Individual Consultancy: Local consultant to support C4D/Demand generation interventions for COVID19 vaccine introduction
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Laos
Grade: consultant, Unspecified
Close on 25 Apr 2021
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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.

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 in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for an Individual Consultancy: Local consultant to support C4D/Demand generation interventions for COVID19 vaccine introduction. The duration of this assignment is 11 months, starting from 1 June 2021 until 30 April, 2022.  The assignment is based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, with limited travel (up to 30 days in total) to the field.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Assist in coordination with C4D focal point and support the implementation of national plan based on NDVP on COVID-19 vaccine with specific activities to reach the priority populations for the first phase of vaccination (health workers, essential workers, older adult population, people in long term care and people with pre-existing condition-as per the final decision of the country)
  • Provide technical assistance to MOH and partners on development, pre-testing and finalization of evidence-based communication content, messages and material as guided by evidence from social listening and based on global guidelines
  • Explore advocacy channels for influencing policy makers and leadership of mass organizations to promote EPI communication
  • Play an active role in establishing and formalizing alliances/partnerships with mass organizations, other line ministries and development partners in developing a network of community mobilizers for EPI
  • Communicate with and regularly meet with partners to ensure implementation of planned activities.
  • Jointly track implementation of planned EPI communication activities by community mobilizers with partner organizations and line ministries
  • Support the organization of national and provincial advocacy events and thematic workshops for EPI, campaigns or new vaccine introductions for media and mass organizations
  • Adapt available training modules and job aids in Lao for health workers and vaccinators as both first adopters of vaccines and as advocates for vaccination acceptance and uptake in communities
  • Conduct a mapping of key stakeholders, influential, partners and most trusted sources of information to support acceptance and uptake of Covid-19 vaccination and in providing orientations to them.

 To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

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Education:

  1. Post graduate degree in Social Communication or social/behavioral sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology)

Work experience:

  1. At least 2 years of professional experience working in communication for development interventions with an international development NGO or the UN.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization

Technical knowledge:                                                                             

  1. Ability to take good photographs
  2. Knowledge of working with social media channels, such as Facebook, twitter and Instagram or demonstrated aptitude to quickly learn to work with social media
  3. Computer skills, including some basic design skills
  4. Ability to travel to travel on short notice to provinces as required by the consultancy
  5. Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines

Languages:

professional level knowledge of Written and Spoken English and Lao language is a must. All reports must be submitted in English

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/

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  • Letter of Interest (cover letter)
  • CV or Resume
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
  • Financial proposal: Monthly fee as per work assignment, medical insurance covering medical evacuation should be included in the financial proposal. All field travels will be covered by UNICEF

The deadline for applications is 25 March 2021.

  1. Assessment Criteria

Two stage procedure shall be utilized in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared.

Applications shall therefore contain the following required documentation:

1. Technical Proposal, including a cover letter, updated CV, and copies of 2 relevant evaluations performed earlier by the consultant.

2. Financial Proposal: Monthly consultancy fee as per assignment. The local travels (if involved) will be covered by UNICEF office.

No financial information should be contained in the technical proposal.

For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:

a) Technical Qualification (max. 100 points) weight 70 %

Degree Education in ……… (30 points)

Knowledge of …….. (20 points)

Experience in…….. (30 points)

Quality of past work (e.g. understanding, methodology) (20 points)

b) Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30 %

The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview.]

The applicants should provide medical insurance covering medical evacuation for the whole duration of the assignment -as part of the financial proposal submission.

The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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