Communication for Development (C4D) emergency preparedness Officer


Description of assignment title

Communication for Development (C4D) emergency preparedness Officer

Assignment country: Ghana
Expected start date: 01/12/2021
Sustainable Development Goal: REDUCED INEQUALITY
Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNICEF
Type: Onsite
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Tamale



Mission and objectives

The Child Protection Programme of UNICEF Ghana is committed to ensuring that by 2022, girls and boys in Ghana, especially the most disadvantaged, increasingly benefit from an equitable and integrated child protection system that better protect them from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. The system is focus on the establishment of effective structures, functions and capacities that can prevent and respond to all child protection issues. It also seeks to integrate the actions of families (and children including adolescents), communities, formal and informal laws and practices together to protect children. To achieve these, strategic investments are made to: i) Bringing relevant policy, legal and regulatory framework in line with international standards and good practices ii) strengthening the capacity of formal and informal service providers actors to prevent and respond effectively to protection issues; and iii) supporting interventions aimed at behavioural and social change among girls, boys, families and communities. Among all children, adolescent girls in Ghana are disproportionately affected by child protection concerns, including exposure to gender discrimination, child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting, sexual violence, unsafe migration and trafficking, among others. The purpose of the proposed UNV assignment is to provide assistance to the Child Protection section of UNICEF Ghana in further developing and strengthening its interventions for better protection of adolescent girls, by working closely with particularly vulnerable group of girls, their families and communities, service providers and other key local and national stakeholders.


The overarching goal of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2018–2021 is to realize the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged. The plan establishes five goal areas aimed at making sure that every child: 1) survives and thrives; 2) learns; 3) is protected from violence and exploitation; 4) lives in a safe and clean environment; and 5) has an equitable chance in life. The Strategic Plan, which is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and their vision of achieving a world in which no one is left behind, also calls on UNICEF to strengthen its humanitarian response and work towards gen-der equity. In link with UNICEF Ghana Country program which is aligned to the UNICEF strategic plan, the vol-unteer will support C4D package in support to UNICEF humanitarian prepardeness and response as specified in the approved emergency preparedness plan (EPP). When supporting the country pro-gram, UNV will be guided by UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies (CCC) for C4D, UNICEF’s Behaviour Change Communication in Emergencies and the country context and ex-perience.

Task description

Under the supervision of C4D Specialist and Chief of Tamale Field Office, the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: •Support local stakeholders to coordinate emergency preparesness/response and community engagements at sub-national levels. •Provide inputs for and support the development of emergency preparedness and community engagement strategies, costed plans of action and other relevant documents. •Support rapid surveys and other research around knowledge and perceptions and generation of critical data to inform SBCC actions. •Contribute to and support the design, development, pre-testing, production and dissemination of relevant RCCE materials. •Contribute to the development and organization of SBCC training/orientation activities at sub-national levels and support C4D capacity building of local stakeholders. •Develop strong partnerships with key stakeholders – community groups, leaders and other partners in the community, local government and civil society. •Support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of SBCC programme activities. •Put in place an approach to reach special populations (hard-to-reach population, travellers, etc.) in the targeted areas. •Collect regular field data to assess project results and impacts on C4D strategies and activities for analysis and improvement of measurable behavioral and social change in interventions. Support the documentation of lessons learned and best practices. •Support programme sectors in identifying the needs of programmes, developing IEC materials as and when appropriate. •The UNV will respond to other needs of C4D section and Field Office.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Nationality: Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.



Required experience

3 years of experience in Experience social and behaviour change communication, social mobilization, community en-gagement, communication for development, or other related communication areas in context of communication in support to humanitarian responses.

•A research background or proven experience with collecting and using data for designing evidence based behaviour change strategies.

•Proficient in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;

•Exposure to UNICEF, UN or other INGO or CSOs programmatic areas, including (but not limited to) health, nutrition, child protection WASH, education, P&E, M&E and experience in applying SBCC and/or technical solutions to address programmatic issues, an asset

•Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; •Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;

•Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;

•Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;

•Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

•Sound security awareness;

•Have affinity with or interest in children’s rights and wellbeing, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise

Community development, Social work, Communication

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field

Competencies and values

•Builds and maintains partnerships: Build a network of external stakeholders and alliances with government counterparts, civil society, the media and the private sector, in order to promote and advance the work of the organization. (Level 1)

•Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness: Self-aware of own strengths, limita-tions, working style and deeply held convictions and biases. Displays ethical awareness through behaviours that are consistent and compliant with the standards of conduct for inter-national civil servants, UNICEF’s values and relevant UNICEF policies and procedures. (Level 1)

•Drive to achieve results for impact: Commits to action and assumes responsibility and ownership for own performance and the associated outcomes. (Level 1)

•Innovates and embraces change: Is open to and proposes new approaches and ideas. Adapts and responds positively to change. (Level 1)

•Manages ambiguity and complexity: Demonstrate resilience and composure, get things done despite challenges and maintain performance levels in pressured, adverse and uncer-tain environments. (Level 1)

•Thinks and acts strategically: Understands the big picture and is able to identify potential opportunities for action and challenges that exist. Forms sound evidence-based judgements in the delivery of UNICEF’s results. (Level 1)

•Works collaboratively with others: Establish and maintain mutually supportive working re-lationships, demonstrating sensitivity to people of diverse backgrounds, respecting differ-ences and ensuring that all can contribute and succeed. (Level 1)

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The incumbent will be based in Tamale, Ghana which is relatively safe location and currently classi-fied as hardship category B. Transport, medical, education and other services are acceptable in the city Accommodation can be rented from 300$ to 500$ per month and meals at restaurants cost be-tween 10$ and 60$. Food, household commodities and clothing can be found in shops and markets at reasonable prices. English is the official language in Ghana, however, several local languages are spoken and for many people, their local language is their first language.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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