Chief - Communication for Development, Fixed - Term, P-5, Dhaka, Bangladesh - Not for Bangladeshi
The post is responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of an integrated and strategic communication for development strategy that supports community empowerment and behaviour change as key components of the Bangladesh country programmes.
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With the general guidance of the Deputy Representative, Programmes, and in close coordination with the Programme Sections and the Chief, Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships, the incumbent is responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of an integrated and strategic communication for development strategy that supports community empowerment and behaviour change as key components of the Bangladesh country programmes. In addition, the incumbent is responsible to foster and support strategic partnerships with a variety of social actors like civil society organizations, opinion leaders, artists, the media and private sector.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities
- Conduct, participate and/or manage a comprehensive C4D situation analysis of social, cultural, communication, economic and political issues in the country/region. Assess/synthesize qualitative and quantitative information and data to establish comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the C4D component of the Country Programme of Cooperation (and UNSDCF).
- Participate in country programme planning and reviews to determine/discuss the underlying and contextual issues to be addressed (e.g. policies, gender/children inequality, cultural/social behavior etc) to ensure the successful and sustainable delivery of programme results and provide technical advice on evidence-based approaches, strategies and plans of action for C4D to promote behavioral and social change.
- Prepare materials and related documentations for evidence-based C4D strategies and plans (as a component of the CO and/or UNSDCF Programmes) to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results.
- Collaborate/consult with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of C4D activities with UNICEF SP, CO global communications and advocacy activities and UN System development activities and initiatives at the CO level, including in humanitarian response.
2. Implementation of C4D activities
- In collaboration with UNICEF management and sections, and planners of government, donor organizations and the private sector, manage, lead, and facilitate the implementation of communication for development policy, strategy and plans of action aiming at general public and service providers through: (a) behaviour development/change at individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in development programmes for positive social change.
- Collaborate with, advise and/or consult internal partners and external partners to design evidence-based strategies and formulate, produce and test materials to organize C4D events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change.
- Confirm/approve the technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communications materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to key audiences (e.g. individuals, communities, government officials, partners, media etc). Recommend and/or select appropriate multiple media and communication format and platforms (e.g. print, digital/social media, TV/Radio, Web etc.). Manage the production and implementation of multi-media initiatives for compliance with targets and plans.
- Carry out C4D advocacy activities with/for a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, partners, communities, etc. to encourage/promote engagement and dialogue, inclusion, self determination and participation in mobilizing social, political, behavioral and cultural change to achieve sustainable programme results on children and women’s rights, equity and wellbeing. Develop/select materials and other communication tools for C4D events.
- Identify, establish and maintain active interaction/relations with media, academia, research and implementing organizations and other strategic partners and networks to communicate/advocate UNICEF’s competencies and achievements to ensure their engagement, interests and support in promoting social/political engagement for political action on children’s rights.
- Conduct and/or participate in M & E and Evaluation exercises, including country programme previews, meetings and mid-term/annual reviews to assess/report on efficacy/outcome of C4D on UNICEF and CO Strategic Plans/Goals. Take timely action to ensure the achievement of results as planned and allocated. Integrate/disseminate lessons learned in development planning and improvements.
3. Technical and operational support
- Collaborate with internal CO, RO and/or HQ colleagues to provide expert advise on the development of evidence-based strategies, approaches, policies and the planning of C4D social and resource mobilization initiatives in support of programmes/projects implementation and delivery of results.
- Participate in CO strategic discussions to collaborate on policy and agenda setting for C4D advocacy and investments and related external relations and resource mobilization initiatives.
- Participate in budget planning and management of programme funds and submit financial plan for C4D initiatives. Approve the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.
4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Identify, build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with strategic partners, e.g. academia; research and implementing organizations; civil society networks; bilateral partners; media and communication networks; celebrities; journalists; media; all sectors/levels of society, and critical audiences to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities for C4D advocacy to promote UNICEF’s mission and goals for child rights, social equity and inclusiveness.
- Collaborate with internal global/regional communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate strategies and messaging and use of multiple media and communication platforms to enhance C4D outreach and impact.
- Participate in organizational and/or inter-agency (UNCT; UN Communication for Development Working group) discussions and planning to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues in the UNSDCF planning and preparation of C4D advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives including emergencies.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Oversee and advise on the development of goals, strategy, plans as well as training materials and activities to build up capacity in participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of communication for development intervention, in support of programme sustainability.
- Implement innovative practices, approaches and latest technology on multiple media and social/digital platforms for C4D that are appropriate/available for the CO context and audience.
- Engage in evidence generation and research initiatives that may contribute to improved evidence in C4D practices, and influence national and local policies and investments in C4D for sustainable results.
- Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned for products with global/local partners and stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners, local networks, and government partners.
- Organize/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/government and non-government partners in evidence-based C4D planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programmes/projects.
6. Resource Mobilization and Management
- Develop, maintain and enhance relationships with potential and existing donors through regular meetings and communication, donor briefing sessions and donor visits, and systematic follow up of all partnership opportunities.
- Participate in the budget planning & review process, and ensure the optimal resource allocation, appropriation of allocated programme funds and the compliance with rules and regulations.
- Participate in and contribute to the budget and programme review and planning process. Establish programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
- Take appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds and mobilize resources; improve programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.
- Oversee the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly and effectively coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, health education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of ten years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, including 6 years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication for development planning processes to specific programmes and research, training/facilitation and impact evaluation of communication interventions. Public advocacy experience is also required.
- Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or Portuguese is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are...
- Leading and supervising (III)
- Formulating strategies/concepts (III)
- Relating and networking (III)
- Persuading and influencing (III)
- Applying technical expertise (II)
- Entrepreneurial thinking (III)
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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.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
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.