Purpose of consultancy
To provide technical expertise to the SDG3 GAP Secretariat on external and internal communications and ensure communication is consistent, coordinated and efficient, and that it meets various needs of GAP agencies.
The Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All (SDG3 GAP) is an historic commitment of global health and development organizations to accelerate progress towards health-related SDG targets, as the world is not on track to achieve the 2030 Agenda. It unites the 13 international organizations under a joint vision to align efforts and increase collective impact, primarily through more effective collaboration between signatories of the Plan at country level. It complements approved agency-specific strategies and other, existing global health initiatives and is intended as a framework to support their mandates through catalysing collective action across organisations.
SDG3 GAP was presented during UNGA week in September 2019 and includes the actions that the signatories committed to implement in order to enhance the way of working together. The third progress report on the SDG3 GAP was published in May 2022 and SDG3 GAP continues to focus on supporting countries to achieve a resilient and equitable recovery from COVID-19, as well as incentivizing collaboration in the global health ecosystem.
A Joint Evaluability Assessment of the SDG3 GAP in 2020 concluded that the strategic elements to support effective communication on the SDG3 GAP were not yet in place and highlighted the need to strengthen communications to ensure greater coherence in how the SDG3 GAP is being communicated externally and socialised internally within partners. With the support of a communication expert, a network of communication focal points was established in 2021 across the SDG3 GAP agencies and a number of joint communication products have been produced and jointly promoted under an overall communications strategy.
The SDG3 GAP Secretariat is looking for a communications and partnerships expert to support its work both for external and internal communications, working closely with the WHO Department of Communication and the communications teams of the other SDG3 GAP agencies, and to further deepen the collaboration within the communications network. As part of the work on external communications, the aim is to regularly update and support the implementation of a joint communications strategy and plan, which will be used by the SDG3 GAP agencies, to develop communications products for external use by all agencies, and to further strengthen SDG3 GAP’s online presence. The consultant is expected to draft the documents and products and iteratively develop them by liaising and coordinating with the SDG3 GAP communications focal points in the SDG3 GAP agencies (including WHO) as well as other SDG3 GAP focal points (technical, regional and country staff).
With regard to internal communications, the objective is to strengthen and further promote institutionalization of the SDG3 GAP within the SDG3 GAP agencies, by developing internal communications products in close collaboration with the communication focal points in WHO and the other SDG3 GAP agencies.
- Deliverable 1: Update joint communications strategy and plan for the SDG3 GAP signatory agencies, building on the 2022 SDG3 GAP progress report and its focus on strengthening incentives for collaboration with clear roles and responsibilities for each organization (by October 2022).
- Deliverable 2: Maintain and further strengthen a network of communications focal points across the 13 signatory agencies (ongoing throughout the consultancy).
- Deliverable 3: Develop concrete products for all partners to use for external communications to strengthen SDG3 GAP’s online presence through inter alia, short videos from events, web statements, feature stories from country case studies, social media toolkits; compile a folder with high resolution photos for use in GAP products (permissions secured) (ongoing throughout the consultancy).
- Deliverable 4: Produce new, adapt and update existing communications materials for key internal and external audiences, such as a country knowledge pack, brochures, infographs, FAQs and other materials to support the strategic positioning of SDG3 GAP for an “equitable and resilient recovery” and efforts to strengthen incentives for collaboration (ongoing throughout the consultancy).
- Deliverable 5: Facilitate the preparations of SDG3 GAP related events, including the development of concepts notes, identification of platforms and speakers, preparation of briefing notes and communications around the event (key moments: UNGA (September 2022), World Heath Summit (October 2022), GPEDC Summit (December 2022), Universal Health Coverage Day (December 2022) WHO Executive Board (Jan 2023).
- Deliverable 6: Working with the WHO Department of Communication, develop WHO internal communications tools and opportunities to further institutionalize the SDG3 GAP within the organization, further refining and supporting implementation of a WHO-internal 3-tier communications plan to support institutionalization of the SDG3 GAP at all levels of the organization and develop relevant communications products (intranet page, Workplace group, newsletter stories, staff seminars, “ask the expert” panel, etc.) (ongoing throughout the consultancy).
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
First-level university degree in communications, journalism, social sciences, or another relevant field.
Advanced university degree in communications, journalism, social sciences or another relevant field.
- At least 5 years’ relevant professional experience in communications and / or partnerships, of which at least 2 years at the international level.
- Experience working with international organizations and in the coordination and development of communications and multimedia strategies and products, including social media.
- Experience in communication strategy development for multilateral partnerships.
- Experience of working with the UN and on the SDGs.
- Experience in change management through communications.
- Experience in working at national level.
- Proven ability to work and produce results in a fast-paced, complex, and politically sensitive environment.
- Good knowledge of international global health and development issues.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Computer literacy in MS Office standard and tele-working applications.
- Ability to work in close collaboration with team members and external partners.
- Expertise in communication coordination and planning.
- Social media content creation.
- Video-editing skills.
- Understanding of social media channels and tactics.
Expert knowledge of English.
Working knowledge of another UN official language.
Home based – Off-site.
The Consultant might be expected to travel as part of this assignment, with the aim of documenting implementation of the GAP in countries and attending GAP meetings in Geneva and other locations.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level B: USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
6 months - Start date: September 2022.
Additional contract(s) may be offered subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance.
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