UNICEF Job in Nigeria for a TA Polio Manager

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.

UNICEF is recruiting to fill the job 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.
  • 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
  • Ensure proper documentation of C4D support and share with FO/CO each month and at the end of mission.
  • Facilitate effective communication between the states in the
    field office and the Country office, especially on issues that have to
    with Communication for Development and polio eradication.
  • Co-ordination and represent UNICEF C4D at the 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.
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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.


  • 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
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and Networking

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


  • 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 that Maiduguri is a non-family duty station.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Please note that Maiduguri 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 that UNICEF 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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Application Deadline  17th October, 2016.

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