Communication for Development International Consultant

Addis Ababa | Addis Ababa

Type of contract: Consultancy
Duration of contract: 11 Months


Support the design, formulation, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of behavioral change and social mobilization strategy, plan of action and programme activities in support of UNICEF Ethiopia country programme. A strong focus will be on activities to increase utilization of community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) interventions including in emergency settings.

Specific Tasks

The specific responsibilities of the C4D consultant are to:

· Design, manage, and facilitate the implementation of evidence based, multi-level programme communication and demand creation strategy, plan of action and activities for social and behavioural change in support of country programme delivery.

· In collaboration with UNICEF management and decision makers and planners of government, donor organizations and the private sector, the Communication for Development Specialist designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of communication 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; (c) increased community participation in development programmes for positive social change; and (d) working with partners to address structural barriers to service utilization.

· In collaboration with partners, map multi-media materials currently in use, identify gap, consolidate messages and based on this propose priority materials that need to be developed …

· Organize the research, development, pre-testing, and production of culturally relevant multi-media communication materials.

· Make viable recommendations on operational strategies in the areas of participatory communication, social mobilization and behaviour change and on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences in diversified contexts.

· In collaboration with partners, ensure the quality, consistency and appropriateness of communication materials that are developed, produced, and disseminated to local communities, government officials, other partners and the press.

· Develop partnership to strengthen capacity of various networks and platforms including; the media, religious groups, influential community based organizations, as well as civil society organizations, work with ECO C4D team to build on office wide cross-sectoral partnership initiatives, mobilize these group towards implementation of scalable and locally relevant social and behavior change communication

· Develop training materials and activities to build capacity for participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel who are involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programme communication intervention, in support of programme sustainability.

· Coordinate with government counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development aimed at both individual behaviour change and collective action. Provide technical support as required.

· Monitor and evaluate programme activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites. This includes strong oversight of activities to increase utilization of community-based MNCH interventions.

· Analyze and evaluate data to ensure compliance and achievement of objectives and recommend corrective action, when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.

· Prepare monitoring and evaluation reports in accordance with the established guidelines, methods and procedures.

· Provide technical advice to programme staff, government officials and other counterparts, and coordinates and manages the evaluative elements of country programme milestone meetings, such as mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.


· The Consultant will sit in the UNICEF Office in Addis Ababa;

· He will be required to work in close coordination and cooperation with the UNICEF field offices, Federal Ministry of Health; Regional Health Bureaus, PATH, Local Universities and NGOs partners staff in Addis Ababa and in the regions;

· The consultant will closely work with the multi-sectoral C4D team in ECO particularly to build on cross-sectoral initiative.

· The consultancy requires field visits in the regions;

Expected Deliverables

  1. Programme communication and demand creation strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed for social and behavioural change in support of efficient and effective programme delivery.

  2. Culturally relevant programme communication materials designed, pre-tested, and produced timely, meeting requirements and quality standards.

  3. Strong platforms and partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society developed and enhanced for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals.

  4. Effective training materials and activities organized, developed and implemented to build capacity in participatory and behaviour communication at community and various government levels.

  5. Technical support effectively provided with government counterparts in the development and effective use of communication for social development.

  6. Monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and preparation of reports timely and properly undertaken. Findings, experiences, lessons learned, best practices and new methods effectively shared with government officials, programme staff, and other partners.


The consultant will report to the Chief of section

Expected background and Experience

· Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences (Communication, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education…) with proven experience in the field of Communication for development, health education/promotion, community mobilization, social marketing, participatory communication, new technologies and research.

· At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries -preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication strategy planning processes to specific programmes.

· Excellent analytical and advocacy skills,

· Excellent writing and presentation skills in English;

· Experience in team working in culturally diverse contexts.

· Initiate and execute activities in a timely manner

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

Apply online:

Applications must include motivation letter, an updated CV, and a completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) available for download on the same page. UNICEF and UN candidates must also include two recent Performance Evaluation Reports.


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa | Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-14

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