UNESCO is looking for an Individual Specialist to draft a handbook on men and masculinities in the media

Posted by Nicole Moran on August 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm



UNESCO is Searching for an Individual Specialist! Under the supervision of the Chief of Section for Media Development and Society, the Individual Specialist shall:

Draft a handbook to sensitize and guide media professionals regarding the portrayal of men and masculinities in the media. Concepts and norms of masculinity are inseparable from their representation in the media (whether broadcasted or printed), to which everyone of all genders are exposed while growing up.

The Individual Specialist will help media editorial desks tackle gender representations in their content, with a special focus on avoiding stereotypical or “narrow” representations of manhood and masculinities, including in relation to fatherhood, friendship and leadership, and other portrayals linked to behaviors such as violence against women, children and other men.

Specific objectives:

The handbook will consider representation of men and boys in news media, sports broadcasting, advertisement, entertainment and social media. It will help media transmit an inclusive conception of masculinity, comprising those who do not conform to prevailing stereotypes, and raise awareness among media editorial desks and media professionals at large, that such entrenched perceptions may be detrimental to both the individual and to society.

Target audience:

The handbook will encourage and accompany journalists and media professionals to purvey diverse representations of men and masculinities to their audience (viewers/listeners/readers). More specifically, the Individual Specialist shall produce a handbook for media
professionals, including advertisers, broadcasters, camera persons, editors, journalists and reporters, media regulators, news analysts, news anchors, reporters, script writers, photographers, producers etc.

Selection criteria for the UNESCO call for proposals:

The below criteria will be considered during proposal assessment:

  • Relevance of the proposed approach
  • Feasibility (in time)
  • Expertise in Media, Gender and Masculinities
  • Experience/expertise in handbook design / pedagogy or writing skills
  • Competitive fee

UNESCO may request up to three rounds of revision of the final draft.

Expression of interest:

Your written submission should comprise:

(a) an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae;
(b) the handbook outline, no longer than 1000 words, explaining your tactics and the type of content you would include to ensure media professionals
worldwide apply your guidelines. It may contain a very draft table of contents and any element or angle you wish to suggest to UNESCO;
(d) your fee for the assignment, expressed as an overall lump‐sum in euros.

Only proposals containing (a), (b), and (c) will be examined. UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus primarily on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the demand expressed in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organization best value for money.

Please send your proposal to masprojects@unesco.org no later than 6 pm (Paristime) on 28 October 2019. Any additional information you may request will be sent to you as soon as possible. However, any delay in providing such information will not be considered a reason for extending the date for submission of your proposal.


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