Consultancy: Communication for Development Consultant Roster- Worldwide - REQ#526485

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 30 Nov 2019

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This announcement is not for a specific C4D consultancy position. It is to be used for the creation of two Global C4D Rosters, a Regular Roster for Development (Field or Headquarters) Contexts and another for Humanitarian or Emergency Contexts.English TOR C4D Roster.docx( Pour la version Française s'il vous plaît cliquez ici)French TOR C4D Roster.docx


For 70 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. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.

Background & Rationale:

Communication for Development (C4D) and related community engagement strategies are central to achieving each of the five goals of UNICEF’s new Strategic Plan 2018-2021. C4D is a cross-cutting, evidence- based process that uses a mix of communication tools, channels and approaches to facilitate participation and engagement with children, families, communities and networks, for positive social and behaviour change in both development and humanitarian contexts. C4D’s primary purpose in supporting achievement of the Strategic Plan results and outcomes fall into four broad areas: positive behaviour and social change; engagement and empowerment of children and communities; effective communication and community engagement in humanitarian action; creation of an enabling environment for social and behaviour change.

Across its countries, regional and headquarters offices, UNICEF often engages consultants to support research, planning, strategy, design, implementation or capacity building related to these areas: 1) increased demand for and utilization of quality and inclusive services across all sectors, 2) increased uptake of key parenting and community practices and abandonment of harmful social norms and behaviours across sectors 3) empowered and engaged communities, adolescents and children, particularly the most marginalized, who participate and take actions to improve their wellbeing, and 4) increased capacity and engagement of communities in humanitarian action.

About the Global C4D Rosters:

The Global C4D Rosters include approved profiles of C4D experts and are maintained and utilized by UNICEF staff globally to recruit for both consultant and staff positions, ranging in length from short term to long term.

Currently the UNICEF C4D Section is expanding two distinct rosters: 1) C4D Global Roster (development context) for candidates with proven expertise in a wide range of C4D services in non-emergency, development programming contexts 2) an Emergency Roster for candidates with expertise in delivering C4D in humanitarian, disease outbreak, conflict, and other emergency contexts. The initial focus of the Emergency Roster will be to meet the urgent needs in the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Candidates with expertise to work in this capacity are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants for this announcement will be considered for the Regular (development context) and / or the Emergency Roster based on their expressed interest in one or both rosters; responses to a set of screening questions; and qualifications.

By applying to this announcement, you are applying to be considered for inclusion in one or multiple C4D Rosters. The rosters will be used by UNICEF staff to streamline the process for onboarding C4D experts with relevant experience for upcoming positions. Approved applicants will be assigned to the pool of candidates for one or both rosters based on their preferences expressed at the start of the application process.

A panel will review all applicants and assess their suitability for inclusion in the roster(s). In some cases, the candidate may be contacted for additional assessment, including, for example, work samples, a brief interview, reference checks, etc. Please note that only candidates who have passed this selection process will be included on the rosters. If you are selected for at least one roster, your profile will be accessible to approved UNICEF staff globally who can then contact you directly with invitations to bid for future consultancies that fit your profile. The assignment of a candidate to a roster does not guarantee employment and not all positions are sourced from the rosters.

Candidates will be notified if they are selected for a roster. Please note that candidates who are not selected will not be contacted.

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Timeframe: Based on specific assignment

Job description/Technical background:

Approved candidates could be offered short term surge and / or long-term deployment across UNICEF that can range in topics but might fall under any of the technical areas listed below. Since this announcement is to build two distinct rosters (development context and humanitarian), the list of technical areas below might not apply to all candidates for all rosters. Across the rosters, we are looking for applicants with some combination of the following technical areas of expertise.

  • Successful candidates for both rosters will have demonstrated experience in one or more of these areas:

  • C4D Programme management and implementation
  • C4D Research and Analysis
  • C4D planning and Strategy Development
  • C4D curriculum development, training and facilitation
  • C4D Creative strategy and material development
  • C4D documentation and report writing
  • C4D Systems strengthening, capacity assessment and development
  • C4D Monitoring and Evaluation
  • C4D-related News media engagement, capacity building and advocacy
  • Community engagement and social mobilization
  • Behaviour Change Communication
  • C4D knowledge management
  • C4D Innovations and new technologies
  • In addition, successful candidates for the humanitarian roster will have experience in one or more of the following areas

  • Risk Communication, C4D, and/or Community Engagement in Ebola outbreak
  • Risk Communication, C4D, and/or Community Engagement in other disease outbreaks
  • Risk communication, C4D and/or Community engagement in humanitarian contexts (natural disasters, conflict, displacement etc)
  • C4D integrated planning and strategy development for emergency preparedness and response
  • Community Feedback system for accountability to affected people
  • Cluster or working group leadership, especially interagency
  • Developing monitoring systems and rapid assessments to inform C4D response
  • Documentation and knowledge management
  • Key Competencies: Dependent on specific consultancy


    An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioural science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, communication for development, public relations or another relevant technical field.


    The level of experience required will vary according to the specific positions, starting at a minimum of 2 years for a junior level position, and up to a minimum of 10 years for senior level position, at the national and international levels.

    Some of the typical qualifications required for UNICEF C4D positions are listed below. To be considered for the Rosters, successful candidates will have demonstrated competency in at least one of the following areas. Applicants with expertise in multiple areas will have an advantage.

  • Experience and/or training in the application of social change theories and current developments and new approaches in the field of social and behaviour change communication, and demonstrated ability to apply them participatory processes, media, strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation and/or capacity building.
  • Strong technical knowledge and demonstrated experience in in designing tools and strategies for quantitative, qualitative and/or participatory research in the fields of C4D, including, for example, research into drivers of social and behaviour change identification; formative research; monitoring and evaluation of social and behavioural communication interventions and/or community engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing rapid assessments in humanitarian context and disease outbreaks including behaviour identification; formative research; monitoring and evaluation of social and behavioural communication interventions and/or applying community engagement standards.
  • Proven experience in C4D capacity development, including systems strengthening and institutional integration of C4D; development and delivery of training programs; development of online learning tools, and/or facilitation.
  • Demonstrated experiences in developing theories of change and linking a chain of causal results.
  • Proven experience in the design and development of C4D strategies and action plans for specific C4D interventions, sector programmes, or country programmes.
  • Demonstrated expertise in knowledge management, including for example development of C4D online and offline knowledge sharing platforms; development of case studies; reporting and documentation of social change processes in development programmes.
  • Demonstrated expertise in use of ICTs for C4D, including, but not limited to, the use of U-Report, Rapid Pro, Internet of Good things, or other new media and technological innovations.
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively packaging and communicating C4D-related data and results in emergencies.
  • Specialized expertise in application of C4D within priority sectors or thematic areas related to UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021, as per link
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks within agreed deadlines.
  • Knowledge and experience of UNICEF programmes of cooperation and the human rights-based approach to programming is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in a UN system agency or international development organization is considered an asset. Experience working in a developing country is considered an asset, as well as experience with working in emergencies.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work with and as a part of teams.
  • Strong writing skills in English language and/or another UN language.
  • In addition, to be considered for the humanitarian roster, applicants should have demonstrated expertise/experience in at least one of the following:

  • Proven experience in the design and development of C4D in emergency preparedness and response strategies and action plans for specific humanitarian situations including disease outbreaks with sectors, clusters and interagency partners/governments.
  • At least 2-5 years of experience working in emergencies as part of a C4D team.
  • At least 2 years of experience in emergency related tools and materials development, capacity development; development and delivery of trainings in humanitarian contexts.
  • Relevant expertise and experience in documenting case studies, fact sheets and sitreps in humanitarian responses.
  • Experience in coordinating and/or facilitating multi-agency C4D approaches as related to preparedness, response, research, planning and implementation in humanitarian contexts
  • Familiarity and experience in setting up community feedback mechanisms with local partners.
  • Willingness and ability work in a non-family duty stations on short notice.
  • UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


    If consultancy is in NYHQ, with the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

    At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

    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. View our competency framework at :Here

    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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link