National Consultancy: Documentation of Joint Canada Programme project best practices and lessons learnt publication, Pretoria, South Africa At UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

Job Identification : 12860

Locations : Pretoria, South Africa

Posting Date : 08/10/2023, 08:29 AM

Apply Before : 08/18/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Part time

Vacancy Type : Individual Consultancy

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Contract Duration : 2 months

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Must be fluent in English

Vacancy Timeline : 1 Week

Job Category : Communications

Job Description

The Position:

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Introduction and Context

In 2019 the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) began the implementation of a Canadian-funded programme titled “Empowering Women and Girls to Realise their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in South Africa.” The joint programme covers the period 2019 to 2023 and focuses on strengthening district-Level health and social services systems and support communities to enable Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) to realize their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as well as prevent and address Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), in the Alfred Nzo and; Nelson Mandela districts of the Eastern Cape and uThukela district in Eastern Cape.

As the project is coming to an end in 2023, it is prudent to document best practices and learn the lessons from implementing the project in Alfred Nzo and uThukela districts and Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

In light of the above background, UNFPA seeks to engage a writer/ consultant to:

  •  Collect and analyse relevant background information for the publication;
  •  Conduct interviews with key stakeholders and turn them into content for the publication;
  •  Draft and finalise the publication based on the abovementioned information

Purpose of consultancy:

The purpose of the publication is to:

  •  Document and tell the story of the Joint Programme: documentation of key achievements and lessons to be learnt;
  •  Highlight the role that UNFPA and UNICEF played in empowering AGYW in South Africa;
  •  Profile the leadership in government, civil society, development partners and the UN, that supported the effective implementation of the project


The scope of work for the assignment will include:

  •  Desktop research: Source and review all relevant background information for the publication;
  •  Interview preparation: Draft a comprehensive list of interviewees, interview questions and conduct recorded telephonic or face-to-face interview with selected stakeholders featured in publication;
  •  Draft publication: Produce a first draft of the publication based on the annotated outline, background information and the interview data gathered
  •  Second draft publication: Produce a second draft of the publication based on comments received;
  •  Submit a final draft of the publication, in which all comments have been addressed to UNFPA and UNICEF for final approval.
  •  Submit to UNFPA all raw materials related to interviews and other research material for archive purposes.
  •  Editing and proofreading of publication to finalisation with oversight.

Duration and working schedule:

The assignment is for a duration: 21 August- 21 October 2023

A final draft of the document is expected to be completed by 5 November 2023.

Place where services are to be delivered:

Consultancy will be home base and the consultant may be expected to travel to implementation sites.

Supervisory arrangements:

The consultant will be under the overall supervision of the UNFPA and UNICEF Communications and Advocacy Officer.

Required expertise , qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:

  •  Advanced degree in Social Sciences, Journalism, Media or related area (50);
  •  Minimum of five years’ work experience in the field of Communications or Media with a strong background in producing high quality, written journalism or journalistic research (20);
  •  Previous experience writing publications in the development sector (20);
  •  Excellent command of the English language and excellent writing skills (10).

Payment terms

Monthly based on agreed deliverables and days worked.

Inputs /services to be provided by Women, Youth and Persons with disabilities (e.g. support services, office space, equipment), if applicable: Office space, Printing and Internet


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.



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