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UNICEF Azerbaijan CO is seeking for a Communication Consultant on Pandemic Communication Response


Terms of Reference

Communication Consultant on Pandemic Communication Response

1. Programme information:   Programme (No. & Name): Intersectoral Advocacy  
Activity Reference:   Supporting Government on communication response for pandemic Influenza

2. Background and Context:

The outbreak of A (H1N1) globally has highlighted the urgent and critical need for clear, concise and consistent communication messages that will generate behavior change among members of the general public, and particularly among children and young people.
It has been agreed that while WHO leads on the overall response to A (H1N1), including vaccination roll-out, UNICEF will take the lead on communication aspects, particularly in the area of behavior change.

3.  Purpose of the assignment

• To ensure coherent communication on pandemic influenza, including production of materials and capacity building. Ensuring communities have essential knowledge and information on avian influenza is an organizational commitment.

4. Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan (Ministry of Health)
5. Supervisor:  

• Consultant will report to the UNICEF Communication Officer- Ayna Mollazade, and work closely with relevant staff of the Ministry of Health, WHO and communication working group.

6. Major tasks to be accomplished:

The key assignments for the consultant are outlined as follows:

• Develop communication strategy for the pandemic – with advocacy, social mobilization and behaviour and social change components 
• In collaboration with the working group comprised of Government and other partners to develop communication materials for relevant target groups
• To ensure that messages received by the public, and particularly by children, are timely, relevant, appropriate to the audience and capable of generating the required behaviour change.
• To ensure that Azerbaijan media understand and report on Pandemic Influenza in an accurate, objective and sensitive manner.

7.          Outcomes and deliverables:

• A country Communication strategy (including specific vaccination messages)
• A set of behavior change communication materials (identified under the strategy)

8.        Time-Frame: February 8 – March 5, 2010

9.        Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

The assignment requires the consultant to be professionally qualified and experienced in behavioral change communication.  The consultant should have at least 3 years experience in BCC in the health sector, and a professional graduate or post-graduate qualification in communication.
Working knowledge of UNICEF's involvement in Azerbaijan, its programmes and policies; Previous experience with UNICEF would be an asset; Experience working with MS Word, MS Publisher, PowerPoint, MS Excel; Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; Strong interpersonal communication skills, and Ability to work independently, as required

Deadline for submission of the documents: February 2, 2010



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