National consultant to support Vaccine Demand Social and Behavioral Change activities - home-based
Application deadline 6 months ago: Thursday 31 Aug 2023 at 21:55 UTCOpen application form
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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, vaccine
Since early 2020, UNICEF has supported Ministry of Health (MoH) efforts to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, UNICEF has supported MoH in a number of social and behaviour change initiatives to support COVID-19 and routine childhood vaccine uptake, including interventions to develop media capacity in reporting on immunization, efforts to systematically address misinformation related to vaccines, as well as research to better understand and address drivers and barriers to vaccine uptake.
To continue these efforts, UNICEF is seeking a qualified consultant to support the implementation of SBC activities in close collaboration with Communication Officer and Health Officers.
How can you make a difference?
Scope of work:
Task 1: Attend meetings with Communication Officer to gather information to ensure synergy across multiple vaccine demand initiatives and prepare meeting reports. Including monthly and ad-hoc meetings with Misinformation Management System project expert group; meeting to prepare for and implement journalist briefings; meetings to prepare and implement local municipal design thinking workshop and training.
Meeting minutes and meeting action plans developed for: monthly and ad hoc meetings with MIM system project expert group; meetings to prepare for and implement journalist briefings; meetings to prepare and implement local municipal design thinking workshop; meeting to prepare for training with local immunization teams.
Timeline: Regular: from the beginning till the end of the assignment - 14 work days
Review and provide technical feedback on materials produced by CSO implementing partners, corporate contractors as well as facilitate Government partner (only) review and project deliverables, including: social listening reports; training package for Government partners on conducting social listening; protocols for establishing Government Expert Body to conduct Misinformation Management; training handbook for the Government on communication with media and training with media on fact-checking on health issues; training materials for local vaccination teams community outreach; local community communication and outreach plans and materials produced for local community outreach; and multi-media campaign material.
Technical feedback provided and inputs gathered from both internal and external partners on the following deliverables produced by CSO partner and contractor: social listening reports, training package for Government partners on conducting social listening; protocols for establishing Government Expert body to conduct Misinformation Management; training handbook for Government on communication with media, and training with media on fact-checking on health issues; training material for local vaccination teams community outreach; local community communication and outreach plans and selected materials produced for local community outreach; and multi-media campaign materials.
Timeline: Regular - from the beginning till the end of the assignment - 25 work days
Gather information and monitor project results indicators including those related to number of people trained; number of people engaged in community outreach activities and number of people reached and engaged through multi-media campaign.
Social media analytical reports specific to vaccine demand multi-media campaign generated monthly, and data added to overall UNICEF M&E Table; Media reports generated using Piscasa tool generated monthly, and detail added to UNICEF M&E Table; Liaise and follow up with CSO implementing partners to receive data on project indictors monthly and details added to UNICEF M&E Table
Timeline 3: 2 days monthly - 6 work days
Prepare draft inputs to relevant internal documents and reports including event briefers, talking points and other relevant documents, donor reports and other reports, including but not limited to: monthly project updates to donor; three donor reports; talking points for three journalists’ briefings on topics related to vaccination and two advocacy meetings to support integration of Misinformation Management System.
Draft inputs provided for monthly project updates to donor; 1 progress report; talking points and background notes for 2 journalists’ briefings on topics related to vaccination and one advocacy meetings to support integration of Misinformation Management System.
Timeframe 4: Regular: from the beginning till the end of the assignment - 6 work days
Total working days: 51 days within three months
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University degree in Communication, public relations, behaviour and social science, social marketing, behavioural insights, sociology, psychology, or any related technical field.
- At least two (two) years of experience in public relations or risk communication and community engagement or related technical field
- Excellent command of Macedonian and English; verbal and written. Knowledge of other local languages is an asset.
- Demonstrated coordination and management capacity.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to work within tight timeline.
- Demonstrated tact and high sense of responsibility and discretion.
- Demonstrates integrity and high ethical standards.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.