Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 18 Jul 2018
Ghana is a stable multi-party democracy noted for its free press, freedom of speech and a vibrant civil society. It made major gains towards the Millennium Development Goals by halving extreme poverty, increasing access to safe water and achieving universal primary enrolment with gender parity. However, it still faces several development challenges. While the national level of child poverty declined from 36.3 per cent in 2006 to 28.4 per cent in 2013, it remains 40 per cent higher than adult poverty. Some 3.5 million children live in poverty and 1 child in 10 lives in extreme poverty, meaning that 1.2 million children live in households that are unable to provide even adequate food. Operating in a lower middle-income country context, UNICEF Ghana’s work has an increasingly strong focus on equity issues as well as the reduction of poverty and vulnerability. The Country Programme is underpinned by an emphasis on data production and analysis, rigorous research and policy advocacy to inform key interventions.
Communication for Development (C4D) is a defining cross-sectoral strategy to support delivery of key results for children in Ghana. Recognizing awareness and communication are powerful drivers of positive social change towards improving equality and for reducing poverty, the core focus of the C4D programme is to promote norms and behaviours required to ensure the wellbeing of women, children and adolescents girls across sectors â€“ education, child protection, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation. For adolescent girls for instance, identifying and addressing taboos around menstrual hygiene practices, providing information on reproductive rights, and exploring means to address violence and access to education are issues that C4D approaches on social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) can help address Similarly, SBCC counselling of caregivers on home-based new born care to prevent infant mortality, birth defects and developmental delays is a key C4D intervention.
The C4D programme provides evidence-based support to promote required positive and measurable social and behaviour change at both community and systems level. This involves: a) supporting sectoral programmes in integrating, planning and implementing activities with a focus on SBCC strategies, campaigns and community engagement; b) strengthening capacity of service providers and delivery systems to actively identify opportunities for uptake of desired behaviours; & c) promoting technology-driven approaches and platforms (U-Report and Agoo) to support communication for development.
Against this context, UNICEF Ghana is seeking to hire an international consultant to provide targeted technical guidance for strengthening social and behaviour change communication in key initiatives and C4D programming across sectors.
The consultant will be responsible for providing technical guidance to key C4D initiatives in WASH and Child Protection as well as guide mainstreaming of SBCC in wider UNICEF programming in Ghana. The consultant will contribute towards:
3. Deliverables and time frame for submission:
In line with the above tasks, the key deliverables and indicated timelines are as follows:
1.1. Quarterly technical updates on urban and rural sanitation initiatives: Due 3rd, 6th, 9th, & 12th month.
2.1. Quarterly technical updates on U-Report and Agoo platforms to be shared with sectors and
development partners on voice and advocacy with youth: Due 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th month.
2.2. Concept note on organizing two stakeholder workshops on thematic content and messaging for youth engagement: and accompanying workshop reports available: Due 2nd, 4th, and 7th month.
2.3. C4D assessment notes available for health, nutrition, education, and social and child protection, and ECD: Due spread over 4th, 7th and 9th month
2.4. Report on strengthening SBCC indicators in District Health Information Systems (DHIMS II with GHS): Due 8th month;
2.5. Concept note for a study on parenting and caregiving practices linked to ECD. Due 2nd month
3.1. Concept note on Knowledge Seminar design and event report. Expected completion by 2nd & 11th month
3.2. At least 4 Learning notes, 3 knowledge briefs and presentations and two webinars on emerging areas of programming and learning for wider sharing (thematic areas and delivery timing to be identified on an ongoing basis): Due over a period of 12 months.
3.3. Concept note and recommended approach for setting up an appropriate knowledge-sharing mechanism, including a proposed taxonomy and costing, for available SBCC resources. Due 8th month.
4. Supervision and reporting arrangement
The consultant will report to C4D Specialist, Unit Head
The payment will be made based on agreed monthly fee and monthly invoices spread over the period of the consultancy linked to deliverables/reports as indicated in the sections on tasks and deliverables.
Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
The consultancy will be for a period of 160 days spread over 12 months. On successful completion and satisfactory performance, the duration may be extended given the tasks and interventions required and funds at hand.
The consultancy will be partly office based in Accra and partly based on work from remote location as relevant. The DSA for international consultant based out of Accra, will be negotiated as part of monthly fee /package. The UNICEF office will pay for four round trips (most economical air route) for consultant to come to the duty station in Accra as required for an agreed duration totaling 80 days spread equally across the last month of each quarter.
In case the incumbent is already based in Accra, only professional fee will be considered.
Travel will be required within Ghana to project sites where the UNICEF country programme interventions, specifically related to C4D, are being implemented. This within-country official travel outside of Accra will be arranged by UNICEF office as per standard DSA rates and procedures of travel.
Eligible individuals are to apply on-line and upload your detailed CV and resume. Please indicate your daily professional fee in USD. Also attach a two-paged written note on how you intend to successfully carry out this assignment.
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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514258