International consultancy in preparing of UNICEF Turkmenistan Annual Report 2016 for external audiences

Ashgabat | Turkmenistan

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office plans to publish its Annual Report for 2016 for external audiences. It highlights the collective efforts in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan across several ministries, civil society organizations, UN system and other development partners in achieving important milestones in our pursuit towards achievement of results for children and women in Turkmenistan.

Based on the internal Country Office Annual Report (COAR) submitted online to UNICEF HQ and the Results Assessment Modules (RAM) reporting, as well as other documents, such as Country Programme Document and Country Programme Action Plan and Rolling Works Plans for 2016-17, the consultant is expected to deliver a UNICEF Turkmenistan Annual Report 2016 for external audiences (Government partners, development partners, donors, academia, etc.) in Turkmenistan and beyond its borders.

Objectives and expected outcomes

The overall objective of the consultancy is to enable the Country Office to present its achievements together in partnership with Government and development partners for greater accountability through the Annual Report 2016 for external audiences. The consultant is expected to produce high quality, reader-friendly report, enriched with human-interest stories and photos within the set timeframe.

The scope of the assignment and deliverables

  • Adaptation of the internal annual report for external use
  • Enriching the products with photos, human interest stories and other visual graphics
  • Editing products in compliance with UNICEF guidelines, stylebook, organisational branding rules, grammatical accuracy, factual accuracy, UN coherence.
  • Submission of print-ready (in in-design format, word and PDF) colourful and reader-friendly products – UNICEF Turkmenistan Annual Report for external use
  • Timeline

  • Mid-January –End January 2017 – desk review
  • Last week of January 2017 – Visit to Turkmenistan to collect more information, photos, inputs from programme staff for the annual report
  • End February 2017 – First draft of the annual report
  • Mid-March 2017 - Finalization of the annual report text, photos, human interest stories, with layout and ready to print
  • Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree and/or specialized certification in media and communication, journalism or social science.
  • At least, 5 years of work experience in communication and policy advocacy; designing communication products engagement, donor relations and reporting; programme quality support.
  • Experience in production of high-quality communication materials, such as Annual Reports, advocacy materials and publications for the UN country offices or other international organizations.
  • Superior writing, analytical and communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Work supervision and reporting

    The consultant will be directly supervised by UNICEF Representative with technical guidance of the OIC Deputy Representative and Communication Officer and/or C4D Officer. Technical advice/inputs and materials (enabling securing photos/Human Interest Stories) will be sought from other programme specialist as needed.

    Timing and duration

    Total duration of the technical assistance is 30 working days (both on-site and off-site work) for the international consultancy. Assignment should be conducted within two-and-half-month period, tentatively in mid-January – mid-March 2017. The exact timing of the one-time visit to Turkmenistan is to be agreed upon selection.

    In order to facilitate the process, the assigned expert will start working off the site/online prior to travel to Ashgabat as necessary.


    UNICEF in Turkmenistan will provide logistical support in the organization of the consultant's visit to Turkmenistan.

    Any specific information regarding work schedule considerations, special procedures, for example, on relations with press, security, evacuation in emergencies; benefits and arrangements such as insurance; seasonal constraints; travel constraints/conditions and socio-cultural conditions; reporting requirements apart from products to be delivered will be provided by the UNICEF Country Office in Turkmenistan.

    The selected consultant will be provided background information/materials/reports that will inform his/her assignment in due course.

    Estimated Cost of Consultancy

    A lump sum fee at P3 rate agreed between the country office and the consultant will be paid upon successful delivery of the work. The country office will pay one round trip ticket and DSA for the actual number of days in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The total cost will be covered from the budget allocated by the Office.


    UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

    All materials/analytical products developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

    Expression of Interest

    UNICEF accepts applications from individual consultants and institutions. For the purpose of selection, a consultant/institution is requested to submit a Technical Proposal, which will include the following documents and information:

    A completed Expression of Interest form (see Appendix A) and responses to the questions, including the professional fee/rate per person day, and estimation for return airfare to Turkmenistan;

  • Institutions inception/registration (if submitting as an institution);
  • A work-plan, showing the inputs;
  • A proposed time frame vis-à-vis ToR;
  • Proposed consultant's curriculum vitae, completed P11;
  • A summary of experience in similar assignments;
  • A financial proposal with a description of unit costs (in US Dollars).
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

    To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: Ashgabat | Turkmenistan
    • Grade: Junior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Communication
      • Communication
      • Communication
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-07

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