C4D National Consultant (COVAX Vaccine Introduction), 6 Months, Khartoum, Sudan, Req. # 539788
UNICEF Sudan is looking for C4D Consultant to support the C4D component of the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for the introduction of COVID-19 vaccine across the country.
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, hope
Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan's children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan's, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan's school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan's 18 states.
How can you make a difference?
Support to strategy design and development of C4D interventions
- Provide technical support for the development of National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) focusing on vaccine acceptance and update.
- Assess/synthesize qualitative and quantitative information, data and evidence to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning of a social and behavior change component of the emergency COVID-19 introduction.
- Prepare or provide quality assurance on public information and materials and related documentations for C4D strategies and plans
- Collaborate/consult with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of C4D activities and messages across partners.
- Identify, build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with strategic partners, e.g. academia, social networks, celebrities, journalists, media, all sectors/levels of society and critical audience to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities for C4D advocacy to increase community confidence and acceptance of COVAX vaccine.
- Coordinate the implementation of high quality and innovative community and public engagement and participation through integrated C4D approaches aimed at mobilizing and garnering household, community and public support, acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine and adoption of critical lifesaving, care and protective practices.
- Provide technical inputs and quality control in the development, testing, production, distribution and dissemination of appropriate information, education and communication materials for maximum audience reach and impact in consultation and collaboration with internal and external partners.
- Carry out presentations/advocacy activities with/for a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, partners and communities to encourage/promote engagement and dialogue, inclusion, and participation in C4D activities.
- Collaborate with Health Promotion and other partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging and use of multiple media and communication platforms to enhance C4D outreach.
- Support the country health Promotion and EPI teams to monitor the C4D component of the NDVP, manage and report on vaccine rumors, hesitancy and refusals, as well as promote cross-border surveillance and response activities.
- Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.
Innovation, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned with Government and other local partners and stakeholders to build capacity.
Organize/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners (Government and non-government) in C4D planning, implementation and evaluation in support of COVAX program
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
University Degree in a Social Sciences, Public or Environmental Health, or any technical field related to UNICEF's Communication for Development framework.
- A minimum of [three years] of relevant professional experience in Communication for Development at community level. More than 3 years of relevant experience will be considered an asset
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Experience working in emergencies in refugee and IDPs settings in Sudan.
- Evidence of work with UN or other development or multi-lateral agencies in Communication for Behaviour and Social Change, hygiene promotion, community engagement or social mobilization.
- Ability to work with tight deadlines, take initiative, be pro-active and work in a multi-cultural environment.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency programmes.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic or a local language is an asset.
- Good communication and advocacy skills and an ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with the skills of developing good peer relationships.
- Analytical, monitoring, decision-making and teamwork skills
- Computer skills including various office applications
- Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
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.
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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