UNICEF Communication for Development Officer Jobs in Zambia

UNICEF Communication for Development Officer Jobs in Zambia


Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

  • The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.

  • For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated.

  • There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital.

    Purpose for the job:

  • The Communication for Development Officer – Child Protection reports to the Chief of Child Protection for supervision and guidance. The Officer provides technical and operational support by administering, implementing, monitoring and/or evaluating a variety of C4D initiatives and activities to promote community engagement and participation, and measureable behavioral and social change/mobilization in the area of child protection.

    Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

    Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities in child protection

  • Research and/or participate in conducting comprehensive C4D situation analysis of social, communication and cultural norms in the country. Collect and synthesize qualitative and quantitative information and data to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the C4D component of the Child Protection portfolio.

  • Collect, synthesize, draft and/or organize materials and related documentations for evidence based C4D child protection strategies and plans to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results.

  • Assess, select and/or recommend appropriate information and materials for C4D initiatives verifying accuracy and quality for dissemination and use.

  • Monitor and assess the impact of child protection C4D strategies and activities to achieve measurable behavioral and social change resulting in the improvement of children’s protection and wellbeing. Submit qualitative report/synthesis of results for development planning and improvement.

    Support to the implementation of C4D activities in child protection

  • Collaborate and/or consult with internal and external partners to provide operational and technical support to research, develop, and produce evidence-based strategies and test, produce and use quality C4D materials, organize events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, and maximum outreach and impact on child-protection-relevant behavioral and social change.

  • Provide technical, administrative and logistical support and background materials to carry out child protection C4D strategies and activities and recommend operational strategies, approaches, plans, methods and procedures to ensure community engagement and participation, and optimum outreach and impact.

  • Assess and recommend potential contacts, networks, resources and tools to support maximum impact and outreach of C4D initiatives.

  • Follow up and
    monitor the production of C4D materials to ensure technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communications materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to target audience (e.g. individuals, communities, government officials, partners, media etc).

  • Collect, assess and organize information for budget planning and management of programme funds and prepare documentations and related materials for financial planning for C4D child protection initiatives. Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.

    Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with government, national and international civil society organisations, community groups, leaders and other critical partners in the community and civil society to reinforce cooperation and to pursue opportunities for greater advocacy to promote UNICEF mission.

  • Collaborate with UNICEF country offices and regional office to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging to enhance C4D outreach and contribution to child protection programmatic outcomes

    Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Institutionalize/share C4D best practices and knowledge learned/products with stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners/users and disseminate products to key audiences.

  • Support the organization, administration and implementation of capacity building initiatives, including partnerships with training and academic institutions, to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners in child protection C4D planning, implementation, and evaluation. Develop C4D child protection-relevant training materials for training activities, and revise and update them as necessary.

    UNICEF values and competency Required (based on the updated Framework)

    Core Values

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability

    Core Competencies(For Staff without Supervisory Responsibilities)

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

  • The 7 core competencies are applicable to all employees. However, the competency Nurtures, Leads and Managers people is only applicable to staff who supervise others.

    Recruitment Qualifications

    Education:

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, social work, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.

    Experience:

  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: communication for development, public advocacy, social development programme planning, social welfare, social work, gender, community development or another related area.

    Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of multiple Zambia local languages is an asset.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Communication for Development Officer Jobs in Zambia ​


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