Communications Assistant

Project Title: Addressing rights and well-being of women with disabilities and veterans of the

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Position: Individual consultant – Communications Assistant


Projects Background: 

UNDP is the development arm of the United Nations system, with presence in over 170 countries. Globally the organization employs 17,000 people and manages a budget of USD 5 billion annually. The UNDP office in Baku employs a team of 55 professionals and currently manages a portfolio of projects in areas of inclusive growth, environmental protection and good governance.

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, with the field offices present in more than 150 countries across the world and a large number of people employed as international and local staff members. The UNFPA office in Baku employs a team of eight persons engaged in the implementation of the projects and programmes in the field of family planning, gender equality and population dynamics.

UNDP and UNFPA have initiated a new partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population (MLSPP) through joint Addressing rights and well-being of women with disabilities and veterans of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict project. The joint project aims to complement the Government efforts to protect, respect and fulfil the rights of persons living with disabilities with specific focus on women and war veterans of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as regards their protection and well-being in the area of inclusive employment and the rights of persons living with disabilities with the focus on women with disabilities and war veterans.

The project aims to enable inclusion and participation of the persons with disabilities in various aspects of life. The project also envisions series of interrelated activities on producing improved data and evidence for informed policymaking, increased awareness of the decision makers and the population on particular vulnerabilities of the persons with disabilities as well as exchange of good practices both within the country and in the region.

The project is a joint programme funded by the Government of Azerbaijan, and co-funded by UNDP and UNFPA.

The key government partner for the project is the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population. The project will also be implemented in close partnership with the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs and the State Statistics Committee. Active partnerships with local authorities, public and private sector agencies, media, communities, and NGOs will be sought for the successful implementation of the programme.

The project will be implemented in Baku, Masalli and Salyan. An estimated 3,000 vulnerable individuals will benefit, directly and indirectly, from improved livelihoods opportunities and accessible space. The availability of quantitative and qualitative data on the particular vulnerabilities and capacities of the target groups will be improved; and changes in public perceptions will be promoted to reduce stigma and discrimination against PwDs.

The project will involve a mix of mainstream and targeted approaches to directly benefit persons with disabilities through improved economic opportunities; and indirectly, by making the environment more accessible and friendly for people with disabilities. Specifically, the scope of the programme will include the following components:

  1. Capacity development for data collection and statistics. Activities under this strategic area will focus on strengthening the collection of quantitative and qualitative data on the particular vulnerabilities and capacities of the project’s main target groups (Veterans of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with disabilities and women and girls with disabilities). This information will help service providers to develop strategies based on evidence. Interrelated activities will focus on improving the statistical database and providing findings from research. (The component will be implemented by UNFPA)


  1. Economic empowerment of women with disabilities and war veterans. This programme component will involve strategies contributing to increased employability and expansion of employment opportunities and promote the principles of universal design and accessibility. It will target simultaneously women and war veterans with physical disabilities, employers and state employment services. The interventions will be implemented in Baku and 2 pilot regions, using the lessons learnt, experience and the infrastructure of the UNDP’s Women Resource Centers (WRC) established and functional in Masalli and Salyan. (The component will be implemented by UNDP).


  1. Awareness raising for attitudinal changes. It is well known that reluctance of the general population to accept the persons with disabilities will cast a major shadow on all intervention strategies geared towards improved social protection and empowerment. It is therefore important to educate the people by fostering and nourishing the positive attitudes towards the persons with disabilities and ensuring that the society is accepting, understanding and empathetic to those who are different, but equal. Hence, the programme intends to raise public awareness and visibility of the persons with disabilities through a combination of various strategies including inter alia through traditional and modern media, focusing on positive role models and practices. (The component will be implemented by UNFPA).











Hiring Office: UNFPA Azerbaijan Country Office (UNFPA CO)
Purpose of consultancy: The Communications Assistant will be responsible for the Project’s communication and advocacy strategies.
Scope of work:



·         Develop the Project’s Communication Strategy/Plan for the purposes of the related communication and advocacy strategies;

·         Establish, maintain and utilize a broad network of media contacts for the purposes of project publicity;

·         Provide necessary assistance to the Project Team in managing communications for events, project launch, campaigns – including through social media and press tours to increase visibility and greater public awareness of the project results as well as other key communication activities;

·         Support in organizing project’s visibility activities including through media visits to event locations, sharing press release and related information;

·         Draft press releases that contain important project updates and/or cover milestone events;

·         Update current pages of the related website and create new pages when/if required;

·         Draft and develop content for social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Sound Cloud), manage SM accounts and engage with UNDP’s, UNFPA’s and MLSPP’s social media audience, responding to online queries in a timely manner;

·         Conduct social media analysis for project related platforms, measure audience engagement and contribute to building social media fan base through assessment of key audiences, content planning, content management, search engine optimization, analytics and assessment of effectiveness of platforms and content;

·         Draft human interest stories and blogs;

·         Contribute to writing photo essays, which depict project success stories;

·         Assist in producing graphic design content for social media, such as fact graphs, info graphs, and other documents that require simple design such as brochures and leaflets;

·         Conduct photo shooting of project activities during the events as needed;

·         Act as a first contact person for development and dissemination of relevant outreach materials;

·         Analyze and interpret the political, social and economic environment relevant to the issue of disability and identify opportunities for project related publicity via various media channels;

·         Conduct a quarterly monitoring of media outlets as regards the coverage of the issues concerning the persons with disabilities;

·         Conduct other communication related activities as deemed necessary within the framework of the project and requested by the Project Team.

Duration and working schedule: October 01, 2019 – September 30, 2021 (22 months in total)

The consultancy envisions a total of 22 months of engagement split into two 11-months periods with the first one followed by one-month break in service.

Place where services are to be delivered: Baku, Azerbaijan

Frequent travel to the project districts (Salyan and Masalli) will be required

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.): ·         The consultancy fee will be paid to the consultant on the last day of each month in service, based on successful submission of all deliverables and implementation of all related activities as defined by the Project Team
Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline: ·         The project team composed of UNFPA and UNDP staff members will monitor the progress;

·         The final reports will be submitted for the attention of UNFPA CO.

Supervisory arrangements: The expert will work under overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Programme Analyst in close cooperation with the delegated representatives of the concerned UN agencies and the MLSPP
Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements: ·         University Degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Social Sciences, or similar;

·         At least 3 years of professional experience relevant to communication, print and broadcast media or interactive digital media, at either the national or international level;

·         Proficiency in using computer applications (Microsoft Office Suite, email/internet, other IT applications);

·         Skills and technical competency in producing for various media outlets: print, web, social media

·         Excellent written communication skills;

·         A working knowledge of Azeri and English is required; knowledge of Russian is an advantage;

·         Previous experience with UNDP, UNFPA and/or an international organization will be considered an asset

Inputs / services to be provided by UNFPA or implementing partner (e.g support services, office space, equipment), if applicable: UNFPA CO will provide necessary support to the expert at all stages of the activity.


How to apply:

  • The candidates willing to apply need to send their P11 document by e-mail with a subject of “Disability Project Communications Assistant” to the contact person indicated below no later than September 20th 2019:

Note: Women and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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September 2019
19 September / Thursday
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