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  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - In September 2014 UNICEF began implementing a joint programme with UN Women on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) funded by the European Union (EU). The programme will support the Nigerian Government (Federal level), three Northern Nigerian States namely Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau and selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.

    TA Communications for Development Specialist, P- 3

     

    Purpose of the Position
    Under the general guidance of Chief C4D - Polio, and in close coordination with the Communication for Development Specialist, responsible for the design, formulation, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a behavioural change and social mobilization strategy, plan of action and programme activities in support of the country programme.

    Key Expected Results

    1.) Design Communications Strategy:

    • Communication for Development strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed for social and behavioural change in support of efficient and effective programme delivery.
    • Culturally relevant programme communication materials designed, pre-tested, and produced timely, meeting requirements and quality standards.
    • Strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society developed and enhanced for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals.
    • Effective training materials and activities organized, developed and implemented to build capacity in participatory and behaviour communication at various government levels.
    • Technical support effectively provided with government counterparts in the development and effective use of communication for social development.
    • Monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and preparation of reports timely and properly undertaken. Findings, experiences, lessons learned, best practices and new methods effectively shared with government officials, programme staff, and other partners.
    • Budget properly planned, monitored and controlled, ensuring allocated funds optimally appropriated.
    • In collaboration with UNICEF management and decision makers and planners of government, donor organizations and the private sector, the Communication for Development Specialist designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of communication policy, strategy and plans of action aiming at general public and service providers through: (a) behaviour development/change at individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in development programmes for positive social change.
    • Makes viable recommendations on operational strategies in the areas of participatory communication, social mobilization and behaviour change and on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences.

    2.) Programme communication materials:

    • Organizes the research, development, pre-testing, and production of culturally relevant communication materials.
    • Supports the UNICEF global communications objectives and strategies through development of complementary country specific and local community materials.
    • Ensures the quality, consistency and appropriateness of communication materials that are developed, produced, and disseminated to local communities, government officials, other partners and the press.

    3.) Partnerships for social mobilization:

    • Develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals.
    • Develops partnerships with various religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on country programme goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the country programme.
    • Promotes a better understanding of children's and women's issues by assisting in or managing a country level behaviour change and social mobilization strategy supportive of effective and efficient programme delivery.
    • Promotes and influences behaviour development/change at individual/ household levels, social mobilization of civil society organizations and increased community participation in development programmes.

    4.) Capacity building support:

    • Develops training materials and activities to build capacity for participatory and behaviour change communication.
    • Develops training materials and activities to build capacity in participatory and behaviour change communication for personnel who are involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programme communication intervention, in support of programme sustainability.

    5.) Coordination and collaboration with government and partners:

    • Provides effective coordination and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development.
    • Coordinates with government counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development aimed at both individual behaviour change and collective action. Provide technical support as required.
    • Collaborates with government officials, community leaders, UN, and bilateral agencies and NGOs in the organization of activities, operational research, advocacy and exchange of information and ideas supportive of programme communication goals and strategies.

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    • 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.

    Work experience:

    • Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

    Language Proficiency:

    • Fluency in English is required.
    • Knowledge of an additional UN Language is considered an asset.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    i) Core Values:

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Integrity

    ii) Core competencies:

    • Communication
    • Working with people
    • Drive for results

    iii) Functional Competencies:

    • Leading and Supervising
    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
    • Analyzing
    • Relating and Networking
    • Deciding and Initiating Action
    • Applying Technical Expertise

    iv) Skills and Attributes:

    • Knowledge of computer management and applications.
    • Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.
    • Good analytical and communication skills.

    To apply, visit UNICEF Career Page

    Representative

    • Qualification  
    • Location Nigeria
    • Job Field
     

    Purpose

    • The Representative serves as the accredited representative of the UNICEF Executive Director in the Country and reports to the Regional Director for general direction.
    • The Representative is responsible for establishing dialogue with the government to develop the framework of cooperation in the country and for working closely and collaboratively with the government and national institutions, stakeholders and partners, to develop the UNICEF Country Program of Cooperation in support of UNICEF’s and national and international development efforts to advance children’s rights to survival, development and well being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies.
    • As Head of a large Country Office, the Representative is responsible for directing and guiding senior managers of large and complex programs/projects and operations supporting the Country Office (CO) programs, providing leadership and vision to the UNICEF country programme team in managing and leveraging resources for the achievement of results and fulfilment of the rights of children.
    • The Representative directs and oversees the various program sectors and operational service teams ensuring delivery of quality results in accordance with the UNICEF Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework, ethics and integrity.

    Key Function, Accountabilities and Related Duties/Tasks

    • Developing and planning the Country Program
    • Leading and managing the CO
    • Monitoring and quality control of the Country Program
    • Representation and external relations at global/national level
    • Building alliance, resource mobilization and UN System coordination
    • Leading innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
    • Safety and security of staff, programs and organizational assets

    Country Typology

    • Nigeria is a middle-income country and the largest economy in Africa with a per capita GDP of about USD 2800 (2012 estimate). But it has made limited progress towards the achievement of MDGs consequently starting a lower base for the SDGs.
    • A country with abundant natural resources of which oil plays a major role in terms of export and budget support, income inequality is high with 33% of the population living below the poverty line. Over-dependence on oil and sharp fall in fuel prices in the global market has caused pressure on the economy by way of reduced export, fall in the value of Naira and increase in the general price level. The escalating violence in the north-eastern part of the country over last five years left over 2.6 million displaced of whom 800,000 are children.
    • The problems faced in the northern part of the country are different from those in the South and a differentiated strategy was adopted for the two parts of the country. Thus, the norther states need more service delivery and behaviour change and demand creation in addition to humanitarian interventions in the north-east; and south needs more upstream work, leveraging of resources and stronger advocacy initiatives for legal and policy changes.
    • The Office has one of the largest programmes: the planned budget for the current Country programme (2014-2017) is USD 680 million and has 347 established posts. The Office operates with (9) nine Field Offices.

    Minimum Requirements

    • An Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government and Public Relations, Public or Social Policy, Sociology, Social or Community Development or other related fields, is required.
    • A minimum of 15 years professional development experience that combines intellectual and managerial leadership in development cooperation at the international level, some of which served in developing countries is required. Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
    • Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

    Person Profile:

    • A high visibility and complex duty station which requires solid understanding of UNICEF programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies, as well as government policies, guidelines, legislation and strategies related to UNICEF’s work.
    • Solid understanding of right-based and results-based approach and programming with a focus on gender equality, diversity and equity.
    • Varied experience dealing with the coordination of the broad programmes of national, regional and international scope.
    • Very good people skills, building and maintaining relationships with partners, developing team commitment, communication, managing conflict and stress, leading and supervising.
    • Maturity and sensitivity to handle difficult stakeholders in a highly complex environment. Very good experience dealing with emergency, staff safety and security.
    • Solid leadership, managerial and coordination skills to provide guidance on strategic policy direction and programme initiatives in line with national development priorities, and the UN Development Assistance Framework and conflict related programming.
    • Solid influencing skills and ability to advocate, communicate and deploy networking and to build alliances with all relevant regional networks and organizations, such as donors, NGOs, institutions, mass media and the film industry for fundraising and special events.
    • Ability to implement vision and programme, DCT and HACT, leverage of external funding and PSFR.
    • Thorough knowledge and understanding of national conditions (economic, social and political) relating to country programmes.
    • Blend of experience in headquarters, regional and field.

    Applicantsshould submit a Cover Letter, CV, and P.11 Form (or eRecruitment Profile) to: recruit.ssr@unicef.org

    Click Here to Download P.11 Form (Word)

    Note:

    • This position is re-advertised as an outcome of SSRRE 2016.
    • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

     

    Consultants - Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation

     

    Purpose of the Consultancy

    • UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.
    • The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.
    • Strengthening the system includes the development of a robust child protection management information system.
    • The purpose is to establish a harmonised information management system and case management system for child protection

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished

    • Together with key stakeholders support an assessment of formal and informal information management systems for child protection and routine data collection relevant to child protection in four states and at Federal level, including how data is collected from the states and including routine data collection relevant to child protection.
    • Map data collection points and data flows, the content of this data and how this data is collected, stored and transmitted from front line workers to State and Federal agencies, and including NGOs.
    • Produce a baseline of child protection cases in the four focus States – reported cases and outcomes of reported cases.
    • Support stakeholders to develop a draft detailed costed plan of action for an information management system for Nigeria including detailed recommendations for the content and coverage of the system and how the system will be used.
    • Develop training modules for users of the child protection management information system and deliver training

    Minimum Qualifications

    • University degree in Social Science, Statistics or related field (Master's or equivalent level or five years work experience will be accepted in lieu of a Masters)
    • A minimum of three years of relevant professional work experience with management information systems and/or M&E systems
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written

    Desirable specialized Knowledge/Experience

    • Familiarity with child protection and the systems strengthening approach
    • Experience of working on monitoring and evaluation or management information systems within the public sector
    • Experience of undertaking assessments of management information systems

    Click here to apply

    International Consultant - Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation

     

    Background/ Purpose of Consultancy

    • UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.
    • The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.
    • Strengthening the system includes the development of a robust child protection management information system
    • The purpose is to establish a harmonized monitoring and evaluation framework, information management system, case management system for child protection.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished

    • Support the assessment of formal and informal information management systems for child protection and routine data collection relevant to child protection in the four states and at Federal level, including how data is collected from the states and including routine data collection relevant to child protection, and support the mapping of data collection points and data flows
    • Review the data and information collected for the assessment conducted at State and Federal level and draft the assessment report and mapping
    • Facilitate validation meetings for the focus states and at the Federal level for the development of the child protection information management system
    • Support stakeholders to develop a draft detailed costed plan of action for an information management system for Nigeria including detailed recommendations for the content and coverage of the system and how the system will be used and sustainability.
    • Develop pilot tools for the child protection management information system, including collection, transmission and use
    • Manage the development of the information management system
    • Provide ongoing technical support to the national consultants at State level

    Qualification/Specialized Knowledge/Experience

    • Advanced university Degree in Social Science, Statistics or related field
    • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to monitoring and evaluation
    • Demonstrable results in the field of M&E highly desirable
    • Abreast with latest development in the field of monitoring and evaluation
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
    • Experience of assessing and developing M&E systems and/or management information systems for child protection and knowledge of child protection systems is desirable
    • Experience of working on monitoring and evaluation within the public sector is desirable

    Click here to apply

    Consultant - Child Protection, Monitoring and Evaluation

     

    Background/ Purpose of Consultancy

    • UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.
    • The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.
    • Strengthening the system includes the development of a robust child protection management information system.
    • The purpose is to to establish a harmonized monitoring and evaluation framework, information management system, case management system for child protection.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished

    • Support the assessment of formal and informal information management systems for child protection and routine data collection relevant to child protection in the four states and at Federal level, including how data is collected from the states and including routine data collection relevant to child protection, and support the mapping of data collection points and data flows
    • Review the data and information collected for the assessment conducted at State and Federal level and draft the assessment report and mapping
    • Facilitate validation meetings for the focus states and at the Federal level
    • Support stakeholders to develop a draft detailed costed plan of action for an information management system for Nigeria including detailed recommendations for the content and coverage of the system and how the system will be used.
    • Develop pilot tools for the child protection management information system
    • Provide ongoing technical support to the national consultants at State level

    Qualification/Specialized Knowledge/Experience

    • Advanced university Degree in Social Science, Statistics or related field
    • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to monitoring and evaluation
    • Demonstrable results in the field of M&E highly desirable
    • Abreast with latest development in the field of monitoring and evaluation
    • Excellent planning and organizational skills
    • Strong communication skills - both oral and written
    • Experience of assessing and developing M&E systems and/or management information systems for child protection and knowledge of child protection systems is desirable
    • Experience of working on monitoring and evaluation within the public sector is desirable

    Click here to apply

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