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International Consultant to Develop Communication Response to disease outbreak and Strengthening of Routine Immunization Programme

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Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: Timor-Leste
Categories: Health

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, Health

How can you make a difference?

Under supervision of Chief Child Survival and Development (CSD) strengthen the Health Promotion program for the preparedness and response to disease outbreak through increasing immunization coverage in Timor-Leste. This will be done through the review and finalization of a costed national health promotion strategic plan 2020 – 2024; develop communication guidelines for emergency/diseases outbreak response and related IEC materials to strengthen health promotion interventions including routine immunization as well as develop health promotion monitoring platform


1.  Conduct desk review on the recent communication response to the emergency /diseases outbreak, existing research on social norms and behaviours and existing health promotion materials, evaluate/assess effectiveness of existing communication channels in Timor-Leste, health promotion ME and reporting digital platform (TLHIS), interact with key partners, and develop inception report and workplan. 

2.  Conduct primary formative research on social and behaviour change related to health, Immunization, nutrition and WASH practices in Timor-Leste, and gap assessment on health facilities capacity on health promotion, intervention, ME and Reporting.

3.  Conduct internal consultative meetings, regarding national strategic planning of health promotion (include SBCC strategies for immunization, Nutrition, MNCH and WASH); communication guidelines and key messages for IEC materials for emergency/outbreak response and strengthening immunization, Nutrition, MNCH and WASH program.

4.  Based on the information collected under work assignment 1, 2 and 3, update and finalize the national health promotion strategic plan with solid social and behaviour change communication strategies to improve immunization, Nutrition, MNCH, sanitation and hygiene programs; including costing and M&E Plan and digital platform for reporting.

5.  In collaboration with government and partners develop communication response guidelines for emergency/ disease outbreak response and related SOPs.

6.  Develop key messages for communication materials (IEC) for Outbreak preparedness and response including providing behaviour change communication messages targeted to avert outbreaks of communicable diseases and strengthening immunization, Nutrition, MNCH and WASH (i.e. scripts for various media channel such as movies/Video, Public service announcement, messages for Posters, stickers, brochures, and songs/music.

7.  Conduct workshop with stakeholders to review and validate the documents developed under work assignment 4, 5 and 6.

8. Presentation of health promotion strategic plan, communication response guidelines for disease outbreak and SOPs to the council of directors for feedback and endorsement, submission of final documents and report of the consultancy.


1.  Inception report (include research methodologies, samples and questioners for formative research) and workplan (10 days).

2.1. Preliminary Findings report of Formative Research presented to MOH and stakeholders;

2.2. Final report of formative research (30 days). 

3. Internal meeting report on documents and key messages based on feedback from internal consultative meeting or workshops (10 days).

4.1. Editable [advanced] version of the national health promotion strategic plan including costing and M&E Plan;

4.2. Digital health promotion ME and reporting platform (45 days).  

5.  Communication materials for preparedness and response guidelines for disease outbreak and SOPs (30 days).

6.1. Key message of the communication materials for outbreak preparedness and response and strengthening immunization, nutrition, MNCH and WASH;

6.2. Pre-testing and training report;

6.3. Stakeholders’ consultation and report (30 days).  

7.1. Validated national health promotion strategic plan;

7.2. Validated communication response guidelines for disease outbreak and SOPs;

7.3. Validated key messages for communication materials for outbreak preparedness and response and strengthening immunization, nutrition, MNCH and WASH (10 days).

8.1. Finalized of the National Health Promotion strategic plan, guidelines, SOPs and communication materials; in both English and tetum languages;

8.2. Final consultancy report (15 days).

CONTRACT DURATION: 180 days within 9 months (to be started as soon as possible).

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

  • Advanced university degree in Medicine, health sciences, nutrition, Public Health, Health Promotion, Social and Behaviour Change Communication or related disciplines.
  • 8 and/or above years’ practical experience in developing countries in communication for immunizations, Nutrition, MNCH and WASH, primary health care and emergency context.
  • Knowledge of Social and Behaviour Change Communication initiatives
  • Knowledge of UNICEF immunization programme guidelines, emergency policies, and financial, supply and administrative rules is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
  • Experience in developing communication guidelines for outbreak response
  • Experience in developing communication materials (IEC) for immunization, Nutrition, MNCH and WASH.
  • Experience in the design and layout of reports.

Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV, technical and financial proposal by 14 May 2021.

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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.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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.

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