22 Oct 2012

Full-Time FIELD COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST

UNICEF – Posted by LAO JOBS VACANCYLuang Namtha, Luang Namtha, Laos

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Field Communication Specialist, IMIS No. 71955 Level: (NO-C)
Luang-Namtha Province
UNICEF is a UN organization mandated by the UN General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. In Lao PDR, UNICEF is working with its partners to support the Government to realize children’s rights on survival, development, protection and participation.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, requires an experienced and qualified Lao National to fill the position of Field Communication Specialist, IMIS No. 71955 at (NO-C) level to be based in Luang-Namtha Province.
Duties and responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the (P-3) Chief of Social Policy, the incumbent will be accountable for the development, design, planning and implementation of the communication strategy for the sub-office, The incumbent may be assigned the primary, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results:
1. Qualitative M&E approaches piloted and ‘voices’ of children, families and duty bearers captured for advocacy and to deepen understanding of social change in communities.
• Support the development of qualitative M&E methods to complement conventional indicators and traditional M&E methods.
These methods should track longitudinal change, interrelationships between stakeholders, changes in power structures within local communities, identify cases of positive deviance and unintended change. Methodologies to explore include: most significant change, focused case studies and stories, community monitoring –video youth reporters.
• Analyze and use the results to develop advocacy and communication materials in consultation with the Communication team and the Social Policy team in Vientiane.
2. Strengthened convergence between government, partners and UNICEF monitoring frameworks with a focus on equity
• Strengthen government’s capacity to collect, analyze and use disaggregated data from field monitoring visits, reports, surveys to influence key local planning and budget processes
• Together with the Health Officer (field), monitor the cross cutting programme component results for programme convergence on Early Childhood Care and Development with a focus on gender, age, poverty rating, ethnicity. Support analysis of results and identify actions to improve programme implementation and share with the Social Policy Specialist (field) to support reporting at monthly Programme Coordination Committee meetings
3. Collaboration between service providers (schools, health centres), line departments, local government officials and communities to identify, address and monitor the bottlenecks in service delivery strengthened
• Identify and support forums for analysis and use of data to identify families and children not accessing key social services or vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, violence, neglect or discrimination. Support analysis of data and development of local action plans and monitoring processes.
• Identify and document the stories of inspiring local leaders and support peer-to-peer learning processes
4. Local planning processes influenced by strengthened collaboration among multi sectoral stakeholders at village, khumban, district and province level
• With the Social Policy Specialist (field), strengthen the capacity of multi sectoral stakeholders in the use of data to develop strategic local plans that address equity and social inclusion.
5. Promotion of Key Family Practices:
• Support the convergence of UNICEF supported C4D activities and advocate for inclusion of activities to promote key family practices in government plans at all levels.
Qualifications and experience:
• Advanced University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology,
Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) or a related field.(Or an undergraduate degree plus at least 12 years of demonstrated professional experience in the field of communication or social/behavioural sciences ).
• Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in social/behavioural sciences, communication, journalism, and in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to community programmes. Experience in using participatory interview techniques.
• Field work experience.
• Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.
• Fluency in English and Lao is required.
• Translation skills/experience an asset.
• Ability to monitor progress of programme implementation.

How to Apply

To apply for this post, please prepare an application letter stating your expression of interest and qualifications. Send these together with a completed Personal History Form (available from UNICEF) to:
Human Resource Unit
UNICEF, P.O. Box 1080, Vientiane, Lao PDR
or email to: lphanchackhane@unicef.org
Tel: 856 (21) 315200-04
Applications should be in a sealed envelope and marked “CONFIDENTIAL”.
Closing date for receiving applications is: 31 October 2012
Note: - Previous submitted applications no need to re-apply.
UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only-Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

Job Categories: DEVELOPMENT. Job Types: Full-Time.

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