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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

UNDP Communications Consultant for the CAMPS Programme Job in Kenya

Project Titles: Conference of Ministers of Public/ Civil Services (CAMPS)

Post title: Communications Consultant

Duration of employment (dates): Between January, 2011 and June 2011

Type of contract: Special Service Agreement Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya Background: UNDP seeks a consultant to design and develop a publicity/communication strategy for the Conference of African Ministers of Public/ Civil Service (CAMPS) with the support of UNDP under its African Governance and Public Administration Programme (AGPAP)

About CAMPS: The Conference of African Ministers for Public/Civil Service (CAMPS) programme, currently chaired by Kenya, is an initiative of the African Union. The Programme was started in 1994 to support public administration in Africa through initiation of reforms, codes and standards.

The key objectives of the Programme is to assess and establish linkages between Governance and Public Administration capabilities and the broader developmental agenda within the continent; and share knowledge and learning within the framework of exchange and capacity development on focused priority areas within the continental Programme.

Since its inception, the Ministerial Conference has demonstrated a commitment to move beyond simply the exchange of information towards establishing practices, codes and standards for public administration in Africa. The Conference of Ministers adopted the Long Term Strategy on African Governance on Public Administration Programme to guide implementation of the public administration agenda for the continent.

A Bureau which is elected by member States provides strategic political leadership in execution of the Programme. Its role is to identify priority areas that have the highest impact in governance and public administration across the continent; support the chairperson in the overall governance and management of the Programme; monitor, evaluate and prepare reports for the Ministerial Conferences; provide oversight over implementation of activities; initiate modalities for championing and political buy-in of the Programme at the national, regional, continental and international levels; and support the chairperson in resource mobilization activities.

The Bureau reports to the Conference of Ministers which is the apex body in decision making in the Ministers Programme.

Some of the fundamental aims the CAMPS include:
Efforts to provide efficient, effective and innovative public services that are satisfactory to the community and users;
Encourage the efforts made by States Parties to modernise the administration and build capacities in order to improve the quality of public services rendered;
Encourage citizens and users to participate in the process of providing public service, particularly through communication, consultation and active contribution to the formulation of administrative procedures;
Promote the moral values inherent in the duties of public service employees in order to ensure transparency in the provision of public services;
Contribute to improving the working conditions of public service employees and protecting their rights;
Encourage the States Parties to harmonise their policies and procedures with respect to the public service and the administration with a view to fostering regional and continental integration;
Promote gender balance and equality in public service and the administration

The overall objective of this assignment will be to contribute to a raised awareness of the public and UNDP stakeholders about the efforts and achievements of the Conference of African Ministers of Public/ Civil Services

Organisational setting

The consultant will be contracted for a 5 months period on an Individual Consultancy basis. The Consultant will work under the supervision of the CAMPS Secretariat in close collaboration with the UNDP Regional Communications Adviser.

The Communications Consultant Role
Prepare a communication strategy, work plans and budget for support and implementation of the CAMPS Short-Term Strategy. The communication strategy must be in harmony and aligned to the Long Term Strategy on the African Governance & Public Administration Programme
Design and produce publicity and communication materials that are consistent with and reinforce the vision and priorities of CAMPS
Profiling CAMPS through writing positive stories, press releases and news about the projects’ most important achievements for placement in the international media as well as in the Regional Bureau for Africa RBA and Global UNDP websites;
Promote achievements and results of CAMPS by organising and facilitating interviews with experts in the area, maintaining relations with the media, etc.
Develop concepts of various communications products such as TV programmes, publications and other promotional or information materials;
Develop and coordinate the implementation of the communications strategy and work plan of the project according to UNDP communication guidelines;
Closely coordinate and monitor visibility activities;
Review and adjust communication activities as needed;
Other related responsibilities as required
Advanced university degree in Public Relations, Journalism/Mass Communications or related fields.
Proven track record in driving PR/Communication activities for at least 5 years in medium to large sized international organizations preferably with UNDP/African Union exposure.
In-depth knowledge and understanding of development issues and relevant work experience.
Understanding of development paradigms relevant to Africa and the sub-region, including the activities of the UN family;
Experience in managing Communications and developing/implementing communications strategies;
Proven track record in designing and production of publicity/communication strategies and materials
Knowledge and understanding of UNDP, the African Union and regional institutions
Knowledge of the government institutions and PR agencies, news agencies.
Practical experience in communications plans and programmes
Able to focus on a variety of tasks within deadlines and to work under stress;
Strong work ethic and commitment.
Organized and resourceful and team player
Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of other UN languages an asset.
Computer & software skills
Excellent operational skills in advanced computer usage are a basic requirement.
Application Procedure

Suitable and qualified candidates should submit their detailed and updated CV together with an updated P11 to the following address before the deadline on 31 December 2010.

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