Organization:UN Children’s Fund
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. And we never give up!
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For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, nutrition, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Despite increased coverage rates of routine immunization (RI) in India, nearly one-third of all children born in the country each year are not fully protected against the life threatening vaccine preventable disease. Besides, India has recently introduced and proposes to introduce a number of new vaccines into the existing RI Schedule in the coming years (2016-18), many of them through campaigns such as Rota virus, Measles Rubella, Adult JE and Pneumococcal. The country has set its target for 90% national coverage by 2020, increasing from the current 65.2% (RSOC 2013). UNICEF has been one of the core partners in supporting the GOI in the RI and new vaccine initiative, especially focusing on strengthening system capacity to integrate, operationalize, and monitor social and behavior change communication (SBCC) interventions in a manner that leads to increase vaccine confidence and generate demand for new vaccines.
In the last one and half years there have been significant progress in systems strengthening interventions for routine immunization through the introduction of new vaccines, and namely MR. UNICEF is the lead technical partner supporting Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) planning, implementation and monitoring for demand generation that would lead to vaccine uptake (and full immunization coverage). UNICEF has worked closely with all development partners, and is rolling out a MoHFW-endorsed communication package, including SOPs, IEC materials and formats and templates to facilitate all phases of planning until campaign launch. In regards to the MR vaccine introduction the campaign on-going since February 2017 has reached almost 100 million children across 21 States /Union territories, and more than 300 million children across 15 States are yet to be vaccinated.
The way forward envisions building on all the lessons learned and the processes that have strengthened communication planning, implementation and monitoring for new vaccine introduction and RI to expand to RMNCHA programming.
How can you make a difference?
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world’s thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference. Communization for Development Officer, RI & New Vaccines – will provide the necessary support in moving forward the communication technical assistance for RI and New Vaccines through a clear roadmap and results matrix, as well as contribute to systems strengthening and capacity development for RMNCHA priorities.
The position is directly supervised by the Communcation for Development Specialist, P-4, under the guidance of Chief of Child Development and Nutrition.
Major duties and responsibilities:
- Support development and roll-out of an evidence based national RI and new vaccines communication strategic framework, review existing state strategies, support their implementation and monitoring along with UNICEF state staff, ensure periodic assessment of progress, document progress and propose remedial measures.
- Support capacity building initiatives for different levels of Immunization Health Force in strategic planning in SBCC, monitoring and evaluation for results and rapid assessments, planning for training, developing and institutionalizing partnerships, documenting progress, and advocating for policy changes, developing tools, coordinating with partners.
- Support in developing monitoring tools and monitoring plans for UNICEF communication interventions in RI and new vaccines introduction, assist in developing stories from monitoring data.
- Support in mapping and institutionalizing partnerships and networks at national and state level, including sub-district level with selected civil society organizations and institutions, including non-government organizations, community-based organizations, self-help groups, Panchayati Raj Institutions for effective community mobilization especially from underserved areas-high burden districts.
- Support in development and management of knowledge products by documenting SBCC related activities and tools developed by UNICEF/Development Partners and ensuring their appropriate dissemination. Document success stories, case studies highlighting UNICEF’s contributions and best programme practices, and prepare routine reports on results and project progress; draft/provide inputs for donor reports, presentations, donor/media visits, web stories, etc., as may be required from time to time
- Support in development of products, processes, technologies, within the sphere of communication for development that are new/innovative and are able to meet UNICEF’s definitions and criteria for Innovations.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
Core Values (Required)
- Diversity and Inclusion
Core Competencies (Required)
- Communication [ II ]
- Working with People [ I ]
- Drive for Results [ I ]
Functional Competencies (Required)
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
- Relating and networking [ I ]
- Persuading and influencing [ I ]
- Applying technical expertise [ I ]
- Learning and researching [ II ]
- Planning and organizing [ II ]
i.Specific Technical Knowledge Required[ for the job ]
- Knowledge of current developments in the fields of: communication theory, motivational psychology, adult learning theory, indigenous media, community organization and participation, strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
- Knowledge of inter-disciplinary approach in programme development and implementation in programme communication, social mobilization and behavioural change.
- Knowledge of and experience in emergency operations and management.
- Knowledge of and skills in programme communication networking, advocacy and negotiation.
- Knowledge and experience to organize and implement training.
- Knowledge of community capacity building.
- Computer knowledge, skills and practical experience, including internet navigation, network, telecommunications and various office applications.
ii. Common Technical Knowledge Required(for the job group)
- UN/UNICEF policy papers, relating to programme communication and programmes
- Executive Directives
- UNICEF programme manuals
- Communication for Development Guidelines
- UNICEF country programme plans
- Government development plans and policies
- UN agency agreements and joint policy papers
- Gender equality and diversity awareness
iii. Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced(for the Job)
- Understanding of UNICEF Mission and UNICEF Guiding Principles
- Understanding of UNICEF programmatic policies, goals, visions, positions, policies, priorities, strategies and approaches (MDGs, UNDAF, MTSP, etc.).
- Understanding of Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming.
- Understanding of UN mission and system; and International Code of Conduct.
- Understanding of staff welfare and rights of staff members.
- Knowledge of emergency operations and security guidelines.
- Understanding of international humanitarian affairs and humanitarian work.
- Understanding of UNICEF policies and procedures for programming, operations, and communication.
- Latest theory, methodology, technology and tools in the functional areas.
- Knowledge of the Programme Policy and Procedure (PPP) manual.
- Knowledge, skills and experience in community capacity building.
- Understanding of government policies, guidelines, legislation and strategies on various subjects.
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To qualify as a championfor every child you will have…
Requirements of the position (QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES):-
A University Degree in social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or other related social science field is required. Training in differential communication approaches for use of media and communication.
- A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible work experience in the design, planning and management of strategic communication programmes.
- Experience in strategic communication planning for behaviour development/ social mobilization /advocacy/ participatory communication/development and production of creative materials/ research, training or facilitation of communication/ impact evaluation of communication interventions.
- Training in current developments in the fields of media, communication for development theory and research, behavioural and social sciences, participatory planning and processes; as also strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
- Experience in inter-disciplinary approach in strategic communication with knowledge of UN and/or UNICEF’s work in humanitarian action.
Oral and written fluency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of any Indian local language is an asset.
- The position is based in New Delhi (India).
- Selected applicant will have a 364 days Temporary Appointment contract.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
- UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all national, religious, gender and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.
UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UNICEF has recently become the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. UNICEF’s commitment to EDGE reaffirms our pledge to gender equality and inclusion all UNICEF staff worldwide. This certification recognizes UNICEF’s commitment to achieving significant milestones in gender equality for all its staff, including strong gender balance at all levels of the organization, pay equity, a solid framework of policies and practices, and an inclusive workplace culture.
We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. For more information on UNICEF EDGE Certification, kindly view the video here.
“UNICEF’s most important asset is our staff — all of our staff. Gender diversity and equal opportunities for men and women is not only a matter of rights. It makes us more effective as an organization.”Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
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