Communication for Development (C4D) consultants, (Polio outbreak response) - Somalia (Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Garowe, Kismayo, Dhusamareb, Jowhar and Banadir) - Seven (7) positions - (open to Somali nationals only)
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Justification/purpose of assignment:
As a key partner in the effort to eradicate Polio, UNICEF has the lead role in communicating to families and communities about the importance of vaccinations including polio vaccine to prevent diseases using the Communication for Development principles and strategies.
Communication for Development (C4D) plays a crucial role in improving child immunization, by fostering understanding of childhood diseases, creating demand for services and acceptance of the vaccines. In recognition of this important role, UNICEF supports Somalia in having an effective and robust C4D program that strengthens national immunization programme and also vaccine preventable disease outbreak responses and immunization catch up activities. For the introduction nOPV2 to replace mOPV2 to respond to cVDPV2 outbreaks, two rounds of synchronized nOPV2 SIAs are planned for Jan-Dec 2021. The synchronized campaigns involve five countries in the Horn of Africa. This large-scale campaign will require strong cross border, hard-to-reach and nomadic communities social mobilization, education and advocacy. This calls for urgent need for C4D national consultants to be based in the States of Somalia which has been globally agreed and funded.
Methodology and technical approach:
Consultant will use both qualitative and quantitative research methods (surveys and focus group discussions) to inform the program as well as social, electronic and print media monitoring to assess community level knowledge, attitudes and practices.
Expected Deliverables and Timeline:
|Tasks||End product/deliverables||Time frame||Payment instalment|
|In close coordination with MOH-Review and compile District Communication Plans (DCP), communication micro plans, and social profiles by region and district in State for each campaign / month (Targeting priority population)||DCPs, micro plans and social profiles for each district and region for 2 rounds of campaigns||Aug.15-Sept.15, 2021||One month|
|For Round 1: In close coordination with MOH-Review and compile the mapping of refusals by the end of this round/ campaign. Follow-up, compilation and review of the daily update report during each campaign. In close coordination with MOH Compile the data of nomadic assessment tools and reports of NIAG members for each campaign.||Mapping of refusals per district and state, IM and social data for round 1 of the campaign from all target areas; post campaign social data from NIAG and nomadic elders||Sep.15 – October 15, 2021||One month|
|For Round 2 of campaign: In close coordination with MOH-Review and compile the mapping of refusals by the end of each campaign. Follow-up, compilation and review of the daily update report during each campaign. In close coordination with MOH Compile the data of nomadic assessment tools and reports of NIAG members for this round/campaign.||Mapping of refusals per district and state, IM and social data for round 1 of the campaign from all target areas; post campaign social data from NIAG and nomadic elders||Oct. 15 – Nov. 15, 2021||One month|
|Collect, compile and review the monthly data (RI) from the Regional Social Mobilization Coordinators and District Social Mobilization Coordinators through MOH teams in the State.||Concise and verified monthly data from all SOMNET by district and state||Nov.15-Dec.15, 2021||One month|
|Participate/facilitate training of EPI vaccinators focal points and social mobilizers teams from SW state, Jubbaland, Bay and Bakool Health facilities with MOH and partners. Training of the workers on IPC, demand creation for polio / RI||Training schedule; curriculum; list of participants; preparation and submission of training budgets and management of activities. Report on training achievements and next steps.||1st Dec.- 31st Dec 2021||One month|
|End report detailing social data on each district in the State including updated community risk perception and rapid assessment; IP in the area of C4D and relationships made and recommendation for moving forward.||Detailed report with analysed data||Jan.15 – Feb. 15, 2022||One month|
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