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UNICEF Internal/External Vacancy Notice: Chief, Communication for Development, P4, Fixed Term Appointment, Kathmandu, Nepal. Post # 90784

Kathmandu (Nepal)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-21

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UNICEF Nepal Country Office is looking for an experienced, committed and dynamic International professional to take on the lead role of Chief, Communication for Development at P4 level, based in Kathmandu, Nepal on a Fixed Term Appointment.

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, an advocate

The Chief, Communication for Development reports to the Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction. The Chief, C4D is responsible for developing a systematic, planned and evidence-based strategy and process for social and behavior change interventions as an integral part of programme development, planning and implementation. Through communication and engagement, as well as the empowerment and participation of stakeholders, communities, children, civil society partners and government counterparts, s/he promotes measurable behavioural and social change. This subsequently contributes to the achievement of sustainable and concrete results on improving children’s rights, survival, and well-being in the country. In Nepal Country Office, the Communication team is an integral ally in the wider RCCE effort internally and with partners as well as social and behavioural change elements of the ‘traditional’ programme sections.

Key function, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks

Support to strategy design and development of SBC activities

  • Conduct, participate and/or manage a comprehensive SBC 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 SBC component of the Country Programme of Cooperation (and UNDAF/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 behaviour etc) to ensure the successful and sustainable delivery of programme results and provide technical advice on evidence-based approaches, strategies and plans of action to promote behavioural and social change.
  • Prepare materials and related documentation for evidence-based SBC strategies and plans (as a component of the CO and/or UNDAF/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 SBC activities with UNICEF SP, CO global sectoral and cross-sectoral activities and UN System development activities and initiatives at the CO level, including in humanitarian response.

Implementation of SBC activities

  • Collaborate with, advise and/or consult internal partners and external partners to design evidence-based strategies and formulate, produce and test materials to organize SBC events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, maximum outreach and impact on behavioural 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 SBC 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, behavioural and cultural change to achieve sustainable programme results on children and women’s rights, equity and wellbeing.
  • 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 monitoring and/or evaluation exercises, including country programme previews, meetings, and mid-term/annual reviews to assess/report on efficacy/outcome of social and behavioural change on UN, UNICEF and CO Strategic Plans/Goals/UNSDCF. Take timely action to ensure the achievement of results as planned and allocated. Integrate/disseminate lessons learned in development planning and improvements.

Technical and operational support

  • Collaborate with internal CO, RO and/or HQ colleagues to provide expert advice on the development of evidence-based strategies, approaches, policies and the planning of SBC 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 social and behaviour change 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 social and behaviour change initiatives. Approve the appropriate use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.

Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Identify, build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with strategic partners, e.g. academia and researchers; UN sister agencies and implementing organizations; media and communication networks; celebrities; journalists and media; all sectors/levels of society, and critical audiences to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities for social and behaviour change 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 SBC.
  • Participate in organizational and/or inter-agency (UNCT; HCT; UN Communication for Development Roundtable) discussions and planning to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues in the UNDAF/UNSDCF planning and preparation of SBC advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives including emergencies.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Implement innovative practices, approaches and latest technology to advance SBC interventions appropriate/available for the CO context and needs.
  • Engage in evidence generation and research initiatives that may contribute to improved evidence in SBC practices and influence national and local policies and investments in SBC 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 SBC planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programmes/projects.

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 behavioural science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required:  social development programme planning, communication for development, community engagement, social and behaviour change, public advocacy or another related area.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local 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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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