Consultant: Programme Specialist (Medical Anthropologist) – Polio Eradication Programme, Islamabad 113 views

Job no: 527979

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Pakistan

Division/Equivalent: Kathmandu(ROSA)

School/Unit: Pakistan

Department/Office: Islamabad, Pakistan

Categories: Expanded Programme Immunization

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, a safe home

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, immunized, 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 UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

How can you make a difference?

Anthropological research will be concentrated in core reservoir areas and among communities and families who are known to frequently refuse polio vaccination. The goal of this research is to understand the root causes of vaccine refusal in order to make strategic recommendations to improve communication strategies for increasing vaccine acceptability.

The principal objective is to have a specialized social scientists/anthropologist who is familiar with qualitative data collection and analysis techniques and who speaks required languages to work in core reservoir areas.

To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:

  • To review secondary data and literature sources for compiling detailed social profiles of research population.
  • To coordinate and communicate with collaborative partners (eg. local universities, NGO actors, UNICEF third party vendors) who may be involved in research.
  • To provide logistical support for all data collection activities, including arranging interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs) as appropriate, etc.
  • To participate and take detailed notes of all research meetings at the provincial and district level with relevant partners (eg. DHOs, EOC core team, DPCR core team, CBVs, etc).
  • To support analysis and compilation of social profiles (based upon primary data collected) related to target research sites/populations.
  • To provide organizational support, and active participation in stakeholder meetings and provide updates on research findings as needed.
  • To serve as a translator for the Programme Specialist according to agreed upon research plan (per province).
  • When requested by EOC, university partners or Programme Specialist, transcribe interviews and focus group discussions conducted in fulfilment of the research plan
  • Deliverable: Concise social profiles of priority 1 populations
  • Successful involvement of all required actors in research activities; Execution of MoU agreements with local universities (eg. University of Peshawar).
  • Successful planning and execution of all required data collection activities as per the agreed upon research plan with provincial EOC
  • Production of concise documents – social profiles – with evidence of relevance to priority 1 populations and their geographical locations.
  • Translation from English-Urdu or English-Pashto for all required research activities.

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

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree required in Anthropology or the Social Sciences. Master’s degree would be considered an asset.
  • Minimum four years prior work experience conducting fieldwork using qualitative and mixed methods.
  • Research experience in KP and/or Sindh desirable.
  • Experience of organizing logistics and executing applied research, including secondary data and literature review, engaging relevant stakeholders (development partners, NGOs, government, etc) and liaising with appropriate authorities in order to gain necessary local approvals for research;
  • Experience in identifying and recruiting study participants;
  • Experience of working with UN or NGO actors is desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. Functional competencies required: Persuading and Influencing, Planning and organizing, Relating and Networking. View our competency framework at: 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


  • Estimated Duration: 8 months, estimate starting date: January 2020
  • Official Travel Involved: Consultant will be based in Islamabad
  • Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating monthly fee as part of the application against each deliverable.
  • HEC Attested and verified degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables.
  • UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Nov 20 2019 Pakistan Standard Time

Application close: Dec 04 2019 Pakistan Standard Time

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  • Closes Dec 04 2019

    Consultant: Programme Specialist (Medical Anthropologist) – Polio Eradication Programme, Islamabad, Pakistan in Pakistan

    Anthropological research will be concentrated in core reservoir areas and among communities and families who are known to frequently refuse polio vaccination. The goal of this research is to understand the root causes of vaccine refusal in order to make strategic recommendations to improve communication strategies for increasing vaccine acceptability.

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