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Communication for Development Specialist (Polio), P-3Location: Katsina
Experience: 5 year(s)
Course of Study: Psychology
Required Grade: Not Specified
Vacancy No:  E-VN-2014-003056
Position#:  NGR14013
Application Close:  24-Nov-14

Purpose of the Position
Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Katsina Field Office and Chief, Polio Communication accountable for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of the Social Mobilization and Communication component of the Polio Programme in the Zone.

As the leader of the social mobilization / communication component of Polio eradication, direct, lead and manage the State Teams (Kano and Katsina) on their day to day Polio/EPI activities in Katsina field office area, aiming to achieve results in the short term.

The incumbent of the post shall be under the supervision of Chief of Field Office and with secondary supervision by Programme Section Chief responsible for C4D.   The primary supervisor shall assess from the following applicable competencies: Communication, Working with People, Leading and Supervising, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing, Coping with Pressure and Setbacks, Following Instructions and Procedures, Adapting and Responding to Change and Deciding and Initiating Action.  The secondary supervisor shall assess from the following applicable competencies: Drive for Results, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning and Researching, Creating and Innovating, Planning and Organizing and Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Key Expected Results
1.  UNICEF leadership and central role in communication: ensure UNICEF leadership and central role communication strategy by effectively managing the development of appropriate strategies, and work plans at all levels and ensure their timely execution at the Zonal, State and Ward levels and coordinate all UNICEF support in the Field Office in all matters related to polio eradication and strengthening of routine immunization, in line with UNICEF mandate and responsibilities.

2.  IEC materials development: Develop appropriate communication material, culturally relevant, to support the activities of Traditional and Religious leaders, women, and other identifiable groups during courtyard meetings, household visits, and any other forum that encourages dialogue; pre-test the material, timely produce them and ensure that they meet the required standards.  Culturally relevant programme communication materials designed, pre-tested, and produced timely, meeting requirements and quality standards.

3.  Partnerships and Coordination Ensure effective coordination and intervention with NPHCDA, the state Governments, state Emergency Operation Centres, Local Government Authorities and other key partners, including WHO, CDC and Rotary International.  Strengthen formal and informal relations, as well as partnerships with community groups/leaders, organisations and institutions like the Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria, Journalists Against Polio, the print and electronic media, religious and traditional leaders so as to enhance their participation in the programme.

4.  Capacity Building and Technical Support Provide technical support to enhance the capacity of government and NGO counterparts to develop and effectively use communication in support of PEI.  Ensure the development/availability of effective training materials and plan the implementation of appropriate training and orientation programmes to build capacities in participatory and behaviour communication at state and LGA levels.

5.  Monitoring and Evaluation: Support the state team in developing the work plan for polio and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met and achieved.  Participate in the preparation of all program reports required by state teams and Katsina field office as well as Polio Communication team at national level. Share information regularly with the Katsina FO and polio communication team at National level.

6.  Budget planning and management of funds: Supervise and coordinate the UNICEF funded parts of the advocacy, social mobilization and logistics of polio eradication and of routine immunization, in the Katsina Field Office and in coordination with the other partners and in line with UNICEF procedures.

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1.  Programme communication programme strategy, plan and implementation for behavioural change in Polio/EPI
-  Under the technical guidance of the Chief of Communications, Polio in Abuja, and in collaboration with key immunization partners, the Social Mobilization and Development Officer, designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of communication policy, strategy and plans of action aiming at general public through: (a) behaviour development/change at individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in the Polio/EPI programme and areas of convergence.
-  Makes viable recommendations on operational strategies in the areas of participatory communication, social mobilization and behaviour change and on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences.

2.  Programme communication materials
-  In collaboration with partners, the Social Mobilization and Development Officer organizes and manages the formative research, development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery, including facilitating behaviour change, where necessary.
-  Supports the UNICEF global Polio/EPI communications objectives and strategies through development of complementary State and LGA specific and local community materials.
-  Ensures the quality, consistency and appropriateness of communication materials that are developed, produced, and disseminated to local communities, government officials, other partners and the press.

3.  Partnerships for social mobilization and Coordination of Efforts
-  Develops partnerships with various religious groups, traditional/religious leaders, media practitioners, and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on country Polio/EPI goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the country programme.
-  Promotes a better understanding of children's and women's issues by assisting in or managing a zonal level Polio/EPI behaviour change and social mobilization strategy supportive of effective and efficient programme delivery.
-  Promotes and influences behaviour development/change at individual/ household levels, social mobilization of civil society organizations and increased community participation in Polio/EPI programmes.
-  Coordinates with government counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development aimed at both individual behaviour change and collective action. Provide technical support as required.
-  Collaborates with government officials, community leaders, UN, and bilateral agencies and NGOs in the organization of activities, operational research, advocacy and exchange of information and ideas supportive of programme communication goals and strategies in Polio/EPI.

4.  Capacity building support
-  Develops training materials and activities to build capacity in participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel who are involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programme communication intervention, in support of programme sustainability.

6. Monitoring and evaluation
-  Monitors and evaluates programme activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites.
-  Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure compliance and achievement of objectives and recommend corrective action, when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.  Prepares monitoring and evaluation reports in accordance with the established guidelines, methods and procedures. Provides technical advice to programme staff, government officials and other counterparts, and coordinates and manages the evaluative elements of country programme milestone meetings, such as mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.
-  Disseminates communication research findings, ensures exchanges and sharing of experience, lessons learned, best practices, and new methods to government officials, programme staff, and other UNICEF partners.

7.  Budget planning and management of program funds
-  Participates in and contributes to the budget and programme review and planning. Establishes programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
-  Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
-  Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Improves programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
-  Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Social Sciences, Development Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
*A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Work Experience
-  Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

Language Proficiency
-  Fluency in English and a second UN language (IP). Local working language of the duty station an asset

Competencies of Successful Candidate
Core Values:
-  Commitment
-  Diversity and Inclusion
-  Integrity

Core Competencies:
-  Communication
-  Working with People
-  Drive for Results

Functional Competencies
-  Leading and Supervising
-  Formulating Strategies and Concepts
-  Relating and Networking
-  Persuading and Influencing
-  Applying Technical Expertise
-  Entrepreneurial Thinking

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
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