The purpose of the consultancy is to:
Support the development and implementation of a communication strategy on the COVID-19 emergency and its impact on education;
Support the development of communication and information material such as posters, bill board messages, information packages for learners and teachers related to COVID-19 and education.
Develop packages for social media based on agreed COVID-19 themes as they related to education health, safety and protection.
Support the consultation, information and participation of children, caregivers and other relevant stakeholders in decisions relevant to education under COVID-19, including through surveys, sms, etc.
Under the general supervision of the Communication and Partnership Specialist, and technical input from the Education Specialist, the consultant will be expected to focus on effective communication related to under the COVID19 response:
- The Communication Consultant should be able to exercise considerable levels of independence in working with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and UNICEF programme staff and partners. The Communication Consultant will be guided to develop key priority tasks with clear and measurable objectives (in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the Education Specialist and Communication and Partnership Specialist). The progress of the plan will be evaluated through periodic formal discussions and frequent day to day feedback.
- The Consultant will collaborate and network with key partners such as Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Ministry of Health and Social Services and Namibia National Student Organization.
- The Consultant will give technical advice and insight to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Director, Programme Quality Assurance and UNICEF programme team on the best approaches related to engaging and working with learners and young people and other relevant stakeholders at national and regional levels as well as high level advocacy on various ongoing activities within UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
- Consideration to be given to target audience and reach of marginalized population and those in remote areas and accessibility for persons with disability should always be ensured when designing communication tools.
Key Tasks and deliverables:
The Communication Consultant must undertake the following tasks and activities:
- Familiarize himself/herself with UNICEF guidance on Education during the COVID-19 emergency, UNICEF Communication Guidelines, the GRN-UNICEF Country Programme 2019-2023, as well as other relevant programmatic documents linked to education.
- Develop a communication and advocacy strategy based on the UNICEF/UNESCO/WB/WFP Framework for Reopening Schools; Policy Brief: Education during COVID-19 and beyond; and education in general other relevant Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture materials to ensure continued learning including engaging all education stakeholders.
- Develop a communication and advocacy strategy to educate children and the community on COVID-19 health protocols, issues and behaviors.
- Based on the Communication Strategy and included in the strategy come up with a costed implementation plan with timeline and tools for implementation.
- Suggest and share creative and innovative ideas to engage, reach and empower adolescents under COVID-19.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A First level Degree in one of the following fields: Journalism, Communications, Social sciences, International Development, Political Science or other field related to UNICEF's work.
- A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: communication, advocacy, journalism, external relations.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
- Proven expertise in developing surveys, polls and other engagement interventions are thus highly desired
- Knowledge of one or more local languages is a strong asset.
- Experience in working with young people is essential,
- Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely
- Possesses strong organizational and detail-oriented skills
- Knowledge and understanding of social issues especially those affecting children an young people
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Knowledge of Namibia's political and socio-economic environment
- Prior experience and/or knowledge of UNICEF Country programmes of cooperation will be an added advantage.
- Prior experience in working with Government is a strong asset.