hygiene.

Expected results: (measurable results)

The Media Relations and Content Developer Consultant’s work will play a central role in building awareness of and support for SWA and its priority issues, both globally and in key target countries. In this role, the consultant is asked to:

  • Develop a media relations strategy and 2021 plan for the SWA partnership.
  • Support implementation of media strategies, tactics and messages to achieve maximum measurable impact on SWA’s profile, advising the Communications Team, the CEO, as well as other Secretariat teams and partners on media issues.
  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with relevant journalists, broadcasters and commentators in international and target country media. To support SWA engagement with regional media networks.
  • Represent the Communications Team in the SWA Secretariat’s Country Engagement Team, supporting Regional Coordinators to identify and develop regional or national stories. Through contact with the CEG, and with the support of freelance stringers as required, ensure regular national-level content is shared by SWA. 
  • Develop media announcements, releases, advisories, opinion editorials, blogs, and interview speaking points.
  • Pitch stories to journalists and organize press briefings and other media events, as required.
  • Support the CEO, members of the Global Leadership Council, and other SWA spokespersons in engagement with the media, on and off the record, prepare talking points, and facilitate radio, TV and print media interviews where necessary.
  • Monitor, analyze and evaluate media coverage.
  • Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as reasonably required, in support of the Communications Team.

Duty Station        

Home-based. Some travel might be required. SWA will cover travel costs and Daily Sustenance Allowance (DSA).

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

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in media relations, mainstream journalism/communications or communications coordination.
  • Experience of working in a creative public relations or marketing role would be an added advantage.
  • Proven ability to achieve coverage of issues and experts.
  • Knowledge of the UN and SWA a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of water, sanitation and hygiene topics a distinct advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work productively in team environment.
  • Initiative, hard-working and sound judgment, with a dedication to UN principles.
  • Ability and willingness to undertake additional program dimensions not outlined here.
  • Experience in advising professional colleagues on advocacy and communications issues.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills.

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.

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)M
  •  Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

The functional competencies required for this post are...

  • Persuading and Influencing (2) 
  • Applying Technical Expertise (2) 
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking [ 2 ]

View our competency framework at

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.



By Deliverable

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.

Applicants are invited to:

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.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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: 09 Oct 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 23 Oct 2020 Eastern Daylight Time