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Communication for Development Specialist

Location: Bhopal
Closing date: 28th May 2013

Purpose of the Post

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, the incumbent works at the State and District level and takes sector specific technical guidance from the Communication for Development Section, New Delhi.

He/ She 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 Madhya Pradesh.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with UNICEF and government programme officers, designs and manages the implementation of communication for development strategies aiming at: (a) advocacy with policy makers and other key stakeholders; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; (c) increased community participation in developing programmes; and (d) behaviour and social change at individual/ household/ societal levels, with a stronger focus on child survival and development.
  • Conducts and/or supervise the appropriate and comprehensive situation assessments including baseline and formative studies in relation to specific behaviours and social norms within the various programmes, as necessary.
  • 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 behavioural change and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the communication for development programme.
  • In collaboration with the Delhi section, leads the development of training design and curricula and training workshops to build capacity in participatory & behaviour 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 programme communication for social development.
  • 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, where necessary.
  • Manages the budget of the Communication for Development programme at state level. Monitors and evaluates activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites.
  • In collaboration with the Delhi section, disseminates communication research findings, ensures exchanges of experience and new methods to government officials, programme staff, and other UNICEF partners and UNICEF Regional Office.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

  • Education

Master’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. 

Additional degree or training in media and communication 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 is desirable.

  • Work Experience
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in the design, planning and management of strategic communication programmes.
  • 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 local working language is essential.

d) Competency Profile: 

Competency Profile :

i)  Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment  

•  Diversity and Inclusion  

•  Integrity     

  • Core Competencies (Required)

  •  Communication  [ III ]  

  •  Working with People   [ II ]       

  •  Drive for Results   [ 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]

           iv) Technical Knowledge Required

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 experience in emergency operations and management.  

•   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

•  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 28th May 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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