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Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
How can you make a difference:
The efficiency and efficacy of the incumbent will contribute to improve policy advice on the articulation of C4D strategies and priorities in NERICC work plans, with an emphasis on those that promote equity for children and social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups.
- Media strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed at the national, state and LGA levels
- Press releases prepared and distributed, periodic media briefs, and media missions to update media on the polio situation and challenges organized in Nigeria before each round of IPDs, in collaborate with the Public Relations Unit at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency
- Strategies that ensures the full participation and support of the media and leverage mass media through such activities as media mapping, partnership with Nigeria Television authority, National Orientation Agency, federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Guild of editors supported technically. Foreign correspondents based in Nigeria engaged through regular meetings, workshops, and interactive sessions to promote the inclusion of polio issues on their agendas
- Quarterly Media training/workshops for national and state-based and select LGA-based reporters/journalists organized to ensure support in creation/copy writing of relevant material.
- Technical support effectively provided to government counterparts including the NPHCDA for the development of a database of mass media products such as advocacy kits, radio and video documentaries, photographs, Fact Sheets, etc
- Daily media analysis of the dailies in the country conducted and fed back regularly to partners at the National, State and LGA levels. Quarterly informal interaction-meetings organized with editors/senior correspondents to brief them on the Polio Eradication Initiative and EPI and associated issues (diarrhoea management, nutrition, sanitation etc) in order to bolster positive and factual media coverage of the programme, based upon the media analysis and the monthly media update prepared by the Media Specialist.
- Budget properly planned, monitored and controlled, ensuring allocated funds optimally appropriated.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Programme communication programme strategy, plan and implementation for behavioural change: In collaboration with the Chief of Communication, Polio, and other stakeholders and partners, the Communication Specialist, Media designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of a media, strategy and plans of action aiming at informing donors, policy makers and the general public on developments being made at the national state and LGD levels to eradicate polio and ensuring increased coverage of routine immunization.
- Information Dissemination: In collaboration with partners, the Communication Specialist, Media develops mechanisms for collecting information and segmenting the information for dissemination o the different audiences having a stake in the programme including HQ and RO
- Partnerships for social mobilization: Develops partnerships with various media organizations and institutions (foreign and local) both electronic and print capable of advocating for a better understanding of the issues involved in polio eradication and EPI.
- Capacity building support: Develops training materials and activities to build capacity the capacity of journalists and other media practitioners at the LGA, State and national levels on reporting for on polio and EPI
- Coordination and collaboration with government and partners: Support government agencies like the NPHCDA and the Ministry of Information build a database of media support materials which can be a quick and accessible resource for information on polio and EPI.
Monitoring and evaluation:
- Monitors and evaluates media activities.
- Prepare reports based upon a thorough analysis and evaluation of data, contributes to the completion of donor reports including Human Interest Stories and notes where donor has been specifically mentioned in social media.
Budget planning and management of program 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 an advocate for every child you will have:
- Education: Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Experience: Minimum 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.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and another UN language. Local working language of the duty station an asset