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Communication for Development Officer

Location: Ranchi (Jharkhand)
Closing date: 3rd December 2013

Purpose of the Post

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategic communication for behaviour and community-led social change to contribute to the achievement of Intermediate Results in various programmatic areas such as child survival and development and child protection; collaborating closely with other programme sectors in developing communication strategies in support of the country programme; design and implement interventions that build capacity and strengthen the government systems in communication planning, implementation, documentation, monitoring and evaluation.


A.     Major Duties and Responsibilities

·        Support appropriate and comprehensive situation assessment including baseline studies in relation to a programme/issue. Propose and monitor studies, surveys and evaluation activities as needed.

·        In collaboration with UNICEF and government programme officers, contribute to the design, management and implementation of effective programme communication strategies aiming at: (a) behaviour and social change at individual/ household/ societal levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders; (c) increased community participation in development programmes; and (d) advocacy with key decision-/policy-makers.

·        Provide strong support to initiatives related to Child Survival and Development (e.g. Call to Action), paying specific attention in demand generation for Routine Immunization (RI) through innovations in social and behaviour change communication

·        Support identification of training needs and develops training activities and materials to enhance capacity in participatory & behaviour communication at various government levels, in support of programme sustainability.

·        Supports development of partnerships with various religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to create a supportive environment for social change in the community.

·        In collaboration with partners, organizes/manages the development, pre-testing and production of high quality, culturally and socially relevant communication materials for behaviour and social change for various media, where necessary.

·        Documents best practices of key programme interventions for behaviour and social change.


Qualifications, Skills and Attributes   Education
Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university 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.


2.      Work Experience

Minimum two years of relevant professional work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes, including work experience in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.


3.     Languages
Fluency in English required. Working language of the duty station an asset.



C.     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)

•   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 ]   

      iv)  Technical Knowledge[1]  


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 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.


            Other skills and attributes:

§  Clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form and to listen to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views.

§  Excellent analytical skills to synthesize diverse sets of data and information and present it persuasively at official forums.

§  Ability to draft official progress reports for donors and government partners in collaboration with programme sections.

§  Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications

§  Understanding of Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming.

§  Able to work in a multicultural environment collaborating and working harmoniously with people of different ethnic, gender, religion and cultural background.

§  Understanding of international humanitarian affairs and humanitarian work.

§  Knowledge of latest theory, methodology, technology and tools in the functional areas.

§  Understanding of development and production of creative materials

§  Knowledge about communication interventions under situations of emergency would be an asset.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 3rd December 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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