Consultant (Malaria Development /Behaviour change) – World Health Organisation

  • Permanent
  • ZImbabwe

World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO Zimbabwe is looking for a national consultant to support the National Malaria Control Programme in leading the process for Development of Malaria Social and Behaviour Change Communication Strategy for National Malaria Strategic Plan (2021-2025).

  • Expected Assigned Duties/Work to be Performed:
    • Develop an evidence-based malaria SBC strategy for the MSP 2021-2025 strategic plan tailored to address communication gaps for the different target populations including malaria vulnerable groups
    • Prepare an inception report and a workplan with clear timelines
    • Define the scope of the SBC Strategy through a consultative process with NMCP technical working groups, key stakeholders and malaria partners for consensus on communication priorities


    • Review and analyse research, key documents, and reports to understanding malaria SBC in the country including landscape, past achievement, lessons learnt, best practices, strengths and weaknesses
    • Define the malaria SBC strategic focus for the next 5 years for the various population groups including vulnerable population groups as defined in the MSP 2021-2025 for both control and elimination areas
    • Develop a detailed implementation plan with targets and a monitoring and evaluation plan including the COVID-19 and malaria issues
    • Draft the SBC Strategy and present it to the NMCP Management, key stakeholders and SBC subcommittee for validation and for approval after necessary revisions.
      • The draft SBC strategy should have clear:
        • behavioural and communication objectives consistent with objectives laid out in the MSP 2021-2025
        • Advocacy strategies to sensitize policy and decision makers and key influencers at all levels towards building/reinforcing an enabling environment for malaria control and elimination
        • strategies for control and elimination including strategies for gender inclusion and for reaching the vulnerable populations
        • target audiences
        • messages
        • media to be used


        • targets
        • monitoring and evaluation indicators and plan
        • implementation plan
        • Make viable recommendations on operational strategies in the areas of advocacy, participatory communication, social mobilization and behaviour change and on appropriate materials and media to reach target audiences in diversified contexts.
      • Deliverables


        • An inception report outlining the steps and methodology to be used in developing Malaria Social and Behaviour Change Communication Strategy
      • 1st Month

        • Draft Malaria SBC strategy with key messages per target group and detailed implementation plan
      • 2nd month

        • Final Malaria SBC strategy with key messages per target group, detailed implementation plan, targets and a monitoring and evaluation plan
        • Technical Supervision:
      • Reporting directly to the MOHCC NMCP program Director, the Officer will work closely with cluster lead for communicable and non-communicable diseases under the guidance of the WR

        • Specific Requirements:

Required Language

        • Expert knowledge of both written and spoken English

Desirable Language

        • Fluency in at least one local language

Required Education

      • At least Master’s in public health/Health Promotion/Social Sciences or related fields (social marketing, digital technologies, and strategic management).

Desirable Education

      • N/A

Required Experience

        • At least 5 years work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication strategy development processes
        • Experience in working in public health programs. Knowledge and understanding of the malaria ever changing landscapes is an added advantage
      • Desired Experience

      • Proven experience in Public Health, Health Promotion, and related fields (community mobilization, social marketing, participatory communication and digital technologies, strategic management) and should be to use of communication theories and models during the development of the strategy

Skills And Competencies

      • Competencies
        • Communicating in a credible and effective way
        • Fostering Integration and teamwork
        • Building and promoting partnership across the organization and beyond
        • Producing results
        • Ensuring the effective use of resources
      • Functional Skills and Knowledge

      • Good communication skills and should be able to engage with various groups of stakeholders
      • Consultant must be fluent in English (spoken and written) and should be able to write clearly and concisely. Fluency in at least one local language is an added advantage
      • Ability to facilitate discussions between different stakeholders and foster consensus on technical issues
      • Excellent analytical and advocacy skills
      • Excellent writing and presentation skills
      • Ability to work in culturally diverse contexts
      • Initiate and execute activities in a timely manner

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