Individual National Consultant to Support Risk Communication and Community Engagement Activities to Accelerate COVID-19 vaccination in Lao PDR

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UNICEF is a UN organization mandated by the UN General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. In Lao PDR, UNICEF is working with its partners to support the Government to realize children’s rights on survival, development, protection and participation.

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UNICEF in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for an Individual National Consultant to Support Risk Communication and Community Engagement Activities to Accelerate COVID-19 vaccination in Lao PDR. The duration of this assignment is 11.5 months with the possibility of extension. The duty station will be at the NIP office in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Under the overall guidance of Chief of Health in UNICEF Lao PDR and Chief of NIP, the consultant will work closely with the CCEH and UNICEF Lao PDR to strengthen RCCE. In particular, the consultant will:

  • Timely coordination with representatives from MOH and mass organizations at central, province and district level.
  • Organize monitoring field visits in close coordination with CCEH and NIP.
  • Reviewing reports from the provincial/ district representatives to understand challenges and barriers in conducting RCCE activities on-ground.
  • Participating in field visits along with UNICEF and MOH representatives.
  • Facilitate translations for non-Lao speakers.
  • Support NIP Immunization Unit at the provincial and district level in organizing district level workshops, briefings and trainings on the need of strengthening risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), in which local government health officials, health workers, members of Village Development Committees, mass organization and local media would participate.
  • Support the health center staff to conduct social mobilization and RCCE activities with the village chiefs, community leaders and Village Health Volunteers on the benefits of COVID vaccination and reaching zero-dose children for vaccination.
  • Support the district and HC-level staff in implementing targeted messages in local languages using appropriate means of communication to reach underserved, hard-to-reach and remote communities.
  • Perform generic tasks on the coordination role for dissemination of communication materials.

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

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in communication, social work, community engagement or any other relevant qualifications.

Experience

  • At least 4 years of work experience with national or international development organization
  • Experience should include working closely with MOH and/ or various stakeholders at province, district and village level.

Language

  • Native Lao individual with written and spoken proficiency in English
  • Working knowledge of any other language is an asset

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents

  • Letter of Interest (cover letter)
  • CV or Resume
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
  • Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including breakdown by consultancy, fee, medical insurance covering medical evacuation (from provinces to the duty station) for the whole duration of the assignment and travel for this assignment as per work assignment.

The deadline for applications is August 11th 2022

Assessment Criteria

Two stage procedure shall be utilized in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared.

Applications shall therefore contain the following required documentation:

1. Technical Proposal, including a cover letter, updated CV, and copies of 2 relevant evaluations performed earlier by the consultant.

2. Financial Proposal: Lump-sum offer with the cost breakdown: Consultancy fee, and medical insurance covering medical evacuation (from provinces to the duty station) for the whole duration of the assignment.

No financial information should be contained in the technical proposal.

For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:

a) Technical Qualification (max. 100 points) weight 70 %

  • Degree Education in Communication, Health, Public Health, International Development, Social Science, International Relations (30 points)
  • Knowledge of Communication, Journalism, Community Development, Media Relation, Project Management (20 points)
  • Experience in Communication, Health, Community Development (30 points)
  • Quality of past work (e.g. understanding, methodology) (20 points)

b) Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30 %

The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

The applicants should provide medical insurance covering medical evacuation for the whole duration of the assignment -as part of the financial proposal submission.

The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview.

Please find the TOR here: ToR_Individual consultant for RCCE_NIP_for VA.pdf

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UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Added 6 months ago - Updated 5 months ago - Source: unicef.org