External Communication Consultant for WASH Project in PNG
Although Papua New Guinea is a lower middle-income nation, it still faces major challenges in achieving all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 6 access to clean and safe water and sanitation.
Access to safe water and sanitary facilities with practice of proper hygiene behaviours are a key factor in improved child survival rates. In Papua New Guinea, WASH related diseases are one of the main causes of child morbidity and morbidity. Faecal contamination is one of the fundamental causes of chronic malnutrition, which manifests in stunting in children. According to the 2016 Global Hunger Index Report 49.5 percent of children in PNG are stunted, among the highest prevalence rates in the world. Chronic malnutrition is caused by a condition called environmental enteropathy, in which the intestines, constantly attacked by faecal pathogens, are inflamed and cannot properly absorb nutrients. The lack of proper school WASH and Menstrual Hygiene facilities management facilities ultimately affect children's survival, health, nutrition and school attendance, and ultimately performance.
With assistance from European Union (11th EDF), UNICEF is supporting the implementation of the PNG National WASH Policy 2015-2030 by assisting the government of PNG in closing the access gap through a water, sanitation and hygiene project to increase infrastructure coverage and improve hygiene in up to 200 schools, 26 health centres to affect change in 4 districts to affect change in 800 communities by helping them achieve open defecation-free status and improve their hygiene practices. In addition, the project is intended to create an appropriate enabling environment and institutional framework at the national level to facilitate the achievement of the intentions of the National WASH Policy 2015-2030.
A supplementary key element of the project, the software component, is the advocacy and awareness raising in favour of increased support and resources for WASH as well as improved WASH-related behaviours among the population, children and women.
This proposed communication consultancy is intended to support the visibility and publicising the EU-UNICEF WASH project at the national and district levels as part of the effort to ensure continuous visibility for the project in a variety of the media during the project implementation phase.
In the second half of the 2019, the EU UNICEF WASH Project will enter its second phase during which actual implementation commences. A range of activities, including construction of improved WASH facilities in 200 schools and 39 health facilities and national and district level campaign on improved sanitation behaviours as well as a community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) intervention to eliminate open defecation in at least 800 communities in the 4 target districts of the project. Due to the geographic spread of activities, support will be needed in evenly publishing and highlighting project effort that will unfold simultaneously.
The EU Visibility Guidelines requires continuous project publicity and visibility in all important media such newspapers, radio, television, social media and through a project newsletter to high achievements and voices from the field. In addition, there will increased need to monitor the media and to document stories about the project. Implementing this effort effectively, will require dedicated support of a communication consultancy under the guidance of the C4D specialist.
Purpose / Objectives
Working under the guidance of the C4D specialist, the consultant will support the visibility efforts of the EU UNICEF WASH Project through consistent/daily media coverage as well supporting media monitoring and documentation of project activities and achievement for increased awareness about the project by stakeholder within and outside Papua Guinea.
Under the direct supervision of the Communication for Development Specialist, the Communication Consultant will undertake the following tasks:
- Write press releases, newspaper supplements, human interest stories and documentation from the field about EU WASH for sharing through various platforms, including newspaper, radio, TV, social media and project newsletter with UNICEF stakeholders and target audiences.
- Generate and lay out content (stories and photos) for the project quarterly newsletter, Klinpela News, including repackaging content from the E-WASH project newsletter app that will be used for gathering news and photos from the field for use on various formats for communicating about the project
- Take photographs from the field to be used in illustrating stories and other publication for electronic and non-electronic as well as for use as photo stories and photo essays.
- Produce regular content captions, photos and videos for special media of Facebook, twitter and Instagram per the project social media content dissemination target.
- Support the C4D specialist in coordinating and guiding media visits to the field by both local and international journalists to highlight UNICEF work in the field.
- Support media monitoring and tracking of both local media daily and international media on a regular basis about the EU-WASH project and provide daily/ weekly/monthly reports for sharing with partners, including the EU
- Review and regularly update contact lists for the media, national and provincial implementing partners, donors, and key stakeholders.
- Support the management of images database for the EU-WASH project of still and video images as well as audio sound bites and file them for easy access and sharing.
- Support in the planning, organisation and implementation of events, commemorations and various publicity activities
- And any other related tasks to the consultancy that might assigned by the supervisor
- A detailed work plan at the beginning of the consultancy assignment and monthly work plans thereafter for the contract duration
- Monthly report of progress on key consultancy activities, including press releases and stories in newspapers, radio and television as well as social media, publicity activities conducted and quarterly issues of Klinpela newsletter produced.
- One end of contract report
Supervision and evaluation
The consultant will report to the C4D Specialist who will also be responsible for evaluating the consultant, monthly for payment purposes.
A monthly fee will be paid upon submission of a monthly report and satisfactory performance at the end of every month of the contract period based on agreed work plan with supervisor at the beginning of each month
* Payment will be based on satisfactory completion of tasks and submission of deliverables duly authorized by the Supervisor
Expected background and Experience
- University Degree in Communication, Social Sciences, or Public Health or Humanities
- At least 2 year's progressively responsible professional work experience in a reputable news media organisation as journalist newspaper, radio or television
- Demonstrated proficient writing skills in the English language, including an ability to write both good hard news and feature stories
- Ability to take good photographs that can be used for illustrating stories.
- Knowledge of working with social media channels, such as Facebook, twitter and Instagram or demonstrated aptitude to quickly learn to work with social media
- Computer skills, including some basic design skills required to produce a newsletter
- Ability to travel to travel on short notice to provinces in Papua New Guinea as required by the consultancy.
- Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines.
- A good knowledge of Tok-Pisin and Papua Guinea Culture is required
- Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines under tight schedules
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization
- The consultant will be responsible to bring all necessary laptop and computer accessories.
- Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
- Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
- No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.
- Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/ individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that she/ he has appropriate health insurance.
- The Form 'Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section.
- As per UNICEF policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
- The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF's General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
The likely risk for the consultancy relate to failure to complete all the tasks defined within the timelines stipulated. To mitigate against the risks, before commencement of and monthly during the work, the consultant will submit a work plan on how he or she intent to carry out the work. This will be discussed and agreed with all possible challenges likely to be faced identified and addressed.