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Fixed Term: Communication for Development Specialist (Polio), NOC, Karachi, Pakistan # 68580

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Jun 30, 2020
Posted On:
Jun 24, 2020
Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, Vaccine. 

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges. 

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, front-line workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. 

To learn more about UNICEF work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

The Communication for Development Specialist NOC reports to the Health Specialist, NOC for general guidance and direction. The C4D Specialist is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of systematic, planned and evidence-based community engagement strategies and plans and their roll out through the Provincial Polio Emergency Operations Center (PEOCs) in Sindh. Through planning and implementation of communication and engagement plans, as well as the empowerment and participation of stakeholders, communities, children, civil society partners and government counterparts, s/he promotes measurable behavioral and social change/mobilization. This subsequently contributes to the achievement of sustainable and concrete results on improving childrens rights, survival and well-being in the country.

To make a difference you will be accountable for the following key duties & tasks:

Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities

  • Conduct and/or participate in comprehensive C4D situation analysis of social, cultural, economic and political issues in the province, including through provincial Polio Emergency Operations Centre working groups or committees. Assess/synthesize qualitative and quantitative information, data and evidence to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the provincial C4D components of the polio program.
  • Design and oversee implementation of Community Engagement (CE) strategy of the communication network (COMNET) and other immunization structures with strong, hands-on oversight; ensures strategy is evidenced based and follows ethical guidelines; establishes comprehensive M&E indicators;
  • Prepare materials and related documentations for evidence based C4D strategies and plans (as a component of the Provincial Polio Programme Plan) to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results;
  • Collaborate/consult with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of C4D activities.

Implementation of C4D activities

  • Conduct ongoing behavior change analysis of key high-risk groups for Polio in the province including missed children, refusals, HRMP, etc. to ensure the successful and sustainable delivery of program results and provide technical advice on evidence-based approaches, strategies and plans of action for C4D to promote behavioral and social change;
  • Collaborate with, advise and/or consult internal partners and external partners to design evidence-based strategies and formulate, produce and test materials and/or to organize C4D events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change, including engagement advice to advocacy and media strategies;
  • Carry out C4D advocacy activities with/for a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, partners, communities, etc. to encourage/promote engagement and dialogue, inclusion, self-determination and participation in mobilizing social, political, behavioral and cultural change to achieve sustainable program results on children and womens rights, equity and wellbeing. Develop/select materials and other communication tools for C4D events;
  • Identify, establish and maintain active interaction/relations with media, academia, research and implementing organizations and other strategic partners and networks to communicate/advocate the Polio program and UNICEFs competencies and achievements to ensure their engagement, interests and support in promoting social/political engagement for political action on childrens rights.
  • Conduct and/or participate in M & E and Evaluation exercises, including provincial reviews, meetings and mid-term/annual reviews to assess/report on efficacy/outcome of C4D on provincial Polio Programme.  Take timely action to ensure the achievement of results as planned and allocated.  Integrate/disseminate lessons learned in development planning and improvements.
  • Monitor implementation of activities at province, district, and UC levels to ensure the successful and sustainable delivery of program results and provide technical advice on evidence-based approaches;

Technical and operational support

  • Collaborate with provincial Polio team, and national C4D colleagues and partners to provide expert advice on the development of evidence-based strategies, approaches in support of programs/projects implementation and delivery of results.
  • Participate in provincial budget planning and management of program funds and submit financial plan for C4D initiatives. Approve the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.
  • Ensure that strategic planning processes, sectoral and cross-sectoral C4D strategies, partners C4D strategies and other relevant processes conform to evidence-based quality and technical standards as defined by UNICEFs programme guidance

Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Collaborate with provincial and national program and communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate strategies and messaging and use of multiple media and communication platforms to enhance C4D outreach and impact.
  • Participate in organizational and/or inter-agency discussions with other Polio eradication Programme partners and planning to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues in the planning and preparation of C4D advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives including emergencies.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Implement innovative practices, approaches and latest technology on multiple media and social/digital platforms for C4D that are appropriate/available for the programme context and audience.
  • Engage in evidence generation and research initiatives that may contribute to improved evidence in C4D practice and influence national and local policies and investments in C4D for sustainable results.
  • Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned/products with national/provincial partners and stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners, local networks, and government partners.
  • Organize/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/government and non-government partners in evidence-based C4D planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programs/projects. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree (master's or higher) in social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required:  social development programme planning, communication for development, public advocacy or another related area.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

Competencies required for this post are Builds and maintains partnerships, Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, Drive to achieve results for impact, Innovates and embraces change, Manages ambiguity and complexity, Thinks, acts strategically, Works collaboratively with others and  Nurtures, leads and manages people.

View our competency framework at:

 Competency Framework Brochure.pdf

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.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • This position is open to UNICEF personnel holding permanent, continuing, fixed term and temporary appointment, SSAs, and UNV. 
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • HEC Attested Degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present HEC attested degrees/certificates.

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