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National Communication for Development Officer (Early Childhood Development), NOB, FT, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

The National Communication for Development Officer (Early Childhood Development) (ECD), NOB, on Fixed Term will report to the Chief, Health & Nutrition, while he/she will also be accountable to work across sectors and pillars of the programme to deliver integrated ECD results.

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,

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context:

The National Communication for Development Officer (Early Childhood Development) (ECD), NOB, on Fixed Term will report to the Chief, Health & Nutrition, while he/she will also be accountable to work across sectors and pillars of the programme to deliver integrated ECD results. 

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job and reporting lines:

The National Communication for Development Officer(C4D),(Early Childhood Development) (ECD), NOB, on Fixed Term reports to the Chief, Health & Nutrition, P4 for supervision and guidance. The National Communication for Development Officer(C4D),(Early Childhood Development) (ECD), NOB, on Fixed Term provides C4D technical and operational support to the Early Years and other sections by administering, implementing, monitoring and/or evaluating a variety of C4D and advocacy initiatives and activities to promote community engagement and participation, and measureable behavioral and social change/mobilization, requiring the application of technical and theoretical skills and thorough knowledge of organizational goals, rules, regulations, policies and procedures to complete tasks.

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

1. Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities focusing on Early Childhood Development and Care  
2. Support to implementation of C4D activities
3. Provide technical and operational support to internal colleagues and Partners
4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
5. Knowledge management and capacity building

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks


Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities focusing on Early Childhood Development and Care 

  • Ensure availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective ECD programming and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. Research and/or participate in conducting comprehensive C4D/ECD situation analysis of social, communication, cultural, economic and political issues in the country/region. Collect and synthesize qualitative and quantitative information and data to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the C4D component of the Country Program of Cooperation (and UNDAF). 
  • Collect, synthesize, draft and/or organize materials and related documentations for evidence-based C4D/ECD strategies and plans (as a component of the CO and/or UNDAF Programs) to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results. 
  • Assess, select and/or recommend appropriate information and materials for C4D initiatives verifying accuracy and quality for dissemination.
  • Monitor and assess the impact of C4D/ECD strategies and activities on the CO and UNICEF goals to achieve measureable behavioral and social change resulting in the improvement of children’s rights and wellbeing. Submit qualitative report/synthesis of results for development planning and improvement

Support to the implementation of C4D/ECD activities focusing on promotion of early childhood care and development, IYCF, hygiene, immunization, strengthening family care and practices through implementation of MCH Handbook.

  • Collaborate and/or consult with internal and external partners to provide operational and technical support to research, develop, and produce evidence-based strategies and test, produce and use quality C4D/ECD materials and/or organize events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, and maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change.
  • Provide technical, administrative and logistical support and background materials to carry out C4D/ECD strategies and activities and recommend operational strategies, approaches, plans, methods and procedures to ensure community engagement and participation, and optimum outreach and impact . 
  • Assess and recommend potential contacts, networks, resources and multiple/social/digital media and tools to support maximum impact and outreach of C4D/ECD initiatives.
  • Follow up and monitor the production of C4D/ECD materials to ensure technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communications materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to target audience (e.g. individuals, communities, government officials, partners, media etc).
  • Collect, assess and organize information for budget planning and management of program funds and prepare documentations and related materials for financial plan for C4D/ECD initiatives. Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.

Advocacy, networking and partnership building:

• Build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with national and international civil society organisations, community groups, leaders and other critical partners in the community and civil society to reinforce cooperation through engagement, empowerment and self-determination and to pursue opportunities for greater advocacy to promote UNICEF mission and goals for child rights, social equity and inclusiveness.
• Collaborate with internal global/regional communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging to enhance C4D/ECD outreach and contribution to programmatic outcomes]
• Engage as ECD focal person within UNICEF and coordinate across all other sectors to ensure a holistic programmatic approach to ECD.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned/products with global/local partners and stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners/users, and disseminate products to key audiences including partners and donors.
  • Support the organization, administration and implement capacity-building initiatives, including partnerships with training and academic institutions, to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners across programme sectors in C4D/ECD planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programs/projects.
  • Develop training materials for training activities, and revise and update them as necessary.

Impact of Results:

The efficient and effective technical, administrative and operational support provided to the development and implementation of C4D/ECD advocacy initiatives and products directly impact on the ability of UNICEF to promote social, political and economic action and changes in behaviors, social attitudes, beliefs and actions by communities, individuals and society on children’s right, survival and wellbeing. This in turn contributes to enhancing the ability of UNICEF to fulfill its mission to achieve sustainable, locally-owned and concrete results in improving the survival, development and wellbeing of children in the country.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Education: A University Degree in social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or other related social science field is required.
Experience:     A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in areas of social development program planning, qualitative data management, communications and public advocacy and/or related areas at the international and/or large organization some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English, Tajik and Russian is required

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

The Functional competencies required for this post are:

Formulating strategies/concepts (I)
Relating and networking (I)
Persuading and influencing (I)
Applying technical expertise (I)
Learning and researching (II)
Planning and organizing (II)

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

APPLICATION

The link to review detailed Generic Job Profile would be available at the following links: www.untj.org/jobs, www.unicef.org/tajikistan/resources, www.facebook.com/uniceftajikistan.

The candidates, who are interested to apply for the position, should follow the electronic application's instructions at: http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/514832?lApplicationSubSourceID=

It requires the applicant to upload the detailed CV and academic degrees/diplomas. UN candidates should upload at least two latest performance evaluation reports.

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.

Remarks:

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: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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