National Consultant for Risk Communication, Community Engagement and Health Promotion in Kigali City and the Eastern Province , Rwanda, 11.5 months (For Rwandans Only)
Job no: 529041
Work type: Consultancy
Categories: Communication for Development (C4D)
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Background and Purpose
Rwanda is bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where the most recent outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) was declared on 1 August 2018. Rwanda proximity to the EVD outbreak province of North Kivu in DRC and other neighboring countries where incidences have been reported, increases the risk of cases occurring in the country. Also, the potential risk factors for transmission of EVD include the transport links between the affected areas in neighboring countries and Rwanda, displacement of persons because of a long-term humanitarian crisis, and cross-border commercial activities. Hence, the public health risk has been considered high for Rwanda.
UNICEF and other UN agencies along with Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) and other partners are actively engaged in the EVD contingency planning. To be better prepared, the Government of Rwanda has initiated preparedness mechanisms to strengthen in-country actions to minimize the risk of importation/cross border transmission, as well as to ensure effective response in case of emergencies.
Communication for Development (C4D) as a cross sectoral strategy is often at the forefront of emergency response and informs the Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RC&CE) pillar of the national preparedness effort. This is where knowledge, attitudes, practices and social norms play key role in adoption of life-saving and protective behaviours. The current emergency warrants developing robust capacity from government. development partners and communities to prepare for potential disease outbreak; probable response and recovery scenarios.
Given the protracted emergency preparedness mode and potential need for response and recovery efforts, UNICEF Rwanda Country Office seeks to ensure that Core Commitments for Children are met to the fullest extent possible. To this end, UNICEF plans to support the Health Communications Division of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC/RHCC) with additional capacities, including the national consultancy for Risk Communication, Community Engagement and Health Promotion. The consultancy will support effective coordination and reporting of the C4D interventions related to the EVD preparedness, possible response and recovery scenarios, as well as emergency preparedness and complementary health promotion in general, with focus on Kigali City and the Eastern Province.
The proposed consultancy will strengthen capacities of the National RC&CE Technical Working Group led by RBC/RHCC and co-chaired by UNICEF to coordinate the relevant efforts of the National EVD Contingency Plan. The consultancy will play a vital role in informing the RC&CE activities at national level and ensuring effective implementation in Kigali City and the Eastern province as well as coordination of efforts with other consultants covering the Northern, Southern and Western Provinces of the country.
Under the guidance of RBC/RHCC, the consultancy will include supporting the coordination, designing, monitoring and reporting of social and behaviour change communication, community engagement and advocacy activities that aim at promoting lifesaving behaviour change with focus on the following priorities:
- Partnerships and strategic engagements with government at all levels, UN agencies, donor organizations, international and national NGOs and other development partners in preventing and responding to Ebola and other possible outbreaks/epidemics;
- Advocacy at national, district and lower levels focusing on high risk affected areas susceptible to an imminent Ebola outbreak from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (with geographical focus on Kigali City and the Eastern Province).
Risk Communication and Community Engagement is one of the key elements of the emergency preparedness and potential response and recovery scenarios. Under the leadership of RBC/RHCC and with close support from UNICEF and other partners, this component assumes designing, implementing and monitoring critical social and behaviour change communication, community engagement and advocacy interventions that contribute to prevention, potential response and recovery for EVD and other disease outbreaks (e.g. Cholera).
- Provide technical support to the RC&CE TWG, RBC/RHCC and UNICEF Rwanda for C4D interventions in relation to potential the EVD outbreak and related health promotion;
- Build the capacity of the RC&CE TWG members and other implementing health development partners currently engaged in the Ebola preparedness at national, district and lower levels;
- Monitor and document work on emergency preparedness, potential response and recovery.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The National Consultant under the supervision of the Head of Rwanda Biomedical Centre Health Communications Division and guidance of the UNICEF C4D Specialist will work closely with the RBC/RHCC Team and UNICEF C4D Unit to review and enhance social and behaviour change communication, social mobilization and advocacy activities during emergency preparedness, potential response and recovery scenarios and provide the following support:
- Technical assistance, quality standards and support to the RC&CE TWG, RBC/RHCC and UNICEF Rwanda including:
- Development and appropriate use of guidelines and tools for social and behaviour change communication.
- Guiding the risk communication, behaviour change communication, social mobilization and community engagement interventions of national and sub-national partners during the Ebola preparedness, possible response and recovery scenarios (with focus on Kigali City and the Eastern Province).
- Provision of technical support to the RC&CE TWG, RBC/RHCC and UNICEF Rwanda to establish monitoring mechanism to collect, analyze and report data on C4D indicators to measure changes in behaviours during this Ebola preparedness, possible response and recovery scenarios.
- Contribution to the RC&CE TWG, RBC/RHCC and UNICEF Rwanda, C4D Unit work-plan implementation and monitoring to achieve the deliverables related to Ebola RC&CE activities.
- Partnership, collaboration and coordination, including:
- Development and maintenance of partnerships amongst the RC&CE TWG members and other partners involved in EVD preparedness, possible response and recovery scenarios, including UN agencies, donor organizations, international and national NGOs and other relevant organizations.
- Participation in and documentation of the work of the key internal coordination mechanisms, including the RC&CE TWG at national and district levels (with focus on Kigali City and the Eastern Province).
- Capacity strengthening, including in coordination with the RC&CE TWG, RBC/RHCC and UNICEF Rwanda C4D Unit, facilitating capacity building of partners at national, district and lower levels to achieve behavioral communication results in the Ebola emergency preparedness, possible response and recovery scenarios.
Key deliverables and timelines include:
||Inception report endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 1|
||RC&CE interventions for the first half of 2020 endorsed by RBC/RHCC|
||The terms of reference, the list of membership and detailed reports of the newly formed RC&CE teams at sector and lower levels endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 2|
||Action plan and M&E framework endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 3|
||A detailed report on the support provided to the implementation, monitoring and quality assurance of the mid-term KAPB study endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 4|
||A package of updated EVD messages and communication materials endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 5|
||RC&CE interventions for the second half of 2020 endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 6|
||A detailed report on the capacity strengthening interventions and recommendations on way forward endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 7|
||Detailed reports of the awareness campaigns endorsed by RBC/RHCC.||End of month 8|
||A detailed analytical report endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 9|
||A package of the TWG minutes, updated EVD messages and communicaiton materials endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of month 10|
||Detailed reports of the awareness campaigns endorsed by RBC/RHCC.||End of month 11|
||Final consultancy report submitted and endorsed by RBC/RHCC||End of consultancy|
Payment will be processed on the last day of each month, upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables listed above and their endorsement by UNICEF C4D Specialist and RBC/RHCC.
If required to travel as part of her/his official duty, the Consultant will be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred during the official travel authorized by RBC/RHCC and UNICEF. Cost for accommodation, meals, and incidentals will not exceed applicable Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).
General Conditions: Procedures & Logistics:
- The consultancy is based in Kigali City (RBC/RHCC Office) and might require frequent travel to the field project sites in the city districts and the Eastern Province.
- The Consultant will use her/his own computer and mobile phone. The office space, Internet connection and other relevant materials for the assignment will be provided by RBC/RHCC.
- The Consultant is not considered a staff member. Notwithstanding this status, she/he will observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions and procedures and directives of RBC/RHCC and UNICEF.
- The Consultant will respect the impartiality and independence required of UNICEF and will not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the consultancy agreement from any Government agency, except RBC/RHCC, or from any authority external to UNICEF.
- Unless otherwise authorized by UNICEF, the Consultant may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government, except RBC/RHCC, or any external source any information, which has become known to her/him. She/he may not use any such information without the written authorization, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations do not lapse after the end of the consultancy.
- UNICEF and RBC/RHCC accept no responsibility for the medical insurance of the Consultant or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during the consultancy, including while on duty travel. The Consultant must demonstrate proof of medical insurance prior to the beginning of the consultancy.
- The Consultant will not have supervisory responsibility within UNICEF and/or RBC/RHCC, nor responsibilities on UNICEF and/or RBC/RHCC budget and other resources.
- Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
- Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
Desired competencies, technical background and experience :
- Bachelor degree in the social/behavioral sciences, public health or other relevant fields;
- A minimum of three years of experience in the planning, implementation and evaluation of communication for development initiatives, involving advocacy, social mobilization and community participation; training in interpersonal communication and social mobilization and C4D campaigns;
- Experience in the development and management of formative research, monitoring and evaluation for communication programmes is an advantage;
- Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills;
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Fluency in English is a must; Knowledge of Kinyarwanda and French is desirable.
How to Apply
UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should send their complete Personal History (P11) form, which can be downloaded from http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc or the latest CV/resume.
Qualified and experienced candidates are requested to submit a letter of interest including a Technical Proposal outlining a road map for the implementation of the consultancy In their letter of interest, candidates should highlight their previous work experience relevant to the assignment, the attributes that make them suitable and their proposed approach to the assignment.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a Financial Proposal outlining the total costs for this consultancy with payment linked to the main deliverables outlined above. The financial proposal should indicate an all-inclusive lumpsum fee for the consultancy.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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