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Job Title: Consultancy on Communication Specialist

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Additional Category: Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Starting Date: 02-Aug-2020
Duration of Initial Contract: 90 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment: 90 Days


  • The Policy Framework (PF) and National Action Plan (NAP) offers government’s response on preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE) in Nigeria.
  • The PF puts together a plan that involves all stakeholders, building partnerships, capacity, knowledge and leadership that ensure safer, secure and resilient communities in the face of violent extremism:
    • The core objectives of this Policy Framework and National Action Plan are to:
    • Institutionalise, mainstream and coordinate PCVE programmes at national, state and local levels;
    • Strengthen accessible justice system and respect for human rights and rule of law.
    • Enhance the capacity of individuals/communities to prevent and counter violent extremism and recover from violent extremism
    • Institutionalise, mainstream and integrate strategic communication in PCVE programmes at all levels
  • One of the components of the NAP is to ensure that strategic communication is institutionalised and main-streamed in PCVE programmes at National, State and Local levels. This is because at the centre of violent extremism is the use of propaganda as tool for recruitment and incitement. For example, insurgents seek to radicalise vulnerable people using online video propaganda materials.  Hence, the National Action Plan advocates for the provision of platforms which will aggregate and enhance capacity to provide counter narratives, particularly, at the grassroots level to counter narratives from violent extremist groups.
  • Hinged on the ‘whole of government and whole of society’ frame, the PF and NAP aims to work with teachers, religious leaders, traditional and cultural leaders, parents, victims and repentant violent extremist offenders to amplify positive narratives on radio, television, internet, community centres and other communication channels to fill the communication space with positive messaging.
  • The PF and NAP recognises that to achieve success in these areas; it will require robust planning, ability to measure success and ensure cost effectiveness. Also, research and intelligence gathering, are required to saturate the media with the correct information that counter the extremists’ propaganda.
  • The PF and NAP took into consideration ongoing efforts in handling of persons associated with VE, such as Operations SAFE CORRIDOR, the Nigeria Prison De-radicalisation Programme, collaboration with Civil Society in community engagement and resilience building, strategic communication, and effective prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of VE offenders.
  • The approach marked a point of departure from the hitherto traditional kinetic and reactionary approaches. It also aims to ensure that PCVE is institutionalised and mainstreamed into mandates of ministries, departments and agencies of government, including at state and local level . Part of the goals of the PF and NAP is to partner for safer and resilient communities that are less vulnerable to VE and to recover from the consequences of violence.
  • The PF and NAP has a multi-layer approach covering the national, state and local governments to ensure context-specific PCVE relevant and PCVE specific interventions.  It builds networks of peace to create safer and resilient communities across the country with strict adherence to rule of law and respect to human rights while combating VE.
  • Building on some of the key recommendations of a UNDP/ONSA PVE 2018/2019 survey in selected states to deepen the body of knowledge on PVE at the grassroots level; which is contextualised within the PF and NAP (2017); the PRVE project goals support national coordination, building community-based bonding, trust and confidence-building activities amongst community security providers and stakeholders including community-based organizations, vulnerable groups and the entire community members in targeted states/communities to enhance community security and peaceful co-existence.
  • To this end, the Strategic Communication Inter-Agency Policy Committee (SC-IPC)  established under the National Security Strategy 2019 and as constituted by ONSA, serves as a messaging hub for content development and dissemination in support of the PVRE project goals, as well as, coordination, synchronisation and measurement of communication effectiveness across implementation platforms, aligning communication strategies with national strategic objectives.
  • It is based on the foregoing that UNDP Governance, Peace & Security Unit, in partnership with Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), seeks the services of experienced Communications specialist adept with mainstream, and new media, with ability to moderate and facilitate a capacity-building workshop.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main objective of the activity is to institutionalise, mainstream and integrate strategic communication in PCVE programmes at all levels of government, as well as, establish a sustainable strategic communication function at PCVE Secretariat.

Specific Objectives Are:

  • Engage with ONSA to prioritize PCVE strategic communication in government MDAs, sectors and programmes at all levels.
  • Create a sustainable strategic communication function at PCVE Secretariat to support PCVE national efforts to develop and disseminate counter-narrative messaging on VE.
  • Produce VE counter-messaging and translate into the major local languages in Nigeria.
  • Build and strengthen capacities of strategic communication inter-agency committee and support MDAs mainstreaming of VE counter-narratives into their projects and programmes.
  • Produce training manual on PCVE strategic communication for use of MDAs and training of SC Liaison Officers.
  • Organize a two-day capacity building workshop on strategic communication for SC-LOs
  • Design and mainstream PCVE strategic communication into P/ CVE Secretariat work plan.

Scope of the Consultancy:

  • During the period of the consultancy, the consultant will be actively involved in diligent planning, implementation and measuring of success.
  • Also, the consultant shall participate in research, and synthesis of information required to be able to produce an applied training manual on strategic communication.
  • The consultant shall also liaise with SA Strategic Communication of ONSA in the selection of pioneer trainees/trainers, organization and training of SC LOs on SC.

Specific Tasks.
The consults shall carry out the following specific tasks:

  • Produce an inception report with a work plan and clear timeline in consultation with designated ONSA focal points and the PVE National Expert.
  • Support establishment of PCVE strategic communication function in ONSA through policy advisory and formulation of role description;
  • Develop/strengthen PCVE communication plan
  • Develop and disseminate VE counter-narrative messages and translate into major local languages;
  • Develop a training manual on PCVE strategic communication;
  • Liaise with ONSA and MDAs to identify pioneer trainees/trainers;
  • Organize and conduct capacity building training for SC- IPC;
  • The first day will be for review of training manual; and review/strengthen or develop communication strategy in the absence of PCVE relevant and specific communication strategy. And the second day will be for capacity building using the new training manual
  • The capacity-building workshop will avail opportunities to review training manual produced by the consultant; review, strengthen/ develop communication strategy; and enhance SC – LOs skills. Since all LOs are based in FCT, the workshop will be non-residential:
    • Prepare and administer pre and post training questionnaires to gauge the impact of the training on the participants;
    • Prepare pre and post training survey report and annexed to the main report; and,
    • Prepare a detailed consultancy report including lessons learned and recommendations to enhance PCVE SC at the national, state and communities’ levels.

Condition of Service and Terms of Payment:

  • The consultancy is deliverable-based, and the fees shall be paid in two installments and contingent upon the deliverables specified against each installment. The milestones shall be paid upon satisfactory acceptance of the deliverables by UNDP in consultation with ONSA. Upon acceptance of the deliverables, UNDP shall issue a certificate of satisfactory performance to the consultant which shall form the basis for the payment of the due milestone.
    • 1st Installment (20%): Upon submission of inception report/work plan
    • 2nd Installment (80%): Upon submission of satisfactory final report of the assignment.


  • The consultant shall work with Special Adviser on Strategic Communication, ONSA
  • in content development and crosscheck under the direct supervision of the National Expert, PVE (Project Manager) and overall supervision of the Team Lead, GPS.  The consultant shall engage regularly with UNDP Team Lead for delivering on the terms and conditions of the consultancy while the Project Manager shall oversee the day-to-day work of the consultant.
  • The consultants shall be accountable for the delivery or otherwise of the tasks specified under this consultancy and shall only be paid the due milestone upon satisfactory delivery of the terms.  The Project Manager shall ensure that the consultant is able to access all required support and assistance from UNDP that will help in timely delivery of the consultancy terms of reference.

Assignment Duration and Duty Station:

  • This assignment is based in Abuja with travel to project workshop venue.  The consultancy shall subsist for a period of 90 days.

Required Skills and Experience:


  • Advanced degree in Communications Science, Multi-media, Mass Communications, Arts, Development Studies with bias on strategic communication and Humanities, or other relevant fields for, at least, 10 years.


  • Candidates must also possess, at least, 10 years’ cognate experience in training, and capacity building, on Communication Skills and Strategic Communications and facilitation.
  • The candidate must have a mixture of academic experience, facilitation and workshop administration.
  • He/she must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Previous assignment with UN agencies and/or government is an asset.
  • Understanding of Violent extremist groups in Nigeria and previous experience in developing Training manual required


  • Communication – Ability to listen, adapt and transform
  • Team work – Ability to work with others to achieve goals
  • Innovation – Ability to make new and useful work
  • Delivery – Ability to get things done while executing good job
  • Leadership – Ability to persuade others to follow


  • Strong communication skills in spoken and written English, particularly in report writing.

Selection Criteria:
Evaluation Criteria:

  • Communications Science, Multi-media, Mass Communications, Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities, or other relevant fields for, at least, 10 years. – 20 points
  • 10 years’ cognate experience in training, and capacity building on Communication Skills and Strategic Communications; understanding of violent extremist groups and facilitation. – 40 points
  • A mixture of knowledge on strategic planning, development of guidelines/manual and academic experience – 30 points
  • Previous working experience with UN agencies or national government is an asset – 10 points

Job Title: National Consultant for Lake Chad Regional Stabilization Strategy

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: National Consultant
Duration of Initial Contract: 7 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment: 7 Months


  • Over the last decade, the four countries around Lake Chad Basin, including Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, have experienced unprecedented levels of crises, exacerbated by repeated incidences of violence from the Boko Haram terrorist group.
  • These crises have deepened instability, slowed economic growth and engendered deep humanitarian concerns in the region. Additionally, the spread of radicalization, especially amongst youth, remains an imminent threat to peace, stability and development. Absolutist ideologies that reject co-existence, tolerance and progress represent an existential threat to these countries. As such, these ideologies have found recruits amongst the youth who believe that the state has failed them and that they are excluded from legitimate political and economic processes from time to time.
  • The crisis has created an urgent humanitarian need for about 10.7 million people in the region. Almost a quarter of these people have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or food shortages largely brought on by Boko Haram’s insurgency.
  • In response to the crisis, the African Union and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) in 2015 signed an agreement for the operationalization of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency in the Region.
  • Despite the significant progress made by the MNJTF, it is agreed by all stakeholders that overall success of the collective effort will be contingent upon coherent acceleration and completion of the second phase of the mandate, namely to “facilitate the implementation of overall stabilization programs by the LCBC Member States and Benin in the affected areas, including the full restoration of state authority and the return of the Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) and refugees”. To achieve this, the LCBC was tasked by its Member States to facilitate the mechanisms and processes required to consolidate the gains of the MNJTF.
  • In light of the above and with the support of the Africa Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the LCBC developed a five years stabilization strategy – “Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery & Resilience of the Boko Haram-affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin (RSS)”.
  • The RSS provides a comprehensive, integrated and multi-level framework for overall stabilization, comprising nine inter-related pillars which include military support to the MNJTF, provision of humanitarian assistance and key interventions to secure early recovery and longer-term resilience.
  • The RSS recognizes the nexus between security, humanitarian and development issues and calls for a “New Way of Working” to be at the heart of the response to the Lake Chad Basin Region crisis. Achieving the “New Way of Working” will require strong coordination between Governments at central and local levels, regional and continental institutions and between UN agencies and entities, including international community partners, civil society actors and the private sector.
  • UNDP has developed the Regional Stabilization Facility (RSF) to support the implementation of the RSS in the four affected countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The RSF, which is a multi-donor basket financial facility, is aimed at i) immediate stabilization of specific target areas, comprises activities to secure three results: a) security & the Rule of Law improved; b) essential Infrastructure rebuilt & basic services delivered; c) livelihood opportunities provided to all households; and ii) support the implementation of the LCBC Regional Stabilisation Strategy, comprises activities to secure three further results: a) LCBC capacities for Strategy implementation enhanced; b) RSS cooperation mechanism.
  • To assist in the implementation of the RSS, the RSS Secretariat has hired an International Consultant (IC) who will be responsible for leading the development of eight Territorial Action Plans (TAPs) as part of operationalizing the RSS in each of the eight target States/Regions and will further ensure the cross-border regional dimensions of the consolidated RSS.  The TAPs are the fundamental basis for the implementation framework of the RSS in the eight areas of the four Member States.
  • National Governments of the four Member States coordinate the implementation framework through a devolved mechanism that allows Governors to provide direct oversight and guidance. In fact, the TAPs timely and quality development and implementation is a responsibility of the Governors of the affected areas, to ensure localization of the RSS, local ownership and decision making and that local arrangements are in place to stabilize the area.
  • The TAPs specify the initiatives to be undertaken in the area under the nine pillars of intervention and has an initial duration five years in line with RSS. Based on this, the IC will work collaboratively with the UN entities in the four countries and sub-regional locations to ensure adequate support to the Governors as agreed with the RSS Secretariat. The IC will lead the developing, approval and immediate implementation of the TAPs. Further, in line with creating systematic coordination of TAPs aligned with the RSS design, the IC will define and support the mechanisms necessary for design of and operationalization of the RSS Pillar Working Groups and for resource mobilization.
  • In order to provide adequate and timely support to the IC at the country level, LCBC is looking for a National Consultant in each of the four countries. Each National Consultant will play a vital role in liaising with national and local interlocutors in the development of the TAPs.

Duties and Responsibilities
Preparation of the TAPs:

  • Assist the IC in developing the TAPs via delegated engagement with UN agencies, Offices of the Governors, and other partners.
  • Assist the IC in collecting, analyzing, and incorporating information, while respecting existing guidelines and templates.
  • Assist the IC in ensuring effective participation, consultation, and tailoring of the process to the contextual realities of each region, through the identification and outreach to relevant stakeholders as and where necessary and agreed upon.

Support in the Operationalization of the Pillar Working Groups (PWGs):

  • Assist the IC in finalizing the framework and Terms of Reference for the establishment of Pillar Working Groups in the chosen TAP territories to support the development, implementation, M&E, and sustainability of the TAPs.
  • Assist the IC in defining the mechanism for consultation and review of the structure of Pillar Working Groups and in using the same framework to gather comments with regard to the proposed structure and in ensuring all comments are incorporated.
  • When necessary and delegated by the IC, representing the IC in PWG meetings.

Support the presentation of the TAPs at the Governors Forum:

  • Assist the IC in preparing a methodological note of the approach used (development of TAPs, PWGs).
  • Assist the IC in preparing Briefing Note and presentation material for the presentation of the TAPs to the Governors Forum.

Required Skills and Experience:


  • A master’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, environmental economics, development studies, political science, international relations, or related field.


  • A minimum of three (7) years of progressively responsible experience in governance, policy work, or project management or in working with UN agencies, NGOs, or CSOs. An understanding of development, humanitarian, and peace-building issues is desirable;
  • Experience in working in emergency situations (complex emergency or natural disaster) is desirable;
  • Experience in data collection, analysis, and production of reports.
  • Experience in the UN Common System is desirable.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to travel to field locations in harsh living conditions required.

Core Competencies:

  • Integrity and professionalism: ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality, and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately, and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
  • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work; ability to work under pressure.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff, military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards colleagues, but objective, without showing personal interest.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to travel within the area of operations.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

Deadline: 21st July, 2020.


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