22 Mar 2016

Full-Time Communication for Development Consultant, Remote Based at UNICEF

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Job Description

Communication for Development Consultant, Remote Based

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Work type: Consultancy
Location: United States of America, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania,United Republic, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, TFYR, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Republic of South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Categories: Communication for Development (C4D)
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 Section in Programme Division has been working on social and behaviour change for child survival since 2012 on a range of global and country specific initiatives. These include Call to Action: A Promise Renewed in June 2012; the Population-Level Behavior Change Evidence Summit in June 2013; and Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths and more recently in 2015 on the behavioural and community empowerment aspects of the Every Women, Every Child, Every Adolescent global strategy and operational framework and the UNICEF-Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Partnership.

All these efforts contribute to the ambitious, yet achievable goal – to end preventable child deaths and that every child should be given the opportunity to survive and thrive. Nevertheless, every year 6.3 million children die before their 5th birthday. Ending preventable child deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy. It means giving newborns a safe delivery, the ability to breathe in the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment to prevent stunting and other forms of undernutrition. It means newborns are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV. And it means protecting children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with vaccines, bed nets, and antibiotics and continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond along with appropriate complementary food.

Purpose of the Assignment

The tasks outlined in this Terms of Reference, will contribute to achieving commitments under the USAID-UNICEF collaboration and the Gates Foundation partners around social and behavior change in support of maternal, neonatal and child health. A particular focus will be on finalizing a set of products and disseminate evidence gathered through the 2012/2013 evidence review process to key stakeholders at global, regional and country level, support to regions and selected countries to integrate relevant evidence into national social and behavior change and communication plans in priority countries, and support the new global research initiative, in collaboration with the WHO and partners, to address evidence gaps in social and behavior change for child survival and development.

Specifically, the proposed consultancy will use existing evidence on high impact accelerator behaviours, which can be practiced at the family level, and provide necessary support to national communication for development plans that promote necessary behaviours and create an enabling environment through a range of behavior change communication, social mobilization, community engagement and advocacy strategies.

Assignment Tasks

In order to meet the purpose outlined above, the following tasks are expected:

1. Engage through HQs C4D/Nutrition/Health team with Regional offices in West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa and South Asia and priority countries within these regions based on the global and regional priorities.

Follow up on the recommendations from the 2015 regional workshops on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health & Nutrition (MNCHN) and C4D to address equity gaps and development of national integrated plans that cover behaviours around ANC uptake, neo-natal care, early, exclusive and continued breastfeeding, complementary feeding, behaviours to prevent pneumonia and diarrhoea and related family practices.
Support selected country offices through regional offices by developing standardized set of monitoring indicators and related guidance on measurement tools, as needed, as part of the roll out of national integrated C4D plans for MNCHN.
Finalize (final proof-reading) and help disseminate through online sources and select global health, nutrition & C4D meetings the ‘Policy Briefs from the Evidence Summit’ and Case Studies on C4D and MNCH
Finalize and update country case studies on addressing health inequities with C4D approaches – Uganda and Ghana.
Develop & finalize resource package (online) that will include putting together available tools – such as list of indicators, compendium of research, monitoring and evaluation methods, training materials, case studies on C4D for MNCHN and equity, policy briefs from the evidence summit and disseminate it to ROs/COs and to other UN/INGO partners and donors.
2. Support global evidence generation and provide targeted country support in selected regions by conceptualizing and providing implementing guidance for innovative and at scale models

Conduct literature review and develop short summaries to support evidence generation around social and behavioural interventions as part of the WHO/USAID/UNICEF/UNFPA/NORAD core group.
Prepare short summaries on available evidence on use of C4D approaches to promote essential behaviours around MNCHN with a focus on innovative approaches such as reaching/involving non-traditional participant groups (fathers, grandmothers) in the case of infant and young child feeding or approaches to engage with marginalized population groups, with specific attention to scalable approaches based on well document interventions in specific settings and contexts.
Follow up with ESARO/WCARO/ROSA on priority countries on technical support to develop or guidance to roll out of integrated C4D MNCHN strategies/plans. And in countries where vertical C4D strategies/plans exist, support ways of integration of implementation of activities to maximize impact for children and women.
Support to target countries that are implementing C4D activities to improve infant and young child feeding practices in communities including workplace in rural and urban settings and assist in developing a model for scale up.
Review based on a standardized assessment criteria and C4D principles and make available updated training modules related to specific communication strategies based on globally/regionally available resources developed since 2010.
3. Support global social and behavioural evidence generation and standardization initiatives and liaise with country offices on technical support for behavioural monitoring and reporting

Continued support to selected country offices through regional offices around standardized set of monitoring indicators and related guidance on measurement tools, as needed, as part of the roll out of national integrated C4D plans for MNCHN.
Assist in evidence generation around social and behavioural interventions related research prioritization process initiated jointly with WHO/USAID/UNFPA/NORAD
Specifically, prepare inputs for the reporting standards to be used by ministries on social and behavioural interventions that will be developed as part of the revised WHO Guidance Handbook.
Continued support to regional offices and selected country offices in ESARO/WCARO/ROSA on use of C4D-RMNCH-N guidance in national strategies and monitoring plans, with a focus on innovative and at scale interventions around behavioural practices and social change outcomes to improve women and children’s health and nutritional status.
Expected Deliverables

The products of this consultancy will provide guidance to colleagues and partners on replication of successful models and avoidance of pitfalls in future epidemics.

Expected results and timeframe: (measurable results)

Finalized regional workshop reports & follow up recommendations, case studies on C4D, MNCH-N and Equity and Global C4D MNCH guidance & Policy Briefs,
Suggested Timeframe: May to July 2016
Finalize online resources for C4D and MNCH-N and related advocacy products across health and nutrition, with a priority for breastfeeding
Suggested Timeframe: August to October 2016
Literature reviews summaries & Research summaries on innovative and at scale initiatives developed and disseminated
• Country support and review of C4D training modules based on new evidence and good practice
Suggested Timeframe: November 2016 to January 2017
Support to Research Prioritization and Reporting Standards linked to WHO Guidance on Social and Behavioural Interventions and Country support through implementation guidance and monitoring tools for C4D for MNCH-N Suggested Timeframe: February to April 2017
Key competences, technical background, and experience required:

Under the direct supervision of Communication for Development Specialist, C4D Section, UNICEF New York, the Consultant needs to have the following educational qualifications, specialized training, experience and competencies:

Master’s degree specializing in communication studies or mass communication in international development with a focus on behaviour change communication, community engagement or social mobilization. Specialization in health communication or communication for development is an asset.
Specialized training: quantitative or qualitative social sciences research or certificate in health promotion or gender studies, is an asset
Experience in providing support to communication implementation of UN, government or INGO driven large scale interventions/projects for maternal, new born and child health in developing country contexts across Africa and Asia.
Length of relevant work experience – between 4 – 7 years
Languages needed: fluent in English; other UN languages are an advantage
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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 organisation.

Advertised: 21 Mar 2016 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 04 Apr 2016 Eastern Standard Time

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