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International consultant – Writer/Editor, Mogadishu, Somalia, 8 months – UNICEF jobs

  • Location: Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Vacancy No: N/A 
  • Salary: N/A
  • Organization: UNICEF
  • Gender: Both
  • Deadline: 2024-03-08

How can you make a difference?

1. Review literature on disability in Somalia, the policy and legal environment, attitudes, beliefs and practices, and the UNdaunted programme.
2. Develop and submit to UNICEF a synopsis on each of the three stories and a production schedule.
3. Travel to Galmudug, Somaliland, and Puntland where the UNdaunted programme is being implemented to collect the stories. The three feature stories will focus on actions being taken to promote disability-inclusive education across the entire education system in Somalia. The following angles will be the basis of the stories produced in this Plan.
o Girls’ empowerment: Profile a female member of the Girls’ Empowerment Forum who has exhibited strong negotiation, communication, and leadership skills. What are her motivations? What barriers is she overcoming? What is her support system? What does her family think of this? What does the Programme aim to achieve?
o Disability-friendly learning materials for the ABE programme: Profile a school that is piloting the Braille textbooks, specifically zeroing in on the headteacher’s pioneering role and the experiences of the students. What are the experiences of the students so far? How were the teachers trained and how do they combine special education with their regular teaching activities? Interview with UNICEF Education Specialist to explain the broader plan beyond the pilot and how this Programme is a gamechanger.
o Children on-the-Move: Profile a girl, possibly with disability, who has been displaced by drought/floods and has managed to enroll in an ABE center in another location. The story will explore the broader issue of conflict and displacement in Somalia and its impact on the education of marginalized children, especially those with disability. Reiterate key messages about the learning crisis in Somalia where 4 million children are out-of-school and the cost of inaction.
4. Submit scripts for proofing by UNICEF and finalize.
5. Work with the photographer (hired by UNICEF) to select, edit and caption photographs relevant to the stories.
6. Submit the final text and photos.

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Timeline
Develop and submit to a synopsis/treatment on each of the three stories and a production schedule. Synopsis and production schedule 6 days, Q2
Fieldwork in Galmudug, Somaliland, and Puntland Script for proofing 5 days, Q2 (Galmudug)

5 days, Q3 (Somaliland)

5 days, Q4 (Puntland)

Finalization of text with photos and submission Ready-to-use final script 3 days, Q2, Galmudug

3 days, Q3, Somaliland

3 days, Q4, Puntland


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (master’s or higher) in Journalism, mass communication, development studies, international relations, or a related field in the social sciences.
  • At least eight (8) years’ experience in communication, development, or any related social science field.
  • Strong communication, interviewing, and writing skills.
  • Strong understanding of data, interpretation, analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Prior experience writing feature stories for publication in the media.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality of work.
  • Knowledge of development issues facing women and children, human rights, social inclusion and social change, gender equality, and inclusive development.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit  here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Kindly include an all-inclusive financial proposal with your application.  Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be considered.

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Advertised: E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time


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