UCLG ASPAC _ Call for Applicant : CONSULTANT BASIS "Media Partnership to Promote Best Practices and Increase Visibility"


United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) is the largest regional section of UCLG, an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), United Towns Organization (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS). UCLG was established on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. Following this unification, UCLG ASPAC was established in Taipei on 14 April 2004, as the new entity of IULA ASPAC.

UCLG ASPAC is the key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It promotes democratic local government, supports cooperation between cities, local governments and their associations, and facilitates programmes, network and partnerships to develop the capacity of local governments and the associations. Moreover, UCLG ASPAC represents local governments politically within the international community, and with the United Nations and its agencies. It also promotes inclusive societies that safeguard equality, social and economic justice, and sustainable community development. UCLG ASPAC is engaged in all relevant thematic fields for nurturing sustainable development comprising local economic development, climate change, disaster resiliency, culture, strategic planning, decentralisation, municipal finance, gender equality, women leadership and empowerment and good governance.

LOCALISE SDGs Project, financially supported by the European Union and implemented by UCLG ASPAC in cooperation with APEKSI, aims to empower Local Authorities (LAs) and Associations of Local Authorities (ALAs) in Indonesia for enhanced governance and more effective development policies and to promote inclusive and sustainable local development through SDGs attainment. LOCALISE SDGs targets 30 LAs (16 provinces and 14 municipalities) and 5 ALAs[1] (APEKSI, APKASI, APPSI, ADEKSI, and ADKASI). Further information on LOCALISE SDGs target LAs is available at: https://localisesdgs-indonesia.org/

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the focus of target LAs to respond to, recover and prevent against the pandemic. From July to December 2020, LOCALISE SDGs will focus its activities to increase awareness of the 30 LAs and 5 ALAs on financing and achieving the SDGs under a New Normal: challenges and response to COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen their capacity in handling COVID-19 and its impacts and “building back better” through dissemination of best practices and Information, Education & Communication (IEC) materials and knowledge-sharing activities.

Mass media plays an important role in informing and educating the public so that people can make their appropriate choices. In the context of LOCALISE SDGs, there is a need to build a partnership with mass media to help local governments promote their efforts and actions to accelerate SDGs while informing local communities on issues relevant to them, hence in the long run they can take appropriate actions to contribute to local development agenda.

Throughout the project period, we have collected insights and best practices from 30 intervention areas (16 provinces and 14 municipalities). These practices demonstrate commitment, efforts and actions from local governments in meeting the SDGs, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To promote these practices, we are seeking media partners (print and digital) who can support us through consistent publication and distribution of these practices.  

What we expect from the partnership:

Publication of articles/interviews

Radio/TV programme devoted to our campaign

Content placement

Increased visibility of LOCALISE SDGs

What we can offer to the media partner(s):

Exclusive interview with our Secretary General, mayors/city administrators where we work

Exclusivity of content materials (research, best practices)

Scope of Work/Key Duties

Develop and distribute content based on guidance from the LOCALISE SDGs

Monitor, evaluate and report on implementation

The consultant will work closely with the LOCALISE SDGs team to discuss the assignment and how it will be carried out. The consultant will work for four (4) months, from September to December 2020. The consultant will work remotely but is required to report progress regularly to LOCALISE SDGs Team.


v  Print, broadcast and digital media

v  Readership at city and provincial levels

v  Readership at a national level

v  Strong social media presence

v  Competitive financial proposal


{  In September       : Content development

{  In October            : Content (infographic) on digital media 2 times a month

{  In November        : Articles on best practices published on print media every week for a month (4 times)

{  In December        : TV programme devoted to best practices on national TV (1 time)

How to apply

Please send your CV, a portfolio that shows past photography work/project, a financial proposal to recruitment@uclg-aspac.org, copied to project_manager1@uclg-aspac.org by Monday, 7 September 2020 at the latest. Only selected ones will be contacted.

[1] In Indonesia, UCLG ASPAC has 5 (five) ALAs as its members, namely: (i) Association of Indonesian Municipalities (APEKSI); (ii) Association of Indonesian District Governments (APKASI); (iii) Association of Indonesian Provincial Governments (APPSI); (iv) Association of Indonesian Municipal Councils (ADEKSI); and (v) Association of Indonesian Regency Legislative Councils (ADKASI).             

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