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WASH Hygiene Social and Behaviour Change Communication National Consultant

Job no: 553298

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Fiji/Pacific Island Countries Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Fiji (Pacific Islands) – MCP

Department/Office: Christmas Islands, Pacific Island (Fiji)

Categories: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Social and Behavior Change

WASH Hygiene Social and Behaviour Change Communication National Consultant

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, a hero

The government of Kiribati in 2016 launched the KIRIBATI 20-YEAR VISION (KV20) to transform Kiribati into a wealthier, healthier, and peaceful country. The very essence of this vision is to improve the Socioeconomic status of the people giving them a future that is more prosperous, equitable, sustainable, and thriving. As part of the vision, Government aims to extend access to potable water to all households by 2036. The government also aims to increase access to suitable sanitation in all households by 2036.

In 2020 a partnership was launched between Kiribati, the European Union and UNICEF under EU-Kiribati Partnership for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development with the specific objective to improve the use of services and goods provided by the public sector with a special focus on water and sanitation as well as strengthening climate resilience in the Line Islands. These islands are characterized by a limited demand for and access to improved sanitation in households accompanied by poor hygiene practices. Access to basic sanitation is only 47% in Kiritimati, with access to limited and unimproved services at 29%. This means that, despite the availability of alternative sanitation systems (flush toilets with septic tanks or pits being the most common), 24% of the Kiritimati population are defecating in the environment. Open defecation rates in Tabuaeran and Teraina are 57% and 70%, respectively with people either using the bush or the beach. Open defecation poses significant risks to the wellbeing and health of the children in the Line Islands.

To this end, UNICEF intends to engage a Hygiene, Social and Behaviour Change Communication (HSBCC) consultant who will provide technical support to the EU UNICEF Action titled Building Resilience through Improved Sanitation (BRIS). To support social and Behaviour change initiatives for WASH including community engagement, developing culturally appropriate communication materials and community feedback mechanisms.

How can you make a difference?

The consultancy will particularly focus on WASH in Schools, WASH in Health Care Facilities, WASH Governance and Household Hygiene Behavior change. Raising awareness of good water, sanitation and hygiene practices in communities, schools, and healthcare facilities in support of MLPID, MHMS, MoE and UNICEF in collaboration with SPC and other WASH stakeholders. Supporting UNICEF to ensure that BRIS Action delivery is participatory, engages communities especially women and girls in leading program activities. Support review/developing/contextualizing communication tools, developing Human Interest Stories (HIS), videos, songs, and communication materials to leverage community engagement.

1. Assessment and Consultations: support assessment (i.e. KAP, BASC), community consultation to establish prevailing enablers and barriers to key hygiene and sanitation behaviour change, cataloguing and strengthening of communication resources and tools that can be applied in schools, health facilities and communities. Based on assessment and consultation develop multimedia communication tools and products (i.e. for Radio, Social media, products such as video, HIS, Posters etc.)

2. To Raise awareness; facilitate dialogues, workshops and empowering community champions toward good water, sanitation and hygiene practices in communities, schools, and healthcare facilities in support of MLPID, MHMS, MoE and UNICEF in collaboration with SPC and other WASH stakeholders. Focusing on.

a. Reducing high-risk hygienic practices. – through advocacy and working with local village welfare groups, the establishment of school WASH clubs and SBC capacity development of HCF staff for community engagement.

b. Promoting appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities

3. Promoting participation in programmes; Mobilize existing welfare groups in communities, WASH Clubs in schools and health facilities staff in identifying problems and possible interventions as well as facilitate their participation towards project ownership with a special focus on women, and girls and vulnerable groups. In close collaboration with Kiribati Local Government Association (KILGA) and other relevant Kiribati Government leads engage with Island Council and community SBC champions in their related community engagement activities.

4. Support Global WASH Commemorations; facilitate commemoration planning meetings and mobilise communities, schools and health facilities to participate.

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

  • A first University Degree in Behavior Change Communication, Public health, Journalism, public relations, marketing, education and additional training in Community Mobilisation, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Emergencies is considered an asset.
  • A minimum of 2 years progressively responsible experience in social and behaviour change communication, developing and implementing communication strategies, designing and implementing communication products and campaigns and influencing behavior change.
  • Experience in community mobilization, CLTS. WASH in Health Care Facilities and WASH in Schools is an asset,
  • with added advantage in working at sub-national WASH coordination programme level.
  • Experience working in the WASH Communication Sector in Pacific region is an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of global BCC tools and strategies
  • Global WASH tools in either WinS, WHCF or CLTS

  • Communication practice, methodology and practical application. Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
  • Fundamentals of working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc. including ability to research, analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex information.
  • Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Drafting clear and concise ideas and concepts in written and oral form; specific skills in developing behaviour change strategies.
  • Relationship management, including media engagement, government officials and other UNICEF partners
  • Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and current UNCEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF communication goals, visions, positions, policies, guidelines, and strategies.
  • UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies and approaches, including emergency preparedness.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 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.


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 as “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.

Advertised: Jul 26 2022 Fiji Standard Time Application close: Aug 09 2022 Fiji Standard Time

Tags: behavior change, behaviour change, capacity development, christmas island, climate resilience, communication research, community mobilization, emergency preparedness, human rights, journalism, local government, participatory, public relations, public sector, water and sanitation, wellbeing, women and girls