Consultant ? Communications & Community Engagement at UN RCO – Colombo

As part of the Secretary-General’s (SG) Reform Agenda, a reinvigorated Resident Coordinator (RC) system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system. The UN reform calls for strengthened and independent RC together with a new generation of aligned UNCTs to assist countries to deliver on the 2030 agenda.

As part of the reinvigorated RC system, the RCO will focus on scaling up the UN’s communications initiatives with a specific focus on celebrating the 75th year since the signing of the UN Charter. These initiatives will be carried out through the RCO, the UN Communications Group (UNCG) and the UN agencies in partnership with its stakeholders.

In addition, the Unlocked.lk Platform was launched as part of the SDG Integrated Solutions Project in 2019. The platform is a joint initiative by UNDP and the RCO on behalf of the UNCT. The aim of this platform was to crowd source ideas, gaps and opportunities in pursuit of enabling Sri Lanka to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

An important aspect of this initiative is to bring the people left behind into the centre of discussions and to incorporate their input into policy making. It will not only focus on reaching people left behind, but also on showing how the people left behind are contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.

The initiative is also key to the ‘One UN approach’ to communication as it can act as a platform to bring the work of different UN angecies in Sri Lanka to the fore, while developing itself as a powerful tool for communication and social engagement.

SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES   

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Communications Team of the RCO with rolling out the initatives for the 75th year of the UN, coordinate the implementation of the Unlocked.lk policy dialogue space, and to develop and implement a strategy to promote grassroots level community engagement for Unlocked.lk and overall UN communications.

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