Closing date: 25 July 2018
Over the past few years Afghanistan has made significant progress in reducing the circulation of wild poliovirus. Despite recent fall back of the programme in Southern region, mostly linked to insecurity and lack of access, the programme is heading towards stopping wild poliovirus circulation in the next 12-18 months. While the goal post for polio eradication was shifted several times, the world has never been closer to ending polio. Recently, polio endemic countries have been preparing for the transition of polio assets. GPEI partners in Afghanistan, which have accumulated significant programme platforms and infrastructure, aim to start the process of documentation of progress and assets to pave the way for gradual transition of polio assets, three years after the virus transmission had been interrupted – while also focusing all efforts on eradication in the next months. Documentation and external communication will contribute to maintaining donor confidence and supporting resource mobilization efforts.
The purpose of this consultancy is to comprehensively research, enlist and document UNICEF Afghanistan-led activities in GPEI partnership, with special focus on Communication for Development (C4D) and social mobilization, vaccine training and management, programme access and engagement with the media, doctors, religious leadership and mobile populations. These unique interventions across different social and technical programme areas merit full documentation as this knowledge and experience is potentially of significant value to other development programmes in the country and globally.
The consultancy project is three-fold and includes three components in the thematic areas of interest above:
- Multimedia and Audio/Visual Products – develop a set of compelling communication products that tell the story of polio eradication in Afghanistan aimed at internal and external audiences and donors.
- Technical Written Case Studies and/or Articles based on robust social data and communication evidence aimed at programme managers, public health professionals, and academia.
- UNICEF Afghanistan’s Contribution to polio eradication, researching assets and platforms that could potentially be used or transitioned after eradication (ex. Immunization Communication Network, Mobile Mullahs, media partners, missed children tracking database etc.)
All three components will run in parallel and will be accomplished in close coordination with the Afghanistan Government and GPEI partners in the country.
Candidates must have an advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the area of the expertise – Social & Behavioural Sciences, Communication for Development, Journalism & Mass Communication, Public Health is required. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
To apply for this job please visit www.unicef.org.