Call for Consultancy (Deadline Extended): Editor & Content Writer – AI in Education for Health and Well-being

UNESCO IITE invites applications for an Editor and Content Writer position to define the overall structure of the review on AI application in sexuality, health and well-being education; conceptualize it as a multimedia web-based project; determine various formats; curate materials; provide multimedia content recommendations; formulate interview questions; and write materials in a journalistic or popular science writing style.

Background

In the journey toward comprehensive sexual education for young individuals, access to reliable information often remains a challenge. Conventional approaches struggle to reach diverse populations effectively. However, the evolving landscape of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) presents an innovative pathway. AI-driven platforms offer personalized and interactive sexuality education programmes, meeting young people where they are – online and on their mobile devices.

The advantage of AI might be profound: it possibly offers anonymity and privacy, fostering a safe environment where users can ask questions and receive accurate information without fear or stigma. Platforms, powered by AI, are accessible across various devices, providing crucial reproductive health and relationships information to remote or underserved communities. However, alongside these advantages, there are critical risks to consider: ensuring accuracy, privacy concerns, and avoiding biases in AI platforms.

Key objectives

New UNESCO IITE project seeks to develop a thorough review of AI’s role in sexuality, health and well-being education, offering practical guidance for educators, health professionals, and tech companies. It aims to cover case studies and best practices, ethical considerations, regulations, accessibility, technical aspects, emerging trends, and the transformational potential of AI in sexuality education. By leveraging shared experiences, it aims to create informed tools that immediately incorporate key recommendations, ethical principles, and the insights gained from others’ experiences.

The review will be conducted through a combination of desk research, expert and practitioners consultations. The desk research will involve a systematic review of the literature on AI-based sexuality, health and well-being education programmes, as well as an analysis of existing guidelines and standards related to ethics and data privacy. The expert consultations will involve interviews with leading experts in the fields of sexuality education, AI, and digital health. The review will be framed as a web-based project and will encompass a compilation of materials in various formats (interviews, narratives, storytelling, FAQs, etc.).

Call for Consultancy

UNESCO IITE is announcing an opening for an Individual Consultant specialized in journalism, digital media and AI. The Editor & Content Writer will define the review’s structure; conceptualize the review as a multimedia web-based project, while determining various formats (interviews, narratives, storytelling, explainers, FAQs, etc.); curate materials; provide multimedia content recommendations (AI-generated animation, images, infographics) to supplement review materials; formulate interview questions; and write materials in a journalistic or popular science writing style. 

The detailed terms of reference and project concept note can be accessed through the following link: AI Shaping Sexuality Education – ToR – Editor and Content Writer.

Timeline: 

The overall work under the assignment is scheduled to take place from February to May 2024. 

Contractor profile: 

Experience: 

  1. At least 5-year experience in developing publications and articles in journalistic formats for digital media is required; 
  2. Demonstrated ability to create informative content using diverse engagement techniques and formats such as storytelling, interviews, FAQs, and explainers; 
  3. Proven track record in curating complex digital media projects; 
  4. Experience in curating multimedia content, including illustrations and animations, to complement textual materials; 
  5. Strong research and analytical skills for identifying key materials and structuring comprehensive reviews effectively; 

Education: 

  1. Advanced degree in Journalism, Digital Media, Communications, Social Sciences, or a related field; 
  2. Additional qualifications in Education or Technology are advantageous.

Knowledge: 

  1. Proficiency in AI technologies; 
  2. Familiarity with educational agendas, particularly in the context of adolescent and youth learning, sexuality education, or related domains is desirable. 

Skills: 

  1. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English are essential; 
  2. Cultural sensitivity and the ability to engage respectfully with diverse stakeholders; 
  3. Dedication to upholding ethical standards in journalism, ensuring privacy and data security at all project stages; 
  4. Adherence to ethical research practices and principles for privacy and data security; 
  5. Collaborative abilities to work effectively with UNESCO staff and various stakeholders in executing research. 

Languages: 

  1. Fluent written and oral proficiency in English is mandatory. 
  2. Proficiency in at least one other official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) is considered an asset. 

How to apply?

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their applications to Yulia Plakhutina at y.plakhutina@unesco.org by February 23, 2024 (deadline extended).  

The application should consist of the following documents:  

  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, indicating education and professional background; 
  • Portfolio: Collection of links and/or screenshots to the articles, digital media materials and projects, developed previously; 
  • A concise statement illustrating how the candidate’s qualifications and experience align with the requirements of the assignment; 
  • Anticipated remuneration: A clear breakdown of the anticipated expenses related to the assignment.