Media Consultant

Published: 13.03.2020 09:06:34
Deadline: 17.03.2020 23:59:59 The deadline for applications has expired
Salary: According to the interview results
Location: Bishkek
Type of involvement: full time

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Common information


The Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for Central Asia (ROCA) was established in 2008 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and currently covers all five countries in the region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was set out in the General Assembly resolution 48/141 of 20 December 1993 According to the Agreement establishing ROCA that was signed by the Government of Kyrgyzstan and OHCHR, ROCA will engage with Governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector as well as relevant United Nations partners, to formulate and implement strategies, programmes and measures for the promotion and protection of all human rights in the countries of Central Asia. Public Information is critical to engaging with ROCA’s changing audience, in particular, members of the public, civil society and programme partners. With the vast coverage area, ROCA needs to find effective, efficient, more creative and innovative ways to engage with its audience. Increased visibility should boost recognition, awareness and education on human rights in Central Asia.

Qualification requirements


The incumbent will submit a final report in the agreed format briefly describing the effect of the Communication Plan and implemented media outreach activities. The incumbent will submit lists of contacts for journalists and media outlets in all five Central Asia countries for future ROCA use. The incumbent will need to include into the report a set of recommendations on how to continue implementation of ROCA’s communication strategy in order to ensure wider public outreach. The report will be approved by the OHCHR National Programme Officer and will serve as a payment justification.


  • University degree in journalism, information technologies or other.
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience in public information sphere.
  • Fluency in Russian and Kyrgyz. Knowledge of English is an advantage.


Individual Consultants/Contractors whose assignments require travel and who are over 62 years of age are required, at their own cost, to undergo a full medical examination including x-rays and obtaining medical clearance from an UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. Individual Consultants/Contractors are required to have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. The cost of required vaccinations/inoculations, when foreseeable, must be included in the financial proposal. Any unforeseeable vaccination/inoculation cost will be reimbursed by UNDP.


The Consultant should undertake the BSAFE training prior to travelling (only if travel is required). These requirements apply for all Consultants, attracted individually or through the Employer.


Duty Station: Bishkek, some travel in the vicinity of Bishkek is envisaged. All travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket and Daily allowance exceeding UNDP rates. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.


Preferred Currency of Offer: US Dollars The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverable (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diem, and number of anticipated working days). For local contractors in Kyrgyzstan UNDP shall effect payment in Kyrgyz Som based on the prevailing UN operational rate of exchange on the month of payment. The prevailing UN operational rate of exchange is available for public from the following link:



Under the supervision of the OHCHR National Programme Officer, the incumbent will ensure that work is carried out to develop a communication plan for ROCA and assist in its implementation. The incumbent will provide a monthly communication plan not later than the 24th of each month for the upcoming month, to be shared with all teams within ROCA. The plan will include the incumbents work schedule, upcoming events to be covered in social media, by press release or with press conferences, and will be based on contributions from all teams.

The incumbent will provide support to ROCA in its outreach to mass media and journalists. The incumbent will develop and provide visibility materials as required, including liaising with designers and printers and ensuring that material includes required. The incumbent will administer ROCA accounts on Facebook and Instagram and will regularly prepare relevant products for posting on various social networks reflecting information about ROCA activities, OHCHR relevant materials pertaining to Central Asia and other materials promoting human rights standards among the wider public. This work will be carried out in line with the monthly communication plan. On completion of the assignment, the incumbent will prepare an analysis of the overall effectiveness and reach of communication activities during the consultancy, and develop recommendations based on this analysis. This will be based on indicators provided by the consultant in relation to individual media posts and events. While the incumbent will work on a flexible basis, the incumbent will agree on certain set hours during which they will be present in the ROCA office. This will include at least two half days each week. This information will be included in the monthly workplan.


All interested candidates should submit cover letter and filled in P-11 form in English with indication of position title not later than 15.00, 17 March 2020 to: Applications missing P-11 will not be considered.

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About company

Управление Верховного комиссара ООН по правам человека (УВКПЧ) олицетворяет собой стремление мирового сообщества к достижению всеобщих идеалов человеческого достоинства и отвечает за поощрение и защиту прав человека во всем мире.

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