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State Consultant- Communication and Documentation of Advocacy Initiatives on Child Rights Issues

International Development Agency

Patna, Bihar

1. POSITION VACANT: State Consultant- Communication and Documentation of Advocacy Initiatives on Child Rights Issues, International Development Agency, Patna, Bihar

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

Our client is a respected, International Development Agency, that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development.

Project Background

The 2016-17 Advocacy and Communication RWP envisages strengthening advocacy specifically on five key priorities viz. Newborn Health, Nutrition, Sanitation, Quality Education and Child Protection. In this context, strategic advocacy initiatives, viz. Campaign for mainstreaming of out of school children/ child labour, prevention of child marriage, end violence, advocacy with inter-faith alliances (GIWA) for open defecation free Bihar, and legislative advocacy on priority issues are planned to be organized to support achievement of programme goals.

This entails technical support to programme clusters in the conceptualization/ development of communication strategy and plans for the thematic advocacy initiative/ campaign in coordination with respective government counterparts and stakeholders/ influencers (legislators, faith-based organizations, corporates, celebrities, media and civil society).

The operationalization of the above, however, requires carrying out of very specialized tasks viz. undertaking stakeholder analysis, coordinating the organization of consultations, workshops and advocacy events at state and district level, developing/ customizing advocacy and communication materials (in English and in local language) and documentation of human interest stories in a range of print, audio-visual and online formats. The required communication material/ documentation is expected to meet the client style requirements and standards.

Given the challenges and the need for the above very specialized communication support for planned advocacy initiatives of different sectors, a senior consultant, with expertise and experience in development communication and documentation, especially in local language (Hindi) as well as English, is required at the state level.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the overall guidance of the Advocacy and Communication Specialist, Patna -  Bihar; GoB counterparts Health, SW, PHED, Education of the International Development Agency, the State Consultant- Communication and Documentation of Advocacy Initiatives on Child Rights Issues (SC-CDA) shall be responsible for providing strategic guidance and technical support for advocacy on priority children's issues, with a focus on rights-based approach, social inclusion, gender and equity perspective.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Undertake the following, under the technical guidance of A&C Specialist and in coordination with relevant client officials and the GoB Departments:
(1) Develop an advocacy/ campaign strategy and action plan with a calendar of key advocacy events including thematic campaigns, launch events, capacity building and dissemination workshops) related to five key priorities - Year of New-born in Bihar, Nutrition, Campaign on OOSC; Prevention of Child Labour, Child marriage, End Violence and Open defeacation free Bihar, GIWA /Team Swatch, SDGs and child rights as an overarching theme;
(2) Develop and update database of relevant stakeholders/ influencers/ networks viz. (legislators, faith based organisations, corporates, artistes, celebrities, civil society and adolescent youth groups), with profiles of key people;
(3) Undertake a stakeholder analysis in the context of the planned advocacy initiatives, specifically for key stakeholders/ influencers and accordingly develop an engagement plan for planned advocacy;
(4) Support in organisation of advocacy initiatives/ campaigns/ coalition meetings/ training workshops in coordination/ partnership with clusters, government counterparts/ stakeholders -  as per the plan/ calendar;
(5) Support in establishing and monitoring thematic partnerships for public advocacy/ social movements;
(6) Support in compiling/ editing/ customizing and pre-testing of communication/ advocacy material required for the event campaigns (viz. factsheets, backgrounders, presentations, updates, reports, literature reviews, research synopsis, child-friendly versions - print, audio-visual, digital) as per the organization style/ branding guidelines;
(7) Undertake documentation of programme initiatives (viz. from the field stories, children/ adolescent voices, photo-essays, brief reports, feature articles/ multimedia/ AV material/ films) for sharing with partners, media and for websites/ newsletters of the client and government counterparts as per organization style/ branding guidelines;
(8) Support with development of dissemination strategy and its execution for advocacy material/ documentation reports/ AV products;
(9) Support editing/ translation, formatting/ layout of different advocacy products, reports and documentation material as per the organization guidelines/ standards in coordination with graphic designers/film-makers;
(10) Provide any other support as required by A&C Specialist for advocacy and communication on priority issues and child rights.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
Applicants must have a Master's degree or equivalent in Social Sciences with Post-Graduate diploma in communication / journalism/ human rights/ child rights/ film production or related disciplines.

Experience:
(1) Minimum eight years' experience of working on development issues/ programmes especially those related to children, women and socially excluded communities;
(2) Experience of working with UN/ INGOs would be an advantage;
(3) Prior experience of coordinating state level communication events and building alliances with different stakeholders (Legislators, Government, celebrities, NGOs/CBOs, community, media and children/ adolescents) in Bihar shall be preferred.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Good knowledge of communication approaches and tools, including social media;
(2) Excellent communication skills including documentation, translation and editing skills in a range of formats/ styles (including print, audio-visual multi-media, web formats) - in Hindi and English;
(3) Knowledge of latest technology and channels for print, electronic media and online/social media;
(4) Proficient in using computer applications such as MS office, coral draw and internet (including Hindi typing), photography; videography and video-editing/ film production skills would be an asset;
(5) Willingness to travel within and outside Bihar;
(6) Strong ability to work well both independently and in teams;
(7) Ability to meet competing priorities/ deliver on multiple deadlines;

5. NATURE OF ENGAGEMENT:

The SC-CDA shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.

6. PROFESSIONAL FEES:

Professional fees of the selected candidate shall be Rs. 60,000/- per month for the period of the consultancy assignment. (Note: Subsistence, Mobility and Contingency support shall be separately provided, to address field travel and related costs incurred by the SC-CDA).

7. LOCATION: Patna with need base travel to field.

8. DURATION:

The consultancy assignment will be effective from the date of joining till December 31, 2017.

9. REFERENCE: SC-CDA

10. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 
Email: sc-cda@sams.co.in

11. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to sc-cda@sams.co.in with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organization and expected compensation, by October 24, 2017. For further details, please visit www.sams.co.in.