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Temporary Appointment : Training Officer (Polio), NOB, Islamabad, Pakistan # 120757 (364 days)

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Jun 27, 2022
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Jun 21, 2022
Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds 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!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges. 

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunised, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. 

To learn more about UNICEFs work in Pakistan, please visit the country websitewww.unicef.org/pakistan and videos onYouTubeandVimeo

The Pakistan Polio communication network, or COMNet, has been established in Pakistan. It provides the framework at provincial, district, union council and community levels through which communication efforts to eradicate polio will be channeled. The main task of the COMNet is to mobilize communities, particularly parents and childcare providers, to ensure all children in the areas of the deployed communication staff are vaccinated against polio in every vaccination round. COMNet communication staff is responsible particularly for identifying working with high-risk groups and involving influencers and governmental and non-governmental partners in polio advocacy activities, particularly those persons involved with high-risk groups, at their respective levels

The purpose of this assignment is to provide technical oversight, guidance, and quality assurance to the multiple training activities and events sponsored and supported by the Polio Eradication Unit with particular focus to support ongoing eradication efforts in South KP. Responsibilities include the development of appropriate training curriculum and methodology, pre-testing and evaluating training, materials, tools, and events as to the appropriateness and effectiveness. Through regular review, evaluation, and analysis the position will provide quality assurance of contracted, third party training services including philosophy, methodology, and the appropriateness and competence of staffing structures.

The Training Officer works at the Federal and Provincial levels with particular focus on South KP. The staff member works under the daily supervision of the Social and Behavior Change Specialist, NOD, Polio Eradication Unit, and with sector specific guidance and collaboration from and with the national and provincial teams and emergency coordination center coordinators.

Social and Behavior Change Specialist, NOD in collaboration with the national and provincial teams and emergency center coordinators, provides guidance on the design and development of the programme. They also provide guidance on the management, monitoring and evaluation of the programme. The incumbent works independently on the implementation of the programme/project and provides regular reports to the supervisor.

To make a difference, you will have the following main duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the development of an appropriate capacity development strategy with particular focus on South KP and in collaboration with GOP and WHO for frontline workers conducting social mobilization and interpersonal communication for community engagement, including developing appropriate content, modules and methodologies for a communication, social mobilization, advocacy and media skills, and other areas according to the needs of the programme, including vaccine management. Support the systematic implementation and roll-out of training activities identified in the capacity development strategy
  • In collaboration with Social and Behavior Change team and the COMNet Coordinator, support carrying out a training needs assessment which will form the basis for designing and implementing innovative training and capacity building activities for COMNet communication staff, namely District Health Communication Officers (DHCSOs), Union Council Communication Support Officers (UCOs), and Social Mobilizers (SMs) for implementation by the contracted training services and/or provincial Polio teams
  • Provide support to the COMNet Coordinator in monitoring and assessing the training sessions and how the training impacts the performance of COMNet in implementation of communication and social mobilization activities
  • Provide technical support to partners and government counterparts in the development of appropriate training methodologies and training modules aimed at all frontline workers in polio eradication, vaccine management and routine immunization programmes.
  • Assist in modifying, revising, and updating the content of existing training programme by taking stock of existing pool of trainers, carrying out TNA, developing training strategy and action plan in consultation with provincial polio teams for COMNet. Collaborates with functional experts to develop programmes that achieve the defined learning and business objectives
  • Support in development of a TOR and hiring a training vendor on long term agreement for conducting COMNet training
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for the training workshop to be conducted and ensure its effective implementation either through polio provincial teams or through third party
  • Required to interpret and apply guidelines; expected to make recommendations when deviation from the guidelines is necessary;
  • Makes decision on programme/project implementation, programme delivery targeted goals and objectives;
  • Makes recommendations on technical and policy advice national and provincial teams;
  • Makes recommendations on development and formulation of training planning, projects, and events and/or their components and appropriate adjustments and changes in implementation to improve efficiency and effectiveness of programme delivery.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An Advance University Degree (Master's or above) in the Social / behavioral sciences (Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with practical training components.
  • *A first University Degree (Bachelor's) in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Certificate as Master Trainer. Degree or training in media and communication with experience in strategic communication planning for behavior development / social mobilization / advocacy / participatory communication / development and production of creative materials / research, training or facilitation of communication / impact evaluation of communication interventions
  • A Minimum of two years relevant professional experience in development, social mobilization, and/or partnership and social network development
  • Programme implementation experience in polio eradication is an asset
  • Experience in health communication an asset
  • Preference to people with community-based work experience in KPK or Karachi
  • Fluency in English and Urdu is required. Knowledge of a local provincial language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

Click here to learn more about UNICEFs values and competencies.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1), Works Collaboratively with others (1), Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1), Innovates and Embraces Change (1), Thinks and Acts Strategically (1), Drive to achieve impactful results (1), Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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 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.
  • Verified educational certificates/ HEC Attested Degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present HEC attested degrees/certificates.
  • UNICEFs active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates will be prioritized.

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