Malawi: Communication for Development (C4D) Consultant (Measles Rubella SIA)

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 07 Nov 2016

The key tasks of the consultant are listed below.

  1. Work closely with health section and C4D section of UNICEF Malawi to support EPI Unit and Health Education Unit of MOH to develop, plan, implement, monitor and document communication interventions of nationwide MR campaign.

  2. Review of all relevant documents (the surveys and report from last measles campaigns, and communication materials) related to the rational for conducting nationwide measles rubella immunization campaign.

  3. Conduct rapid assessment of communication environment, including social – cultural practices through field visits and community dialogues to gain a deeper understanding of local context and experiences with implementation prior immunization campaigns, especially in hard to reach populations. Based on the assessment, prepare and share a detailed report on mapping of CSO (with focus and potential in behaviour change programming) partners presence and support, interests and opportunities and also interact with communities to solicit their views. Also analyse reach and effectiveness of the sources of communication including mass media, local media and community influential. The findings will also guide drafting of communication strategy and action plan

  4. In line with national EPI communication Strategy, develop a communication plan for MR campaign.

  5. Support MOH to develop/adapt existing IPC training material to produce an IPC training module/manual and communication materials: two to three evidence-based and creative communication products (documents, interactive materials) depicting the impact of measles and rubella from priority countries developed to raise awareness and funds. During the development of the products, materials need to be adapted to the audiences it will be intended to.

  6. Develop monitoring plan for monitoring of communication interventions for MR campaign.

  7. Take lead in implementation of the communication activities at national level (eg. Advocacy, media briefing, launching) and sub-national level, for populations living in difficult to access areas such as seasonal migrant populations, populations with daily work outside their home villages, remote communities, communities living in refugee camps, urban poor settings. Support orientation of health service providers and community groups on communication interventions.

  8. Report on completion of communication activities for hard to reach population with C4D team, collate reports from supervision and monitoring team throughout the campaign to assess the progress, constraints and challenges of the implementation of the campaign and propose corrective actions if any, with a special attention on marginalized populations living in hard to reach and high risk communities.

  9. Facilitate the process of documenting the lessons learnt, best practices and challenges in planning, implementation and monitoring of MR campaign focusing on key communication indicators. Two to three convincing and creative communication packages (documents, interactive materials) telling the story measles and rubella from priority countries developed for use for awareness raising and fund-raising.

  10. Detailed Campaign Progress Report with key recommendations on how to improve campaign targeting different age group.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:-

A cover letter, performance evaluation report (if applicable), CV and Personal History Form (P-11 form) to be downloaded from the website http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html), a financial proposal (including all eligible fees, transportations and DSA for desktop research, data collection, and fieldwork, communication, presentation costs) on or before 07 November 2016 via e-mail address: hrmalawi@unicef.org The detailed Terms of Reference is available from the UNICEF Malawi website: http://www.unicef.org/malawi/

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