UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from Individual national consultants for provision of support in Communication for Development

Harare

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication and technical oversight from the Nutrition Manager, the consultant will develop evidence informed social and behaviour change (SBCC) and sensitization communication strategies on improving uptake of micronutrient powders, develop strategies, plans, tools for BHFI and support the nutrition section on C4D tasks detailed under clause 4.

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Background

UNICEF Zimbabwe is implementing a community-based nutrition program in rural districts of Zimbabwe. The programme includes a multisectoral community-based model for stunting reduction (MCBM) and nutrition emergency activities. A consultant is required to strengthen community-based activities targeted at promoting adoption of positive nutrition behaviours and develop tools for the Baby Friendly Hospital initiative (BFHI).

 Objectives

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communication and technical oversight from the Nutrition Manager, the consultant will develop evidence informed social and behaviour change (SBCC) and sensitization communication strategies on improving uptake of micronutrient powders, develop strategies, plans, tools for BHFI and support the nutrition section on C4D tasks detailed under clause 4.

 

Methodology and Expected Outputs

 

  • Develop evidence based C4D strategy for improving micronutrient powder uptake for children aged 6-23 months and caregivers through Mother2Mother (M2M) support groups, plans and budgets (indicative), write up the draft and share it with MoHCC and partners at a validation workshop. Incorporate comments and feedback and produce a final draft.
  • Develop monitoring tools for BHFI and 10 steps to successful breast feeding.
  • Produce booklet on C4D formative research for HSCT and ART adherence among adolescents in Buhera and Mwenezi districts.
  • Provide technical assistance for the establishment of a national nutrition communication strategy implementation and national coordination mechanism.
  • Oversee production and publication of related knowledge sharing process documents.
  • Attend weekly nutrition section meetings to keep abreast of developments and participate in meetings with implementing partners as required. Support nutrition section for 60% consultancy time.

 

 Major tasks, Deliverables and Timeframe

 

Task

Deliverable

Timeframe (working days)

Payment schedule

1.      Develop evidence based C4D strategy, plan and indicative budget for improving micronutrient powder uptake among children aged 6-23 months and caregivers through M2M support groups.

SBCC and sensitization C4D strategy, validation meeting, coordinating mechanism

20 days

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

  1. SBCC strategy, plan and budget and related tools for the BFHI and 10 steps to successful breastfeeding.

SBCC strategy, plan, budget, Monitoring tools for BFHI and coordinating mechanism

30 days

 

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

  1. a) Participating in weekly meetings b) coordination of bi-monthly nutrition partners meetings c) coordination of nutrition technical working group meetings d) continue to support partners on social mobilization

Monthly nutrition technical working group and weekly meetings

   20 days

@ 1 day a week

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

  1. Documentation of lessons learnt on micronutrient powder supplementation for children aged 6-23 months.

Lessons learnt documentation

 

 

15 days

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

  1. Publication of process documentation on DFID supported emergency response.

Packaged process documentation of the C4D emergency response booklet.

5 days

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

  1. Inventory, audit of emergency IEC-BCC material for packaging of nutrition communication integrated key messages guide.

Packaging and publication of the IEC-BCC integrated key messages toolkit,

5 days

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

  1. Produce booklet on C4D formative research for HSCT and ART adherence among adolescents in Buhera and Mwenezi districts.

FGD Report, validation meeting with stakeholders and packaging of the report,

   10 days

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

  1. Field research, monitoring and evaluation.

Monthly field Monitoring report of monitoring of implementation of strategies developed report

20 days

Payments will be made based on agreed  daily rate

 

All deliverables will have to meet expected quality as assessed by the supervisor of the assignment.

 

Timeframe

The consultancy will start on 2 January 2018 and run for 125 days until July 2018.

 

 

Consultancy Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in the social/ behavioural sciences (Communication, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with proven experience in the field of Communication for development, media and development, health education/promotion, community mobilization, social marketing, participatory communication, new technologies and research.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries -preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication strategy planning processes to specific programmes.
  • Excellent analytical and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.
  • Experience in team working in culturally diverse contexts.
  • Initiate and execute activities in a timely manner.

     

How to apply

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical proposal and an all-inclusive fee. Costs for hosting the Leaders’ conference should not be included in the financial proposal as these will be borne directly by UNICEF. The financial proposal should include an estimated 20 field travel within the 125 days.

 

 

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: Harare
  • Grade: National Consultant (NGO) - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2017-12-21

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