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Communication For Development Specialist

Duty Station:  Jaipur
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Field Office, the incumbent works at the State and District level and takes sector specific technical guidance from the Communication for Development Section and other relevant Technical Centres of Excellence.

 Will be responsible to lead the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of strategic communication for behaviour and community-led social change communication strategies in support of the India country programme, with specific focus on the state of Rajasthan. The incumbent, still under the supervision of the CFO, will also be responsible for the hiring and supervision of consultants needed to ensure that all C4D activities are carried out in an effective and timely manner. 

Major Duties And Responsibilities

1. Provides technical advice to Government of Rajasthan counterparts as well as support in the provision of technical advisory service at the district level both internally and externally. The main objective is that of providing the State with most current information on best practices locally, nationally and around the world.

2. Facilitates building partnerships with various religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists, corporates and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on communication for social and behavioral change, social norms and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the communication for development programme

3. In collaboration with UNICEF Programme Specialists/Officer and government, contribute to the design, management and implementation of effective communication strategies aiming at: (a) influencing social norms for behaviour and social change at individual/ household/ society levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders; (c) increased community participation in development programmes; (d) knowledge documentation and evidence generation and (e) advocacy with key decision/policy-makers

4. Leads the development of training design and curricula and training workshops to build capacity in participatory & behaviour change communication and social norms at various government levels, in support of programme sustainability. This also includes providing technical support to government counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development

5. In collaboration with partners, organizes/manages the development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery, including facilitating behaviour change and influencing social norms, where necessary.

6. Monitors and evaluates activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites. Documents knowledge generated of key behavior and social change programme interventions

7. Disseminates communication research finds, ensures exchanges of experience and new methods to government officials, programme staff, and other UNICEF partners and UNICEF Country Office


Qualifications And Competencies

a) Education

Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.

b) Work Experience

Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in social development, project administration, monitoring and evaluation, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

c) Languages

Fluency in English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station, an asset.

d) Competency Profile :

i)  Core Values (Required)

• Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity
ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
•  Communication  [ III ]  •  Working with People  [ II ]  •  Drive for Results  [ II ]

ii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  •   Leading and Supervising   [I ]       •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts   [ II ]            
  • Relating and Networking   [II ]         •   Persuading and Influencing   [ II ]        
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]   •  Entrepreneurial Thinking  [ II ]   
 
      iii)  Technical Knowledge    [  ]

a) 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 skills in programme communication networking, advocacy and negotiation.
•   Knowledge of training/facilitation and impact evaluation of communication intervention.
•   Knowledge and experience to organize and implement training, including development of curricula and methodologies. Knowledge of community capacity building.
•   Knowledge and experience in the methods of communication to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form and to listen to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views.
•   Computer knowledge, skills and practical experience, including internet navigation, network, telecommunications and various office applications.

 b) 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

c) 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.

d) Other skills and attributes:

• Current knowledge of development issues and policies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, specifically of the respective sector.
• A familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
• Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication
• Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships
• Ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, especially new ones, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
• Analytical, influencing, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
• Report Writing
• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 15 August 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the post title and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees). UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

 

 

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