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Communication for Development Officer

Location: New Delhi
Closing date: 9th April 2013

Purpose Of the Post

The jobholder works at the National and State level. He/she works under the daily supervision of the Communication for Development Specialist and takes leadership and sector specific guidance from the relevant Programme Sections – namely Health, Child Protection and Emergency.

Provide strategic, technical, operational and managerial support to UNICEF Health section in developing and implementing social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) strategies aimed at supporting national RMNCH +A strategy roll out.

In addition he/she will be involved in developing communication strategies to create an enabling environment at the family and community levels for child survival  health-related emergencies\ and child protection, particularly child labour and child marriage. The geographic focus would be at the national level, in programmatic focus states and districts, as well as interventions that build capacity and strengthen the government systems in communication planning, implementation, monitoring and documentation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the C4D specialist - L4, in close consultation with the Health Section, and in collaboration with key Ministries of Govt. of India (Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Welfare and other line departments) develop and support the implementation of national communication/IEC strategies, and to support national flagships programmes and RMNCH +A strategy roll out+. Special focus will be on MNCH -PPTCT Integration (Programme Component 1)

2.    Develop and support the implementation of communication plans, before and during disease outbreaks. Monitor and evaluate activities on a regular basis, provide training inputs and technical assistance to partners for implementation of the agreed-upon plans.

3.    In partnership with Child Protection section and in collaboration with key departments at national level, provide technical support for planning, implementation, monitoring and quality assurance of comprehensive communication approaches related to adolescents, namely child labour and child marriage.

4.    In UNICEF districts of relevance, provide technical and monitoring support for district-based communication strategies, focusing on relevant health behaviours, with special attention to socially excluded populations.

5.    Develop/adapt and supervise the production of training and communication materials to support all the above.

6.    Undertake field visits to support UNICEF Field Offices and partners in the effective implementation of the communication strategy, monitoring of progress, evaluation of activities and providing feedback to facilitate improvements, as required.

7.    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.

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

a) Education
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in the Social/behavioural sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health, Education) or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

b) Work Experience

At least 2 years of progressively responsible work experience in the design, planning and management of strategic communication programmes along with 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 and knowledge of programme communication design and implementation for behaviour and social change, social mobilization and advocacy.

Experience in inter-disciplinary approach in strategic communication with knowledge of UN and/or UNICEF’s work in humanitarian action

c) Languages
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is required.  Knowledge of Hindi will be an asset.

d) Competency Profile: 

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 ]  


iii)  Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Persuading and Influencing    [ I ]                      

  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]

  •  Learning and Researching   [ II] 

  •  Relating and Networking [ I ]

  •  Planning and Organizing [ II ]

  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ I ]

Technical Knowledge

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as 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.

                  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

  Gender equality and diversity awareness


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.


Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 9th April 2013.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

 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.



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