Communication Consultant (emergency support).

Vacancy Number: Pr22/02542

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 16 Aug 2022, 16:30 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:N/A
Starting date: 22 Aug 2022
Reference to the project: Energy Security/FPI
Expected Duration of Assignment:
Submission Instructions:

Proposals should be submitted online by pressing the "Apply Online" button, no later than 16 august 16:30 (Moldova local time).

Requests for clarification only must be sent by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: silvia.pana-carp@undp.org. UNDP will respond by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.

Supporting Documents:
Terms of Reference
Procurement Notice
OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR (IC) ASSIGNMENT
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract

Contacts:

Ms. Silvia Pana-Carp.

silvia.pana-carp@undp.org

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting 1 January 2013 we will no longer accept applications submitted by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org. Applications shall be submitted online only, by following the “Apply online” link.


Background

The overall objective of the Programme is to assist the Government of Moldova to tackle the current energy crisis and energy poverty in addressing prioritized systemic elements in the energy sector to cope with potential future energy crisis.

Specific objectives are to support the Government of Moldova to: 

  1. put in place the legal and regulatory framework in the energy sector with mainstreamed social and climate considerations in line with the EU requirements;
  2. strengthen the capacities of the energy-related actors and enhancing institutional coordination mechanisms to address and avert risks entailed in recent and potential future energy crisis;
  3. increased awareness and communication among the population to adopt the best energy saving practices and measures and to encourage the use of renewables;
  4. operationalize nation-wide energy programmes and demonstrate solutions to increase energy affordability in residential and public buildings, targeting specifically the most vulnerable and affected groups of population.

 

Scope of work

The Communication Consultant will ensure, in line with the Programme scope, the provision of the following development services and products pertaining to an effective communication and public outreach:

1. Ensure the effective management of the project’s communication plan, focusing on achievement of the following:

  • Review, implement and continuously monitor the project’s communication plan, using appropriate feedback mechanisms and monitoring tools;
  • Establish meaningful partnerships with mass-media (esp. specialized), at the local and national levels;
  • Coordinate the activity of the project’s national consultant(s) in the field of communication and public outreach;
  • Ensure synergies with other programmatic partners on joint outreach, communication and capacity development activities;
  • Identify appropriate suppliers for the provision of goods/services required for the implementation of the communication plan;
  • Ensure compliance with all corporate rules and regulations of UNDP and EU on in the field of communication and visibility promotion, efficiently cooperate with the UNDP and EU Communications Officers; Ensure coordination with the press-service of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development;
  • Provide solid inputs to project’s analytical products, work plans, progress reports, and fundraising efforts, in the area of responsibility, etc

2. Ensure the visibility of the project’s component results, focusing on achievement of the following:

  • Prepare communications products (via articles, success stories, interviews, blogs posts, press releases, videos, photo essays etc.) and ensure wide dissemination and visibility of project’s achievements in the national media as well as in the local and regional media/websites;
  • Design concepts for communication products and oversee their implementation;
  • Design and conduct public events (launches, policy dialogues, roundtables, conferences) etc.
  • Design and conduct campaigns;
  • Conceptualize and deploy assets for social media (illustrations, infographics, gifs etc).
  • Manage visibility kits (online and printed);
  • Organize press trips in Programme partner communities and ensure media coverage;
  • Prepare and conduct communication trainings for the Programme team, consultants and stakeholders;
  • Support the communication capacities of partner communities (LPAs) and coordinate the support offered to programme partners in the area of communications and visibility (Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Energy Efficiency Agency, National Agency for Energy Regulation, Energocom, Premier energy), with a focus on their development initiatives and opportunities;

Requirements for experience

I. Academic background:

  • Master’s degree in Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, Sociology, International Relations, or another relevant field.
  • Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of experience can be taken into consideration in lieu of Master’s degree.

II. Experience and knowledge:

  • 5 years of progressive experience in communication, mass-media and/ or public relations.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of media/communication strategies and plans.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and implementing national and local public outreach/communication campaigns.

III. Skills and competencies

  • Solid understanding of and ability to apply communications tools and techniques
  • Ability to analyze, plan, communicate effectively orally and in writing, draft report, solve problems, manage PR projects/ events, organize, and meet expected results, adapt to different environments (cultural, economic, political and social)
  • Knowledge of topics related to energy efficiency, social or economic topics
  • Outstanding drafting and communication skills

IV. Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English, Romanian and/or Russian
  • Knowledge of one or more minority languages relevant for Moldova, including Romani, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and sign language, is an asset.

 

The United Nations in Moldova is committed to workforce diversity. Women, persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, as well as refugees and other non-citizens legally entitled to work in the Republic of Moldova, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Documents to be included

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:  

  1. Proposal, explaining why he/she is most suitable for the work, including past experience in similar assignments, providing a brief information on above qualifications and methodology on how he/she will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). 
  2. OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR (IC) ASSIGNMENT
  3. CV with at least three names for a reference check. 

Financial proposal

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (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 fees, taxes, travel costs, accommodation costs, communication, and number of anticipated working days)

Travel

All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal, if applicable. 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. 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.


Apply online

IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting 1 January 2013 we will no longer accept applications submitted by email to vacancies-moldova@undp.org. Applications shall be submitted online only, by following the “Apply online” link.