National Consultant on Communication and Advocacy

UN Women, Kyiv, Ukraine

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th April, 2021

Job Description

UNDP 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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women Ukraine implements its Country Strategy for 2018-2022, covering the following thematic areas:

  • Making gender equality priorities central to national reforms, governance, planning and budgeting;
  • Ending violence against women and girls; and
  • Strengthening implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda
  • In its 2017 report, the UN CEDAW Committee noted the progress of Ukraine's ongoing decentralization reform, yet underlined the lack of gender equality integration, which resulted in poorly targeted policies and actions, perpetuating deeply rooted discriminatory practices. Examples of a negative impact of decentralization on women include: the lack of prioritization of childcare services by decentralized governments, preventing women from entering the workforce; the prioritization of bigger roads over smaller rural routes that have further isolated rural populations and limited women's access to justice, education, health, housing, formal employment, and skills development and training; and streamlining of healthcare services that have reduced access by already vulnerable women to specialized care to address increasing rates of breast cancer, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, alcoholism and drug addiction. Vulnerable women, such as women with disabilities, HIV-positive women. Roma women, and women affected by the conflict, were seen to bear a greater burden, while their rights to livelihood opportunities and access to key services were regularly violated.
  • It also important to note that since March 2020, Ukraine is also deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns. According to the assessment of socio-economic impact of COVID-19 conducted by the UN and other agencies in Ukraine, the outbreak of COVID-19 “is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems which are in turn amplifying the impacts of the pandemic”. The Rapid Gender Assessment of the Situation and Needs of Women in the Context of COVID-19 in Ukraine (RGA), which was conducted by UN Women in Ukraine in March-April 2020 provided a snapshot on the differentiated impact of COVID-19 on women and men. The key findings have shown that women are exposed to higher risks of losing incomes and savings as compare to men, they face barriers in access to basic services and have experienced a significantly increased burden of unpaid domestic and care work. RGA also confirmed increased number of cases of domestic violence (by 35%) and limited access of victims (majority of who are women), to the protection and services due to lockdown. Women facing multiple forms of discrimination have appeared to be at a much higher risk of extreme poverty and food insecurity. COVID-19 pandemics caused increased economic hardship especially to women living in small towns and villages, where alternatives for income generating activities are very limited.
  • In April 2018, UN Women CO in Ukraine in cooperation with the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine (hereinafter, the MCTD) has started the implementation of project “Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through decentralization reform of Ukraine”, generously funded by the Government of Canada. The main goal of the project is to support the Government of Ukraine in achieving transformative results for gender equality and women’s empowerment through the decentralization reform. The project contributes towards the implementation of the country’s commitments on gender equality[1] and creates an enabling institutional environment for improving regional and local governance through the application of a human rights-based approach and gender mainstreaming. The project supports the consolidated efforts of the national mechanism for gender equality, the Ministry of Communities and Territorial Development of Ukraine, the National Parliament (Verkhovna Rada), the Ombudsperson Office of Ukraine, four pilot regional state administrations (RSAs) and 13 territorial communities (TCS) in Chernivtsi, Kherson, Sumy and Volyn regions, women’s groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the implementation of the national gender equality commitments and empowerment of women facing multiple forms of discrimination.
  • The project provides policy advise and capacity development support to the national stakeholders in developing, implementing and monitoring the gender and human-rights responsive legislation and policies framework on decentralization and sustainable regional development. These efforts support the national stakeholders in ensuring that the decentralization reform and regional and local development are compliant with international standards on gender equality such as CEDAW, BPfA, and is in line with the national frameworks on gender equal rights and opportunities, such as the localized Sustainable Development Goals, the State Social Program on Equal Rights and Opportunities of Women and Men, the National Action Plan for the Implementation of the UNSC Resolution 1325. In 2020, the project supported the MCTD in the gender mainstreaming of the State Strategy of Regional Development 2021-2027 (SSRD), which resulted in the formulation of Operational Goal #5 on ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men, preventing and combating domestic violence and discrimination.
  • Awareness-raising of national and local duty-bearers, as well as right-holders is critical to ensure formulation and implementation of gender-sensitive socio-economic development and recovery plans at the national, regional and local levels. The project plans to conduct at least two advocacy campaigns aimed at gender equality and women’s empowerment through the decentralization reform and at addressing the gender impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine.
  • Therefore, UN Women seeks to hire a National Consultant on Communication and Advocacy on Gender-responsive Decentralization Reform and Gender Response to COVID-19 for the development and implementation of the mentioned advocacy component, as well as to coordinate the corresponding partnerships and advocacy events.


  • Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative in Ukraine and a direct day-to-day supervision of the UN Women Programme Specialist the National Consultant on Communication and Advocacy on Gender-responsive Decentralization Reform and Gender Response to COVID-19 will implement a set of tasks, including, but not limited to:
  • Develop the concept of minimum two advocacy campaigns: 1) on gender-responsive decentralization and women’s leadership in local governance; and 2) gendered impact of COVID-19 and women’s leadership in the pandemic’s response and recovery in line with corporate guidelines of UN Women and donor. Develop communication strategy, key messages, communication channels, stakeholder engagement plan, media and promo plan of the campaigns.
  • Facilitate implementation of the campaigns at national, regional and local levels. Maintain and expand the partnerships and contacts with media partners, regional media in target oblasts, journalism schools and civil society organizations, government authorities, and academic institutions, to implement the specified advocacy campaigns.
  • Initiate, conceptualize and implement communications and advocacy events of the project to ensure reaching diverse target audiences (local government, civil society, media, general public).
  • Coordinate the work of vendors providing support services in the area of events/public relations/multimedia production, coordinate partner events.
  • Make inputs to ensure the high-quality of project communication materials and knowledge products, including research reports, presentations, advocacy videos, etc. and their compliance with corporate guidelines of UN Women and donor.
  • Facilitate drafting and design of the project brochures, fact sheets, briefs and infographics.
  • Take interviews and draft minimum 10 human interest stories and other communication materials from the field and disseminate them to the relevant target audience. Upon request, participate at field trips to the target communities to collect stories and support advocacy efforts of the project team.
  • Provide timely and quality response to media inquiries. Prepare the press releases and media kits in line with corporate guidelines of UN Women and donor.
  • Ensure compliance of the social and other media posts related to the programme with the corporate UN Women and donor policies and guidelines. Ensure project’s visibility in social media in line with the corporate social media policy and provide inputs to UN Women Ukraine social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter).


Qualifications Education:

  • University Degree in journalism, communications, International Relations, gender studies, marketing or other related field is required.


  • At least five (5) years of work experience in managing campaigns, coordinating teams and partnership relations;
  • Proven track record in raising the visibility and influence of an organization or a cause through effective communications strategies;
  • Proven track record developing partnerships with private sector, arts and media;
  • Experience coordinating multiple and diverse stakeholders, including high-level individuals, in a campaign oriented, advocacy environment;
  • Understanding of gender equality and women’s human rights would be an asset;

Languages and other skills:

  • Fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.


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