National Consultancy - Writer (Shout Out for Health-SOFH Programme) ,Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu

Consultancy assignment for 31 days

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this consultancy is to identify and capture the key highlights, feedback and human interest stories of Shout Out for Health (SOFH) and ADAP programmes and develop communication products to effectively communicate the achievements, processes and impacts of the programmes. To ensure the international quality stories and documentations for advocacy, resource mobilization and effective programming.

Main intended audience for this project include, but not limited to: UNICEF (NY HQ, ROSA, Country offices), current and potential donors, partner organizations and agencies, and government stakeholders.

 Assignment Tasks

Travel to the selected districts of Nepal, accompanying the photographer, to produce a variety of communication products (e.g., human interest stories, case studies, photo story/essay, documentary, blog post, news articles, etc.) and compilation of feedbacks on SOFH and ADAP programme with the details below. Cases and districts will be identified in coordination and discussion with UNICEF NCO, Field offices and implementing partners during the inception phase of the project. Sample interview questions for each case story is presented in Annex A.

 Inception Report

Based on the discussion with UNICEF NCO, field offices and implementing partners, inception report will be produced with the suggested contents as below:

  • Field work plan, schedule, timeline
  • Description of proposed communication materials, objectives, characteristics, intended audiences, size/amount, medium of dissemination, etc.
  • Key interview questions
  • Methods to ensure ethical and meaningful participation of adolescents

Case 1: SOFH - Adolescent girl volunteer promoting SOFH in a SOFH target districts

Face-to-face interview will be conducted with an adolescent volunteer to capture her experience during the promotion activities and her expectations for the SOFH programme. The story explores the process of registration, learning and challenges from the experience of promotion activities, and general experience with health facilities and AFHS.

Case 2: SOFH - Group of adolescents, boys and girls, who registered to the programme approached by the volunteer in a SOFH target districts

A focus group discussion will be conducted with adolescent participants to capture their experience participating in SOFH programme and their expectations for the programme. The story explores the experience on SOFH programme and general experience and expectations for health facilities, AFHS and SOFH.

Case 3: SOFH - Health service providers and district health officer during the promotion activities in a SOFH target districts

Face-to-face interview and a focus group discussion will be conducted with health service providers of a health facility and district health officer to gather their experience during the promotion activities and their expectations for the programme. The story explores the experience on the understanding, challenges and expectations on AFHS and SOFH programme.

Case 4: SOFH – Key stakeholders at finding dissemination in SOFH target district

Face-to-face interviews will be organized with key stakeholders (e.g., DHO, LDO, DEO, health service providers, DWC) to capture their feedback, perspectives and commitment to improve AFHS. The story explores the overall experience with SOFH programme, perceptions and opinions regarding the influence of adolescents' voices on health services and policy, and commitments.

Case 5: SOFH - Group of adolescents who participated in the SMS survey after finding dissemination in SOFH target district

A focus group discussion will be organized to capture adolescents' feedback and experiences in participating in SOFH programme. The story explores the overall experience with SOFH programme, perceptions and opinions regarding the influence of adolescents' voices on health services and policy, challenges and recommendations for future similar programme.

Case 6: SOFH - Group of adolescents, boys and girls, who dropped out of the SOFH programme in SOFH target district

Face-to-face interviews will be conducted with adolescents to capture their experience participating in SOFH programme and their feedbacks on SMS based interaction system. The story explores the challenges and bottlenecks to participate in the programme, general experience with health facilities, knowledge and utilization of AFHS.

Case 7: ADAP/SOFH - Group of adolescents who gather at health facilities regularly in SOFH target district

A focus group discussion will be organized to capture adolescents' activities to promote healthy behaviors among communities. The story explores the knowledge and skills acquired from Rupantaran training, activities at health facilities and future aspirations.

Case 8-12: ADAP - Group of adolescents who participate in Rupantaran or ADAP interventions and engage in social activities to promote the holistic development and participation of adolescents in their communities in an ADAP implementation district[2]

Focus group discussions will be organized to capture adolescents' experiences in ADAP programme and their activities to promote holistic development of adolescents among communities. The story explores the knowledge and skills acquired from Rupantaran training, activities at communities and how the gained skills are contributing to the activities and future aspirations

Compilation of feedback for programmatic purpose and reporting on SOFH programme

Based on the discussions and interviews with adolescents, volunteers, health service providers, government health officers and key stakeholders, feedback and recommendations will be compiled for the purpose of future programme development and reporting. Feedback and recommendation will be organized in the following areas. The outline and structure of the compilation report will be decided based on the consultations with UNICEF and implementing partners as well as the key issues emerged during discussions with target groups.

  • Promotion activities
  • Registration process
  • Use of mobile phones
  • Contents of questionnaires
  • Parental and community involvement
  • Adolescent Friendly Health Services (AFHS) and health facilities

 

Expected Deliverables:

 

Description of Deliverables

Estimated number of days required

Target Delivery Date

Proposed fee

1

Submission of inception report in soft and/or hard copy with field work plan including the methods to ensure ethical and meaningful participation of adolescents

3 days

15 May 2017

 

2

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 1 in soft and/or hard copy

10 days including travel days

15 June 2017

 

3

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 2 in soft and/or hard copy

4

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 3 in soft and/or hard copy

5

Submission of human interest story on Case 8 in soft and/or hard copy

6

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 9 in soft and/or hard copy

7

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 4 in soft and/or hard copy

8 days including travel days

15 July 2017

 

8

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 5 in soft and/or hard copy

9

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 6 in soft and/or hard copy

10

Submission of communication product(s) on Case 7 in soft and/or hard copy

11

Submission of human interest story on Case 10 in soft and/or hard copy

6 days including travel days

31 Aug 2017

 

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

 Minimum Qualifications Required

 

  • Advance University degree in Communications, Journalism, Social Science (Sociology, Anthropology, Humanities, etc.) or related field.
  • Experience in qualitative research, especially with children and adolescents, is an advantage.
  • Five years proven experience in journalism, reporting, knowledge management and evaluation
  • Excellent communication and working with people skills
  • Previous working experience with UNICEF or UN agency, especially in the area of Adolescent Development and Participation, is strongly preferred
  • Excellent written skills in English
  • Oral communication skills in Nepali, Achhameli, Maithali, Bhojipuri and relevant local languages is an advantage.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in Nepalese Rupee) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kathmandu
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Translations and Languages
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-16

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