National Consultant for Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) for COVID-19 response
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Risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) has been identified as one of the critical pillars of the COVID-19 response globally. RCCE is an essential component of the emergency preparedness and response plan against COVID-19, to help slow transmission of the virus in communities. This includes communicating effectively with the public, engaging with children, youth, adults, leaders, communities, local partners and other stakeholders to help prepare and protect individuals, families and the public's health during COVID-19 response, as well as understanding information needs, and managing rumors and misinformation.
In both development and humanitarian contexts, UNICEF promotes a people-centered agenda that has community engagement at its core. The process of working with local groups and stakeholders and expanding people’s role in addressing issues that affect their lives, is central to achieving multiple development and humanitarian outcomes as shown on the diagram in this page.
The selected candidate will assist the UNICEF Myanmar Country Office to support the Government of Myanmar to implement evidenced-based communication and community engagement activities as part of the COVID-19 response and as part of the social mobilization efforts during the introduction of the vaccine.
The candidate is expected to apply the principles of the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) while helping the organization contribute to the prevention of mortality and morbidity among children and their caregivers in Myanmar.
Objectives of the Consultancy
Participate and provide technical support to the national RCCE committee:
- Participate in the RCCE working group meetings, co-chaired by UNICEF, WHO and MOHS.
- Provide updates on UNICEF’s activities under the national RCCE implementation plan.
- Set up a monitoring plan with RCCE working group partners in accordance with the national RCCE strategy, review the implementation plan and make recommendations for amendments if required, in accordance to monitoring results.
- Provide inputs to, and support the development of RCCE strategies, costed plans of action and other relevant documents such as proposals and monitoring reports.
Implement UNICEF’s C4D/RCCE Activities
- Support the design and implementation Community Engagement interventions.
- Liaise with sections and field offices to identify and address specific RCCE needs.
- Contribute to and support the design, development, pre-testing, production, printing, and dissemination of culturally relevant COVID-19 RCCE materials as required, meeting on-ground requirements and quality standards.
- Support rapid surveys around knowledge and perceptions and generation of critical data to inform RCCE actions, including monitoring and analysing of trends to inform RCCE response.
- Collaborate with the Advocacy, Partnership and Communications Section to provide media with accurate, non-stigmatizing information that is appropriate, mutually reinforcing and easily understood.
- Support the documentation of lessons learned and best practices.
- Support the design and implementation of social mobilization activities for the introduction of vaccines.
- Any other task as assigned by the C4D Manager and the Emergency Lead.
Nay Pyi Taw, with possible travel to other areas.
Duration (including Potential Extension)
6 months - From 14/12/2020 to 13/06/2021
Full time, Regular Office Hours
Description of Assignment
Develop action plan for RCCE activities across UNICEF sectors
RCCE Action Plan approved
Monitor RCCE activities and prepare reports
Develop and update monitoring tool
Monthly reports on RCCE related activities
Tasks /Deliverables 3
Technical support for at least three community engagement, including supervision and monitoring of social mobilization activities, development of reports
Report on the results of at least three community engagement activities supported or developed by the consultant
Technical support for the RCCE Working Group, including survey results from rapid assessments when available
Weekly inputs to RCCE Working Group, including survey results from rapid assessments when available
Provide inputs on drafting reports and documentation for COVID response’ and to develop HIS for COVID response activities.
Documents with inputs delivered on time and approved by UNICEF
Technical support for the development, pre-testing and distribution of RCCE materials
One tool kit prepared and ready for printing
RCCE materials revised and tested with distribution plan
Develop and conduct training on community engagement
At least three trainings on Community Engagement developed and conducted for UNICEF staff and/or partners.
Propose a mobile/digital platform and partnerships to promote desired behaviors.
Document with details on the mobile/digital platform
At least one partnership identified for the project implementation
Develop final report
Report summarizing lessons learnt and promising practices
Qualification And Specialized Knowledge/experience Required For The Assignment
University degree or equivalent experience in arts and social sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education).
- At least 5 years of professional work experience in the areas of social and behavioral change and health promotion at national level.
- Demonstrated experience of working in the area of communication for development, community engagement and/or entertainment education.
- Experience and knowledge of the Myanmar humanitarian and development sectors is an advantage.
- Experience of emergency contexts is desired.
- Familiarity with the UN system and working with Ministry of Health and Sports is desired.
- Willingness and availability to take up the assignment immediately.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Communicates effectively to varied audiences.
- Results driven; able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and with minimum supervision.
- Strong sense of team spirit, diplomacy, able to work effectively across departments and teams.
- Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; builds and maintains an effective network across organizational departments and with other partners.
- Ability to work under tight schedule, respond to multiple demands including within a changing environment. Innovative and resourceful mindset to make solutions work in adverse conditions.
- Excellent writing skills in English and Burmese
Fluency in English (verbal and written) and Burmese
Interested candidates are requested to submit the application with updated CV and completed EOI form.
Detail Terms of Reference here; (3) 2020.10.02_Terms of Reference_ C4D Emergency Consultant FINAL.docx
The Expression of Interest Form to Complete and Attach in the application is here; (3) Expression of Interest_ Consultant C4D RCCE_revised HR.doc
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