Social & Behavior Change Officer, NOB, Damascus, Syria #110658 (Open to Syrian Nationals Only)
The Communication for Development Officer reports to the Chief SBC SBC/SBC SBC Specialist for supervision and guidance. The Officer provides technical and operational support to the SBC SBC Specialist and internal colleagues by administering, implementing, monitoring and/or evaluating a variety of SBCSBC initiatives and activities to promote community engagement and participation, and measureable behavioral and social change/mobilization, requiring the application of technical and theoretical skills and thorough knowledge of organizational goals, rules, regulations, policies and procedures to complete tasks
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How can you make a difference?
The Social and Behavior change Officer (SBC) reports to the Chief Social and Behavior change for supervision and guidance. The Officer provides technical and operational support to the SBC Specialist and internal colleagues by administering, implementing, monitoring and/or evaluating a variety of SBC initiatives and activities to promote community engagement and participation, and measurable behavioral and social change/mobilization, requiring the application of technical and theoretical skills and thorough knowledge of organizational goals, rules, regulations, policies and procedures to complete tasks.
Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
The below tasks are expected to be carried out but not limited:
1- Support to strategy design and development of SBC activities
- Research and/or participate in conducting a comprehensive SBC situation analysis of social, communication, cultural, economic, and political issues in the country/region. Collect and synthesize qualitative and quantitative information and data to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the SBC Strategy
- Monitor and assess the impact of SBC strategies and activities to achieve measurable behavioral and social change resulting in the improvement of children’s rights and wellbeing. Submit qualitative report/synthesis of results for development planning and improvement.
2- Support to the implementation of SBC activities
- Collaborate and/or consult with internal and external partners to provide operational and technical support to research, develop, and produce evidence-based strategies and test, produce and use quality SBC materials, organize events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, and maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change.
3- Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with national and international civil society organisations, community groups, leaders and other critical partners in the community and civil society to reinforce cooperation through engagement, empowerment and self determination and to pursue opportunities for greater advocacy to promote UNICEF mission and goals for child rights, social equity and inclusiveness.
4- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Support the organization, administration and implementation of capacity building initiatives, including partnerships with training and academic institutions, Develop training materials for training activities, and revise and update them as necessary.
- Identify and support localized initiatives for the promotion and realization of children rights, development and protection.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, health education/promotion, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social and community development, programme planning, communication for development, community engagement public advocacy or another related area.
- 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 local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...
- Formulating strategies/concepts (I)
- Relating and networking (I)
- Persuading and influencing (I)
- Applying technical expertise (I)
- Learning and researching (II)
- Planning and organizing (II)
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
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.
This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment without compensation if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or if necessary inoculation requirements are not met within a reasonable period for any reason.
The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates).
the VA is open for Syrian nationals only.
Fixed Term Appointment for Two Years.