Temporary Appointment: Communication for Development Specialist, P-3, Bamako, Mali #107702 (364 days)
UNICEF Mali is working in regions that lack basic social services and have been affected by political instability. We are also supporting the government in improving child survival, development, and protection. Our work focuses on strengthening community resilience, building capacity, and advocating equitable policy. We are working with partners to improve health, nutrition, WASH access, and education. We are part of an innovative multi-sectoral program to tackle stunting, and are investing in sustainable schooling. Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.
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In Mali, the northern regions (Kidal, Timbuktu, Gao) and some of the south (Sikasso, Segou, Mopti) were known as areas at risk since the beginning of the 2012 security crisis, because they have low immunization coverage of children and women of childbearing age. Nowadays, with the proliferation of gold panning areas and the important movement towards the urban areas (several large cities including Bamako), the rate of the non-respect of the vaccination calendar, and that of absence of children during supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) increased. Low immunization coverage is linked to problems with continuity of immunization services, under-reporting of data, inadequate provision of vaccine health facilities, failure to reach high-risk and underserved populations.
The low percentage of possession of vaccination cards could be explained by the non-compliance of the supply chain, the insufficiency of interpersonal communication on card retention and the high cost of cards in some parts of the country. However, certification standards for poliomyelitis eradication (non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) per 100,000 children under 15 years of age and the percentage of stool removed within 14 days of onset of paralysis) were achieved in the last three years, despite the disparity between regions. Only the Kidal region has not reported cases during the last three years, which may be due to insecurity (PPAC 2017-2021). The last polio case detected in Mali is an imported case that dates from September 2015. Response campaigns with specific activities were organized as a response with a strong focus in the districts hosting gold panning areas with a great number of Guinean and Malian population.
The communication efforts provided by the Government and partners continue to contribute significantly to informing a large section of the community about vaccination activities, with various channels and communication media including mass media, traditional communicators’ approach and other communication tools.
According to the 2015 immunization coverage assessment, the percentage of fully immunized children from 12 to 23 months is 60.29% for the whole country compared to 62% in 2010. This rate has slightly decreased (between 2010 and 2015) with disparities between health districts. As for the dropout rates according to the results of the survey (2015), they are 19.9% for Penta1-Penta3 and 21.17% for BCG-VAR. these rates are higher than planned objectives (<=10%).
Regarding women immunization status, only 42% of them are completely vaccinated and the proportion that has received no vaccine is 9.7%. The results of the latest polio NID independent monitoring in April 2016 and April 2017 showed a lack of interpersonal communication and social mobilization: the rate of parents informed in April 2016 is 82% (under the required 90%) with 4.1 % missed children. The results of April 2017 reveal that 76% of parents are informed. The LQAS results show that there are 22 rejected districts out of 65. These figures show that, in reality, there are efforts to be made in terms of communication. It should be pointed out that the lack of control over gold washing areas and populations in insecure areas as specific communities is a problem in the implementation of vaccination activities.
The C4D EPI Reinforcement Consultant will carry out the following tasks:
- Conduct the mapping of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) involved in promoting health interventions including immunization
- Support the development of CSO intervention action plans to promote the demand for immunization services in the 11 priority districts with their integration into the priority district action plans.
- Establish the CSO performance framework in promoting the demand for immunization services in the 11 priority districts.
- Establish a framework for coordination and animation of community platforms
- Strengthen community actors such as religious leaders, women leaders and youth leaders to seek and find missed children
- Use technological innovations such as U-Report as a tool for monitoring EPI demand
- Leverage existing approaches and platforms for the benefit of the EPI
- Strengthen the capacity of ASACOs, Mayors and Districts Presidents for the governance of immunization services (Planning, Monitoring / Evaluation) in 11 priority districts
- Establish a accountability framework for EPI stakeholders at the health area level of the 11 priority districts
- Support the setting-up and operationalization of immunization support, nutrition and birth registration groups in the 11 priority districts
- Support the establishment and use of the community immunization registry in the 11 priority districts
- Participate in the identification and management of hard-to-reach communities in the 11 districts
- Participate in the monitoring of progress through the use of dashboards, data reviews and rapid convenience surveys in the 11 priority districts
- Provide technical support for a KAP survey on socio-cultural factors that hinder the completeness of the immunization calendar and the immunization cards upkeep
- Contribute to the strategic reflection and implementation of C4D activities initiated within the section
- Document good practices on community engagement for the EPI: Quality Videos / Articles / Photography.
- The 11 priority districts have a mapping of CSOs to promote the demand for immunization services available
- 100% of the 11 priority districts have CSO advocacy action plans available
- 100% of CSOs promoting demand in the 11 priority districts have a performance framework available
- Community platforms are functional in priority districts.
- Mechanisms for the research of missed children composed of religious leaders, women and young people are operational
- Technological innovations such as U-Report are used periodically to search for lost ones
- Members of existing community platforms carry out coordinated activities to bring more and more children to immunization
- The capacities of ASACOs, Mayors and Circle Presidents in the governance of immunization services (Planning, Monitoring / Evaluation) are strengthened in 11 priority districts
- The health areas of the 11 priority districts have social mapping of the EPI (stakeholders) with a commitment framework
- The community register is used in the 11 priority districts
- Hard-to-reach communities are identified in the 11 districts
- A KAP survey report on socio-cultural factors hindering the completeness of the immunization calendar and immunization cards upkeep is available
- Good practices on community engagement for EPI (quality videos / articles / photography) are documented
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education: A Master’s degree or equivalent in communication for development studies or social sciences
- Work Experience: Extensive knowledge in the field of C4D for maternal, newborn and child health and immunization; At least five (5) years’ experience in communication for development / health in Africa; Knowledge of the problems related to the EPI routine in Africa; Proven experience in the design, development and implementation of innovative C4D approaches, with a monitoring and evaluation mechanism and monitoring and documentation tools; Experience in working in the field of communication on behalf of an international organization or the UN would be an asset.
- Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and French 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.
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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.
* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Bamako (Mali)
- Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
- Communication and Public Information
- Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
- Closing Date: 2018-09-09