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Communication for Development Officer

Location: Chennai
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Under the general supervision of the Chief Field Office and Programme Component Results Manager, assist in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a behaviour change and social mobilization strategy to support UNICEF's mission in the country.

 Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Contribute to the development of a behaviour change and social mobilization strategy by carrying out/facilitating research and compiling and analysing relevant data.
2. Assist in building alliances/partnerships with religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on country programme goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the country programme.
3. Participate in the design, development, pre-testing and evaluation of culturally relevant programme communication materials and activities.

4. Follow up on the production of materials and oversee the qualitative aspects of production, e.g. quality control,   translation, review of layout and graphic design.

5. Monitor and evaluate the appropriate and timely dissemination of programme communication materials to target audiences, and participate in the evaluation of their impact. 

6. Monitor implementation of programme communication activities by reviewing progress and identifying constraints through field visits, consultation with government counterparts, partners and community and UNICEF programme staff.  Prepare analysis and reports.

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

 a) Education 

University degree in the social/behavioural sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education)  

b) Work Experience

 Two (2) years professional work experience in social development, preferably in the areas of participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, behaviour change and community empowerment at either national or international level. 

c) Languages

 Fluency in English and another UN working language required. 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 [ II ] •  Working with People [ I ]  •  Drive for Results  [ I ]

ii) 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 ]   

     iii)  Technical Knowledge   

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

• 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.

        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.

e) Other Skills and Attributes 

 Knowledge of current developments in the fields of adult learning theory, community organization and participation.   Ability to research, analyse, evaluate and synthesize information.  Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in       written and oral form.   Proven skills in communication, networking,advocacy and negotiation, especially at community level.   Knowledge of computer systems and 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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