UNICEF Story Writer Jobs in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

UNICEF Story Writer Jobs in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

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Purpose of the assignment

  • To provide human interest stories and feature stories for UNICEF Ethiopia.

  • The consultant will be assigned to research and write Human Interest Stories (HIS) and feature stories on UNICEF supported programmes in Ethiopia’s regions / areas where the programmes are operational.
  • The consultant is responsible to write captions for photos and produce photo stories.
  • The consultant will also be assigned to edit human interest stories as well as other briefing documents.
  • Whenever CAP cannot assign a photographer, the consultant will take high resolution photos and photo captions in line with the HIS as per the UNICEF guideline for photography.
  • Write stories from interviews and documents provided by programme sections.
  • Obtain consent forms of beneficiaries
  • The programme section will provide background materials on which the stories need to be based one week prior to the mission.
  • The consultant is expected to draft human interest stories through interviews with beneficiaries, Government staff at various levels, NGO officials and UNICEF staff.
  • CAP will provide all guidelines on writing human interest stories and photography.

    Expected Deliverable
  • Stories between 700 and 1500 words.
  • Photo Stories
  • The stories should contain quotes from beneficiary and/or Government official, and/or NGO, and/or UNICEF official.
  • Reference to acknowledgement of the donor is required (as per donor agreement).
  • Highlighting programmatic convergence in the story is strongly encouraged.
  • The consultant needs to obtain all necessary ethical approvals form the beneficiaries to be interviewed and photographed by using a consent form.
  • The stories with photos including captions should be provided to the communication specialist not later than two weeks upon return from the mission.
  • The consultant will provide a minimum of five quality high resolution photos to accompany each feature story.
  • The consultant needs to ensure that photos and captions are in line with the stories.
  • Photos should contain photo credit and full captions (as per attached guideline) and should be possible for UNICEF to use free of copy right.
  • The writer will work under the direct supervision of Communication Specialist and in close
    collaboration with the programme staff.
  • Feedback on the stories will be provided by CAP.
  • The CAP section will inform the consultant on how the feature stories have been used.
  • Payment will be made up on delivery of final story or edited document.

  • Diploma in Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, International Studies, Social Sciences or equivalent professional work experience, combined with a certificate in a related discipline.
  • Relevant professional experience in journalism, writing, communication, public relations or other related field using excellent analytical, research and writing skills.
  • Experience with writing feature/ human interest stories is highly desirable.
  • Previous experience reporting and writing on UN programmes would be an advantage.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Proven fluency in English, written and spoken is a fundamental requirement.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • Photographic experience would be an important advantage.

    Required Skills/Competencies:
  • Proven knowledge and experience in writing for development messaging.
  • Excellent English writing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Willing and able to travel.
  • Communication, networking and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent teamwork skills.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF programmes in Ethiopia is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of Ethiopian culture and customs is highly desirable
  • High ethical standards and understanding of sensitivities relating to child related issues and working in a political sensitive environment.
  • Strong understanding of UNICEF programmes and policy, including knowledge of UNICEF guiding principles for media and branding requirements
  • Strong commitment to advancing the rights or women and children

  • Communication, Working with People, Drive for Results, Applying Technical Expertise, Planning and organizing, Analyzing.
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  • UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles.
  • All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 1st July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Story Writer Jobs in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

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