Communication for Development Officer (Emergency)

Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :12-Jul-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA Local
Post Level :NO-B
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year


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.

Purpose of the Position

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, and in close coordination with the Communication section, the Communication for Development in Emergency Officer is accountable for technical support and assistance in the development, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a behavioral change and mobilization interventions, including formulating strategies, plans of action and programme activities in support of the country programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Expected Results

  1. Programme communication strategy, plan and implementation for behavioural change interventions.

    Provides technical support and assistance in the development, management and facilitation of the implementation of programme communication strategy, plan of action and activities for strategic communication and promotion for social and behavioural change in support of country programme delivery.

    •   In collaboration with UNICEF management and decision makers and planners of government, donor organizations and the private sector, the Communication for Development Officer provides technical assistance in and contributes to the development, management and facilitation of  the implementation of communication  strategy and plans of action aiming at general public and service providers through: (a) behaviour development/change at individual/household levels; (b) social mobilization of civil society organizations; and (c) increased community participation in development programmes for positive social change.

    •   Facilitates implementation and execution of the strategically planned communication interventions utilising innovative approaches, multi-media communication channels, digital platforms and other relevant communication methods. Engage and oversee various sub-contractors and implementers of the communication interventions, ensuring the high quality standards for the activities.

  2. Programme communication materials

    Provides technical support and assistance in the research, development, pre-testing, and production of culturally and contextually relevant communication materials.

    •    In collaboration with partners, the Communication for Development Officer carries out or assists in development, pre-testing and production of culturally and contextually relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery, including facilitating behaviour change, where necessary.

    •    Supports the UNICEF global communications objectives and strategies through development of complementary country specific and local community materials.

    •    Ensures the quality, consistency and appropriateness of communication materials that are developed, produced, and disseminated to local communities, government officials, other partners and the press, including those developed and disseminated by the implementing partners.

3.     Partnerships for social mobilization

Develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals.

•    Develops partnerships with various religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists and other organized groups in the community, as well as civil society organizations, to orient them on country programme goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the country programme.

•    Promotes a better understanding of children's and women's issues by assisting in or managing a country level behaviour change and social mobilization strategy supportive of effective and efficient programme delivery.

•    Promotes and influences behaviour development/change at individual/ household levels, social mobilization of civil society organizations and increased community participation in development programmes.

4. Capacity development support

Effective capacity development interventions are organized, developed and implemented to strengthen partner’s abilities and skills at various programme issues related to emergency response in Ukraine. 

Develops training and education activities to develop capacity for behaviour change communication, and strengthen partner’s abilities at various programme issues related to behaviour change communication. 

•    Develops activities and facilitates its implementation  aimed at developing skills and knowledge on behavior change aspects tailored to the specific programme needs among parents and service providers.

5. Coordination and collaboration with government and partners.

Provides effective coordination and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development.

•   Liaises and coordinates with government counterparts in the development and appropriate use of communication for social development aimed at both individual behaviour change and collective action. Provide technical support as required.

•   Provides assistance and support to government officials, community leaders, UN, and bilateral agencies and NGOs in the organization of activities, operational research, advocacy and exchange of information and ideas supportive of programme communication goals and strategies.

6. Monitoring and evaluation

Monitor and evaluate programme activities and prepare monitoring and evaluation reports. Exchange findings, experiences, lessons learned and new methods with partners.

•   Monitors and evaluates programme activities on the basis of applied communication research and frequent visits to project sites.

•   Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure compliance and achievement of objectives and recommend corrective action, when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.  Prepares monitoring and evaluation reports in accordance with the established guidelines, methods and procedures. Provides technical advice to programme staff, government officials and other counterparts to coordinate and manage the evaluative elements of country programme milestone meetings, such as mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.

•   Disseminates communication research findings, and ensures exchanges and sharing of experience, lessons learned, best practices, and new methods to government officials, programme staff, and other UNICEF partners.

Provides relevant reports for donors, and provides inputs to the UNICEF regular reports.

7.  Budget planning and management of program funds

Contributes to the budget planning and ensure the compliance and the optimal appropriation of allocated programme funds.

•   Provide professional input in and contributes to the budget and programme review and planning process. Assists in the establishment of programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance. 

•   Reviews the allocation and disbursement of programme funds, ensuring that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.

•   Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Improves programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.


Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with people
  • Drive for results

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Relating and Networking         
  • Persuading and Influencing               
  • Applying Technical Expertise   
  • Learning and Researching                      
  • Planning and Organizing  

Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • University degree in the communication, marketing, social/behavioral sciences, (Marketing, Communication science, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research;

  • Minimum two years of relevant professional work experience in the planning and management of strategic communication programmes, including work experience in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes. Experience in communication for social development programmes would be an asset;

  • Fluency in English, Ukrainian and Russian is required.

The deadline for submission of applications is 12 July 2016.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

If you have experience of working in a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children and match the profile outlined, submit your application on UNICEF e-recruitment under the following link:

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.

UNDP 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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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