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  • Data Communication Specialist at UNICEF

  • Posted on: 24 June, 2014 Deadline: 4 July, 2014
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    If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
    For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

    Data Communication Specialist


    Purpose of the Position
    Under the supervision of the Chief, the incumbent is responsible for leading and coordinating the formulation, planning, design, and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation and research plan of the polio communication programme and providing leadership within the polio Emergency Operations Centre situation analysis group. The Data Specialist will work closely with the Emergency Operations Centre communication group and Situation Analysis working groups, UNICEF polio communication section and immunization teams to strengthen areas related to immunization and social data utilization and application with the aim to strengthen routine immunization and eradicate polio in Nigeria.
    Key Expected Results
    1. Leadership in the preparation of the polio communication situation analysis by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the Analysis.  Maintains data bank of social indicators which are relevant to the polio communication programme.

    2. Coordinates the preparation of the polio communication monitoring, evaluation and research plan.  Responsible for leading the integration of polio communication activities within the Country Programme Recommendation (CPR) and all related documents.

    3. Well-designed data collection methodologies and research protocol (Sentinel Site Survey, RAP, KAP, polling, etc.).  Participates in the development and introduction of new approaches and methods in project monitoring and evaluation and data analysis.  Serves as a focal point for the introduction of the new M&E Software, including Evaluation Study Summary Sheet and Programme Review Sheet. Organizes and conducts necessary training in this regard.

    4. Under the direction of the chief of polio communication support the development of presentations and analysis of data sets for the Communication component of the ERC and Independent Monitoring Board reviews.

    5. Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives and recommends corrective action, when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.  Provides technical advice to programme staff, Emergency Operation Centre situation analysis working group, government officials and other counterparts and coordinates and manages the data-related and evaluative elements of polio communication programme milestone meetings, Expert Review Committee meetings, grant reviews, mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.

    6. Enhance data collection and analysis for sentinel sites in communities identified in high risk areas where communication activities can be more closely monitored and then from which data can be gathered over the course of several IPDs. The data will be analyzed and correlated with communication interventions to demonstrate trends in immunization that can be linked to the social activities.

    7. Leads the preparation of the Monitoring and Evaluation documents within the polio communication section. In close collaboration with the Communications specialist (polio communication) identifies and disseminates relevant statistical information/results of the polio communication Situation Analysis to international, national, zonal, state and local levels.

    8. Participates in the development of the polio communication workplan and ensures compliance to specific assigned objectives.  Provides guidance and support to staff.
    Qualifications of Successful Candidate
    - Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences, (Social Sciences, Development Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research. Knowledge of GIS software, e.g. Health Mapper, ARC View, new technology platforms for data collection and analysis.

    - Eight years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

    - Fluency in English required. Fluency in a second UN language or a local working language of the duty station would be an asset.
    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
    Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
    Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
    Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
    Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of  individuals across organizational departments.
    Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
    Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
    Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
    Seeks and proposes opportunities for advancing UNICEF's mission.

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