Jan 14, 2019

Regional EPI, MNCH & Disease Prevention Communication Consultants

  • LonAdd Consultancy Plc
  • SNNPR, Ethiopia
Contractor Consultant

Job Description

Urgent Vacancy Announcement

LonAdd HR Consultancy Plc (www.lonadd.com), Recruitment & Outsourcing Company will be working on behalf of a  in the recruitment process of suitable & knowledgeable candidate, as per our s specific requirements stated below:

Number required: 1

Location :   SNNPR

Duration:  3 months

Start Date: ASAP

Job Summary

To support health advocacy and social mobilization activities at regional level. Support planning, implementation and monitoring of social mobilization activities during the 2019 for immunization and MNCAH interventions such as polio/measles, new vaccine introductions (MCV2, HPV…) and selected priority disease outbreak prevention & responses in the Regions of  SNNPR.


For the attainment of the Output 3, CLIENT contributes significant financial, material and technical support as per the FMOH RHBs AWPs and emergency response and resilience programs. To contextualize and materialize this output at Regional level, through Zones, Woredas and Kebele levels C4D assistance is needed, tuned context of developed Regional State, given responsibilities to assist the Regional Health Bureaus. The assistance is across planning, organizing, implementation, and monitoring the C4D interventions/strategies, including advocacy, social mobilization, social, behavioural change communication (SBCC) activities during regular MNCAH,EPI  and campaigns in accordance with Output Three. To facilitate and monitor increased social mobilization activities on the ground, deploying Regional MNCAH, Disease Prevention & EPI Communication Consultants in the Regions of SNNPR is urgently needed to maximize SBCC inputs, outputs and contribute to health outcomes.

Main objectives of the integrated Regional Immunization/ MNCH Communication Consultants are:

The main objective is to support and strengthen the capacity of the Regional Health Bureau and Health offices in selected priority Zones and Woredas to:

  • Identify available community platforms at community and/or Kebele to be used as advocacy and community mobilization forum.
  • Reinforce/establish C4D task force/SBCC committee at Regional, Zonal, Woreda and Community levels, drawn from different stakeholders, as available
  • Revitalize/create participatory processes to engage existing and new community networks and platforms to empower the community and enhance community program ownership.
  • Strengthen interpersonal and group communication skills of health workers and community platforms
  • Document MNCAH and Immunization best practices from community through Woreda and Zonal to Regional levels.

Scope of work/assignment

Overall, the Regional coordinator is responsible to maximize multiple communications for development inputs and monitor outputs to improve MNCAH, EPI and Emergency Resilience performance by supporting implementation of key strategies within the framework of Output 3: strengthening families’ and communities’ platforms Plan for MNCAH and Emergency Resilience and emergency Outbreak Response of the assigned Region. Strategies to improve MNCAH, including Immunization and Emergency Resilience and emergency Outbreak performance include:

  1. planning, coordination and facilitation;
  2. capacity building and mobilization of human resources;
  3. advocacy for demonstrated support and commitment;
  4. assessment, monitoring and evaluation of SBCC inputs and outputs

 Working as a part of the assigned Region Health Bureau Health Education and Communication Team, under the guidance and close coordination with CLIENT Field Office.

  • Planning, coordination and facilitation:
  1. Under the guidance of CLIENT Field Office, in collaboration with Regional MNCH Process owner and Health Education and Communication Team, in the Regional context, and in line with the National Communication and Health Promotion Strategy, prepare/update a Regional evidence-based Communication and Community engagement Plan for (i) MCV2 and HPV introduction (ii) increasing EPI and MNCAH service uptake (iii) health related-emergency preparedness and response (AWD, scabies, etc.) Communication and Community engagement plans are to be integrated within the concerned programme’s results framework (MNCAH, EPI, Emergency, HPV,…) and budgeted.
  2. Support in the development and implementation monitoring of an IEC materials’ dissemination plan
  3. Where appropriate and relevant, establish/support the Regional Social Mobilization Committee and Zonal/Woreda Social Mobilization Committees in selected Zones and Woredas within TOR provided by the assigned Region Health Bureau Social Mobilization Committee
  4. Support the RHB and selected Zones and Woredas in Mapping and regularly updating community platforms, gate keepers and the most effective communication channels within the region to reach communities, segmentation for audiences including pastoral, mobile, nomadic communities and hard-to-reach and/or inaccessible areas.
  5. Support selected Zones and Woredas in evidence-based planning of communication and community engagement activities supporting MNCAH programme including EPI
  6. Identify and propose interventions that focus strongly on interpersonal and group communication in resistant/ hard to reach areas involving available community platforms and gate keepers. Activities may utilize: Inter Personal Communication, group meetings involving clan leaders, religious and traditional leaders, TBA, WDAs, traditional/folk media available, school communication network and others.
  • Capacity building and mobilization of human resources:
  1. Identify Zonal MNCAH ,EPI and Emergency Resilience and emergency Outbreak Advocates at different levels and capacities
  2. Support development of Regional capacity building strategy and operational plan for the final purpose of MNCAH,EPI and Emergency Advocates and community platforms’ capacity strengthening, including:
  • Orientation of WDAs and community clan leaders at different levels and capacities on IPC, group communication, community conversation and other appropriate SBCC knowledge and skills building whenever necessary
  • Training of teachers and other CSO/CBO members on MNCAH,EPI and Emergency Resilience and emergency Outbreak realities by School children and Parents - Teachers meetings and other appropriate platforms
  1. Build capacity of Zonal and Woreda MNCAH,EPI and Emergency Resilience and emergency Outbreak Advocates in selected Zones and Woredas on key communication skills central to national, regional and zonal plan, including, effective interpersonal communication, community conversation group communication, MNCAH key messages, partnership building, community empowerment, and planning.
  2. Build social mobilization capacity of the Regional, Zonal and Woreda level health teams and SBCC committees (including MNCAH, EPIand Emergency Resilience Staff, Health Education and Communication Team, Religious, media, W/HAD and related networks’ members).
  3. Support the RHB in development/adaptation of IEC materials

3/    Advocacy and social mobilization for demonstrated support and commitment

  1. Organize advocacy activities to engage influential leaders, decision makers, and media professionals at Regional, Zonal and Woreda levels.
  2. Mobilization of traditional/ religious leaders, volunteers (especially women) and other informal leaders
  3. Catalyse NGO network, community-based organizations and existing social networks, and school platforms and educational institutions - especially catering to pastoral communities
  • Assessment, monitoring and evaluation of communication inputs and outputs
    1. Support the RHB / selected Zones / Woredas in conducting rapid research or quick assessments on understanding local contextual barriers on a specific desired health behaviour in a community not complied with and in tailoring the communication and community engagement plan and messages according to the results;
    2. Support the regional team in having a proper monitoring and evaluation mechanism of planned communication and community engagement activities supporting EPI, MNCAH programmes, HPV introduction, polio SIAs and health related Emergencies, including M&E plans, checklists and tools, capacity building of concerned actors on the M&E mechanism in place;
    3. Support and supervise Zonal, Woreda MNCAH and Emergency Resilience and emergency Outbreak Messenger Advocates; provide regular feedback on planned activities, ensuring quality.
    4. Conduct regular field monitoring and evaluation missions as per regional guidelines to oversee quality implementation of Regional, Zonal, Woreda communication and community engagement plan supporting EPI and MNCAH programmes
    5. Visit cross-border transit points, in cases of vaccination posts and identify the communication challenges.
    6. Provide duly filled in monitoring formats during round or other surveys as requested by the regional team, analyse data and provide feedback to whom it may concern.
    7. In collaboration with Regional and Zonal task forces, review relevant data (IMD-in case of N/SNIDs, analysed checklists) for assessment and corrective action of communication interventions.
    8. Inform any of unvaccinated pocket of population immediately and make sure it comes into the micro plan of SIA and EPI.
    9. Provide direct, qualitative feedback from service providers and community members to the regional team and promptly report/address rumours, adverse events following any health treatments, such as immunization and communication-related issues and concerns.
    10. Support the Region in monitoring the realization of recommendations issued from supportive supervisions and field monitoring.

Expected Deliverables

  1. Regional-level evidence-based Communication and Community engagement Plan, including IEC materials’ dissemination plan, supporting (i) MNCAH and EPI programmes (ii) MCV2 and HPV introduction and (iii) Preparedness and Response to Health-related emergencies  targeting different areas & population & regional monthly progress reports including assessment, supportive supervision and field monitoring reports from involved actors in the monitoring. Communication and community engagement plans are to be integrated within the concerned programme’s results framework (MNCAH, EPI, Emergency, HPV,…) and budgeted.
  2. Regional Social Mobilization Committee and Zonal/Woreda Social Mobilization Committees’ implementation/revitalization reports
  3. Regional community platforms, gate keepers and communication channels mapping regularly updated
  4. Evidence-based Zonal and Woreda Communication and Community engagement Plan supporting MNCAH including EPI in selected Zones and Woredas
  5. Regional level EPI, MNCAH and Emergency advocates’ capacity building strategy, action plan and regular progress reports
  6. Evaluation report on the performance of Regional regular MNCAH and Emergency Resilience & Emergency Response Messenger Advocates
  7. The consultants’ quarterly work plans and monthly activity reports, to be shared with the the regional MNCAH communication coordination forums and related Emergency Resilience & Emergency Response analysis and CLIENT
  8. Final Report, detailing activities undertaken, achievements, on the regular MNCAH and Emergency Resilience & Emergency Response results, including constraints and recommendations for future undertakings.


The Regional coordinator will be supervised by the CLIENT Field Health Officer (technical, administrative issues) and CLIENT Health C4D Specialist. The Regional coordinator will prepare and submit to CLIENT country office, with copies to the RHB, the above deliverables including a comprehensive report at the end of the consultancy, based on the planned tasks in the present ToR, detailing the following activities:

    • Regional-level Communication Plan of regular EPI, MNCAH and Emergency Resilience & Emergency Response and achievements, analysis of the achievements (advocacy, social mobilization activities, etc.)
  • Dates and places of travel
    • List of unreached areas and communication strategies used  for community engagement
    • Best practices, innovations and lessons learned
    • Challenges and proposed solutions
    • Recommendations including suggestions for future improvement.

Expected Background and Experience

Regional communication coordinator must meet the following criteria (selection/approval will be by CLIENT staff member)

  • Education level: University degree or higher (any field), preferable in Public Health, Communication
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Public Health communication and community engagement, advocacy and social mobilization with involvement inEPI, MNCAH and Emergency Resilience & Emergency Response communication intervention, such as polio, measles, AWD, scabies, SIAs campaigns .
  • Capability of conducting SBCC facilitation and capacity building at Regional and Zonal levels.
  • Can speak and read English well as well as speak the working/nationality language/s in the assigned area.
  • Demonstrate ability on regular MNCAH, immunization and Emergency Resilience & Emergency Response communication  facilitation skill
  • Ability on programme social data analysis and providing feedback
  • Preferably have experience conducting SBCC related assessments/surveys.
  • Have the following characteristics verified by a recommendation by the agency
    • Be committed to the work and honest
    • Willing to work in difficult areas- including walking long distances when local transportation is not available
    • Ability to work well under pressure

Information on selected persons will be shared with CLIENT Health C4D, Disease Prevention and Control (DPC) and MNCAH team in Addis Ababa to evaluate the selection process. 

To apply send your CVs to:  [email protected] by putting ‘Application for Regional EPI’ in the subject box.

Candidates selected should be available immediately.

Application deadline: January 21, 2019