Job Number: 498762 | Vacancy Link
Location: Sierra Leone
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
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 Position
Under the general guidance of the WASH Manager, and in close coordination with the Programme Communication Specialist, the Chiefs of the Child Survival and Development section, responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a behavior change and social mobilization and marketing strategy to support the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) /DFID/UNICEF Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply Programme
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks – Key Expected Results
- In collaboration with UNICEF, the government of Sierrra Leone (GoSL) programme officers, design and manage/facilitate the implementation of communication plans of action for the GoSL Programme aiming at: (a) behavior development/change at the individual/household levels, in line with the overall office plan on programme communication for child survival; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) Social marketing in hand washing with soap and sanitation d) behavior change communication strategies for PHU staff and Government Public Health Officers e)Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
- Provides technical support to GoSL counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for development (C4D), aimed at both individual behavior change and collective actions, such as planning, development and implementation of national annual public awareness campaigns to support the GoSL /UNICEF Programme
- Develops training materials and activities to build capacity of service providers in WASH, Education and Child Survival in participatory and behavior communication at national and district levels in support of the GoSL/UNICEF programme sustainability and the programme communication strategy on child survival and development.
- Develops partnerships with private sector, religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists, and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on the GoSL /UNICEF programme goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the programme, with special focus on the behavioral changes required as part of this programme.
- In collaboration with partners, organizes/manages the formative research, development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery, including facilitating behavior change, where necessary.
- Monitors and evaluates programme communication activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites. Disseminates communication research findings, ensures exchanges of experience and new methods to government officials, DFID, DGIS and other programme staff, and other UNICEF partners.
- Contributes to the development of the annual work plans of the Child Survival programmes, ensuring that the necessary GoSL /UNICEF WASH programme communication activities are included and are in line with the overall office strategy on programme communication for child survival.
- Coordinates with the External Relations and Advocacy unit and the Programme Communication Specialist to ensure that the programme communication requirements for the WASH programme are included in the overall programme communication plan of the office and that the necessary advocacy and social mobilization are carried out.
- Coordinates with key international and national actors on programme communication and social mobilization required for the successful implementation of the GoSL /UNICEF programme.
- Makes decisions on appropriate programme communication methodologies and approaches, technical resources required, quality and appropriateness of communication materials produced, target audiences to be reached, allocation of financial resources, as well as a time-frame for various activities, all of which will affect the achievement of the GoSL/UNICEF programme goals.
- Makes recommendations on operational strategies in the areas of participatory communication, social mobilization and behavior change; on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences; and on the way in which programme communication should be integrated into the specific GoSL/DFID/DGIS/UNICEF programme
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Education: Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education, and Mass Communication) with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, participatory research, training and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
Work Experience: Eight years progressively responsible work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes, including two years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes. Specific experience in C4D for WASH programmes – will be considered a strong advantage/asset
Languages: Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Working with People
- Drive for Results
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Learning and Researching
- Planning and Organizing
- Current knowledge of the latest developments and technology, in the field of WASH with specific focus on CLTS.
- Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and manage programmes, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
- Leadership and teamwork abilities.
- Supervisory and managerial skills.
- Excellent analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
- Good understanding of and skills in programming for water, sanitation and hygiene.
- Ability to develop partnerships and network in the water, sanitation and hygiene field.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
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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.
Opening Date 26 Aug 2016 GMT Standard Time
Closing Date 10 Sep 2016 GMT Standard Time