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New Job Vacancy United Nations at UNICEF Tanzania – International Consultant

AJIRA LEO
UNICEF

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in Tanzania 2022: New Job Opportunities United Nations at UNICEF, 2022

💥International consultant to
provide technical support to design, integrate and the implementation
of Stawisha Maisha to Productive Social Safety net programme PSSN II,
160 Days ( 60% in Tanzania & 40% Remotely)

Job no: 556548
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam
Level: Consultancy
Location: United Republic of Tanzania
Categories: Programme Management, Social and Behavior Change, Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
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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And we never give up.
For every child, deliver.
The
Tanzanian Government is implementing the second phase of the Productive
Social Safety Net (PSSN) program as one of the Government’s key
strategies to operationalize the social protection agenda in Tanzania.
PSSN II is a union program that is implemented in mainland and Zanzibar
in Villages/Mitaa/Shehia in all 187 Project Authority Areas (PAAs) with
beneficiaries 5,180,940 of which 56.0 percent are females and 44.0
percent are males. The total number of households is 1,375,107
households. Children under five are 362,888 and between 6 – 18 years of
age is 2,139,500.

The objective of PSSN program is to improve
access to income earnings opportunities and socio-economic services for
targeted households, while enhancing and protecting the human capital of
their children.

The PSSN II programme acknowledges the need for
a strategic action towards addressing nutrition amongst the children in
the PSSN program. In Tanzania the rate of chronic malnutrition is high
with 34 percent of children under five being stunted. It is noted that
poverty is one of the root causes for malnutrition. Social protection
safety net programs can be one channel to address immediate, underlying,
and basic causes of malnutrition because solving the problem of
malnutrition is a social rather than a technical issue (thus requires
addressing fundamental social inequities. According from the (Tanzania
National Nutrition Survey, 2018) although child stunting has decreased
significantly from 50% in 1996, levels remain “very high” at 31.8%, with
some mainland regions exceeding 40%. Wasting also remains a problem,
although levels have fallen dramatically from 27% in 1996 to 3.5% in
2018 Key immediate drivers of child undernutrition are maternal
undernutrition (28.8% of women of reproductive age are anemic), low
birth weight (6.3%), and poor infant and young child feeding (IYCF)
practices. Only 53.5% of mothers initiate breastfeeding early, 58%
exclusively breastfeed their infant under six months of age, and only
30.3% of children aged 6-23 months have a minimum acceptable diet
(Tanzania National Nutrition Survey, 2018.) In Zanzibar, stunting among
children under 5 declined by 12% from 24.4$ in 2014 to 21.5% in 2018.
Similarly, acute malnutrition declines from 7.2% in 2014 to 6.1% in
2018. Exclusive breastfeeding of infants under six months in Zanzibar
was 30%.

Stawisha Maisha
Stawisha Maisha (SM) is a
peer group membership social behavioral change initiative designed to
build the capacity of cash recipients in terms of infant and young
children feeding practice. Stawisha Maisha’s main objective rests in the
creation of experiences that foster and develop a sense of
self-efficacy, knowledge, skills, and motivation around nutritional
practices that are proven to improve transformative nutrition outcomes.

The
pilot programme was implemented in Mbeya DC (Tanzania mainland) and in
Kaskazini B district, Kaskazini Unguja region in Zanzibar in 2018-2019.
In Mbeya DC, it included 107 sites and 793 SM groups were formed, while
in Kaskazini B there were 20 sites, and 291 SM groups were formed. A
recent SM evaluation found that 6 Stawisha Maisha sessions yielded
significant increases in participants’ knowledge on feeding practice for
infants and young child, as well as exclusive breastfeeding for 6
months, and pregnant women’s diet.

The end of pilot review
recommended a national scaling up to build up on the lesson observed on
increased knowledge and motivation for usage of improved maternal and
infant and young children feeding practice. The review notes that there
was an increased self-confidence and self-efficacy including to
strengthen family goals and aspirations for child development.

The
scale design for the Stawisha Maisha will target only mothers / primary
caregivers from rural TASAF PSSN cash transfer beneficiary households
that include U5 children (U5BHHs). The total expected numbers is 300,000
rural beneficiary households with under-five children.

The main
objective is to reduce nutritional stunting through improved maternal,
infant and young child feeding practices. Pathways to reach the desired
change include, in addition to knowledge, increased self-efficacy, peer
support, and openness to learning and change; increased aspiration for
self and child(ren); improved skills for planning and goal setting,
problem-solving, and increased resilience in the face of challenges and
setbacks.

The methodology, Stawisha Maisha shall be both a radio
platform and a network of small in-person peer-led radio listening
groups. A weekly broadcast radio magazine programme uses entertaining
content to engage participants, embedding a variety of methodological
approaches designed to influence social norms and individual behavior to
promote adoption of nutrition behaviors that reduce and prevent
stunting. Social modelling is the principal SBC methodology employed.

How can you make a difference?
Support
TASAF in designing the roll out plan, implementation, and integration
of Stawisha Maisha (SM) into PSSN, including SM’s evaluation design and
implementation Provide technical support in the implementation of
Stawisha Maisha at national scale, identifying key work steps and
processes, persons responsible, resources required, and timeline for
each stage of implementation.
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Specific Tasks:
1.
Provide technical support and supervision for the finalization of SM
radio programme Series One: Recruit writer or writers to complete Series
One scripts
Provide creative and technical advice and supervision to
contracted writer(s) for completion of Series One scripts for serial
drama and complementary features
Support recruitment of radio
production company and provide creative and technical inputs for
production of 26 pre-recorded programmes for Series One
Design Series
One field-tests activities; support implementation; assess results and recommend needed changes
2.
Work closely with TASAF to develop distribution plans for radio
equipment and group toolkits and record-keeping systems for same.
Support TASAF to design system for trouble-shooting common equipment
problems / radio repairs.
3. Support TASAF in the formation of
groups: carry out mapping of eligible households using universal
register of beneficiaries; create SM site profiles; Design and develop
simple guideline for formation of SM groups; Support TASAF to ensure
membership recordkeeping systems are in place / database of members
created.
4. Analyze training needs of TASAF cadres and produce training outline and content for simple training materials.
5. Develop launch plan and supporting communication materials for series one and support launch implementation

6.
Provide technical support for development of Series Two and Three radio
programme content: Develop TOR for individual writer or company to
develop radio scripts for total 78 thirty-minute programmes (series 2
and 3) comprising serial drama and complementary features.
Develop
creative brief for contractor to ensure continuity of characters and key
storylines from Series One; provide creative and technical script
advice and supervision through completion of Series Two and Three
scripts for serial drama & complementary features (78 programmes)
Develop ToR for company for production of 78 pre-recorded radio programmes for series 2 and 3
Provide creative and technical inputs for production of Series Two and Three
Design field-tests activities for series two and three; support implementation; assess results and recommend needed changes
7.
Develop content for print materials for SM members toolkit for radio
listening: updated branding kit, radio care and operation instruction
card, radio dust cover / carrying bag, group register, pen, membership
cards, visual aide memoire for key messages.
8. Provide creative and technical inputs to graphic designer to produce final materials
9.
Develop ToR for ICT monitoring and interactive radio partner; advise on
selection of same; Work with contractor to ensure design, development
and testing of effective system to meet needs of SM / TASAF ; ongoing
analysis and application of findings to improve programme quality /
effectiveness
10. Provide technical support and inputs to SM evaluation research team.
11.
Support TASAF to develop field monitoring plan and tools for use by
field cadres; provide technical support for monitoring and analysis;
make recommendations for correction / improved implementation.
12.
Document the process and lessons that led to successful transition from
UNICEF funded project into a fully integrated and funded national
program (12 – 15 pages).

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

  • At
    least 15 years’ professional experience in strategic communication,
    including Social and Behavior Change well as advocacy and public
    information; research experience related to strategic communication,
    including experience designing, implementation and monitoring of broader
    national SBC radio programs interventions; experience using qualitative
    methods in large-scale complex research designs especially relevant;
    developing creative concepts and supervising creative production
  • Demonstrated
    leadership in designing SBC radio programs and community lead
    initiatives in developing country context, preferably in Africa region
  • MA
    degree in a related subject area such as communication, anthropology,
    community psychology, social marketing, instructional design;
    interdisciplinary work is especially relevant
  • Strong conceptual, writing and analytic skills
  • Experience of working within the framework of social protection programmes preferred.

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KEY TASKS, DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME

 Activity

 Deliverables/Output

 Remote/Tanzania

PHASE 1

 

 

TASK 1

Prepare a detailed action plan for full integration of SM in PSSN and
implementation of Stawisha Maisha at national scale, identifying key
work steps and processes, persons responsible, resources required, and
timeline to achieve each milestone

Narrative report with detailed time-lined action plan

 

20% payment

Remote or Home office

December 2022

TASK 2

Provide technical support to TASAF to recruit writer or writers to
complete Series One radio programme scripts, including complementary
features as well as serial drama

Provide technical support and supervision for the finalization of SM radio programme Series One to broadcast-ready status

Provide creative and technical supervision to contracted writer(s)
for completion of Series One scripts for serial drama and complementary
features.

Conduct technical review of existing draft content for SM radio
programme Series One, including written scripts and produced audio, and
inputs to series one scripts

Design field-tests plan and activities for series one; support implementation; assess results and recommend needed changes

Guideline for formation of SM groups at field level and technical support to TASAF to implement group formation

Content assessment report identifying needed changes and a brief of completed scripts 1 – 26

 

In Tanzania

January – March 2023

 

TOR for writer(s)

Monthly report that documents meetings and consultations and work steps taken to recruit writer(s).

Pre-test design and instruments

In Tanzania

February – March 2023

 

Creative briefs for completion of series one drama and complimentary features.

Monthly report that documents meetings / workshops held, technical inputs provided

Guidelines for SM groups

20% payment

In Tanzania

February – April 2023

 

TASK 3

Provide technical support and inputs to SM evaluation research team as requested

Monthly report documenting technical inputs (e.g., consultative meetings, review of reports and instruments

Remote

May – June 2023

 

TASK 4

Provide technical support, guides and tools for training, implementation, and monitoring at field level

Draft field monitoring plan and tools

Draft orientation and training materials

Draft concept note describing interactive radio mechanisms for monitoring & listener participation

Draft plan for troubleshooting / repair of radio equipment

20% payment

In Tanzania

August 2023

TASK 5

Provide technical inputs and script supervision for development of Series Two radio programme content

 

Monthly report on key script instruments (broad treatment,
characters, setting, SBC content strategy) and documenting script
development activities

20% payment

In Tanzania

September 2023

TASK 6

Develop radio listening materials of Digital Audio Player (DAP) function of radio set, toolkit for SM groups

Supervise production of radio listening materials toolkit for SM groups

Provide creative and technical inputs to graphic designer for design
and layout of print materials; proof and approve ‘camera-ready’ copy
before printing

Document the process and lessons that led to successful transition
from UNICEF funded project into a fully integrated and funded national
program

Toolkit Materials produced and printed, and DAP procured, distributed and operational in the groups

Report on the process from pilot to integration to national program (12 – 15 pages)

20% payment

 

In Tanzania

/Remote

October – November 2023

PAYMENT SCHEDULE.
Payments will be made upon
submission and acceptance of the specified deliverables in the table
above under section TASKS, DELIVERABLE AND TIME FRAME. UNICEF reserves
the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is
unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for
failure to meet deadlines.

METHODOLOGY
This assignment shall be conducted in the period of one year, both remotely and in country depending on the deliverables.

ASSESSMENT / SELECTION PROCESS AND METHODS
Evaluations:
The applicant should submit both technical and financial proposal which
clearly stipulate how the work will be conducted. The Financial
Proposal should include all costs of this assignment including fee,
travel costs, accommodation as UNICEF will not pay any DSA.
Proposals
will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part
will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear
his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each
deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will
carry 25% showing the proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for
each deliverable (fees, travels and accommodation) and eventual total
consultancy cost.
Technical proposal will be evaluated on the following the criteria: Years of expertise experience
Academic qualifications
Specialized expertise
Relevant Experience

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MEDICAL EVACUATION COVERAGE.
The consultant will be required to submit the proof of medical/Health Insurance with medical evacuation coverage.

REPORTING
The consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief WASH.

LOCATION & DURATION
The
consultancy is based in Dar es salaam and a consultant will work
remotely and at TASAF field locations. The consultancy will cover a
period of 160 working days from December 2022 – November 2023 whereby 60
percent in Tanzania and 40 percent remotely.

For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).  
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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 characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation
for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may
include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for
missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your
disability during your application in case you need reasonable
accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your
assignment.

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.

Individuals
engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be
considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the
United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be
entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and
medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be
governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for
the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and
individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax
liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in
accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected
candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and
health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are
valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are
subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2
(Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine,
which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply
to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or
visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly
interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform
functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
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