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Consultancy: Communication for Development Specialist, Nairobi Kenya

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Work Type
Part Time
Job Level
Senior level
Minimum Qualification
Years Experience
5 years
Application Deadline
Nairobi CBD Nairobi

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Purpose of Assignment

Communication for Development Specialist

Location of Assignment


Duration of contract

6 months

Background and Justification

Communication for development (C4D) plays a crucial role in the national outbreak response including in improving child immunization, by fostering understanding of childhood diseases, creating demand for services and acceptance of the vaccines.

Kenya in the recent past has been involved in several polio campaigns as part of a Horn of Africa outbreak response, in addition to the outbreak response Kenya has also been experiencing resurgence of traditional, vaccine-preventable childhood diseases such as measles and pertussis. Many of these outbreaks are affecting the high risk and hard to reach groups i.e. nomadic populations, people living in high density urban areas, refugee and migrant populations etc. This is mainly because of immunity gaps and accumulation of susceptible children in these underserved communities. Disparities and immunization inequalities have been identified as one of the main issues facing the immunization programmes in Kenya. One of the underlying causes is often the lack of evidence-based communication interventions to address the demand side barriers in certain ethnic groups or other high risk populations. With the additional burden of polio outbreaks being identified across the border in Somalia there is risk of importation of the polioviruses into Kenya due to the existence of pockets of unimmunized/under-immunized children in Somalia.

As a key partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), UNICEF has the mandate of providing assistance to ensure a fast and effective C4D response whenever a polio outbreak is confirmed, as well as the support to strengthen routine immunization in Kenya. The organization relies on highly trained and experienced personnel of staff and consultants to meet this obligation.

It is against the above premise, that UNICEF Kenya is recruiting a consultant who is willing and will be available for immediate deployment in Kenya to support the C4D team.

Scope of Work

Under the supervision of the Manger, Communication for Development, and in close collaboration with the Health/Immunization team the Consultant will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health with an overarching goal of supporting the Polio outbreak response and routine immunization work to reduce child morbidity and mortality by promoting preventive health care messages and development and delivery of communication interventions that will increase community demand for and utilization of preventive health and immunization services at national and in selected priority counties.

This consultancy is looking for a professional in Polio/Immunization C4D. The consultant is expected to provide C4D technical assistance to the team in support of polio outbreak response as well as routine immunization. We invite suitable C4D consultants at P3 level.

Activities and Tasks: The selected immunization/ polio C4D consultant will;

ü Support the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of an evidence-based C4D strategies for outbreak response and routine immunization.

ü Facilitate community engagement, social mobilization and specific behaviour change interventions with a specific focus on the hard to reach communities.

ü Undertake communication assessments and rapid social-behavioural research and evidence building, especially in high risk and hard-to-reach communities;

ü Develop and tailor health information products for various target populations/audiences, based on community knowledge, practices, and behaviours;

ü Facilitate the designing and implementation of specific plans of actions for immunization and/ or polio eradication to reach special groups;

ü Organize Training of health workers, especially in inter-personal communication (IPC);

ü Conduct media landscape analyses and facilitate engagement of media in immunization and polio activities;

ü Support advocacy activities to engage political, religious, and community leaders and other stakeholders;

ü Support the writing of donor proposals and reports including other documentation such as case studies, sitreps etc.

Work relationships:

The consultant will report to the Communication for Development Manager, but will work closely with the programme colleagues especially health and communication and partners.



Duration (Estimated # of days or months)



Schedule of Payment

Develop / update communication for immunization / polio eradication strategies and plans

15 days

Month 1


Conduct C4D assessment of high risk populations and identify and map social data gaps which need to be addressed.

30 days

Month 1 and Month 2


Conduct capacity gap assessment of C4D mobilisers and develop a capacity building strategy

10 days

Month 1 and Month 2


Develop a communication engagement strategy for hard to reach audience groups

10 days

Month 2


Develop a media engagement strategy including for social media

10 days

Month 2 and Month 3


Develop TOR and launch bid and conduct evaluations to develop LTA for media buying agency

30 days

Month 2, Month 3 and Month 4


Support production of communication materials to support immunization and / or polio campaigns

30 days

Month 3 and Month 4


Facilitate the capacity building of community mobilisers / and health workers

90 days

Month 3, Month 4, Month 5


Develop/ adapt C4D monitoring tools and mechanisms

20 days

Month 4


Document and share lessons learned and best practices in child immunization interventions and polio campaigns

30 days

Month 6


Donor reports and proposals developed and submitted on time

20 days

Months 1- 6


Payment Schedule

Payment will be made based on deliverables and will span a 6 month period.

Payment will be done upon satisfactory completion of deliverables duly authorized by the Supervisor of contract. The Consultant is entitled to DSA while on travel outside his/her duty station at the UN approved rates.

Required qualifications, desired competencies, technical background and experience


ü Advanced university degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences, C4D, Journalism & Mass Communication, and Public Health. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

ü Ability to work quickly and effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

ü Familiarity and/or experience with UNICEF and the UN system is desired.

ü High proficiency in English both written and verbal is required.

Years of experience: At least 5 years of professional work experience at international level (in a developing country context, preferably in Africa): in health communication, immunization / polio C4D and/or other relevant programs.


· Knowledge and familiarity with UNICEF work.

· Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information is an asset

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Excellent planning and organizational skills.

· Ability to provide quality products, with minimum supervision and to meet tight deadlines.

· Ability to work with government counterpart at national and county level

Languages required: Fluency in English and knowledge of the local working language of the duty station.


As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary”.

Interested consultants to indicate ability, availability and all inclusive rate (daily? Monthly fee?) for expected deliverables to undertake the terms of reference. Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.

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.

Expressions of interest are invited for the above consultancy opportunity.

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