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Giga International Photo Contest Coordinator

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Consultancy

Duration: 12 months

Application deadline: 7 April 2024, at 11.55 pm CET

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal


Are you passionate about photography and creative expression? Do you have a knack for project management and driving engagement? We’re seeking a dynamic individual to join our team as the International Photo Contest Coordinator, managing a project that will have 135 countries participating.

The Geneva Photo Contest is an international photo contest designed to celebrate the diversity and beauty of our world through the art of photography. Spanning over 12 months, the contest will invite photographers from around the globe to submit their most compelling images, capturing moments, cultures, and human experiences. With quarterly wins leading up to the grand finale, the Geneva Photo Contest aims to showcase the power of visual storytelling and foster a deeper appreciation for the world we inhabit.

The Photo contest will also serve as a way for Giga to bring the impact of school connectivity to life as we explore digital photography, which has an established segment within the digital economy.

Key outputs

1. Development of photo contest.
2. Management and implementation of Photo contest.
3. Management of partners and media relations to drive contest awareness in Geneva and the source country.
4. Implementation of final awards ceremony.

Overall theme: Creating Connections, Bridging Gaps: Capturing School Connectivity for All.

Your responsibilities will be…
  • Development of implementation plan and partnership management.
  • Partner with country offices to drive competition awareness.
  • Manage the Web development agency to develop and deliver the website and competition entry flow on time and on budget.
  • Tracking of the contest and submission.
  • Coordination of judges and partners to carry out necessary tasks.
  • Management of media relations to drive awareness of competition.
  • Event management throughout the competition.

Please access the full Term of Reference (ToRs) and read a more detailed description of the assignment in this file in order to prepare your financial proposal and know more about the role: International Photo Contest Coordinator ToRs.pdf.

To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • A Master’s degree in Arts, Humanities, or a related field is essential for this role. *An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline combined with an additional 2 years of professional experience in project management may substitute for a Master’s degree.
  • A proven track record of at least 5-7 years in project management within the arts sector, showcasing the ability to lead and bring creative projects to fruition.
  • Demonstrated experience in the conceptualization and execution of creative ideas, underpinned by a strong understanding of visual storytelling and the creative process.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, are critical. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to engage effectively with cross-functional teams and external partners, fostering collaboration and ensuring cohesive project execution.
  • A deep-rooted passion for photography and visual arts, accompanied by a comprehensive understanding of photographic techniques and the historical and contemporary significance of the medium.
  • Experience in the coordination and management of events and global competitions, demonstrating an ability to navigate complex logistical challenges and facilitate international collaborations.
  • Technical proficiency with content management systems (CMS) and digital platforms is required for efficient management of submissions, judging processes, and communication with participants and stakeholders.
  • Cultural sensitivity and an appreciation for diversity are essential, as the role involves engaging with a wide range of cultural perspectives and promoting inclusivity through global competitions.
  • A commitment to the arts and artistic expression must be a core value of the candidate, underlining a dedication to advancing the arts and supporting artists in their creative endeavors.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
  • The consultant is expected to travel to 3 programme countries for a stay of 4 nights.
  • The consultant is responsible for arranging his/her own travel, including visa and travel insurance.
Payment details and further considerations
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance.
  • Consultant is responsible for arranging his/her own travel, including visa.
  • This consultancy is based in Geneva.
How to apply:
  • Interested applicants are required to submit a financial proposal with an all-inclusive fee. Please see the financial proposal template here: Consultancy Financial Offer template.docx
  • Financial proposal must include travel costs (economy class) and daily subsistence allowance, if travel is required as per TOR and any other estimated costs: visa, travel/health insurance
  • Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.
About our team

We are a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, finance specialists, data scientists, policy experts, and much more. Our team is a distributed workforce and plans to remain distributed into the foreseeable future. We are growing fast. Our team has grown by over 400% in the last 6 months as we rapidly scale to meet our stated mission.

About Giga

Giga is a joint initiative of UNICEF and ITU to connect every school in the world to the Internet by 2030. Working with corporate and non-profit partners, Giga maps schools’ Internet access in real time, creates models for innovative financing, and supports governments contracting for connectivity. It is part of ITU’s Partner2 Connect Coalition, UNICEF’s Reimagine Education initiative, and the UN Secretary General’s Common Agenda and Roadmap for Digital Cooperation 

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