United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Coordinator (National Consultant - Implementing The Risk Communication and Community Engagement Plan - Covid-19 Response)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF Maldives is seeking a Coordinator (National consultant) for implementing the risk communication and community engagement plan (COVID-19 Response). 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. TOR/2020/12 ADVERT- Coordinator (National consultant) for implementing the risk communication and community engagement plan (COVID-19 Response) Background & Purpose: With the first case of COVID detected in Maldives, a national level State of Public Health Emergency was declared on 12th March. The Government has set-up a multi-sectoral National Emergency Operating Center (NOEC). A communication working group has been established within the NOEC, and UNICEF and WHO is supporting the risk communication component. A number of technical expertise in the area of product development and information education communication resource material development is required and is being contracted. In order to effectively and promptly implement the risk communication plan, a dedicated person is needed to oversee the activities and manage the external parties, outsourced contracts, and overall, manage the communication team and activities. Ministry of Health, on behalf of, National Emergency Operating Center, has requested UNICEF Maldives country office for support to address the capacity gaps, including onboarding of a communication coordinator to implement the risk communication plan activities for COVID 19. Purpose and Objectives The overarching purpose of this assignment is to provide coordination support to Ministry of Health to implement the activities under the national risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) plan developed as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency response. The objectives include:
  • To support the implementation of the RCCE plan activities.
  • Act as liaison between COVID-19 emergency coordinating agencies and vendors, media and key stakeholders in regard to RCCE activities.
Major tasks of the Assignment In line with the overall objectives identified above, below are the specific deliverables and tasks the consultant is expected to complete within the assignment period: Implement the RCCE plan
  • Coordinate the designated communication, engagement and capacity building activities on a regular basis and update the designated RCCE team focal point
  • Liaise with external designers, creative agencies, printing companies and others to ensure that RCCE plan materials are available in time, inputs from key stakeholders acquired and disseminated to the right locations as per the plan
  • Support development of all communication messages, SOPs and other required resources as indicated in the RCCE plan together with key stakeholders
  • Support all external communication efforts as required and requested by the communication team.
  • Monitor and report on achievements using process and progress indicators in the RCCE plan.
Partnership, management and coordination: coordination with stakeholders and manage external vendors and parties working on RCCE
  • Coordinate the designated communication, engagement and capacity building activities on a regular basis and update the designated RCCE team focal point
  • Facilitate securing of vendor(s)/expertise for specific roles and tasks that require outsourcing. Brief and assign tasks to respective parties
  • Communication, monitoring and oversight of work assigned to external parties and vendors, such as graphic designers, production
  • Coordinate tasks of all stakeholders and channels. Routinely update stakeholders and partners on progress of activities, needed information as per guidance from supervisor.
  • Seek consultations from stakeholders and agencies, and incorporate feedback to content and design of messages and activities
  • Closely collaborate and implement the overall activities and update information communication content on a collaboration-ready, online platform
  • Carry out the HACT and funds-management related documentation for UNICEF requirements, such as request and reporting of funds, monitoring of activities, and documentation of process.
Deliverables:
  • Monthly progress report with update of risk communication plan implementation, coordination tasks. Submission of finished products and resources along with the progress report
  • One final report at the end of the consultancy, with soft copies of all products
Supervisor: From the Government, Head of Communications working group in RCCE / NOEC for COVID 19. From UNICEF, Programme Specialist, Health & Nutrition, UNICEF Maldives in close consultation with the, C4D Officer. Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required Academic qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Public Health or a Health / Social related field. A Diploma in relevant field with experience can be considered in lieu of the Degree
Knowledge, skills and experience:
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience in communication and / or event coordination
  • Experience in Project Management, or event management especially in public health will be desirable.
  • Past work in working with non-profit organisations, UN or UNICEF teams in similar assignments is an asset.
Personal competencies:
  • Ability to work in intensive work environments, and able to work under pressure
  • Highly skilled at working with teams of diverse capacities. Ability to lead and manage teams
  • Ability to keep to planned timelines. Flexible and resourceful
  • An action-oriented approach and strong drive for results.
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.   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. Deadline for Application: 26th March 2020, 14:00 pm (Maldives Time) Application Link:  https://secure.dc7.pageuppeople.com/apply/671/gateway/Default.aspx?c=apply&sJobIDs=530856&SourceTypeID=796&sLanguage=en-us Remarks: 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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