Nigeria: Communication for Development (Polio) Specialist, NOC Maiduguri – Re-advertisement

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Nigeria
Closing date: 08 Apr 2018

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities with focus on Polio eradication
  • Implementation of C4D/Polio eradication activities
  • Technical and operational support
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities with focus on Polio eradication
  • Conduct and/or participate in comprehensive C4D/polio situation analysis of social, cultural, economic and political issues in the country/region, including through national/subnational working groups or committees. Assess/synthesize qualitative and quantitative information, data and evidence to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the C4D component of the Country Program of Cooperation (and UNDAF).
  • Participate in field office and country program planning and reviews to contribute to discussions on the underlying and contextual issues to be addressed (e.g. policies, gender/children inequality, cultural/social behavior etc) to ensure the successful and sustainable delivery of program results and provide technical recommendations on approaches, strategies and plans of action for C4D to promote behavioral and social change.
  • Prepare or provide quality assurance on materials and related documentations for C4D strategies and plans (as a component of the CO and/or UNDAF Programs) to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results.
  • Collaborate/consult with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of C4D activities with UNICEF MTSP, CO global communications and advocacy activities and UN System development activities and initiatives at the CO level, including in humanitarian response.
  • Implementation of C4D/polio eradication activities
  • Provide leadership to the UNICEF Polio Eradication Communication team within Maiduguri field office. Participate and represent UNICEF at state Emergency Operation Coordination Centre (EOC) for Polio eradication. Participate in joint planning, implementation and evaluation of all Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) activities including (Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs), Routine Immunization (RI) and surveillance activities.
  • Collaborate with, advise and/or consult internal partners and external partners to design C4D strategies, including formulation, production and testing materials and/or to organize C4D events and activities to ensure engagement and participation of key audiences, and maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change, including in humanitarian response.
  • Confirm/verify the technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communications strategies, including materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to target audience (e.g. individuals, comm unities, government officials, partners, media etc). Recommend appropriate multiple media formats (e.g. print, digital/social media, TV/Radio, Web, community networks, etc.). Oversee the production and implementation of multi-media initiatives for compliance with targets and plans that integrate the latest evidence.
  • Carry out C4D/polio advocacy activities with/for a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, partners, communities, etc. to encourage/promote engagement and dialogue, inclusion, self determination and participation in mobilizing social, political, behavioral and cultural change to achieve sustainable program results on children and women’s rights, equity and wellbeing. Develop/select materials and other communication tools for C4D events.
  • Identify, establish and maintain active interaction/relations with media, academia and other strategic partners to communicate/advocate UNICEF’s competencies and achievements to ensure their engagement, interests and support in promoting social/political engagement for political action on children’s rights, and measurable changes in social and behavioral outcomes.
  • Conduct and/or participate in M & E and Evaluation exercises, including country program previews, meetings and mid-term/annual reviews to assess/report on efficacy/outcome of C4D on UNICEF and CO Strategic Plans/Goals. Recommend timely action to ensure the achievement of results as planned and allocated. Integrate/disseminate lessons learned in development planning and improvements.
  • Technical and operational support
  • Collaborate with internal CO, RO and/or RO colleagues to contribute to the development of strategies, approaches, policies and the planning of C4D social and resource mobilization initiatives in support of programs/projects implementation and delivery of results, including humanitarian response but with more focus on Polio eradication.
  • Participate in FO and CO strategic discussions to collaborate on policy and agenda setting for C4D/polio advocacy and investments and related external relations and resource mobilization initiatives.
  • Participate in budget planning and management of program funds and prepare financial plan for C4D/polio initiatives. Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  • Identify, build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with strategic partners, e.g. academia; social networks; celebrities, journalist, media, all sectors/levels of (socially aware) society and critical audience to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities for C4D/polio advocacy to promote UNICEF mission and goals for child rights, social equity and inclusiveness.
  • Collaborate with internal global/regional communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging and use of multiple media and communication platforms to enhance C4D outreach including in humanitarian contexts.
  • Participate in organizational and/or inter-agency (UNCT; National UN Communication for Development Roundtable) discussions and planning to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues in the UNDAF planning and preparation of C4D advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives including emergencies.
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Implement innovative practices, approaches and latest technology on multiple media and social/digital platforms and networks for C4D that are appropriate/available for the FO context and audience.
  • Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned/products with global/local partners and stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners, and disseminate these products to key audiences including donors and partners.
  • Organize/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners (government and non-government) in C4D planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programs/projects including in humanitarian settings.
  • IV. Impact of Results

    The strategic and effective development and implementation of C4D advocacy initiatives and products directly impact on the ability of UNICEF to promote social, political and economic action and changes in behaviors, social attitudes, beliefs, harmful social norms and actions by communities, individuals and society on children’s right, survival and wellbeing. This in turn contributes to enhancing the ability of UNICEF to fulfill its mission to achieve sustainable, locally-owned and concrete results in improving the survival, development and wellbeing of children in the country and achieving the global polio eradication objective.

    V. Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles/ratings).

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication (III)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)
  • Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Persuading and influencing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (II)
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    VI. Recruitment Qualifications

    Education:

    An Advanced University Degree in social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, communication & public relations, public health

    Experience:

    A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in areas of social development program planning, communications for development, public advocacy and/or related areas at the international and/or large organization some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in related areas in a UN system agency or organization or working for Polio or immunization programs is an asset.

    Language Requirements:

    Fluency in English and Hausa is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=511865

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