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Senior Communication for Development Specialist, P-5 #111434, ROSA-Polio Hub, O/P Amman, Jordan

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-02

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This position will be based in the ROSA-Polio Hub O/P, Amman support the effort of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) at eradicating the wild poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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 champion.

Despite considerable effort by the National Polio Eradication Programmes (NPEPs) and all the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, wild poliovirus (WPV) transmission persists in the epidemiological block of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Progress gained towards polio eradication in 2016-2017 in these two countries stagnated in 2018. Given the complex geopolitical and epidemiological context of these remaining endemic areas, the GPEI has determined that a major, transformative change in its support to the Afghanistan and Pakistan programs will be required to reach eradication.

To support this, the GPEI is establishing a Hub in Amman, Jordan, to consolidate the support of partners to Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘under one roof’.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the post:

Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Senior Polio Manager, the Senior C4D Specialist will:

  • Provide strategic and operational guidance and support to Afghanistan and Pakistan country offices, to develop and implement components of UNICEF’s communication and community engagement strategy for polio eradication. This will require close coordination with the N-EOCs of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners and donors and other key stakeholders. This includes participation in global and regional meetings.
  • Translate global polio communications for development policy and practice guidance into cutting edge action at country and regional levels that will accelerate communication initiatives to improve polio SIA and routine immunization coverage.
  • Guide and facilitate country and regional programmatic communication in polio eradication and routine immunization to contribute to convergence strategies and polio transition.
  • The incumbent will also be responsible for support to countries under the Hub umbrella to streamline C4D components into polio campaign planning and implementation. The incumbent will focus on providing country support necessary to refine polices, strategies and programme operations to stop poliovirus transmission.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

  • Lead/contribute to (as required) areas of substantial technical work as allocated through the Hub workplanning process, with a focus on strengthening C4D programming nationally and in key sub-national areas.
  • Support and guide country offices preparation and participation in key Technical Advisory Group, Cross-Border and other meeting preparations and linkages as required.
  • Support strengthening EPI/PEI synergies and technical support for the C4D elements of polio plus activities.
  • Back-stop for senior staff absences in either Afghanistan or Pakistan as required

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Country support, oversight, performance management and quality assurance:

  • Translate Global and Polio Hub strategic direction into operational programmes through C4D and operational support to UNICEF country offices,N-EOCs and Provincial EOCs towards the polio eradication programme.
  • Provide the requisite oversight and coordination to reinforce accountability and the efficient use of resources and quality implementation in stopping polio transmission in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Support C4D planning and talent management for country offices.
  • Strengthen cross-country exchange and joint epidemiological block approach.
  • Develop, support and facilitate training activities to build capacity in operational dimensions including common reservoir approach.
  • Support continued emphasis on engagement with (HRMP) mobile, migrant and nomadic populations to track missed children.
  • Strengthen cross-border activities and common communications approach.
    Explore and share strategies and approaches to increasing access in insecure or conflict-affected areas across borders.
  • Coordinate use of social and operational research to guide polio programming
  • In collaboration with ROSA and HQ , organize and provide technical support to social research, including formative and summative evaluation,and other forms of qualitative and quantitative social research that will contribute to the design and evaluation of communication activities for EPI and polio eradication.
  • Representation of Polio Hub in GPEI requirements
  • Maintain a presence at regional and global events, and further cultivate regional relations with all major stakeholders while at the same time helping to explore opportunities for expanded or new partners, as well as vis-a-vis other regional offices and head-quarters, including through a cross-sector convergent approach.

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

An advanced degree is required in one of the following areas: social, behavorial, communication sciences, or another relevant area of
A minimum of ten years of professional experience in programme implementation, and evaluation across different cultural contexts, with at least 3 years in developing countries.
Fluency in English required. Working knowledge of another UN language is 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)
Analyzing (III)
Relating and Networking (III)
Formulating Strategies & Concepts (III)
Deciding and Initiating Action (III)
Persuading and Influencing (II)

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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.

We are the first United Nations Agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace

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.

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