Communication for Development Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th March, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, save lives

Under the guidance of the Chief Nutrition, the incumbent is responsible for the design, formulation, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a knowledge management and communications strategy, plan of action and programme activities in support of implementing an evidence based Nutrition country programme.

How can you make a difference?

To make a difference you will be accountable for the following key duties & tasks:

Nutrition programme communication (C4D) programme strategy, plan and support implementation for advocacy and behavioural change:

  • Designs, manages, and facilitates the implementation of programme communication strategy, plan of action and activities for strategic communication and promotion for social and behavioural change of both duty bearers (service providers) and rights holders (communities) in support of the Nutrition country programme delivery.
  • In collaboration with UNICEF management and decision makers and planners of government, donor organizations, academia, NGOs and the private sector, the Nutrition Knowledge Management/ Communication for Development Specialist designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of communication strategy and plans of action aiming at household members (rights holders) and duty bearers (service providers) through: (a) behaviour development/change at individual/household levels/schools; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in development programmes for positive social change, (d) advocacy for improved Nutrition policy, (e) advocacy for improved resource allocation to the Nutrition sector
  • 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.

Nutrition programme knowledge management plan, products and communication materials

  • Organizes the research, development, pre-testing, and production of culturally relevant evidence based Nutrition knowledge management products and communication materials.
  • In collaboration with partners, the Nutrition C4D/KM Specialist organizes and manages the formative research, development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant evidence based Nutrition knowledge products and communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery, including facilitating behaviour change, where necessary.
  • Supports the UNICEF global communications objectives and strategies through development of complementary country specific and local community materials.
  • Ensures the quality, consistency and appropriateness of evidence based Nutrition knowledge products and communication materials that are developed, produced, and disseminated to local communities, government officials, other partners and the press.

Capacity building support

  • Develops training materials and activities to build capacity for Nutrition knowledge management and participatory behaviour change communication for rights holders and duty bearers.
  • Develops training materials and activities to build capacity in knowledge management, participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel who are involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programme knowledge management and communication intervention, in support of programme sustainability.

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.
  • Develops partnerships and coordinates with communities, government, civil society, private sector, academia and media as a means of developing, reviewing and promoting the evidence based knowledge management and communications strategy and plan. Provides technical support as required.
  • Conducts knowledge exchanges among Nutrition sector partners to promote diffusion of good practice to Nutrition duty bearers
  • Collaborates with government officials, community leaders, UN, private sector, academia, media and bilateral agencies and NGOs in the organization of activities, operational research, advocacy and exchange of information and ideas supportive of programme knowledge management and communication goals and strategies.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Monitor and evaluate programme activities and prepare monitoring and evaluation reports. Exchange findings, experiences, lessons learned and new methods with partners.
  • Monitors and evaluates programme activities on the basis of applied Nutrition C4D/knowledge management communication research and frequent visits to project sites.
  • Provides technical support to establish systems for both C4D and knowledge management to UNICEF and partners
  • Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure compliance and achievement of objectives and recommend corrective action, when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives. Prepares monitoring and evaluation reports in accordance with the established guidelines, methods and procedures. Provides technical advice to programme 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 knowledge management and communication research findings, ensures exchanges and sharing of experience, lessons learned, best practices, and new methods to government officials, programme staff, and other UNICEF partners.

Budget planning and management of program funds

  • Participate in the budget planning and ensure the compliance and the optimal appropriation of allocated programme funds.
  • Participates in and contributes to the budget and programme review and planning. Establishes programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
  • Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
  • Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Improves programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have

Education: An Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education, Nutrition), knowledge management, communications or related degree.


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
  • Relevant experience in related areas in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.

Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (III)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Driver for Results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Persuading and influencing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Entrepreneurial thinking (II)


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