Closing date: September 16, 2021
Job no: 544296
Contract type: Consultancy
Categories: Communication for Development (C4D)
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
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UNICEF recognizes that behaviour and social change communication (SBCC) is one of the most important programmatic components in the achievement of outcomes for children and adolescents, as the attainment of these outcomes relies strongly on changes in the norms, attitudes and behaviour of individuals, families, communities, civil society and decision makers, through increased participation and empowerment. Communication for Development (C4D) is defined as an “evidence-based and participatory process that facilitates the engagement of children, families, communities, the public and decision makers for positive social and behavioural change in both development and humanitarian contexts through a mix of available communication platforms and tools”. C4D approaches integrated in key interventions across Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection and Adolescents programming towards country programme results using evidence based social and behaviour change strategies.
- Tasks to be completed
- Collect regular field data (taking into an account age, gender, location, disability of target groups) to assess project results and impacts of C4D strategies and activities for intersectional analysis and improvement of measurable behavioral and social change interventions.
- Provide technical expertise for the development and roll out of age- and gender-responsive communication package, including downstream training of government and CSOs partners for evidence-based behavior and social change communication strategies to promote positive parenting in Ghana and introducing innovative and targeted approaches for specific sub-groups (e.g. adolescent parents).
- Co-ordinate the implementation of SBCC interventions by civil society organisations (CSOs) and government stakeholders around Adolescents sexual and reproductive health (ASRH), SRH, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection and Education interventions and provide guidance on how to integrate age- and gender in these interventions.
- Provide technical co-ordination to support the SBCC system strengthening, including the rollout of C4D courses and research with academia and support capacity building of government and CSOs.
- Collaborate with internal and external partners to provide SBCC technical support in the design of age- and gender-responsive C4D strategies, research, and C4D materials and the organization of events and activities to facilitate dissemination knowledge and ensure maximum impact on behavioral and social change of target audiences.
- Integration of SBCC elements in technological and innovation innitiatives supported by the UNICEF (Agoo, Talking Book, She+, IoGT, StartUp Lab) to support programmatic results and acceleration of key results for all children and adolescents.
- Identify and prepare case studies around successful SBCC interventions on ASRH, Wash, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection and Education including interventions contributing to change in age and gender norms implemented by UNICEF Ghana and partners.
Task # Expected deliverable Specific Key deliverables Timeline 1 Collect regular field data to assess project results and impacts on C4D strategies and activities for analysis and improvement of measurable behavioral and social change in interventions. Submission of monthly reports capturing data collected through field work, meetings, interviews with key partners, focus group discussions, site visits, etc. Monthly 2 Provide technical expertise for the development and roll out of ECD and positive parenting communication package Submission of a report on finalization and dissemination of campaign materials through government and CSOs partners. By March 2022 3 Co-ordinate the implementation of SBCC interventions by CSOs and government stakeholders around ASRH, WASH, Health, Nutrition, child protection and education interventions. Submission of report on biweekly co-ordination meetings and regular field monitoring to track partners’ achievements including at least 5 PMVs. Bi-weekly 4 Provide technical co-ordination to support the SBCC system strengthening, including the rollout of C4D courses and research with the academia and support to capacity building of government and CSOs. Submission of report on C4D courses developed and launched
with two universities.
Submission of report on implementation of research projects with universities.
Submission of report on capacity building of CSOs and government partners conducted.
By March 2022
By June 2022
5 Collaborate with internal and external partners to provide SBCC technical support to the design of C4D strategies, research, and development of C4D materials and/or organize events and activities to ensure maximum impact on behavioral and social change of target audiences. Submission of report on contribution to development of the National BCC Strategy on Adolescent Health.
Submission of support provided in the development of the National SBCC newborn and child health communication and advocacy strategy
Submission of report on contribution made to SBCC training package for lactation consultants, mothers, caretakers and communities on IYCF.
By April 2022
By May 2022
By June 2022
6 Scale up and document proven innovation and T4D initiatives (Agoo, Talking Book, She+, IoGT) to support programmatic results and key results for children and adolescents. Submission of report on launch of Internet of Good things with content on key areas.
Submission of report on launching of 2 micro learning courses through Agoo platform.
Submission of bi-weekly meetings with technological partners to share SBCC expertise and monitor progress.
By July 2022
By March 2022
7 Work with UNICEF, NGOs and other partners to complete and validate list of successful SBCC interventions. Submission of at least four case studies produced on SBCC approaches. By August 2022 8 Final report submitted with overall summary, lessons learn and recommendations Submission of final report By August 2022
- Supervision and reporting arrangement
The individual contractor will work under the direct supervision of the C4D Specialist, Unit Head. The individual contractor will be expected to give weekly updates and monthly progress reports.
- Payment schedule
The individual contractor will be paid on a monthly basis based on the submission of a brief (2 page) monthly activity report as well as the completion of deliverables for the period under review and based on certification of satisfactory performance by supervisor as per the agreed workplan
The contract is for a duration of 11.5 months
Expected qualifications, experience, specialised knowledge/skills and competencies
- Advanced university degree in Communication or in a related field (Social Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Development Studies).
- At least five (5) years of experience in a Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) including project design and implementation, research and evaluation, capacity building and knowledge management, social mobilization, community engagement, SBCC strategy development.
- Demonstrated skills to carry out age, gender, intersectional analysis in the context of C4D impact measurement.
- Experience in innovation and technology for development is an asset.
- Portfolio of developed SBCC strategies, knowledge management systems, campaigns and interventions around childhood development (child and maternal health, adolescents reproductive health, nutrition, education, child protection, social services for children and families, WASH).
- Experience working with diverse stakeholders (government, academia, CSOs).
- Strong presentation and writing skills in English.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
Advertised: 02 Sep 2021 Greenwich Standard Time
Deadline: 16 Sep 2021 Greenwich Standard Time
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