National Consultant- Knowledge Management and Communication Support UN Women's EVAWG Programme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 178 views


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 Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) Strategic Notes (SN) 2017-2020 and 2019 Annual Work Plan (AWP) focus on supporting the development objectives of the Ethiopia Growth and Transformation Plan II (2010/11-2014/15) in relation to Pillar 8 on equity and empowerment as well as being aligned with United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016 – 2020). The Country Programme Division under the leadership of the Deputy Country Representative manages the Programme support to Ethiopia including Joint Programmes. In its work for 2017-2020, UN Women ECO is focusing on four main development result areas: 1) Women supported to lead and participate in decision-making at all levels; 2) Women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development; 3) Women and girls live a life free from violence; and 4) Governance and national planning fully reflect accountability for gender equality commitments and priorities. One of the priorities programme of UN Women ECO is Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG). In this area, UN Women works with key partners from government, civil society and UN organizations in development and humanitarian settings to address legal gaps and strengthen policy frameworks with regards to protecting women survivors of violence and their rights; to expand the provision of legal and protection services to women; and to provide awareness raising initiatives on legal instruments and mechanisms and sexual and gender-based violence.

UN Women Ethiopia Ending Violence against Women and Girls programme works with key partners from government and civil society to address legal gaps and strengthen policy frameworks with regards to protecting women survivors of violence and their rights; to expand the provision of legal and protection services to women; and to provide awareness raising initiatives on legal instruments and mechanisms and sexual and gender based violence targeting among others, religious institutions, law enforcement agencies, young boys and men.

UN Women plays a central role in the national -level implementation of the Secretary General’s Africa-UNiTE campaign with the overall objective to mobilize and support the government in fulfilling its commitment to ending violence against women and girls.

To strengthen the knowledge management and communication of UN Women’s Programme on Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls and the capacity of one of UN Women’s main partner in the programme i.e. the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) Agar Ethiopia and Ethiopian Network of Women shelters (ENWS). UN Women is seeking the services of a consultant. The consultant is expected to spend 70% of the time supporting UN Women and provide on-site support to AWSAD, ENWS and Agar 30% of the time.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall oversight of UN Women Deputy Representative, and direct supervision by Programme Specialist- EVAWG and Human Rights, the consultant will:

  • Produce and oversee production of communications and knowledge products for UN Women’s Programme on Preventing and Responding to VAWG, including programme profile, press releases, information packages, articles, human stories, good practices etc. while ensuring consistent style and format in line with UN Women’s and the donor’s Communication policies and document and share them widely for learning and advocacy;
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of communications and knowledge products created
  • Identify and develop storylines for publications and substantive articles to be published on web and in other media, and provide contributions to UN Women ESARO newsletter, HQ Bulletin, UNCT newsletter and others;
  • Document the entire UN Women EVAWG approach, processes, lessons and good practices as a knowledge management and advocacy product for scaling up
  • Work closely with UN Women’s Communications Team and Monitoring and Reporting Officer to ensure seamless collaboration, creative and successful delivery of high-quality communications operations and product for the EVAWG programme
  • Develop media advocacy strategies, including liaising with media to communicate key messages to defined target audiences;
  • Liaise with AWSAD and design training programs and provide capacity building and technical assistance to strengthen and empower AWSAD and AGAR Ethiopia to generate, collect, use and share knowledge and produce communication materials
  • Provide technical support to AWSAD and AGAR Ethiopia on their quarter and annual narrative reports for quality control and ensure result-based reporting
  • Produce content from AWSAD and AGAR Ethiopia’s work including articles, human stories and photos for advocacy and resource mobilization purposes and produce communication strategy/plan for AWSAD and AGAR Ethiopia
  • Produce a publication/booklet on the multi-sectoral and holistic service provision, undertaken by AWSAD, Agar Ethiopia and ENWS
  • Carry out any other duties as requested by the supervisor


Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to contribute to results-based management and reporting,
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change
  • Strong IT skills, Atlas

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent), preferably in communications, journalism, public relations or another related field.
  • A first level university degree with a relevant combination of professional training, certification and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Computer/software training would be an asset.


  • Minimum of six years of experience (4 years with advanced university Degree) in journalism, communications, public or international relations preferably in international organizations
  • Language requirements: Excellent command of written and spoken English and local language (Amharic) is required.

Learning expectations

  • Learning and development are a central part of the UN Women’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the constant’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the consultant’s motivation high.

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.

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