UNDP Port Vila, Vanuatu


Description of assignment title: 2022 Vanuatu Snap Parliamentary Election – Media Monitoring

Assignment country: Vanuatu

Expected start date: Invalid Date

Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

For how many hours per week will the volunteer be required?

11 – 20

Host entity: UNDP

Type: Online

Duration: 6 weeks

Number of assignments: 1


Mission and objectives

The UN Development Programme is the lead UN agency fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in more than 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. In the Pacific, UNDP provides regional and country support to ten countries (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) and regional support to five countries (Cook Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tokelau), together with a total population of 2.4 million. UNDP is guided by a Sub-regional Programme Document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories 2018-2022, which in turn contributes to the achievement of an overarching UN system-wide Pacific Strategy. The Programme is shaped to assist countries to advance the global 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda tailored to each country’s priorities, through focus on data, policy prioritization, participatory planning, and budgeting and monitoring – and with accelerated action to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP seeks to target the most vulnerable i.e. people experiencing hardship, the marginalized living in remote rural areas, those who are vulnerable to climate and disaster risks, as well as women and youth excluded from socio-political and economic participation. UNDP adheres to an inclusive, pro-poor and human rights-based approaches that leverage cross-practice, multi-disciplinary expertise of UNDP.


Snap parliamentary elections in Vanuatu were announced for 13 October 2022 following the dissolution of Parliament on 18 August. UNDP is supporting the Vanuatu Electoral Commission and the Vanuatu Electoral Office with the operational and technical preparations for polling day. Media play a vital role during any election, so observation efforts should include paying important attention to the activities of the media and their coverage of the elections. For the period, pre, during and post elections, UNDP would therefore like to engage in monitoring the media space in Vanuatu in order to get a sense of the electoral environment context. This includes both traditional electronic and print media but in particular the Internet, and social media.

Task description

On a daily basis, to gather sufficient, reliable information. To analyze traditional and social media in Vanuatu for reporting and analysis of all news, discussions and debates related to the 2022 Parliamentary elections, and to draw conclusions regarding the performance of the media during the election period.


Required experience

Familiarity with Vanuatu political, social and economic context. Analytical and good writing skills.


English, Level: Fluent, Required Tok Pisin, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Other information

Inclusivity statement

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