Consultancy (Communication for Development for Immunization)

Kathmandu | Nepal

nd girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment:

The purpose of this regional (UNICEF ROSA) roster of external consultants is to attract suitable Communication for Development (C4D) consultants for inclusion in a pre-approved bank of contractors to focus on increasing routine immunization coverage and equity, and strengthening disease outbreak response in South Asia.

In close collaboration with UNICEF country offices and immunization partners, the consultancies will provide technical support to countries in C4D for demand generation and advocacy. A regional bank of pre-approved consultants will enable UNICEF ROSA to offer national governments international expertise in C4D for immunization and to develop regional contextual knowledge and work across different countries.

Assignment Tasks:**

The communication consultant will provide support to country office immunization and communication teams, national government and partners to:

  • Design and oversee the implementation of C4D and advocacy strategies in immunization to increase awareness of the value of vaccines, overcome barriers to vaccine adoption, address issues such as drop-out rates and vaccine hesitancy, and strengthen community engagement and social-mobilization.
  • Undertake research studies to collect missing data to support and strengthen the design of the C4D strategies and interventions.
  • Develop/update/ review immunization communication strategies and products tailored for selected audiences, based on careful assessment of knowledge, practices and behaviors.
  • Build new or strengthen existing partnerships with a range of government or civil society organisations to strengthen the roll-out of social mobilization interventions and improve service delivery.
  • Organise orientation sessions to brief partners on key goals of increasing immunization coverage and equity, the value of community engagement and social mobilization, and current knowledge attitudes and practices of immunization in their communities Provide support for Inter-personal communication (IPC) training of health workers.
  • With technical officers working in countries, plan and design subnational-level interventions to generate demand and improve coverage and equity in immunization.
  • Guide the design and implementation of communication campaigns in routine immunization and outbreak response as appropriate.
  • Contribute to regular RO and HQ updates, and technical and donor reports.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate:


Advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines – Social & Behavioral Sciences, Communication for Development, Journalism & Mass Communication, and Public Health. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Years of relevant experience

At least 5 to 8 years of professional work experience at national and international levels in public health and other relevant programs. Emergency experience is an asset. Familiarity with the UN system is desired. Experience of working with UNICEF is highly desirable.


Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Competencies:** Communication, Working with People, Drive for Results

Functional Competencies:** Analyzing, Relating & Networking, Persuading & Influencing, Planning & Organizing, Applying Technical Expertise.

Duration of the consultancy: 11 months.

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF
  • Location: Kathmandu | Nepal
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-08

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