Communication for Development Officer

UNICEF, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd June, 2016

Job Description

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1. Project communication strategies, plans and implementation for behavioural change

Designs, manages, and facilitates the implementation of project communication strategies, plans of action and activities for effective communication for social and behavioural change.

• In collaboration with policy-makers and planners within government; donor organizations and the private sector, the child protection Communication for Development Officer designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of child protection communication policy, strategy and plans of action aimed at the general public and service providers through: (a) behaviour development/change at individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in development programs for positive social change.
• Makes viable recommendations on operational strategies in the areas of participatory communication, social mobilization and behaviour change and on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences.

2. Programme communication materials

Organizes research, development, pre-testing, and production of culturally relevant communication materials.

• In collaboration with partners, the Child Protection Communication for Development Officer organizes and manages formative research, development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient program delivery, including facilitating behaviour change, where necessary.
• Supports UNICEF's global communications objectives and strategies through development of complementary and country-specific child protection materials for utilization at the local community level.
• Ensures the quality, consistency and appropriateness of child protection communication materials developed, produced, and disseminated to local communities, government officials, other partners and the press.

3. Partnerships for social mobilization

Develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners within communities and civil society for the promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of program goals.

• Develops partnerships with various religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on child protection program goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of same.
• Promotes and influences behaviour development/change at individual/ household levels, social mobilization of civil society organizations and increased community participation in development programs.

4. Capacity building support

Develops training materials and activities to build capacity for participatory and behaviour change communication.

• Develops training materials and activities to build capacity in participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of program communication interventions, in support of program sustainability.

5. Coordination and collaboration with government and partners.

Provides effective coordination and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development.

• Coordinates with government counterparts in the child protection sector in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development aimed at both individual behaviour change and collective action. Provide technical support as required.
• Collaborates with government officials; community leaders; UN; other bilateral agencies and NGOs in the delivery of activities; operational research; advocacy and the exchange of information and ideas supportive of child protection program communication goals and strategies.

6. Monitoring and evaluation

Monitor and evaluate program activities and prepare monitoring and evaluation reports. Exchange findings, experiences, lessons learned and new methods with partners.

• Monitors and evaluates program activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites.
• Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure compliance and achievement of objectives and recommend corrective action, when necessary, to meet program/project objectives. Prepares monitoring and evaluation reports in accordance with the established guidelines, methods and procedures. Provides technical advice to program staff, government officials and other counterparts, and coordinates and manages the evaluative elements of country programme milestone meetings, such as mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.
• Disseminates communication research findings, ensures exchanges and sharing of experience, lessons learned, best practices, and new methods to government officials, program staff, and other UNICEF partners.

7. Budget planning and management of program funds

Participate in budget planning and ensure compliance as well as the optimal appropriation of allocated program funds.

• Participates in and contributes to budget and program review and planning. Establishes program work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
• Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of program funds where applicable, ensuring that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
• Takes appropriate action to optimize the use of program funds. Improves program efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to program planning, monitoring and evaluation.


• A University Degree in social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health, Education) with an emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication and research.


• A minimum of 2 years progressively responsible professional experience in the development, planning and management of social development programs, including experience in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programs.
• Program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
• Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.

Language Requirements:

• Fluency in English and Urdu is required.
• Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.


• HEC Attested degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF.
• During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.

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