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Tanzania has been repeatedly affected by cholera epidemics with considerable impact on health, economy and social development. Zanzibar is one of the areas that has experienced repeated outbreaks since 1978 - recording over 17 outbreaks with about 14,364 total cholera cases and 210 deaths. The last outbreak within the archipelago between September 2015 and July 2016 recorded a total of 4,330 cases and 68 deaths with a Case Fatality Rate of 1.6%.
Among the reasons contributing to this outbreak include, a growing number of urban slums/squatters with insufficient access to safe water, combined with substandard sanitation facilities and unhygienic behaviour practices. Furthermore, limited knowledge among children, individuals, families and communities about waterborne diseases have impaired prevention and control efforts.
Understanding these challenges, the Government of Zanzibar has embarked on the implementation of a 10-year elimination plan, known as the Zanzibar Comprehensive Cholera Elimination Plan (ZACCEP) 2018-2027 - to coherently bring together all interventions that contribute to improving the overall water, sanitation and hygiene situation in Zanzibar.
Among these interventions, includes the implementation of evidence-based Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) that aims to improve hygiene and sanitation practices among children and their families for cholera prevention, response and sustainable resilience among communities.
It will be the primary role of the C4D Officer to support planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and reporting of SBCC and Advocacy implementation for Zanzibar Comprehensive Cholera Elimination Plan (ZACCEP) in Zanzibar.
The C4D officer will provide technical support and supervision in development, pretesting and validation of key messages, development of communication materials for different groups as suggested in the strategy. Among others, these messages and materials will be for use in mass media (Print, Radio & TV, outdoor and social media), IEC and job aids for interpersonal communication, community engagement through influencers, edutainment packages for schools and training materials.
The C4D officer will further ensure selected teams of key implementing partners including Key Ministries, Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), networks and key mobilizers are trained for effective rollout of the strategy and how to use developed materials and guides.
The C4D officer will ensure effective coordination between government key ministries and SBCC partners through a well-established SBCC TWG of partners. Through this the C4D officer will ensure presentation of key advocacy agenda for effective SBCC for cholera elimination in Zanzibar.
Provide technical support and supervision in designing SBCC program for cholera elimination in Zanzibar by undertaking an in-depth assessment to understand behavioral and social cultural issues contributing to cholera and inform baseline on levels of knowledge attitude and practice related to hygiene and sanitation
Provide technical support and supervision in developing a comprehensive SBCC strategy that will provide a framework for designing and implementing interventions aimed at promoting behavioral change among families and communities in Zanzibar. The strategy will provide a clear link between SBCC objectives and how it will contribute in achieving the overall ZACCEP goal with strategic program approaches (mix of tools, channels, vehicles, and media which will convey and mutually reinforce messages).
Provide technical support and supervision in developing, pre-testing, validating and effective dissemination of communication materials including IEC, Edutainment packages, training manuals, job aids/guides for mobilizers and key influencers and Mass media packages
In collaboration with Key Ministries and expected team of consultancy
Competencies and level of proficiency required
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