Communication for Development (C4D) consultants, (Polio outbreak response) – Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Garowe, Kismayo, Dhusamareb, Jowhar and Banadir) – (7 positions)

  • Somalia
  • Full time
  • 2 months ago
  • / Monthly

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    Posted On Jul 26 ,2021
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    No. of Openings 7 openings
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    Job Level : Officer
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Job Description

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.

Specific Tasks/objectives:

  • Situation analysis conducted to identify key social mobilization challenges to successful polio vaccination in all the states of Somalia.
  • Selected strategies are translated into operational action plans successfully reaching more families, improving awareness, and contributing to address reasons for missed children in nomads, resistant and if possible, inaccessible polio compromised areas.
  • A monitoring framework is developed, for pre, intra and post campaign social mobilization performance progress monitoring and timely corrective actions {in collaboration with the C4D specialist and Polio coordination team).
  • In collaboration with the national C4D team/Zonal Social Mobilization Committees/taskforces, ensure timeliness and quality of daily reporting and data sharing on social mobilization activities during SIAs, including daily synthesis on resistance to vaccination as per the format developed to contribute to updating the communication risk analysis after each polio campaign.
  • Identify key influencers, initiate/maintain a high level of engagement of community leaders and influencers through training and active participation for each polio campaign:
  • Update the list of Nomadic elders engaged in polio eradication and leverage all opportunities to have a clear understanding of the seasonal location of nomadic communities, and accordingly develop a specific plan.
  • Maintain NIAG {national Islamic advisory group) members active involvement in polio eradication activities.
  • Insure development of integrated (with vaccination teams) evidence-based communication micro plans.
  • Contribute to capacity building of Regional and District Social Mobilization Coordinators (R/DSMCs), to ensure quality cascaded training and regular update of community mobilizers list per districts and settlements.
  • Provide guidance to Regional and District EPI teams in capacity development / demand creation and defaulter tracking
  • Detect non-immunized and under immunized <5 children through the community mobilizers pre-campaign activities and plan for in between rounds communication activities aiming at increasing demand for routine polio vaccination through defaulter tracing and follow up.
  • Contribute to strengthen liaison of RSMC and DSMCs – SOMNET - with local WHO colleagues for timely exchange of data {tally sheets, internal and independent Monitoring, LQAS) as necessary.
  • Participate in joint WHO/UNICEF detailed case investigations of positive AFP cases and ensure capacity building of national counterpart on the subject.
  • Follow and manage rumors, misinformation and disinformation through tracking tools – both digital and others - to better and more timely inform programme staff and activities.

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

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A first level university degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences, C4D, Journalism & Mass Communication, Public Health and Health Education with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, participatory research, training and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
  • Two years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in the planning and management of social mobilization and communication initiatives, with practical experience in working in the Somalia context.
  • Fluency in Somali and English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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