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Job Number : 513622
Location : Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
For every child, a champion
UNICEF Nigeria recently scaled up its integrated humanitarian response plan, and is leading humanitarian response in the education, WASH and nutrition sectors in the country, as well as the child protection sub-
sector. We are tackling the resurgence of wild poliovirus, and are promoting health care access overall. We are also working on bringing 100 percent access to clean water and sanitation by 2030.
We are working with partners on early childhood education initiatives and are supporting the national HIV program. In addition, UNICEF Nigeria is providing support for three critical child protection initiatives.
Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.
How Can You Make a Difference?
Under programmatic and technical guidance of Chief Communication for Development (C4D) and Polio Field Coordinator and under the direct supervision of the Chief of Maiduguri Field Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the Polio Program management, evidence based planning, strategy formulation, overall management, setting up a system of monitoring of Polio social mobilization and communication contributions to polio disease outbreak response and the development, implementation, and monitoring of workplans for the North East states of Nigeria that come under Maiduguri Field Office supervision.
The Polio manager will ensure achievement of key deliverables for Polio / C4D integrated response in the states and regular analysis of social data to inform further planning and contribute to key reporting documents.
The incumbent will be expected to travel within the State and to those states that fall under the responsibility of the Maiduguri office, to conduct regular field supportive supervision and review status of implementation of C4D committed activities.
Provide support for the implementation of the communication plans for outbreak response (OBR) and Inactivated Polio Vaccine campaigns.
Provide supervision, including technical oversight, for the Communication for Development Specialist, Immunization Specialists and field consultants working under the Maiduguri office.
Represent and lead the Polio and C4D team in various meetings and programmes within the assigned period and make technical inputs into programme implementation.
Representation of UNICEF Polio and C4D at the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEoC) including regular coordination with government counterparts in the development of C4D integrated plans during the Level 3 emergency.
In collaboration with all partners, the incumbent will oversee and manage the proper use and display of information, education & communication (IEC) packages and materials as distributed in the field, to ensure effective and efficient program delivery, including facilitating behavior change, where designated.
Develop partnerships with various key community influencers and religious groups, including traditional leaders, community leaders, religious leaders, Primary Health Care (PHC) directors, teachers, artists on behavior change and social mobilization strategy supportive of effective and efficient program delivery.
Work with Abuja-based training officer to review existing training materials and methodologies and plan / implement training for targeted participants.
Compile and provide C4D inputs for daily situation reports and monthly reports.Review the Volunteer Community Mobilizer (VCM) network operational challenges and develop appropriate plan of action.
Work with field office and country office finance persons to streamline VCM Network payments are submitted and processed without delays, based on deliverables.
Provide supportive supervision of Volunteer Ward Supervisors (VWS) and local consultants.Ensure proper documentation of C4D support and efforts and share with Field Office / Country Office each month and at the end of mission, including human-
interest stories as requested in support of donor reporting.Maintain effective communication between the states that report to the field office, and the Country office, on issues related to Communication for Development and polio eradication.
Advanced University Degree in the Social / Behavioral Sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
A First-level University degree with additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree.
Work Experience :
Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of communication for development, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
Developing country work experience and field work experience. Background / familiarity with Emergency.Experience in polio eradication programming.
Language Proficiency :
Fluency in English is required.Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
Functional Competencies (Required) :
Leading and Supervising I Formulating Strategies and Concepts II Analyzing III Relating and Networking II Deciding and Initiating Action II Applying Technical Expertise III
For every Child, you demonstrate :
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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