Communication for Development Consultants at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communication for Development Consultant (NOB)

Job Number: 504086
Locations: Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi
Work Type: Consultancy

Purpose of the Assignment

  • This position is to support the State Ministry of Health, State Primary Health Care Development Agency and other partners in the implementation of evidence-based interventions that will result in the scale-up of and improved access to Maternal and Newborn Health Services with a particular focus on systems strengthening, local capacity building, focused mentoring in local facilities and communities in Adamawa, Kebbi and Bauchi States.
  • The officer will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the implementation of various strategies and interventions that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-up integrated MNCH service delivery with equity and community participation.

Assignment Tasks

  • Under the supervision of the Communication for Development Specialist (NOC) and coordination of the State EU Programme Coordinator, work with State EU project team to guide implementation and monitoring of C4D interventions, in line with the workplan and results framework
  • Facilitate partnership at LGA and community levels (working with all institutions and structures) on effective implementation of the EU-MNCH programme
  • Participate in, facilitate and provide reports on implementation of interpersonal communication, community dialogue sessions and engagement with various participant groups under the EU Project
  • Lead processes of advocacy to key influential persons in Adamawa, Kebbi and Bauchi States (especially Traditional and Religious Leaders and Heads of Ward Development Committees) for support to EU-MNCH programme, especially promotion of MNCH behaviours
  • Support capacity development activities on C4D for Community-Oriented Resource Persons (CORPs), Voluntary Community Mobilizers (VCMs), Ward Development Committees (WDCs), Faith-based groups, women and youth groups for effective promotion of MNCH behaviours at community level
  • Document processes, key outputs, constraints and lessons learnt in the various platforms of C4D programming
  • Supervise community activities that promote health seeking behaviour among caregivers in Kebbi, Bauchi and Adamawa states in line with the EU project, including social events, festivals and commemorative events
  • Participate in and provide short Reports on the activities of the state Social Mobilisation Technical Committees (SOMTECs)
  • Support extensive documentation of all activities under the EU Project, including development and publication of 8 Human Interest Stories per year and a Quarterly EU Programme Newsletter and frequent Social Media outputs

Expected Deliverables:

  • Annual State work and operational plans
  • Monthly progress reports, including outreach services data, etc.
  • Reports of Workshop/Meetings with actionable recommendations
  • Quarterly reports of milestones achieved to advance project implementation, in line with Results Framework

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • University Degree in Social Sciences, Communication, Humanities, Public Health or related technical field.
  • 5 years’ experience working on Programme Communication/Communication for Development
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station, an asset.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions and very good training skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Willingness to travel to remote regions of the country
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

Application Closing Date
27th April, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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