Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist, Vientiane, Laos

Organization: Unicef

Country: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

City: Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Office: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Closing date: Friday, 20 November 2020

(For Lao National Only) Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist, Level: NO-C, EAP, UNICEF Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Job no: 536050

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Lao,Peo.Dem.Rep Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Department/Office: Vientiane, Lao People’s Dem. Rep.

Categories: Communication for Development (C4D), NO-3

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,

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, requires an experienced and qualified Lao National to fill the position of Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist, IMIS No. 114097 at NO-C level to be based in UNICEF Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

The Communication for Development Specialist reports to the Chief of Communication, P4 for general guidance and supervision. The Specialist provides technical and operational support for developing a systematic, planned and evidence-based strategy and process for C4D as an integral part of programme development, planning and implementation. Through communication and engagement, as well as the empowerment and participation of stakeholders, communities, children, civil society partners, and government counterparts, s/he promotes measurable behavioral and social change/mobilization. This subsequently contributes to the achievement of sustainable and concrete results in improving children’s rights, survival and wellbeing in the country.

Support to strategy design and development of C4D activities

Conduct and/or participate in comprehensive C4D situation analysis of social, cultural, economic and political issues in the country/region, including through national/subnational working groups or committees. Assess/synthesize qualitative and quantitative information, data and evidence to support the establishment of comprehensive and evidence-based information for developing and planning the C4D component of the Country Programme of Cooperation (and UNDAF) paying special attention to parenting.

Participate in country programme planning and reviews to contribute to discussions on the underlying and contextual issues to be addressed (e.g. policies, gender/children inequality, cultural/social behavior etc) to ensure the successful and sustainable delivery of programme results and provide technical recommendations on approaches, strategies and plans of action for C4D to promote behavioral and social change.

Prepare or provide quality assurance on materials and related documentations for C4D/parenting strategies and plans (as a component of the CO and/or UNDAF Programmes) to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results.

Collaborate/consult with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of C4D activities with UNICEF MTSP, CO global communications and advocacy activities and UN System development activities and initiatives at the CO level, including in humanitarian response.

Implementation of C4D activities

Collaborate with, advise and/or consult internal partners and external partners to design C4D strategies, including parenting, such as formulation, production and testing materials to organize C4D events and activities to ensure engagement and participation of key audiences, and maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change, including in humanitarian response.

Confirm/verify the technical quality, consistency and relevancy of communications strategies, including materials that are developed, produced and disseminated to target audiences (e.g. individuals, communities, government officials, partners, media etc.). Recommend appropriate multiple media formats (e.g. print, digital/social media, TV/Radio, Web, community networks, etc.). Oversee the production and implementation of multi-media initiatives for compliance with targets and plans that integrate the latest evidence.

Carry out C4D advocacy activities with/for a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, partners, communities with a focus on parents and caregivers, etc. to encourage/promote engagement and dialogue, inclusion, self-determination and participation in mobilizing social, political, behavioral and cultural change to achieve sustainable programme results on children and women’s rights, equity and wellbeing. Develop/select materials and other communication tools for C4D events.

Technical and operational support

Tags c4d child rights communication for development ethics humanitarian response inequality knowledge management programme planning public relations resource mobilization social change social development transparency wellbeing

Collaborate with internal CO, RO and/or RO colleagues to contribute to the development of strategies, approaches, policies and the planning of C4D social and resource mobilization initiatives in support of programmes/projects implementation and delivery of results, including humanitarian response.

Participate in CO strategic discussions to collaborate on policy and agenda setting for C4D (including parenting) advocacy and investments and related external relations and resource mobilization initiatives.

Participate in budget planning and management of programme funds and prepare financial plan for C4D initiatives (including parenting). Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.

4. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

Identify, build and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with strategic partners, e.g. academia; social networks; celebrities, journalist, media, all sectors/levels of (socially aware) society and critical audience to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities for C4D/parenting advocacy to promote UNICEF mission and goals for child rights, social equity and inclusiveness.

Collaborate with internal global/regional communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging and use of multiple media and communication platforms to enhance C4D outreach including in humanitarian contexts.

Participate in organizational and/or inter-agency (UNCT; National UN Communication for Development Roundtable) discussions and planning to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues in the UNDAF planning and preparation of C4D advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives including emergencies.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

innovative practices, approaches and latest technology on multiple media and social/digital platforms and networks for C4D/parenting that are appropriate/available for the CO context and audience.

Institutionalize/share best practices and knowledge learned/products with global/local partners and stakeholders to build capacity of practitioners, and disseminate these products to key audiences including donors and partners.

Organize/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners (government and non-government) in C4D/parenting planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programmes/projects including in humanitarian settings

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

Qualifications and experience:


An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or another relevant technical field.

2. Work Experience: A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, communication for development, public advocacy or another related areas.

Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

3. Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and local language of the duty station is required.

Knowledge of another official UN language or is considered as an asset.

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.

The functional competencies required for this post are...

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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.

Advertised: Nov 09 2020 SE Asia Standard Time Application close: Nov 20 2020 SE Asia Standard Time