Job Vacancies United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Children’s Fund
Position: Programme Communication Specialist (Polio), New York
Closing Date: Friday, 16 July 2010
Location: United States of America (the) – New York
Purpose of the Position
If you are a communication and social mobilization expert passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. Help UNICEF accelerate its response to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and eradicate polio by 2012. Communication plays a crucial role in polio eradication, fostering understanding of the disease and acceptance of the vaccine, and we are looking for experienced professionals.
Under the guidance of the Supervisor, you will:
1. Provide over-all leadership on all aspects related to communication, social mobilization and advocacy in the polio eradication initiative for UNICEF, as the lead agency for programme communication and social mobilization in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative(GPEI);
2. In collaboration with government and GPEI partners, lead the design and manage the implementation of communication strategies and plans of action aiming at: (1) behaviour change at individual/household levels; (2) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (3) increased community participation in EPI and polio eradication programmes.
3. Provides technical support to government counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development. Identifies training needs, and oversees development of training packages and materials and activities to build capacity in participatory and behaviour communication at various government levels, in support of programme sustainability.
4. Be responsible for submitting regular reports on social analysis, strategy development, programme indicators, communication outcomes and impact on immunization targets on country level activities for UNICEF regional and global polio teams ;
5. Translate global and regional policy for Monitoring & Evaluation of communication strategies including design, field testing, compilation, dissemination etc of experiences, lessons learned into country level activities, and report upon results.
Key Expected Results
1. Programme communication strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed for social and behavioural change in support of efficient and effective programme delivery.
2. Culturally relevant programme communication materials designed, pre-tested, and produced timely, meeting requirements and quality standards.
3. Strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society developed and enhanced for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals.
4. Effective training materials and activities organized, developed and implemented to build capacity in participatory and behaviour communication at various government levels.
5. Technical support effectively provided with government counterparts in the development and effective use of communication for social development.
6. Monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and preparation of reports timely and properly undertaken. Findings, experiences, lessons learned, best practices and new methods effectively shared with government officials, programme staff, and other partners.
7. Budget properly planned, monitored and controlled, ensuring allocated funds optimally appropriated.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced university degree in the social sciences, (Communication, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on participatory communication, social mobilization, participatory research, training and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
Eight years of progressively responsible work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes, including four years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
Fluency is English and another UN language is required.
- Knowledge of current developments the fields of communication theory, motivational psychology, adult learning theory, indigenous media, community organization and participation.
- Training in strategic communication planning, behavior analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
- Proven skills in communication, networking, advocacy and negotiations.
- Ability to organize and implement training, including development of curricula and methodologies.
- Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
- Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
Has good leadership and supervisory skills; coordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
Seeks and proposes opportunities for advancing UNICEF’s mission.
IMPORTANT: As part of your applicant online profile on the UNICEF site, please make sure your select “Release Profile” under Candidate Profile/Overview & Release.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and gender equality in its workplace. Women and nationals of developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to apply
If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children’s rights organization, would like to hear from you.
Visit us at www.unicef.org/about/employ to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2010-001459. Applications must be received by 16 July 2010.
Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.
In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reference Code: RW_86XLMN-27
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