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UNICEF
International Individual Consultant - COVAX Communication
Job no:
540837
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Tanzania,Uni.Re
Categories: Communication for Development (C4D), Consultancy
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UNICEF Tanzania is preparing for a potential joining of the COVAX Facility (a GAVI-administered mechanism to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are affordable and available to all countries) by the Government of Tanzania, which would allow Tanzania to access subsidized vaccine pricing at the same time as wealthier nations. Should this materialize, UNICEF would plan to procure and deliver doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Tanzania.

It is imperative to implement a communication action plan that includes communication to generate an enabling environment for public acceptance of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines whilst enhancing trust in and demand for vaccines and immunization more broadly and continuing to maintain adherence to other non-pharmaceutical interventions. There is growing evidence of vaccine delays or refusals due to a lack of trust in the importance, safety, or effectiveness of vaccines, alongside persisting access issues. Community trust is key to ensure vaccine uptake and buy-in. To build trust, it is important to understand how communities perceive the disease and what are their main questions, doubts, and fears around vaccines, generally, and towards COVID-19 vaccine, more specifically. Previous experience of pandemics and communities’ risk perception about the disease can also influence vaccine uptake. Lack of trust in service providers, past negative experience of vaccination and poor quality of services including negative attitude of service providers may also affect the decision to accept a new vaccine in certain contexts. Similarly, it will be important to understand the trusted source of vaccine, influencers etc. Families and communities need to be provided with accurate and up to date information on COVID-19 vaccine, based on evidence generated from social listening and behavior and social data, which will
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Under the direct supervision of the Communications Specialist and in close coordination with the Communication for Development Specialist and relevant sections in UNICEF Tanzania Country Office, the Consultant will support the roll out of the evidence-based communications strategy for COVID-19 vaccine introduction and its implementation and work to ensure seamless coordination of ongoing response to vaccine introduction in the country, and to continue the promotion of behaviours to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 both before and after vaccination, prepare the communication plan, and an national/sub national advocacy plan to mobilise wide spread support for COVID-19 vaccination. The Consultant will provide technical assistance in aspects of mass and social media campaign implementation, and support with information materials, digital/online content production and dissemination on COVID vaccination and risk communication as guided by global and regional guidance. In addition, s/he will consolidate, analyze the existing data of the social listening, including social media monitoring, rumor tracking, online listening and make recommendations for the implementation of social media campaign.

Specific Task;

1. Support the implementation of UNICEF communication action plan on COVID vaccine introduction, public acceptance and social mobilization, including risk communication, as well as communication activities to promote behaviors to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
a. Development of communication strategy and communications plan for COVAX introduction and roll-out.
b. Support the implementation of mass and social media campaign
c. Make recommendations for the implementation of social media campaign
d. Development of social media content
e. Work with country-specific key influencer groups for potential engagement to amplify correct information about COVID-19.
f. Adapt and disseminate press releases, and statements from HQ with local media
g. Support documentation of the lessons learnt and best practices, including the human-interest stories (HIS) for COVID vaccine rollout communication

Expected Deliverables and Timelines
The duration of the consultancy is for three months starting from July 2021 (66 work days). Possible extensions will be considered depending on the programme needs and availability of funds.

Task

Deliverable

Timeframe

1. Support the implementation of UNICEF communication action plan on COVID vaccine introduction, public acceptance and social mobilization, including risk communication, as well as communication activities to promote behaviors to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Deliverable 1: Developed COVID/COVAX communication strategy and communications plan.

Deliverable 2: Provided technical support and quality assurance to produce advocacy materials. Highlight the scale of the operation – from Supply Division to vaccination centres (via health workers) in country. Show the human face / side of the programme.

Deliverable 3: Provided technical support, planned and monitored the implementation mass and social media campaign, including communication contents/messages development, activities design, influencers involvement, etc

1 July 2021 – 30 September 2021

Reporting
The Consultant will report directly to the Communications Specialist, but will work closely with Communication for Development, and other relevant UNICEF programmes/sections. The consultant is expected to work closely with MOH’s relevant departments, implementing partners, and a range of stakeholders including journalists, young people, faith leaders, and others.

Performance indicators for evaluation:
  • Monthly workplan approved by supervisor.
  • Monthly report approved by supervisor.
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To qualify as an advocate for every child you will need to have…
  • Master’s degree in communications, social sciences, or in a related field. Language:
  • Excellent written and spoken English, knowledge of the local language of the country (Swahili) is considered to be an advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Communication for Development C4D, risk communication and community engagement.
  • Experience in developing and implementing crisis communication plan and Standard Operating Plans for crisis communication.
  • Previous experience with social media management, trend monitoring, influencing, and analysis and/or digital listening.
  • Experience in communication materials development, including digital materials.
  • Experience in social and behaviour change communication, risk communication and community engagement in the areas of public health and immunization is an asset. Knowledge and skills:
  • Knowledge and skills in social media management, digital monitoring.
  • Knowledge public health, immunization is an asset

Submission of applications

  • Letter of interest and confirmation of availability;
  • Technical proposal which clearly explains the outline on how to deliver the tasks and deliverables (preferably less than 2 pages);
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available);
  • Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including consultancy fee and any other costs
  • Resume & P11 form (in the system).

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies.
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are; Builds and maintains partnerships, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, innovates and embraces change, drive to achieve results for impact, manages ambiguity and complexity, thinks and acts strategically, work Collaboratively with others.
https://www.unicef.org/careers/media/1041/file/UNICEF%27s_Competency_Framework.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.
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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.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Advertised: 31 May 2021 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 06 Jun 2021 E. Africa Standard Time