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.
The Communication for Development programme is often at the forefront of UNICEF emergency response, where knowledge, attitudes, practices and social norms play key roles in the adoption of life-saving and protective behaviors. This emergency context warrants developing robust capacity from UNICEF, governments and communities to prepare and respond to emergencies and disease outbreaks as per global standards.
Given the magnitude of the current El Nino/La Nina crises and the expected response from the country office and ESA Regional Office to ensure the Core Commitments for Children are met to the fullest extent, the Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist will work closely with the Nutrition, Health, WASH, Child Protection, Education and HIV sectors and the Advocacy and Communication group on rapid assessments, designing, implementation, monitoring and reporting of behavior and social change communication, community engagement and advocacy activities that aim to:
Promote lifesaving behavior changes including: hygiene and safe water treatment; safe infant and young child feeding practices; health care seeking, use of bed nets; HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, prevention of violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, among others.
Provide accountability to affected populations on the scope and nature of the humanitarian action.
Ensure the engagement of the affected population as rights holders in defining their needs and priorities, and in implementing and reviewing/assessing humanitarian action.
ESARO is thus seeking expertise in communication for behavior and social change in full recognition of the multisector nature of the crisis and need to promote multi-sectoral protective and healthy behaviors and practices through engagement with communities in Southern Africa. UNICEF is looking for expertise to enhance the C4D capacity in the Johannesburg sub-office of the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) to provide strategic and integrated C4D technical and programming support to CO's and partners.
Under the supervision of the Senior C4D Specialist with regular guidance from the C4D Emergency Specialist, the staff member will provide technical assistance and oversight support to UNICEF Country Offices in the development and documentation of evidence-informed C4D interventions to support the El Nino/La Nina related emergencies.
The staff member will provide technical assistance in the formulation, design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of integrated C4D strategies in humanitarian response. He/she will work in close collaboration with the programme team (Nutrition, WASH, Health and HIV, Child Protection and Education) to strengthen community resilience in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa, ensuring that interventions are aligned with UNICEF's Core Commitments for Children, and in liaison with programme cluster/sector coordination mechanisms where they exist.
1. Technical support to Project planning, development and implementation of C4D strategies and interventions
Liaise with programme teams at the Regional Office and Country Office level and provide technical guidance/inputs to support the formulation and application of C4D strategies for integrated El Nino/La Nina response programmes.
Oversight of the implementation of C4D interventions in priority countries, maintaining up-to date information on C4D in emergencies and ensuring wide dissemination of tools and information across the sub-region.
In consultation and coordination with ESARO, update existing guidelines, standards, tools and resources for stronger planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of culturally appropriate and responsive C4D interventions across sectors.
Advocate for better community engagement throughout the response, while ensuring that feedback from communities effectively informs humanitarian programming.
2. Monitoring, Evaluation, Analysis and Evidence generation
Initiate, guide and coordinate assessments in C4D in emergency and transition contexts, ensuring linkages with development programmes.
Analyse country-level C4D dimensions in humanitarian action and report on innovations, lessons learned and good practices.
Enhance existing systems to monitor progress on C4D commitments at CO level and continuously track progress.
Contribute to and ensure high quality of monitoring reports in accordance with the established guidelines and procedures.
Support dissemination and ensure sharing of experiences, lessons learned and promising practices using innovative methods for UNICEF and partners.
Create and facilitate mechanisms for systematic knowledge generation (e.g. case study documentation), and facilitate the sharing of experiences among UNICEF staff and partners on C4D strategies and tools to prevent and mitigate the impact emergencies have on populations.
3. Capacity strengthening
In consultation and coordination with the Senior C4D Specialist, support deployment of Emergency C4D staff, including maintaining a roster of C4D consultants.
Assist in the review of COs capacity to monitor and respond to emergencies.
Assist in capacity development initiatives for UNICEF staff and partners on integrated C4D programming.
Organize learning and knowledge exchange sessions on technical issues through various knowledge sharing platforms.
Provide technical support to Country Offices and Government counterparts on establishing, strengthening and maintaining inter-sectoral programme information management systems.
4. Partnerships, collaborations and coordination
Participate in sub-regional coordination mechanisms.
Facilitate and coordinate collaboration for technical support, knowledge management and development of tools at the sub-regional level.
Coordinate UNICEF contributions to partner initiatives (e.g. Community Engagement WG under OCHA's leadership).
Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization, participatory communication and research.
A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the planning, implementation and evaluation of strategic communication for development involving advocacy, social mobilization and community participation, training in interpersonal communication (IPC), social mobilization and C4D campaigns.
Proven abilities as a participatory trainer and presenter is an asset.
Experience in the development and management of formative research, monitoring and evaluation for communication programmes is an advantage.
Previous experience in humanitarian contexts would be preferable.
Background/familiarity with the application of C4D strategies emergency situations, including disease outbreaks, considered an important asset.
Fluency in English (verbal and written).
Working knowledge of either French or Portuguese would be an asset.