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Communication for Development Specialist (Immunization & Health), P-4, Fixed Term, Nairobi, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office

Nairobi (Kenya)

If you are a dynamic professional within the Communication for Development/Behavioral Change areas UNICEF ESARO wants to hear from you.

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, a voice.

UNICEF, as the lead agency for communication and social mobilization for Routine Immunization and New Vaccine Introduction as per the global Partner Engagement Framework 2016-2020, has increased its capacity at Headquarters and Regional Offices in Africa in order to better coordinate technical assistance to Country Offices and partners, especially in specific priority countries. This enhanced capacity and improved coordination is necessary to provide C4D technical support to countries and regions with low immunization coverage rates, issues with coverage equity, and high risk of outbreaks of Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs). In addition, this position will enhance coordination among immunization interventions and overall Reproductive, Maternal, New-born and Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) initiatives.

How can you make a difference?

The C4D Specialist (Health) at ESARO will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Adviser, C4D. He/she will work in partnership with the Health Section Communication for Development Specialist/Team at NYHQ to provide technical assistance to Country Offices and build capacity among EPI and RMNCAH partners in evidence-based C4D planning, resource mobilization for plan implementation, systematic data collection and knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting. The incumbent will work closely with selected COs to 1) deliver on UNICEF commitments to donors related to new vaccine introductions and routine immunization, 2) document successes and challenges for quarterly reports and training purposes, and 3) provide resources and leverage opportunities for sustainable capacity development in C4D at COs for immunization and related child survival interventions. Emphasis will be placed on developing systems and online resources that help NYHQ, Regional Offices, Country Offices and partners collaborate and share information, leverage technical support to mutual benefit, and improve HQ/RO joint monitoring and oversight of the global C4D Programme for Routine Immunization and New and Underutilized Vaccines Introduction.  In addition to facilitating country-level delivery of UNICEF commitments to donors, the incumbent will also provide technical inputs towards capacity building through developing, adapting, and sharing training products, helping country and sub-national teams identify and select communication personnel, and guiding countries in technical matters specific to their immunization and related maternal, new-born and child health communication programmes, including community prevention and treatment of pneumonia and diarrhea.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists Country Office teams in every step of evidence-based communication and social mobilization planning, implementation and monitoring. This includes guidance in research design, applying research results in developing evidence-based national communication plans with EPI and RMNCAH partners (including budgets to facilitate resource mobilization for implementation), technical support for GAVI Processes, EPI programme reviews, cultivating government ownership of plan implementation, and monitoring of process and outcome data to improve country programme delivery. This work includes coordinating with HQ to manage the work and outputs of in-country consultants working with EPI partners to support new vaccine introductions. 
  • Undertakes field visits (including joint HQ-RO field visits) to address CO needs related to C4D, immunization and RMNCAH and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programme activities, with a special focus on ensuring equity and effective strategies to reach children of underserved populations.  Identifies and documents constraints and opportunities relevant to reaching underserved populations and suggests solutions to relevant counterparts to improve programme delivery.
  • Provides technical support and guidance to selected countries to implement C4D interventions on social accountability and community feedback mechanism.
  • Develops, collects, adapts, organizes, designs and helps implement effective training materials to build capacity at COs and among EPI and RMNCAH partners in all aspects of evidence-based communication and social mobilization for routine immunization and other child survival interventions.
  • Systematically captures findings, experiences, lessons learned, best practices, new templates and tools, and innovative methods/approaches for adaptation for a range of applications, including case material for training modules and preparation of donor reports.  Prepares periodic progress reports for sharing with programme staff at headquarters, regional offices, and country offices, as well as donors and partners.  Ensures budgets are properly planned, monitored, and controlled such that funds are allocated appropriately and optimally at each stage of planning and implementation.

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

  • An advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including at least four years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization will be considered an asset.
  • Experience in Sub-Sahara Africa and in particular in Eastern and Southern Africa will be considered an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency will be considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Portuguese will be considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing, Applying Technical Expertise, Entrepreneurial Thinking.

View our competency framework at

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

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: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-06

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