Posted on :
16 Jun, 2016
16 Jun, 2016
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Job Title: International Communication for Development Consultant
Job Number: 496315
Work Type: Consultancy
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.
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.
Purpose of the Assignment
Nigeria is Polio free for nearly two years; with the great strides made by Nigeria in the polio eradication drive, the Government of Nigeria is intensifying its efforts to ensure that the gains are sustained and it ultimately receives its much anticipated certification as a polio-free nation. As a key partner in the effort to achieve this, UNICEF has the lead role in communicating to families and communities in the endemic and other areas about the importance of taking the oral polio vaccine to prevent polio until global certification achieved. Beyond this, there is a push for integrating other child survival issues and messages in the basket of behaviours being promoted by the enlarged partnership working on the Polio Endgame. Key additional areas of engagement include full immunization for the child, promoting Ante-natal care as an entry point to proper health-seeking among pregnant women, Hand washing at critical times, management of basis childhood illnesses and delivery by skilled birth attendants. UNICEF is currently consolidating its human resource capacity in 8 of the high risk states of the country where polio were endemic and risk of importation is there and high probability of vaccine derived polio virus. Over 16000 volunteer community mobilizers, volunteer ward supervisors, Polio Survivors, LGA social mobilization supervisors and state social mobilization supervisors have recently been hired to support intensified communications activities in the field.
The programme has an urgent need to have intensified and sustained social communication technical support with particular focus on ensuring improved coordination and partnership with key community leaders of underserved populations in the very high risk States. One of the key approaches in community mobilization is the identification, sensitization and engagement of prominent influencers in the underserved and mobile communities. Intensified engagement with the religious institution in Nigeria is critical to addressing the current communication challenges that the programme is facing. There are still lingering challenges with small religious groups (sects) predominantly in Northern Nigeria; these groups culminate into non-compliance with an attendant high number of children being missed.
UNICEF hires international consultant; the consultant will mainly be located at State level with frequent trips to all the LGAs with high numbers of missed children in some key wards, high noncompliance due to high mobile population and underserved communities
A detailed work plan at the beginning and monthly work plans thereafter (1st week of each month)
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Masters Degree in Social Sciences/Public Health/Communication/Statistics or related technical field preferably in Communications and social mobilization. Working experience in Polio and data management or research will be an added advantage.
Years of relevant experience
At least five (5) years progressively responsible professional work experience at national and particularly international levels in programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation in Immunization Programmes.
Fluency in English, knowledge of another UN working language is desirable. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
Experience polio eradication will be an added advantage.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply below
Application Deadline: 29 Jun 2016