UNICEF Massive Recruitment (Abuja, Ondo, Sokoto and Yobe)

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UNICEF Massive Recruitment (Abuja, Ondo, Sokoto and Yobe)

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1. Job Title: Chief Field Officer, P4 #96887 (Non Nigerian nationals only)
Job Number: 521274
Location: Akure, Ondo
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment

Job Descriptions

  • Under the guidance of the Chief Field Operations, the Chief Field Office (CFO) is accountable for managing and leading the total programme commitment of a field office within a country programme.
  • The CFO represents UNICEF in his/her Area of Responsibility (AoR), leads and oversees the various program sectors and operational service teams ensuring the delivery of quality results in accordance with UNICEF’s programme of cooperation, country programme management plan and overall vision set forward by the Representative.

Job Responsibilities
How can you make a difference?

Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be responsible for all or most of the following areas of major duties and key end results.

Effective management of UNICEF presence, staff and assets:

  • Represent UNICEF in the region, by participating in meetings and events, moving forward the agenda for children.
  • Facilitate, take and implement measures to ensure safety and security of UNICEF staff and assets.
  • Effectively lead the Field Office team and manage the performance and conduct the staff members to deliver results for children

Knowledge Management for Programmes:

  • Ensure that area/country programmes are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of “lessons learned” and other corporate-level databases.
  • Participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.

Programme Development and Management:

  • Identify critical intervention points and measures by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system; analyse country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects.
  • Draft changes to/or prepare programme work plans as required. Prepare program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices.
  • Establishes programme workplans, monitors compliance and provides training, support and guidance to the programme team in order to meet objectives. Identifies human resources requirements and on-going staff development needs.
  • Reviews and evaluates the technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constraints of programme/projects in collaboration with Government and other partners.
  • Prepares relevant programme reports required for management, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Optimum Use of Program Funds:

  • Establish and supervise programme work plans and monitor progress and compliance. Monitor the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
  • Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Ensure programme efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluations:

  • Undertakes field visits and ensures that his/her staff conduct field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decides on required corrective action.
  • Carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluate and participate in the major programme evaluation exercises in consultation with the Representative, the Operations Officer, the Evaluation Officer and others to improve efficiency and quality of programme delivery.
  • Participate in annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the timely preparation of annual program status reports.

Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach:

  • Adopt rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks.
  • Formulate consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects.
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
  • Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.

National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability:

  • Provide authorities and service providers with technical support and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships

Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels:

  • Conduct policy analysis from a children’s and women’s rights perspective and advocacy at the government, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates.
  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication in line with UNICEF national advocacy guidelines and strategy.

Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Develop partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies.
  • Linkage to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • Maintain close collaboration with heads of sectoral programmes in the CO, Regional and HQ advisers for effective overall coordination on programmes.
  • Plans, develops and implements sectoral programme(s) by collaborating with the government and other partners.
  • Provide leadership in provision of technical advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area/country level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported by UNICEF programme and country level cooperation.

Job Requirements
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

Education:

  • An advanced University degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, International Relations, Public Administration, Government and Public Relations, Public or Social Policy, Sociology, Social or Community Development, or another relevant technical field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of eight years of professional work experience in programme management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, project administration or another relevant area is required
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Familiarity/ background with emergency is considered as an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language or local knowledge of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Application Closing Date
23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time); 24th April, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  • UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • The positions is for non Nigerian nationals only

2. Job Title: Education Specialist, P4
Job Number: 521262
Location: Sokoto
Work Type : Fixed Term Appointment

Purpose for the Job

  • Under the overall guidance and direction of the Chief, Education, the Education Manager supports the Chief in managing the section, playing a key role in bringing innovation to the development and preparation of education programmes focusing on the learning/quality component within the country programme.
  • The Education Manager provides authoritative technical guidance and operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of results on strengthening national education systems to improve learning, learning outcomes and to promote universal access to quality, equitable and inclusive primary/early childhood education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.
  • The Education Manager contributes to the achievement of concrete and sustainable results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEFs Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities
Management and advisory support to the Chief:

  • Provide advice to the Chief in establishing the annual work plan, including developing strategies, determining priorities, and performance measurements.
  • Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards, and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
  • Provide technical assistance and advice to colleagues in the section on all aspects of programming and implementation to enable them to achieve performance objectives
  • Perform the full duties of the Chief in his/her absence.

Programme development and planning:

  • Advise the Chief on the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the education programmes to ensure that current and comprehensive evidence- based data on education issues are available to guide UNICEFs strategic policy, advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education programmes.
  • Advise the Chief in setting priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans for the learning/quality component of the education program. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussion on the planning of education programmes. Formulate, design and prepare programme proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEFs Strategic Plans and Country Programme and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects focusing on structured/systematic implementation of learning and quality education interventions with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

Programme management, monitoring and quality control of results:

  • Plan and collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for learning, learning outcomes and quality education.
  • Provide professional technical leadership in ensuring structured/systematic implementation of learning and quality education interventions, including capacity development of primary teachers and facilitators.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in programme management.
  • Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits and surveys, and exchange information with stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Manage the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

Advisory services and technical support:

  • Provide technical advice to key government officials, NGOs, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on education and other related issues to support programme development planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Coordinate and ensure the availability of technical experts (with Regional Office/HQ) to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming.
  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence policy and agenda setting for combating poverty and all forms of discrimination against women/children by advising on and advocating strategies and approaches to promote universal access to quality, equitable and inclusive education for children in the country.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration.
  • Participate in country discussions on education emergency preparedness, programming and contingency planning to ensure proactive and appropriate responses are in place to meet the onset of emergencies nationally or other designated locations.

Advocacy, networking and partnership building:

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organizations, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on education.
  • Prepare communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances for sustainable results and support fund raising for UNICEF Country Office education programmes and emergency interventions.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on education and related issues related to learning and quality education to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of programmes/projects including emergency preparedness.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable education programme initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting-edge practices on education management and information systems. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
  • Organize, plan and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education related programme s/projects.

Requirements
Education:

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Familiarity/ background with emergency is considered as an asset

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Application Closing Date
23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time); 24th April, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

3. Job Title: TA Nutrition Specialist Emergency PCA Liason Officer , NOC
Job Number: 521199
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Background

  • The protracted conflict in North East (NE) Nigeria has increased population vulnerability to displacement, disruption & loss of livelihood, malnutrition, food insecurity, inadequate health services and poor sanitation.
  • As part of the integrated humanitarian response for conflict affected states. As the lead agency for nutrition sector UNICEF is providing support to the nutrition response to humanitarian crisis in North.
  • UNICEF operation through direct supports government health structure and partnership with members of local and international civil society for nutrition preventive and curative service delivery. In 2018 a total of 17 partnership has been established with 4 local and 13 national NGOs.  Furthermore, there are several other NGOs who are considering staring partnership with UNICEF.
  • The establishment and daily management of these partnership were done at Abuja level in liaising with the budget units by a Nutrition specialist.
  • The Specialist serving as interface between the HACT and budget units in Abuja and the nutrition staff in the Borno office. The absence of the specialist has created a gap that the nutrition section tried to fill by redistributing and relocating the roles and responsibilities for the management of partnership agreements to the nutrition staff in the Boron field office.
  • The lack of interface at Abuja level combined with recent changes introduced in the partnership process has led to significant delays in the PCA process and management. If prolonged these delays may result in under- achievement of the Nutrition targets at the operational level as well as represent a reputational risk for UNICEF in its capacity of the nutrition as sector lead. The main role of this position is to engage with various nutrition partners to develop partnership agreements and develop programme documents to help avoid compromising results for the nutrition sector and affect UNICEF reputation.

Purpose of Assignment

  • The Nutrition Specialist Emergency PCA Liason Officer is responsible for managing and monitoring nutrition partnerships and monitor supply chain including program planning, monitoring, and evaluation and partner’s reporting for UNICEF supplies.

Key Functions, Accountabilities And Related Duties/Tasks
She/ He will be responsible for the delivery of the core functions below:

Partnership Building:

  • Contributes to strategies for engagement and the development of partnership documents with other organizations implementing nutrition
  • Ensuring that nutrition partners submit required documents for partnership
  • Certify disbursements of funds, monitor utilisation and preparation of financial status reports.
  • Working closely with other units to ensure approved funds are released to other partners
  • Monitoring the partners to ensure partnership compliance are maintained.

Managing Nutrition Supply chain:

  • Coordinate with operations staff on provision of supply and non-supply assistance to partners, ensuring proper and timely accountability in accordance with UNICEF policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain a ‘supply chains for health system strengthening learning collaborative with Programme Division, Immunization and Community Health teams. Work closely with the GAVI Alliance develop a workplan; collaborate with child health and development partners; utilize existing learning platforms; and monitor and report on progress.
  • Enhance UNICEF’s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and key supply chain stakeholders by providing analysis of the current supply trends and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches.
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy: Produce a National Supply Chain Strengthening communication strategy and associated work plan with the aim of increasing awareness and action on national supply chain strengthening, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand among key partners

Fund raising and Donor reporting:

  • Contribute to nutrition proposal writing and grant management.
  • Donor Reporting: Provide leadership on meeting UNICEF Supply Division’s donor reporting accountabilities, working closely with Program and Public Partnership Divisions on the reporting on immunization supply chain (GAVI); WHO/UNICEF Immunization Hub (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); Food for Peace (USAID); other donors; and input to UNICEF annual reports and other relevant internal and external reporting.
  • Acts as focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for fund raising

Information Management:

  • Support complete, quality and timely reporting of nutrition programs/CBT based on partnership agreements and agreed monitoring frameworks.
  • Provide support in reviewing documents, developing project proposal, preparing survey protocols and adopting standardized approaches and tools for nutrition/CBT programming
  • Maintain information databases and general project IM tools including consolidation, analysis and report/disseminate of data collected throughout various assessments
  • Compile, clean and analyse nutrition/CBT data including Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Vitamin A supplementation, Infant and Young Child Feeding Practice (IYCFP), Micronutrients etc.
  • Assess trends and measures outcomes relating to achievement of project targets to support evidence-based programming.
  • For high level official meetings, represent all partners of the consortium in matters relating to the project implementation and impact in focus states.
  • When needed, coordinate Document minutes and action points; as and when needed coordinate and plan for minutes, develop agenda, document minutes and share action points with all relevant persons.

Situation Monitoring and Assessment:

  • Takes lead in preparing SitRep inputs with emphasis on Sector plans, targets and achievements.
  • Prepare briefs and presentations as and when needed for decision making and prioritization of nutrition interventions.
  • Assess and monitor trends in the nutrition situation of children, women and vulnerable populations, and identify core advocacy concerns.
  • Ensure that a nutritional surveillance mechanism as well as nutrition rapid assessments and surveys among all Implementing Partners are well established.
  • Review routine and survey data on nutrition interventions and ensure appropriate programme actions and responses are taken.

Program Performance Monitoring:

  • Regularly update and share with implementing agencies in both state the collated overall, and state specific nutrition/CBT statistics against agreed performance indicators in all information exchange channels.
  • Conduct field visits to programs in both states to monitor the quality of data collection and reporting; also provides supportive supervision as and when needed.
  • In partnership with the nutrition sector coordinator attend joint monitoring exercises
  • Provide any other relevant support as requested by the consortium coordinator

Purpose of assignment:

  • The Nutrition Specialist Emergency PCA Liason Officer is responsible for managing and monitoring nutrition partnerships and monitor supply chain including program planning, monitoring, and evaluation and partner’s reporting for UNICEF supplies.

Education

  • An advance University degree in one of the following fields in required: Human Nutrition, preferably with corresponding degree in Public Health, Nutritional Epidemiology, Global/Iinternational Health and Nutrition, Food Security, Medicine or other related field.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/ nutrition care.
  • Experience in health/nutrition programme/ project development and management in a UN system agency or organisation is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF programme Cooperative partnership procedure
  • Recent experience in Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Moderate Acute Malnutrition, including Therapeutic Feeding Programmes (TFP) and Supplementary Feeding Programmes (SFP).
  • Versed experience with CMAM and SAM treatment protocols
  • Experience in Malnutrition Programme communications (C4D).
  • Proficient on Advocacy, partnership and fund raising.

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).
  • Good written and spoken skills in the language of the partnership operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.

Technical Competencies:

  • Professional technical knowledge in Data Collection
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft office (MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint etc.)
  • Experience in survey methodologies, nutrition assessment and skills to use different software to manage data properly such as EpiData, EpiInfo, STATA, ENA, SPSS
  • Current knowledge of the latest developments and technology in the field.
  • Detail-oriented ability to work at a fast pace and meet deadlines
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and manage multiple tasks and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Leadership and ability to work with people.
  • Strong drive for result.
  • Strong and effective communication and writing skill

Core Values:

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies:

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising
  • Formulating strategies and Concepts
  • Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

Application Closing Date
19th April, 2019; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


4. Job Title: C4D/Community Engagement Consultant (Routine Immunization)
Job Number: 521555
Location: Yobe
Work Type: Consultancy
Consultancy Duration: 6 months

Background/Purpose of Assignment

  • Over 40% of under-five mortality in Nigeria is due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). This is driven in large part by consistently low immunization coverage rates and weak health systems. According to the 2016/17 MICS/NICS survey report, more than 700,000 children are unimmunized and thus vulnerable to VPDs. Contributory to this is the low demand for immunization services and underutilization of PHC services despite demonstrable evidence of vaccine availability and implementation of fixed and outreach sessions, and numerous immunization campaigns. This is because of poor awareness levels, poor access and low health care-seeking behavior by community members. 42% of those surveyed in the 2016 NICS/MICS indicated a lack of awareness as a key reason for not being fully immunized. Though a number of supply side factors have been frequently enumerated as contributing factors, weak demand for routine immunization (RI) and poor community linkage for routine immunization are significant demand side constraints.
  • In the MICS/NICS 2016 report, only 33% of children received all three doses of pentavalent vaccine with varied suboptimal coverage rates in all the geopolitical regions. Immunization survey results reveal low coverage, missed opportunities and high numbers of unimmunized occur more in the northern part of the country that in the south. A comparison of 3rd dose pentavalent coverage trends reveals the North-west zone as having the lowest immunization coverage (14%), followed by the north east (25%) and the north central (44%), while the southern zones had coverage ranging from 61% to 64% (Figure 2). Not surprising, under-five mortality rates are highest in the North West followed by the North East and North Central zones respectively.
  • Low immunization coverage rate is also found among the rural poor, the lowest socio economic quintiles and populations with the lowest literacy levels. Community related causes of low demand include: Poor community involvement in planning and implementation of RI services, social and cultural barriers to access (lack of knowledge about potential benefits of vaccinations), lack of accountability and a weak governance system for RI, poor service delivery, missed opportunities at health facilities and weak sustainability of planned interventions.
  • The Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices (GRISP), 2016 report endorses ‘community involvement and strategies to reach as two of its nine transformative investments in achieving better immunization outcomes. These include:
  • Strategies to reach: Investments in tailored strategies that identify under-vaccinated and unvaccinated persons and regularly provide them with the vaccines they need and Community involvement: Investments in the shared responsibility for immunization delivery between communities and the immunization program to reach uniformly high coverage through high demand and quality servicesÂ�
  • Community engagement is the process by which the health system works collaboratively with host communities to improve community ownership of health and health programs in accordance with the tenets of Primary Health Care and address both supply and demand-side factors that contribute to poor programme performance and health indices in the community. In immunization, community engagement will help to address both supply and demand-side factors that contribute to under-/non-immunization in order to increase immunization coverage and reach the hardest to reach. This includes communities taking a lead in identifying, owning and resolving issues that contribute to low or stagnating immunization rates.
  • Consultants are needed to lead the low-level engagement process of working with communities to promote RI, support strengthening of community platforms and systematically track processes that facilitate adoption of RI behaviours. The Consultants will engage all key partners at the community and household levels to ensure systematic planning and implementation of context-specific strategies for raising the demand for and acceptance of RI services.
  • While several partners are doing their best to support demand creation processes, the disconnect between national/state level activities and actual engagement with influential at community level has remained a bottleneck to increasing the rates of RI. That is why additional support is still required to bridge technical communication/social mobilization gaps in the focus states. Key areas of focus will include full technical support at state, LGA, Community and household levels, enhancing awareness of the public on RI and aggressively promoting and strengthening demand for RI services.
  • The required technical assistance will also focus on facilitating evidence based planning, partnerships, engaging the existing structures, working with traditional and religious leaders, community influencers and caregivers to improve coverage of RI. UNICEF needs to hire Communication for Development/Community Engagement Consultants in 6 MoU states to support community engagement for RI.

Major Tasks to be Accomplished
The C4D consultants, working with communication and social mobilization teams will undertake the following tasks.

  • Produce and implement an evidence based area/audience specific communication/social mobilization/community engagement plan for routine immunization.
  • Using the standard planning templates, develop/implement monthly workplans from the overall communication/social mobilization/community engagement plan.
  • Conduct Focus Group Discussions/rapid assessments at community level to explore knowledge, attitude and practices related to routine immunization and issues adversely affecting RI coverage.
  • Clearly analyse the structures, platforms and groups within implementing communities and how they interact, as a prelude to working within those structures and platforms in the implementation process
  • Have consistent, continuous and planned interaction with Traditional Leaders and Religious Leaders on how to promote RI in households
  • Track ongoing Community Dialogue sessions and the inclusion of RI on the agenda at least quarterly
  • Capacity building and sensitization of various stakeholders and key partners including communication and social mobilization committees/working groups, health education officers, Ward Development Committees (WDCs), Village Development Committees (VDCs), Volunteer Community Mobilizers (VCMs) network, media, religious leaders/groups, traditional leaders/institutions, community influencers and caregivers, etc. on mobilization activities to improve knowledge and acceptance for positive behaviors on immunization.
  • Establish/strengthen partnerships to promote positive behaviors on routine immunization by working with the State and LGA Health Educators and state level social mobilization committees, closely working with Ward Development Committees (WDCs), Village Development Committees (VDCs), Traditional Leaders Committees and with State and LGA Immunization Officers (SIOs/LIOs) and other RI partners at the state/LGA level.
  • Conduct and produce monthly media tracking report related to routine immunization and other immunization activities.
  • Work with state teams to coordinate all enlightenment campaigns and interventions for routine immunization.
  • Conduct supportive supervision visits and summarize findings of all supportive supervisory visits conducted including those conducted by the members of the VCM network, LGA Cluster Consultants (LGA CC), provide monthly updates and findings (such as trends of coverage, refusals, dropouts, left-outs etc.) and share findings with all concerned to keep all aware of the situation and support social mobilization plans to improve the situation.
  • Monitor all UNICEF funded activities related to advocacy, communication and social mobilization in the duty station and ensure timely implementation and adequate utilization of funds for planned activities.

End Product
Expected Output:

  • An implementation plan capturing all strategies, within one week of engagement for technical review and approval.
  • Monthly work plans and reports capturing all the planned and implemented activities for the month, one week before starting the month for technical review and approval.
  • Data on knowledge, attitudes and practices of communities and community-specific issues related to RI at all levels in the assigned states to support community engagement.
  • Functionality of structures at different levels – State Social Mobilization Committees, Ward Development Committees (WDCs), Village Development Committees (VDCs), Traditional Leaders Committee, Volunteers and other mobilization structures and partners  supporting the RI programme at the respective levels.
  • Monthly reports on media tracking
  • Consolidated regular reports on findings on RI and other immunization supportive supervision available, including data at all levels indicating trends of coverage, refusals, dropouts, left-outs etc.
  • Community is aware about childhood vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), benefits and availability of RI and willing to avail the services and vaccination coverage of RI increased over time.
  • A contingency plan for 2018 at all levels
  • Contribute to improve the accountability of funds allocated for communication
  • An end of contract Report

Expected Results:

  • Caregivers understand and practice positive behaviors to understand the benefits of vaccines and demand (seek, support, advocate for) immunization services as a right and responsibility of all their children
  • Religious, traditional, and community leaders understand the importance of accessing health services early, fully immunizing every child and persuade caregivers to achieve full immunization for their children
  • RI reports from all LGAs are available at State, Field Office and Abuja levels.
  • Engagement of community leaders and institutions for improved RI firmly established in the focus states
  • Functioning social mobilization committee at the state/LGA, WDCs, VDCs in place at all levels within the state
  • Capacity for immunization communication/social mobilization increased.

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required

  • Minimum of Bachelor degree in Social Sciences or related technical field preferably in communications.
  • At least three (3) years professional work experience in programme planning, management and monitoring, preferably in Immunization Program. Experience in social mobilization and communication for immunization programme, training and negotiation skills and team building is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English and local language of the duty station.

Basic Skills include:

  • Ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas
  • Communication skills, to work closely with variety of partners, stakeholders and communities at large
  • Monitoring and supervisory skills
  • Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
  • Computer skills, internet navigation and various office application
  • Establishing working relationships both within and outside the organization

Application Closing Date
23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time); 26th April, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

 

 

 

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