Consultancy - Media Consultant, Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships,

  • Level: Consultant
  • Contract Type: Consultancy
  • Closing date: 08 Dec 2021 05:04 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Remote, New York

Duration: 11 months

Location: UNFPA HQ in New York, with possibility of working remotely

Scope of Work

Managing UNFPA Media and Communications Branch media monitoring:

  • Being UNFPA’s eyes and ears in earned media: managing UNFPA’s daily media monitoring activities, using a variety of tools and manual searches to track in real time and analyze media coverage of UNFPA and the issues at the heart of its mandate.
  • Collecting and analyzing coverage received by UNFPA’s key events, activities and publications; compiling reports of the coverage.
  • Compiling and distributing daily morning digest of clippings about UNFPA and its mandate to UNFPA staff.
  • Monitoring and alerting Media and Communications Branch management of potential crisis communications situations, tracking the development of these crises and advising on appropriate actions to take.
  • Leading on MCB’s expansion of Meltwater media monitoring software to regional offices and providing support to colleagues using the platform.
  • Monitoring media trends beyond UNFPA’s echo chamber in wider public discourse, including social media and popular culture.
  • Identifying and reaching out to strategically interesting journalists.

Supporting media activities and engagements:

  • Analyzing UNFPA’s audiences and identifying key media to reach them.
  • Drafting talking points for media appearances by senior management and liaising with journalists and media outlets to respond to information and interview requests.
  • Drafting and editing media materials, including Q&As, key messages, press releases, web, and other major corporate communications materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Working on messaging, media outreach, media monitoring, and coverage analysis for the State of World Population Report and other UNFPA publications, activities and events.
  • Identifying newsjacking and longer lead opportunities for UNFPA to insert itself into influential media.
  • Developing and pitching stories and other content to mainstream and online outlets.
  • Managing UNFPA’s media clippings libraries.

Supporting management of UNFPA Goodwill Ambassadors:

  • Supporting UNFPA activities with current and future Goodwill Ambassadors and their social media activations.
  • Leading due diligence processes for UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador vetting and appointment at HQ, regional and national level.
  • Researching and identifying potential celebrity spokespersons at the national, regional, and global level, and assisting with the appointment of such personalities.

Other communications priorities:

  • Support with organizing and managing media and communications-related events, including virtual events.
  • Serving as knowledge management focal point for media relations team.
  • Working closely with UNFPA social media team to identify and harness shared opportunities between social and traditional media. • Providing speedy, flexible, and reliable support to the media team on any other projects



Undergraduate university degree in a related field is required. Advanced university degree is an advantage


  • 1-2 years of professional experience in international media relations or journalism 
  • Excellent writing/ editing skills required
  • Understanding of modern media landscape (both traditional and digital)
  • Social media and popular culture savvy
  • Ability to process and present large quantities of data
  • Good planning and project management skills
  • Proven team player, ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines, flexibility and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Knowledge of French/Spanish/Arabic is an advantage
  • Familiarity with gender equality issues, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, international development and youth issues would be an asset

How to Apply:

Interested consultants should submit their CV and a brief cover letter outlining relevant experience to: Eddie Wright Please include "Media Consultant" in the subject line. 

Disclaimer: 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 UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities


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