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Communication for Development Specialist – (Adolescents & HIV)

Duty Station:  New Delhi
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Under the guidance of the Section Chief, responsible for technical advice to the Government counterparts as well as support in the provision of technical advisory services to the State Offices. Most of the work will be focused on PCR 3, about the empowerment and participation of adolescents in development processes.

Major Duties And Responsibilities

1. Provides C4D technical support to Government of India counterparts, partners and UNICEF programmes with advice on best practices and lessons learned, locally, nationally and around the world, related to adolescence development and HIV prevention.  

2. Support ICO and assures the quality of child-rights based programmes and supports ICO programmes and contributes to the development of C4D annual work plan, ensuring that adolescent development and participation issues are mainstreamed in initiatives and strategies both at Delhi and State level.. Analyzes and evaluates data related to adolescents and/or proposes corrective action when necessary, in order to meet programme/project results
3. Coordinates with Child Protection section around PCR 3 to ensure C4D perspective are included in all the strategies and activities related to Adolescents, including also HIV-protective behaviours. Explore existing schemes/flaghships programmes related to adolescents and HIV protection, especially those enhancing participation and social inclusion. 

4. Works with partners to improve evidence-based strategic approaches through research and assessment in adolescents most at risk and especially vulnerable to   HIV- , in areas such as adolescent sexual behaviour, paying specific attention to the role of Social Norms. 

5.  Assists the KM Focal Point and the C4D network to plan, organize and produce knowledge management products and learning activities in the area of policies, planning, programming, management, monitoring and evaluation of adolescent-related programmes.

6.  Undertakes field visits for monitoring and supporting programmes, as well as conducting periodic reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Recommends action for programme adjustments related to adolescents and HIV prevention in Delhi as well as in the States.

7. Contributes towards the preparation of IMEP studies and other relevant investigations compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing relevant sections of documents, especially those related to adolescent and HIV prevention.

8.   Acts as the C4D Focal Point for adolescents, meeting with national and international partners covering the innovations of the programme. When required, participates in meetings with Ministries responsible for national programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements. Assists in the development and/or introduction of new approaches.

Qualifications And Competencies

Education

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

 Work Experience

At least 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. Specific experience with adolescents and HIV prevention is highly desirable.

Languages

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

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,  indigenous media, community organization and participation, strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
• Knowledge/experience on adolescents and HIV prevention programming.
• Knowledge of inter-disciplinary approach in programme development and implementation in social mobilization and behavioural change.
• Knowledge of and skills in networking, advocacy and negotiation.
• Knowledge of research and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
• 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.
• Knowledge and experience in organizing, implement and facilitating training and learning events, including development of curricula and methodologies, is an asset.

    b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [  ]

• 
UN/UNICEF policy papers, relating to Communication for Development 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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