International C4D Consultant
UNICEF Ghana is seeking the services of a strongly committed and experienced professional. The individual will be engaged as an international consultant responsible for providing technical guidance to key C4D initiatives in WASH and Child Protection as well as guide mainstreaming of SBCC in wider UNICEF programming in Ghana. The assignment will be for 160 days within a contract period of 11.5 months under a part time work arrangement. The consultancy will be partly office based in Accra and partly based on work from home/remote location as relevant. Only non-Ghanaians are eligible to apply including individuals already resident in Accra. Please read details of this assignment for additional information.
Ghana is a stable multi-party democracy noted for its free press, freedom of speech and a vibrant civil society. It made major gains towards the Millennium Development Goals by halving extreme poverty, increasing access to safe water and achieving universal primary enrolment with gender parity. However, it still faces several development challenges. While the national level of child poverty declined from 36.3 per cent in 2006 to 28.4 per cent in 2013, it remains 40 per cent higher than adult poverty. Some 3.5 million children live in poverty and 1 child in 10 lives in extreme poverty, meaning that 1.2 million children live in households that are unable to provide even adequate food. Operating in a lower middle-income country context, UNICEF Ghana's work has an increasingly strong focus on equity issues as well as the reduction of poverty and vulnerability. The Country Programme is underpinned by an emphasis on data production and analysis, rigorous research and policy advocacy to inform key interventions.
Communication for Development (C4D) is a defining cross-sectoral strategy to support delivery of key results for children in Ghana. Recognizing awareness and communication are powerful drivers of positive social change towards improving equality and for reducing poverty, the core focus of the C4D programme is to promote norms and behaviours required to ensure the wellbeing of women, children and adolescents girls across sectors â€“ education, child protection, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation. For adolescent girls for instance, identifying and addressing taboos around menstrual hygiene practices, providing information on reproductive rights, and exploring means to address violence and access to education are issues that C4D approaches on social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) can help address Similarly, SBCC counselling of caregivers on home-based new born care to prevent infant mortality, birth defects and developmental delays is a key C4D intervention.
The C4D programme provides evidence-based support to promote required positive and measurable social and behaviour change at both community and systems level. This involves: a) supporting sectoral programmes in integrating, planning and implementing activities with a focus on SBCC strategies, campaigns and community engagement; b) strengthening capacity of service providers and delivery systems to actively identify opportunities for uptake of desired behaviours; & c) promoting technology-driven approaches and platforms (U-Report and Agoo) to support communication for development.
Against this context, UNICEF Ghana is seeking to hire an international consultant to provide targeted technical guidance for strengthening social and behaviour change communication in key initiatives and C4D programming across sectors.
- Purpose of the Assignment
The consultant will be responsible for providing technical guidance to key C4D initiatives in WASH and Child Protection as well as guide mainstreaming of SBCC in wider UNICEF programming in Ghana. The consultant will contribute towards:
- Strengthening evidence based planning and monitoring of identified C4D initiatives to improve implementation on facilitating attitudinal shifts and positive social and behaviour change. Especially guide ongoing C4D initiatives related to urban and rural sanitation, adolescent girls, and innovative youth engagement platforms.
- Scoping and identifying entry points and accompanying strategies to mainstream SBCC within sectoral programming and cross cutting thematic areas including Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Adolescent girls.
- Facilitating knowledge sharing, distilling learnings, and documenting good practices to strengthen the evidence on SBCC programming in Ghana with an enhanced focus on cross cutting priorities. Tasks To be Completed: The consultant is expected to:
- Provide strategic planning and monitoring guidance through quarterly reviews of: a) urban sanitation communication initiative in 3 urban areas; & b) social norms campaign for promoting rural sanitation in five regions.
- Provide technical inputs to strengthen innovation and the use of technology-driven platforms for increased adolescent and youth engagement (U-Report, Agoo), including content and messaging for advocacy on key issues across sectors.
- Assess/review current C4D approaches in use within UNICEF sectoral programming and provide strategic options for delivering results in Social Protection, Child Protection, Education, and Health and Nutrition; and further identify ongoing ECD related initiatives across relevant sections to identify strategic areas for integrated C4D engagement.
- Scope and identify areas of further enquiry around key attitudes, social norms and behaviours around parental and caregiving practices linked to ECD
- Conceptualize and document knowledge sharing event around key learning and evidence on C4D approaches and programming interventions across sectors in Ghana
- Distil learnings from key initiatives, including social norms studies on sanitation, and nutrition and health, and ongoing partnerships with faith based organizations, community radio and community theatre networks for sharing with national, regional and global audiences.
- Review and recommend a knowledge sharing strategy to increase access and coordinated use of UNICEF-led SBCC resources among relevant stakeholders.
3. Deliverables and time frame for submission:
In line with the above tasks, the key deliverables and indicated timelines are as follows:
1.1. Quarterly technical updates on urban and rural sanitation initiatives: Due 3rd, 6th, 9th, & 12th month.
2.1. Quarterly technical updates on U-Report and Agoo platforms to be shared with sectors and
development partners on voice and advocacy with youth: Due 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th month.
2.2. Concept note on organizing two stakeholder workshops on thematic content and messaging for youth engagement: and accompanying workshop reports available: Due 2nd, 4th, and 7th month.
2.3. C4D assessment notes available for health, nutrition, education, and social and child protection, and ECD: Due spread over 4th, 7th and 9th month
2.4. Report on strengthening SBCC indicators in District Health Information Systems (DHIMS II with GHS): Due 8th month;
2.5. Concept note for a study on parenting and caregiving practices linked to ECD. Due 2nd month
3.1. Concept note on Knowledge Seminar design and event report. Expected completion by 2nd & 11th month
3.2. At least 4 Learning notes, 3 knowledge briefs and presentations and two webinars on emerging areas of programming and learning for wider sharing (thematic areas and delivery timing to be identified on an ongoing basis): Due over a period of 12 months.
3.3. Concept note and recommended approach for setting up an appropriate knowledge-sharing mechanism, including a proposed taxonomy and costing, for available SBCC resources. Due 8th month.
4. Supervision and reporting arrangement
The consultant will report to C4D Specialist, Unit Head
- Payment and Payment Schedule
The payment will be made based on agreed monthly fee and monthly invoices spread over the period of the consultancy linked to deliverables/reports as indicated in the sections on tasks and deliverables.
Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
The consultancy will be for a period of 160 days spread over 12 months. On successful completion and satisfactory performance, the duration may be extended given the tasks and interventions required and funds at hand.
The consultancy will be partly office based in Accra and partly based on work from remote location as relevant. The DSA for international consultant based out of Accra, will be negotiated as part of monthly fee /package. The UNICEF office will pay for four round trips (most economical air route) for consultant to come to the duty station in Accra as required for an agreed duration totaling 80 days spread equally across the last month of each quarter.
In case the incumbent is already based in Accra, only professional fee will be considered.
- Official Travel Involved:
Travel will be required within Ghana to project sites where the UNICEF country programme interventions, specifically related to C4D, are being implemented. This within-country official travel outside of Accra will be arranged by UNICEF office as per standard DSA rates and procedures of travel.
- Expected Qualifications, Experience, specialized knowledge/skills and competencies
- Advanced University Degree in social and behavioural science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, public health, communication, public relations or other related social science field is required
- At least five years of professional experience in areas of planning and implementation of social and behaviour change communications and/or related areas at the international and/or large organization, some of which preferably were served in a developing country, is required
- Experience in C4D in WASH, health or child protection sector is required.
- Experience in management of technology-based innovation (U-Report, RapidPro, mobile-based solution) projects is preferred
- Work experience in Africa and or familiarity with Ghanaian development context is desirable.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
- General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics
- During onsite visit, the consultant will work from the UNICEF office in Accra as per regular office hours and a desk will be provided.
- The Consultant will use his/her own IT equipment (lap top and phone). However, she/he will have access to internet services
- In case of travel outside the Duty Station (Accra) on the monthly monitoring visit to a region, the consultant will be paid DSA as per standard norms and normal office travel rules will apply
Eligible individuals are to apply on-line and upload your detailed CV and resume. Please indicate your daily professional fee in USD. Also attach a two-paged written note on how you intend to successfully carry out this assignment.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Accra (Ghana)
- Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
- Communication and Public Information
- Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
- Closing Date: 2018-07-22