Field Coordinator/Community Engagement Specialist


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, social participation

Under the direct supervision, technical leadership and management of the Chief of Community Development and Resilience, the AGILE Field Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the design, field-testing, monitoring and assessment, reporting and documentation of an evidence-based, method-informed AGILE project that integrates the work of UNICEF MCOs different sectors with local government development plans and community-led efforts, in a manner that complements UNICEF MCO’s Flood Recovery Plan (2019-2021), the National Resilience Programme (2018-2030) and the community resilience building pillar of UNICEF MCO’s Country Development Programme (2019-2023).

Special focus will be given to strengthening and improving community engagement, bridging the gap between (almost annual) humanitarian response efforts for communities in areas that were affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019, with longer-term development programming towards building the resilience of affected populations in line with key principles of core commitment for children, accountability of affected population and the National Resilience Programme of the Government of Malawi.

How can you make a difference?

  • In consultation with UNICEF MCO, relevant Government departments and LNGO partners, coordinate the field-testing and piloting of a scalable Community Engagement model for UNICEF MCO to engage with, and build the resilience of last-mile rural communities, regularly affected by disasters (floods, drought, food insecurity).
  • Ensure community engagement interventions for resilience building that are tested within the AGILE project are evidence-based, results-oriented and implemented at household, community and district level within the targeted districts (Zomba, Chikwawa and Nsanje). This will involve liaising and working with relevant UNICEF, government and implementing partners to develop, implement and assess joint Community Engagement for resilience building interventions, contributing to reduce vulnerability and increase the resilience of households and communities in flood-prone districts.
  • Strengthening partnership and collaboration with partners, especially with the focal points at district level of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and key NGO and academic partners.
  • Engaging with communities in disaster-prone areas to establish claim holder and duty bearer feedback mechanisms that enable communities to make their own decisions on preparedness, coping and recovery.
  • Conduct preliminary research in other disaster-prone districts (e.g. Phalombe and Mulange) to identify the generalisability of findings from initial AGILE districts (Zomba, Chikwawa and Nsanje) and lay the foundations for AGILE’s scale-up (Phase 2 from mid-2020).
  • Ensure a mix of Community Engagement interventions are used to increase chances of reaching displaced and vulnerable affected populations, especially women and children.
  • Organize the research, development, pre-testing, and production of culturally relevant communication materials for communities in disaster-prone areas (/affected by Cyclone Idai).
  • Ensure the quality, consistency and appropriateness of communication materials and tools that are developed, produced, and disseminated to local communities, government officials, other partners.
  • Support the District level with coordination tools such as mapping and data collection
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of UNICEF MCO’s communication for humanitarian action and community resilience building.
  • Download File ToR Community Engagement Specialist..docx

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

  • University degree level in one of the following fields: social sciences, community development, public health, communication related disciplines.
  • Being familiar with participatory tools and methods for community engagement to facilitate child participation and participation of vulnerable groups in Malawi
  • 4 years but additional years of experience will be a definate advantage

    of progressively responsible professional work experience in Communications, C4D, Community Engagment programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

    Wide knowledge of C4D/community engagement tools and models, and logical processes for selection and rollout in humanitarian actions.

    Demonstrated experience in planning and implementation of emergency C4D strategies and action plans.

    Fluency in English. Local working language of the duty station an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are; Working with People; Drive for Results; Deciding and Initiating Action; Relating and Networking; and Analyzing

View our competency framework at

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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Advertised: 17 Nov 2019 South Africa Standard Time
Applications close: 22 Nov 2019 05:00 PM South Africa Standard Time