United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Communication for Development Specialist)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia is looking to hire an international consultant to help developing an evidence-based multi-sectoral C4D costed strategy, working within the UNICEF Communications team, and also working closely with government institutions. If you are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in Cambodia, UNICEF would like to hear from you.

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, advocacy

UNICEF started operation in Cambodia in 1952 and opened first country office in 1973 in Phnom Penh. More information on what we do in Cambodia is available at https://www.unicef.org/cambodia/.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this assignment is to develop an evidence-based multi-sectoral C4D costed strategy, in support and aligned with UNICEF Cambodia Country Programme (CP)2019 -2023. In addition, the consultant will develop recommendations for a strategic, integrated approach to C4D, complementary to the strategy.  The consultant should ensure (at a minimum) to include the components of institutional Capacity Development, building social capital, systems strengthening for behaviour change through govt institutions and evidence-based approach to SBCC programme implementation.

The consultant will lead review and consultations internally and with key stakeholders, conduct a lit review of available literature of last three years; develop a Mapping of potential communication channels; and conduct SBCC needs assessment among programme specialists, partner CSOs, and government Health Promotion units. The consultant will lead the development of an integrated C4D results framework, develop M&E framework and capacity Development Plan. These elements, will lead to the development of a costed C4D plan for UNICEF Cambodia, 2021-2023, aligned with the timeframe of the current Country Programme.

The consultant is expected to provide Technical Support to the following activities:            

The consultant is expected to provide technical support to the following activities:
  • Review relevant documents to inform the development of the integrated results framework. These include: UNICEF Cambodia Country Programme and Strategic Note; UNICEF global and regional C4D strategic guidance; relevant sector specific C4D strategies /plans; relevant C4D strategies or interventions led by the Royal Government of Cambodia or UNICEF’s partners in the country, etc.
  • Conduct a SWOT analyses to inform the development of the C4D strategy. When possible, review behavioral and social data around key behaviors and undertake necessary research as well to fill data gaps. Examine and update the mapping of existing (and potential) communication and Community Engagement platforms, private sector organizations, partners offering technology-enabled platforms relevant to proposed C4D strategies.
  • Conduct communication gap Analysis assessment. Map the factors which will fill the gap along with communication efforts done so far including existing communication tools and how are they used; identify formal and informal spaces that promote the participation and empowerment of key target groups.
  •  Conduct a rapid review of existing materials in C4D to gain understanding of previous initiatives and efforts to inform the current approach.
  • Review programme results and monitoring framework to evaluate how C4D interventions contribute/ are taken into account. Propose relevant set of indicators for the integrated results framework Suggest indicators that could be included in government’s monitoring systems.
  • Conduct C4D capacity assessment of government and partners and develop a capacity development plan with a combination of virtual as well as face to face trainings.
  • Lead a consultation process with UNICEF Cambodia and key partners to conduct social norms /behavioral bottleneck analysis, refine behavioral priorities contributing to multiplier results and draft integrated results framework.
  • Define high impact interventions to be focused during the current UNICEF Cambodia Country Programme period and provide clear guidance on how the C4D function will support the cross sectoral linkages.
  • Validate draft documents and incorporate feedback from programmes.
  • Submit final Cambodia C4D strategy and complementary recommendations for a strategic, integrated approach to C4D, which includes clear actions on strengthening the C4D capacity of national systems, capacity development plan and identifies required resources.  Submit costed UNICEF Cambodia 2021-2023 C4D Plan.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (sociology, anthropology, psychology, health, education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
  • A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.
  • Eight years of progressively responsible relevant professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including experience in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
  • International work experience, preferably in the East Asia and Pacific Region.
  • Knowledge of current developments in the fields of communication theory, motivational psychology, adult   learning   theory, media, community   organisation   and   participation, strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
  • Knowledge of inter-disciplinary approaches in programmed development and implementation in programme communication, social mobilisation and behavioural change.
  • Knowledge of training/facilitation and Impact Evaluation of communication interventions.
  • Fluency in English is required, verbal and written.
Please find the details term of reference for this assignment here: 

Download File Term of reference (C4D).pdf

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.

View our competency framework at here in this link 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.

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.

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