National Social Behaviour Change Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The assignment is aimed at supporting the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis (RCIP) in conception, development, pretesting and use of SBC products for increasing uptake of vaccines in Tajikistan. The assignment includes identification of needs, co-creation of communication products, pretesting, prototyping and use for wider reach and engagement; in close collaboration with RCIP, communities, and CSOs. The assignment also involves capacity building of relevant stakeholders (media community, civil society organization and relevant government structures) on social and behavioral change communication, and their active participation and engagement in the development and use of the SBC communication products/material.

Within this context, and to achieve the purpose; the SBC individual consultancy will support the implementation of activities led by both SBC and Health units of UNICEF Tajikistan, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, focused on vaccine acceptance and uptake – demand for immunization. To complement the on ground interpersonal community engagement interventions, and lack of institutional capacities at RCIP; UNICEF has been supporting the conception, development, and use of social and behavior change communication tools, products, and material, including but not limited to job aids, audio visual products, and visibility material. Recently RCIP has established a communication cell to gradually uphold and institutionalize the communication and visibility aspect of immunization. The newly established ‘communication cell’ has human resources supported by RCIP but it needs strengthening in terms of technical and technological capacities to perform at full capacity. Thus, in the short term, this assignment is proposed to help the communication cells to prepare an annual communication plan, a capacity building plan, development and dissemination of SBC Communication products, measurement of the outreach and engagement and reporting learning, challenges, and success stories.

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


  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, or media sciences.

Work expertise:

  • 8 years of professional work experience in communication materials, including proven experience of delivering SBC campaigns and training in Tajikistan. Working with the government will be considered as added value.
  • Previous work with UN and or INGOs is an asset.
  • Proven record of development of SBC communications on immunization.


  • Fluency in Russian and English languages. Knowledge of the Tajik language is an advantage.