Job Description

UNICEF Sierra Leone is seeking to hire an international consultant to provide support to the to coordinate and strengthen C4D/Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) preparedness and response, more specially in relation to Covid-19 and Ebola emergencies.

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.

Please visit UNICEF Sierra Leone website here: How can you make a difference?

The C4D Consultant will provide support the CO to coordinate and reinforce C4D/Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE preparedness and response, prioritizing the following aspects of communication and community engagement:
  • Two-way communication: listening and ensuring communities have access to the information they need to make decisions about their lives.
  • Feedback: Consolidated feedback data and dialogue, linking individual organizations/clusters feedback mechanisms when they exist, to inform response-wide decision making. 
  • Regular and broad information sharing so that even those which have not been directly involved in the mechanism can still benefit.
Purpose and objectives

The Communication for Development (C4D) Consultant will support the CO C4D team to reinforce C4D preparedness and response by:
  • Providing Technical Support to UNICEF CO and RCCE government partner in Design and implementation of emergency C4D/Risk. Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) evidence-based, quality preparedness and response plan and strategies.
  • Facilitating partnership development and management with UNICEF CO C4D/RCCE partners for effective C4D/RCCE response.
  • Organizing report and documentation of C4D/RCCE work, including lessons learnt and knowledge management.
  • Provide technical advice on development of rumors and misinformation management and community feedback mechanisms in emergency response.
Activities, Tasks, Outputs and Deliverables

  • Facilitation and Coordination.
  • RCCE Programming and Partnership Management.
  • Strengthen evidence-based response through enhanced data and information Management Systems.
  • Feedback mechanisms/community perception and feedbacks.
Please see attached ToR for detailed information. Download File ToR C4D Emergency Specialist.pdf  To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in communication for social and behaviour change, political science, social science, international studies or a related field (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, community-based development, Health Education, etc.). *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree*
  • A minimum 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in planning and management of communication for development programmes, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
  • Substantive relevant experience in emergency countries with proven background/experience in Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) in areas of humanitarian and/or health emergencies.
  • Demonstrable experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder working groups to achieve common goals in humanitarian settings, in particular in developing and implementing community engagement strategies.
  • Experience in building consensus and brokering partnerships.
  • A good understanding of information management (including data flows, protection and Analysis), as well as qualitative and quantitative Data Collection methods.
  • Strong analytical skills and a keen interest and motivation for inter-agency coordination.
  • Experience facilitating participatory approaches is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required.  
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.

Consultants and Individual contractors are responsible for paying any taxes derived from the earnings received from UNICEF.

Application to include financial proposal that will detail your daily/monthly rate (in Leones) to undertake the terms of reference.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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