TA Polio Managers at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: TA Polio Manager, P-4

Job Number: 499587
Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Purpose of the Position

  • Under overall guidance of Chief C4D and Polio Team Lead and under direct supervision of Chief of Maiduguri Field Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the Polio Program management, evidence based planning, strategy formulation, overall management, setting up a system of monitoring of Polio social mobilization and communication contribution to polio disease outbreak response and a plan in North East states of Nigeria under Maiduguri Field Office.
  • The Polio manager will also ensure achievement of key deliverables for Polio/C4D integrated response in the states and regular analysis of social data to inform further planning and contribute in key reporting documents.
  • The SM will be expected to travel within the State (to Yobe as well if required), to conduct regular field supportive supervision and review status of implementation of C4D committed activities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support for the implementation of the communication plans for OBR and Inactivated Polio Vaccine campaign.
  • Provide supervision technical oversight for the Communication for Development Specialist, Immunization Specialists and field consultants working under the field office.
  • Represent and lead the Polio C4D team in various meetings and programmes within the assigned period and make technical inputs into programme implementation.
  • Co-ordination and represent UNICEF C4D job atthe Emergency Operations Centre (EoC)
  • In collaboration with all partners, the Communication for Development manager will oversee and manage the proper use and display of IEC packages and materials being distributed in the field to ensure effective and efficient program delivery, including facilitating behaviour change, where necessary.
  • Develop partnerships with various influencers and religious groups, traditional leaders, teachers, artists on behaviour change and social mobilization strategy supportive of effective and efficient program delivery.
  • Work with training officer to review existing training materials and methodologies and training materials for various participants.
  • Regularly coordinate with government counterparts in the development of C4D integrated plans during L3 emergency.
  • Collate and provide C4D inputs for daily sitreps and monthly reports.
  • Review the VCM network operational challenges and develop a plan of action accordingly.
  • Work with field office and country office finance persons to streamline VCM deliverables, supportive supervision of VWS and local consultants.
  • Ensure proper documentation of C4D support and share with FO/CO each month and job atthe end of mission.
  • Facilitate effective communication between the states in the field office and the Country office, especially on issues thjob athave to with Communication for Development and polio eradication.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced University Degree in the Social/Behavioural Sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
  • First university Degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of communication for development, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
  • Developing country work experience and field work experience
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
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  • Fluency in English required and another UN language desirable
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station

Competencies of Successful Candidate
Core Values:

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise

Technical knowledge of the following:

  • Knowledge of the global commitment on aid effectiveness, including the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action as well as knowledge of the Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs).


  • Work is office based with frequent field visits
  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Please note thjob atMaiduguri is a non-family duty station.

Application Closing Date
17th October, 2016.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Please note thjob atMaiduguri is a non-family duty station.
  • Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria thjob atUNICEF may establish.
  • Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.
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