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Social Mobilization & Development Specialist (Polio) NOC level, Fixed-Term Appointment (Only for Afghan Nationals) - based in Jalalabad/Afghanistan

Jalalabad (Afghanistan)

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the planning and implementation of social mobilization strategies that will lead to a measurable increase in public knowledge on polio, aggressive community engagement in polio eradication, and demand for other immunization services within the country, especially the priority provinces and districts in close collaboration with key national and local polio partners.

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 healthy life

Afghanistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic, together with Pakistan and Nigeria. But there is a growing sense of optimism that polio will be the second disease, after smallpox, to ever be eradicated. 

You can find more information here: https://www.unicef.org/afghanistan/polio-eradication 

Work for UNCIEF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43aiG4w2q_M&feature=youtu.be 

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the planning and implementation of social mobilization strategies that will lead to a measurable increase in public knowledge on polio, aggressive community engagement in polio eradication, and demand for other immunization services within the country, especially the priority provinces and districts in close collaboration with key national and local polio partners. 

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership in the planning and the implementation of locally appropriate social mobilization strategies within the regional Emergency Operations Centre; develops feasible action plans adaptable to the local social context to generate demand for polio and immunization services in partnership with polio partners. Supports the field team to operationalize the adapted plans.
  • In collaboration with M and E team, assess the social determinants that impact on polio transmission in priority and low performing provinces and districts where communities are underserved or left out paying particular reference to aspects of social exclusion, accessibility that lead to vaccine refusal, missed children and other behaviour  that contribute to low vaccine coverage. Ensures the social data is informing social mobilization planning at all levels across the region.
  • Ensures effective and cohesive partnerships for polio social mobilization within the Emergency Operations Centre, with key community groups, leaders and other partners working in close collaboration with national/MoPH focal persons in communication and social mobilization. and civil society for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of uptake of immunization services, focusing on polio.
  • Leads the designs, development and use of communication materials and tools at the local level that promote positive caregivers, family and community responses to immunization by influential community and religious leaders.
  • Liaises with UNICEF Country office sections staff notably, health, nutrition, water and sanitation sections to promote social mobilization strategies and activities that lead to positive health seeking behaviour, create demand and improve utilization of immunization services in the context of PEI/EPI convergence.
  • Monitors and evaluates outcome and impact of social mobilization strategies and activities on the basis of applied communication research, planned and regular field visits; Contributes to the preparation of section annual work plans, quarterly, bi-annual, annual and donor reports, and project proposals as needed especially, related to polio eradication and other immunization services.
  • Decides on the validity, accuracy and usefulness of data, especially as it relates to behaviour change and social mobilization.  Such decisions affect communication for development strategy and development of materials.
  • Recommends appropriate materials for use in social mobilization and behaviour change activities; and makes recommendations on the appropriateness, quality and dissemination of printed and audio-visual materials.  These recommendations contribute to the effectiveness of the communication for development strategy and plan.
  • Incumbent operates within rules and regulations, and makes recommendations to the supervisor when deviation from guidelines or changes in procedures are required.

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

Education: Master's degree in the social/behavioural sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education), Public/Community Health or any other related field of study is required.

Experience: Minimum five years of professional work experience in social development, preferably in the areas of participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, and behaviour change and community empowerment, at either the national or international level is required. Experience in polio eradication or immunization programming is an asset.

Language: Fluency in English and local language of Dari and/or Pashto is required.

 

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;

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and 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

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 attested degrees from accredited universities will be considered.

 

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: Jalalabad (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-07

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