Communication for Development Specialist, P-3

UNICEF, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationMonitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th June, 2015

Job Description

Purpose of the Position

- Under the guidance of the Communication for Development Specialist, and in close coordination with the chiefs of the three programmes (Child Survival and Development, Child Protection, Basic Education),  responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a behavior change and social mobilization strategy in support of the Sierra Leone country programme.
Key Expected Results

- In collaboration with UNICEF and government programme officers, designs and manages/facilitates the implementation of communication plans of action aiming at: (a) behavior development/change at the individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in development programmes.
- Monitors and evaluates activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites.  Disseminates communication research finds, ensures exchanges of experience and new methods to government officials, programme staff and other UNICEF partners.
- In collaboration with partners, organizes/manages the formative research, development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery, including facilitating behavior change, where necessary.
- Develops partnerships with religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists, and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on country programme goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the country programme.
- Develops training materials and activities to build capacity of service providers in Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Education and Child Protection in participatory & behavior communication at national and district levels in support of programme sustainability.
- Provides technical support to government counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development, aimed at both individual behavior change and collective actions.
- Contributes to the development of the annual work plans of the three programmes of Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Child Protection, ensuring that the necessary programme communication activities are included.
- Coordinates with the External Relations and Advocacy unit to ensure the necessary advocacy and social mobilization.
- Coordinates with key international and national actors on programme communication and social mobilization required for the successful implementation of the three programmes.


- Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
- *A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.


- Five years progressively responsible work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes, including four years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
- Experience in Community-Centred Capacity Development (CCCD) is desirable.


- Fluency in English and another UN language required.
- Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.


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