Closing date: July 9, 2021
Under the supervision of the Head of the C4D Section and in close collaboration with the Head of the Immunization Unit, the Consultant or the International Consultant C4D will support the national coordination and the preparation of the aspects of Communication and Community Engagement related to the introduction of the vaccine against COVID-19 through the ad-hoc working group set up by the Ministry of Health of the DRC.
Specifically, he will be responsible for supporting the development of a national strategic communication plan and supporting the development of the tools necessary to support the acceptance and demand for the COVID-19 vaccine;
Specifically, he will be responsible for:
- Assess the communication needs to gain acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccination by the community, health workers and frontline workers.
- Carry out KAP studies / a perception survey on the potential use of the vaccine
- Develop communication strategies and vaccine deployment plans in the event of a crisis
- Develop information, education and communication material that includes key messages.
- Monitor demand and hesitation as vaccine deployment progresses.
- Establish a framework for community engagement to promote demand for the new COVID-19 vaccine.
- Ensure a continuous link with the media
- Strengthen the functioning of the national working group Communication in favor of vaccination against COVID 19
- Set up the community feedback mechanism and responses to community concerns related to COVID 19 vaccination.
- Expected results
- A list and map of communication needs for COVID-19 vaccination by level, are available
- A KAP study / a perception survey on the potential use of the vaccine carried out to inform the strategic communication plan
- A strategic communication plan based on social data from studies is developed at country level and an operational communication plan is validated at the level of each province targeted by COVID vaccination
- 100% of communication materials and supports are developed and finalized including essential messages and training modules.
- A crisis communication plan is developed and updated according to the progress of vaccination operations in the country.
- A work plan with the media is developed
- An advocacy plan is developed and is an integral part of the strategic communication plan.
- The national working group Communication in favor of vaccination against COVID 19 meets at least once a week.
- A community feedback mechanism and responses to community concerns related to COVID 19 vaccination is set up
- The key roles and responsibilities of the members of the Communication sub-group are defined
- Reports on the activities of national C4D consultants are compiled, analyzed and shared
- Submit a weekly activity report to the technical supervisor
- Submit a monthly activity report to the technical supervisor
- Share weekly the preparation and implementation of the various activities and the difficulties encountered and the solutions provided
- Share the minutes of coordination meetings, meetings of the Communication sub-committee
- Submit the final report of the consultation to the technical supervisor including feedback (“lessons learned”)
- Qualifications and skills required
The international C4D consultant should have the following qualifications:
- Hold an advanced university degree (Master) in social / behavioral sciences (sociology, anthropology, psychology, health education) with an emphasis on strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization, communication participatory and research.
- Have at least five (5) years of progressive and relevant professional experience in the development, planning and management of social development programs, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in adaptation and ‘application of communication planning processes to specific programs.
- Have international experience in coordinating crisis communication activities related to the promotion of immunization in the context of epidemics and pandemics.
- Have skills in leadership, teamwork and adult training;
- Proficiency in computer tools, in particular Excel, Word and PowerPoint software
- Have a very good document writing skills
- Have an organizational and managerial capacity
- Knowing how to maintain good relations with all partners
- To have team spirit
- Have the ability to work in a multicultural environment
- Have the capacity of communicator and trainer
- Fluency in French and knowledge of English would be appreciated.
- Be proactive, alert and use data to alert possible issues
- Have the ability to work in an international and multicultural environment
- Working conditions
- Full time: Estimated total number of working days: 3 months – based on 21 working days / month;
- Place of work: Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, with possibilities of redeployment in other provinces.
NB: The consultant will supervise the national C4D consultants assigned to the Antennas
Applications from women are strongly encouraged and only applications submitted online will be considered.
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