Consultancy: Research Consultant - Division of Communication, NYHQ - Requisition# 526585

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 15 Oct 2019

The Global Content Strategy (GCS) section within the Division of Communication (DOC) plans, develops and produces UNICEF communication content - from flagship publications to photography and online videos - for key initiatives and priority campaigns. We manage the quality and consistency of communication content as a strategic asset across platforms and facilitate and provide guidance in the development of efficient and effective communication content across the organization. The section's expertise encompasses strategic content planning, video production, photo curation, writing, editing, fact-checking, proofreading, translation and graphic design, in line with UNICEF's communication and advocacy objectives.

How can you make a difference?

The Global Content Strategy Section seeks to hire a full-time Research Consultant to ensure communication materials and reports are accurate, up to date and consistent with the latest data available. To discharge this responsibility, DOC's Global Content Strategy section is seeking to hire a committed and passionate research professional.

The work of the Research Consultant is overseen by the Communication Specialist - Research based in the Publishing unit of the Global Content Strategy section. The team is independent from writers, editors and researchers who develop content, and it offers an objective or neutral perspective. Fact-checking is key to UNICEF's credibility and legitimacy. Ensuring the quality, accuracy and reliability of our published content reduces the reputational risks for the organization and contributes directly to the achievement of results for children.

Description of assignment and expected results:

  • Fact-check communication and advocacy content, following Fact-checking Guidelines, through online database searches, academic resources and other means of validation, verifying facts and figures for accuracy and currency with credible and authoritative sources for each finding;
  • Check contents for consistency with UNICEF policy and guidelines and recent materials produced by Headquarters and field offices;
  • Thoroughly check sensitive issues that may damage the UNICEF name, brand and reputation;
  • Liaise with the responsible editor/writer/researcher in HQ and field offices and experts as needed;
  • Research and compile up-to-date information/statistical data, reports, scholarly articles, UN system flagships and other publications on current development and humanitarian issues relevant to the work of the organization;
  • Organize and save each fact-checked material and supporting documentation/evidence in user-friendly format;
  • Other research assignments and tasks to ensure timely completion of projects.
  • Duty Station: NYHQ

    Travel: The consultancy will not include travel


    Start date: 1 December 2019 - End date: 1 June 2020 (with a possibility of extension)


    Target Deadline for deliverable


    Humanitarian Advocacy and Fundraising, Early Moments Matter, Children Uprooted, End Violence Against Children, Every Child Alive: Fact-check contents develop for UNICEF global campaigns.

    1 June 2020

    5 weeks

    UNICEF Annual Report 2020: Fact-check finalized manuscript chapters, web stories, related media material and advocacy materials ahead of the launch.

    1 June 2020

    6 weeks

    UNICEF Child Alerts: Fact-checked drafts and finalized, copyedited documents for all Child Alerts produced by DOC and associated media and Web content.

    1 June 2020

    5 weeks

    Fact-checked web stories, video scripts, press releases, advocacy and content produced by DOC (or in collaboration with other divisions).

    1 June 2020

    6 weeks

    Other research assignments

    As needed

    4 weeks

    Required qualifications and work experience:

  • M.A in international development and social science related areas;
  • A minimum of two years of research and fact-checking experience, facility with quantitative and quantitative data;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of current key development issues and trends relevant to children and women;
  • Strong knowledge of UNICEF's programmes, emergencies activities and policies a distinct advantage;
  • Knowledge of the work of the UN system preferred;
  • A professionally positive, solutions-oriented approach;
  • Strong team work and attention to details;
  • Driven to produce results to deadlines and to a high level of quality;
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset. Required competencies:
  • Setting high standards for quality of work;
  • Ability to work effectively in diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Analytical skills and good judgment;
  • Attention to detail and ability to identify sensitive issues;
  • Well organized and driven for results to meet tight deadlines;
  • Quickly building rapport with individuals and groups;
  • Flexibility to work on multiple projects and teams and a good team player;
  • Health Insurance

    Consultants and individual contractors are required to certify that they are covered by medical/health insurance. Consultants and individual contractors who are required to travel beyond commuting distance to duty station(s) with hardship ratings other than H and A shall also certify that their medical/health insurance covers medical evacuations. (DHR/PROCEDURE/2018/005, para 36)

    UNICEF does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for consultants and individual contractors, and consultants and individual contractors are not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to United Nations staff members. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming all costs related to required inoculations, vaccinations and medical examinations and reflect it as part of their bid for the assignment (DHR/PROCEDURE/2018/005, para 66).

    ONLY, in case of unforeseen official business travel, actual cost, including the visa fee, vaccination will be reimbursed in accordance with UNICEF Policy/procedure on official travel.

    At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage and the consultant must provide proof of health insurance.

    Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate. (DHR/PROCEDURE/2018/005, para 67)

    Visa Requirement

    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.


    Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Application submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

    UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

    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.

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    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.


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

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link