Consultant – Writer – Immunization Advocacy Brief – 30 days, Mogadishu, Somalia (Home-based)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. 

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

And we never give up. 

For every child, Life

How can you make a difference? 

Scope of work:

1. Review existing background literature on polio and immunization in Somalia.

2. Conduct key informant interviews with relevant stakeholders to understand the context.

3. Produce an advocacy brief that includes a “Call to Action” aimed at various key stakeholders, such as line ministries, members of parliament, religious leaders, elderly community members, journalists, and corporate businesses.

4. Submit a draft to UNICEF for review and finalize. 

Work Assignment Overview




Conduct desk review of existing background literature on polio and immunization in Somalia and submit an outline.

Outline of the advocacy brief

6 days

Conduct key informant interviews with relevant stakeholders to understand the context

List of informants, purpose and key findings/recommendations

10 days

Develop and submit a draft advocacy brief

brief. Draft advocacy brief

10 days

Incorporate feedback and finalize brief.

Ready-to-use final script

4 days

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • A master’s degree in development communication, mass communication, public health, journalism, or a related field. 
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in communication or public health, with expertise in documentation and content writing, particularly on development-related issues.
  • Superior writing/documentation skills, with specific experience in content creation for advocacy purposes.
  • A good understanding of development issues in Somalia, particularly as they relate to maternal and child health.
  • Strong understanding of data, interpretation, analytical and critical thinking skills.  
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • The candidate should be self-motivated, creative, and possess good analytical skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality of work.
  • Oral and written fluency in English is essential; Somali language skills are highly desirable. 
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

 To view our competency framework, please visit  here

 UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 


All applicants must submit an all-inclusive financial proposal.  Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 28 May 2024 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 06 Jun 2024 E. Africa Standard Time

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