Consultancy : Communications, Environmental Health, Health Section, PD - NYHQ, Requisition #532411
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Close on 3 Jul 2020
Location: New York (United States)
Grade: Consultancy
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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.


UNICEF crystallized and clearly articulated its Health programme priorities towards the Sustainable Development Goals, in documents such as the Strategy for Health, 2016-2030; Health Systems Strengthening Approach, and most recently the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021. The 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care recommitted to strengthening primary health care (PHC) as the most inclusive, effective and efficient approach to enhance people’s physical and mental health, as well as social well-being, and that PHC is a cornerstone of a sustainable health system for universal health coverage (UHC) and health-related SDGs. These agreements and developments at the global level serve to guide UNICEF’s health programmes at country, regional and global levels.

Research has documented that environmental pollution is a major factor of ill health, poorer developmental outcomes, and death among children, as well as a contributor to worse health outcomes later in life. Millions of children living in low-and middle-income countries are at risk from elevated lead levels in their blood. UNICEF’s Health Programme is currently developing its strategic framework on Healthy Environment for Healthy Children that aims to expand UNICEF’s health programmes to address these challenges as part of multiple SDGs. As part of this programme, UNICEF is a partner to the proposed “Protecting Every Child’s Potential” initiative.

This consultancy will support the “Protecting Every Child’s Potential” initiative communications and rollout of the communication aspects of the Healthy Environment for Healthy Children programme. The consultant will be based in the Office of Associate Director, Health in NYHQ’s Programme Division and will report to the Senior Programme Manager. The incumbent will collaborate with colleagues working on Environmental Health in Programme Division, Division of Communications, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF USA and relevant UNICEF Country Offices. Additionally, the consultant will be working closely with partners involved in the proposed “Protecting Every Child’s Potential”(PECP) initiative.

Terms of Reference

In consultation with relevant stakeholders, the consultant will coordinate and provide technical support to PECP initiative communications and support the development of communications assets part of UNICEF Health Environments programme. Based on monthly plans, the consultant is expected to support the following deliverables over the duration of the contract:

  1. Develop the PECP advocacy strategy and communication plan, in consultation with the Communications Working Group of the PECP initiative. As part of this strategy, develop a theory of change, mapping our key stakeholders and influencers. Coordinate the operationalization of this plan and periodically report progress to PECP Communications Working Group to update the plan based on their input.
  2. Plan and support the PECP partnership launch and events at global conferences (such as: UN General Assembly, International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, World Economic Forum and others)
  3. In line with the PECP advocacy and communications plan, develop communication materials including social impact to showcase the PECP initiative in relevant publications, at in-person events and through social media activations and for employee engagement.
  4. In line with PECP advocacy and communications plan, coordinate the development and management of the PECP initiative website, PECP brand and explainer videos. Develop short documents, reports and web-content. Coordinate and support content gathering missions for key stakeholders in consultation with country offices.
  5. Coordinate and contribute to the development of communications and advocacy assets targeting country level policy makers, local governments, health sector managers, health care providers, community workers in addition to social media content in relation to UNICEF’s Healthy Environments programme.
  6. Coordinate with multiple UNICEF divisions to align PECP with the Agenda for Action, and other global priorities as they emerge. This includes feeding into planning processes, aligning messages with other health and environment issues / activities, and ensuring PECP is integrated.
  7. Provide technical inputs to UNICEF / PECP in relevant networks and taskforces (e.g. EWEC etc.)
  8. Support country offices in the technical review of their advocacy and communications plan.
  9. Support ongoing communications and advocacy initiatives for Child Health and Well-being


  • Eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media
  • Knowledge of theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy. UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • Expertise of management, communication strategy and networking. Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Desirable: previous experience of working with UNICEF/UN; experience of developing/working with multi stakeholder platforms
  • Proficient knowledge on Microsoft applications namely: SharePoint and MSOffice products
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate complex analysis in simple language
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral communication) is mandatory.
  • Ability to demonstrate organized multi-cultural working environment and a team player.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: 
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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 the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. 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 also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. As a global authority UNICEF is able to influence decision makers at the global level and turn the most innovative ideas into reality.