Temporary Appointment Social & Behavior Change Officer, (NO2) Kigoma, Tanzania #116566 (6 months)
Job no: 563503
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Kigoma
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Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Social and Behavior Change
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
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UNICEF Tanzania deploys Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) as a cross-cutting programme strategy that analyses and addresses the cognitive, social and structural determinants of individual practices and societal changes in both development and humanitarian contexts. SBC uses the latest in social and behavioral sciences to understand people, their beliefs, their values, the socio-cultural norms and the economic and institutional contexts that shape their lives, with the aim of engaging them and increasing their influence in the design of solutions for change using human-centered processes.
Under the overall supervision of the Kigoma Chief of Field Office and with a dotted reporting line to the Country Office SBC Manager, the SBC Officer provides technical and operational support for developing a systematic, planned and evidence-based strategy and process for S&BC as an integral part of programme development, planning and implementation. Through communication and engagement, as well as the empowerment and participation of stakeholders, communities, children, civil society partners, and government counterparts, s/he promotes measurable behavioural and social change/mobilization.
How can you make a difference?
1. Support to strategy design and development of S&BC activities
Research and/or participate in conducting comprehensive S&BC
situation analysis of social, communication, cultural, economic and
political issues in the country/region. Collect and synthesize
qualitative and quantitative information and data to support the
establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for
developing and planning the S&BC component of the Country Programme
of Cooperation (and UNDAF).
Collect, synthesize, draft and/or organize materials and related documentations for evidence-based S&BC strategies and plans (as a component of the CO and/or UNDAF Programmes) to ensure optimum impact, scale, and sustainability of achievements/results.
Assess, select and/or recommend appropriate information and materials for S&BC initiatives verifying accuracy and quality for dissemination.
Monitor and assess the impact of S&BC strategies and activities on the CO and UNICEF goals to achieve measurable behavioral and social change resulting in the improvement of children’s rights and wellbeing. Submit qualitative report/synthesis of results for development planning and improvement.
2. Support to the implementation of S&BC activities
Collaborate and/or consult with internal and external partners to
provide operational and technical support to research, develop, and
produce evidence-based strategies and test, produce, and use quality
S&BC materials, organize events and activities to ensure community
engagement and participation, and maximum outreach and impact on
behavioral and social change.
Provide technical, administrative, and logistical support and background materials to carry out S&BC strategies and activities and recommend operational strategies, approaches, plans, methods and procedures to ensure community engagement and participation, and optimum outreach and impact.
Assess and recommend potential contacts, networks, resources, and tools to support maximum impact and outreach of S&BC initiatives.
Follow up and monitor the production of S&BC materials to ensure technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communications materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to target audience (e.g., individuals, communities, government officials, partners, media etc).
Collect, assess, and organize information for budget planning and management of programme funds and prepare documentations and related materials for financial planning for S&BC initiatives. Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.
3. Advocacy, networking, and partnership building
Build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive
collaboration with national and international civil society
organisations, community groups, leaders and other critical partners in
the community and civil society to reinforce cooperation through
engagement, empowerment and self-determination and to pursue
opportunities for greater advocacy to promote UNICEF mission and goals
for child rights, social equity and inclusiveness.
Collaborate with internal global/regional communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging to enhance S&BC outreach and contribution to programmatic outcomes
4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned/products
with global/local partners and stakeholders to build capacity of
practitioners/users and disseminate products to key audiences including
partners and donors.
Support the organization, administration and implementation of capacity building initiatives, including partnerships with training and academic institutions, to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners across programme sectors in S&BC planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programmes/projects. Develop training materials for training activities, and revise and update them as necessary.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A university degree in one of the following fields is required:
social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology,
education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical
A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, communication for development, public advocacy, or another related area.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). Fluency in Kiswahili is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and
our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The
UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their
race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation,
religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.
This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidate from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
This is a National Officer position and is open to nationals of the United Republic of Tanzania only.
Advertised: 03 Jul 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 17 Jul 2023 E. Africa Standard Time