Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that advocates for improved sanitation and hygiene for the most vulnerable and marginalized people around the world. With the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/45/181, WSSCC was established in 1990 to intensify “the coordination of national activities undertaken with the assistance of all relevant agencies in the field of water supply and sanitation.”
The WSSCC Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and located in Geneva, Switzerland. WSSCC enhances national efforts through the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) to help rural communities improve their sanitation and adopt good hygiene practices in countries such as Benin, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. In India, WSSCC is providing assistance through its India Support Unit as an accredited Key Resource Centre for capacity building and learning. In the rest of the countries, National Coordinators assume a pivotal role in representing WSSCC and ensuring that appropriate amplification and integration take place across various interventions supported by the Council. The GSF also appoints an Executing Agency (EA) to administer the grant in these countries and each EA makes sub-grants to non-government organizations, private sector and local governments to implement its programmes.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Head of Corporate Communications and Advocacy, in close collaboration with WSSCC’s Regional Units, the consultant will proactively produce and distribute newsworthy, accurate, and high-quality digital news and feature stories, photographs, video reports, and interactive social media content that will put a human face on the issues related to sanitation and hygiene in the above countries and promote WSSCC’s role in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6.2. The position will help WSSCC’s Corporate Communications and Media Unit to enhance its digital media performance, revitalize its brand, reinforce its narrative and reinvigorate its engagement with national, regional, and international audiences by increasing the quantity and improving the quality of its communications services and outputs.
In particular, one of the key story angles will be to showcase how WSSCC and its partners are carrying out their activities to “leave no one behind” and convey the importance of reaching out to the hardest-to-reach villages and the most marginalized people.
Additionally, the consultant will feature voices of the people who benefit from WSSCC’s interventions and highlight the impact that the work of WSSCC is having on their lives. The position will also make stories interesting and engaging by interviewing WSSCC partners and members – for example during WSSCC-supported workshops and events – and showcasing the challenges they face, the opportunities they would like to have, and how WSSCC is working together to scale up its interventions and impact. Video and social media content will be requested.
The target countries for this consultancy are Nepal, India and Nigeria.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, social science, communication or a related field.
Experience: At least two years of experience in journalism and/or writing features for the digital media.
Fluency in English is required. Fluency in the local national language of Nepal, India or Nigeria is required for each position located in those countries. Working knowledge of French is desirable.