Social Mobilization & Development Officer, NO-2, Fixed Term, Kabul, Afghanistan

Job no: 561905
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duty Station: Kabul
Level: NO-2
Location: Afghanistan
Categories: Social and Behavior Change

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.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose for the job: The SBC Polio Officer reports to the SBC Polio Manager for general guidance and supervision. The Officer provides support in the implementation of the SBC Polio Strategy and assists in the monitoring of the results with a focus on the Central Region.  The  Officer will work with the team and contribute to the capacity building of the Polio program partners, the implementation of the community platform initiatives, designing communication material, facilitating LTA activities, and reporting on the program’s progress. Through social mobilization and engagement, as well as the empowerment and participation of stakeholders, communities, children, civil society partners, and government counterparts, the SBC Officer promotes measurable behavioral and social change and mobilization leading to polio vaccine uptake.

1.  Support community engagement and campaign activities

  • In close collaboration with the field teams, review and provide quality assurance of SBC Polio materials and community platform activities to ensure optimum impact within politically and culturally sensitive contexts.  
  • Facilitate the development of comprehensive engagement activities ensuring that they are gender transformative and contribute to improving the community knowledge and addressing immunization barriers.
  • In coordination with the Polio Team in Central Region, contribute to situation analysis of social, influencers groups, to develop social mobilization to support the polio campaign and collect feedback about the campaign’s coverage and gaps.
  •  Working closely with the Kabul team, facilitating relevant social data, and conducting surveys to ensure the quality of the program and that it achieves its expected results. 

2.  Provide operational support to the engagement and social mobilization activities.

  •  Provide technical support for effective social mobilization ensuring materials and activities are planned before the campaign.
  •  Produce monthly analytical reports and draft an annual report of inputs based on M&E indicators and highlight/promote the impact of community engagement intervention.
  •  Monitor the campaign activities to ensure that the HR needs are in place and support the reporting on the campaign’s outcome.
  •  Contribute to donor reports and proposal development by providing inputs on the social mobilization and community engagement components.

3.  Support the capacity building of the ICN Network and partners

  •  Mapp the training needs and facilitate the training activities for the ICN & partners on a regular basis in coordination with all regions. 
  • Ensure the training materials are available for different groups and collected after each training activity at both national and regional levels
  • Participate in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Meetings and provide technical advice, updates on activities and results of the community engagement initiatives and capacity building

4.  Lead on innovation and young people’s engagement in the program

  • Implement communication innovative practices, approaches, and the latest technology in multiple media and social/digital platforms and networks for community engagement that are appropriate and available for the target audience.
  • Institutionalize/share communication best practices and knowledge learned/products with staff and stakeholders to build the capacity of communication health workers in the field.
  • Support the engagement of young people in the polio program and work with them to design activities related to the Polio awareness

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, communication, public relations, or another relevant field.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: communication for development, public relations, communication, and advocacy.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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 including everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

Advertised: 11 May 2023 Afghanistan Standard Time
Deadline: 21 May 2023 Afghanistan Standard Time

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