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Job Title: National SBC Contractor (Routine Immunization and Non-Polio Supplementary Immunization, Activities)
Job No: 557064 Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Consultant
Categories: Social and Behavior Change
How Can You Make a Difference?
Under the general guidance of the SBC Chief, the incumbent is responsible for the coordination of communication working group to accelerate demand generation approaches and strategies at National Emergency Routine Immunization Coordinating Centre (NERICC) spearheaded by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to promote awareness, understanding, support and social mobilization plans that support advocacy and community engagement as well as community empowerment and behaviour change as key components of the country programmes in Nigeria in line with the rolling work plan with the Federal Ministry of Health and NPHCDA.
The incumbent will be expected to provide technical support to NERICC activities related to social mobilization, demand generation and related functions.
Strategic Direction & Coordination:
Support NERICC to determine strategic directions for Social and Behaviour Change (advocacy, social mobilization, community engagement and behaviour change technical working groups) team and ensure the strategies are in line with Nigeria Country Programme Document (CPD) as well as the Rolling Work Plan (RWP) to achieve Routine Immunization coverage targeted in NSIPS.
Make viable recommendations and decisions on appropriate Social and Behaviour Change strategies to achieve the NERICC’s goals and objectives, and to support UNICEF's mission in the country.
Coordinate different fora mainly GAVI subgroups for demand generation, BMGF MOU states community engagement working groups, polio communication groups.
To provide expert advice and assistance to the NERICC team by attending several task teams including core group on attitude and behaviour change modalities that contribute to changing mindsets and are culturally sensitive and tailored to generate demand for routine immunization (RI) services.
Ensure that NERICC task groups are supported to develop strategies, plans and activities to increase demand for RI services, including in zero dose and missed communities.
Develop, maintain and update the SBC strategy for NERICC with approaches, plans and activities geared towards increasing demand for RI and other primary health care (PHC) services.
The strategy should be founded on sound evidence based on studies with clear objectives, approaches, plans, activities, as well as monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
Ensure approaches used is all inclusive, consultative and participatory to carry along all stakeholders.
Utilize innovative approaches to design demand generation interventions.
Promotion of Appropriate use of Social and Behaviour Change:
Provide advice on appropriate use of communication and approach for social development, aimed at both individual behaviour change and collective action as well as policy advice.
Provide expert advice, coordination and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development to ensure optimum leverage and impact of communication activities on programme, policy and advocacy activities.
Collaborate with the Federal Government officials, NPHCDA, community leaders, other UN bodies, and bilateral agencies and NGOs in the organization of activities, operational research, advocacy and exchange of information and ideas supportive of NERICC’s communication goals and strategies.
Jointly with other UNICEF and government officers, designs and manages/facilitates the implementation of communication plans of action aiming at:
Behaviour development/change at individual/household levels;
Social mobilization of civil society organizations;
Increased community participation in RI and PHC; and (d) policy issues that require advocacy to impact RI and PHC uptake.
Support state teams to design and implement strategies for hard to reach, nomadic and minority groups at the LGA and ward levels, informed by the equity analysis and aligned with coverage and equity plans.
Monitors and evaluates activities on the basis of applied targeted communication research and frequent visits to project sites. Disseminates communication research findings, ensures exchanges of experience and new methods to government officials, programme staff, and other UNICEF partners.
Capacity Building for Sustainability:
Provide advice on capacity building of Social and Behaviour Change teams, both within NPHCDA and among counterparts.
Oversee and advise on the development of goals, strategy, approaches, plans as well as training materials and activities to build up capacity in participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of Social and Behaviour Change intervention, in support of RI and PHC.
Knowledge Management and Documentation of SBC approaches and key activities to reach zero dose and missed communities.
Resource Mobilization and Management:
Participate in the budget planning & review process, and ensure the optimal resources from UNICEF and other partners towards SBC initiatives to support NERICC
Establish programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds and mobilize resources; improve programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Oversee the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly and effectively coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
To Qualify as an Advocate For Every Child You Will Have
Advanced University Degree in the Social / Behavioural Sciences: Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for Behaviour Development, Social Mobilization, and Pparticipatory Communication, and Research, Training/Facilitation and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
Training in Social and Behaviour Change and implementation in Social and Behaviour Change, social mobilization and Behavioral change. Training in inter-disciplinary approach in programme communication.
Experience: Minimum of 5 years relevant professional work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes, including 2 years in with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes. Experience in immunization will be an added advantage.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and another UN language. Local working language of the duty station an asset.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors.
Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.