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APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINE: Please send CV in English.
Deadline for applications: Thursday,10th of September 2020.
CONTACT PERSON: Ali Slayman
Terms of Reference
Position: Community/Communication Specialist
Location: Based in Jabal Mohsen
Starting Date: ASAP immediately
Contract Duration: From 7 September till end of End of December 2020, based on a consultancy.
Reports to: Program Manager – AICA
Purpose: AICA is seeking a Community/Communication Specialist able to work on deliverable basis, where to define the common key messages during the set-up of staff training, in collaboration with PSS Mentor, BLN/VT Mentor, STEAM Mentor and the Project Manager. The specialist will be in charge of raising awareness on child rights, education and combatting child labour through a social campaign.
The Alawite Islamic Charity Association (AICA), a non-profit non-governmental organization located mainly in Jabal Mohsen – Tripoli and Akkar, registered under the decree No. 4500/1950 , was founded in 1950 in order to claim the rights of the community through development and social projects as well as Health care and medical services.
AICA projects and activities aim to mitigate all forms of discrimination towards civil Rights access (medical, health, education, work opportunities, or any other additional required support), raise individual and collective awareness, mainstream protection and disseminate risks prevention.
The intervention strategy consists on holistic and sustainable community development, Advocacy and Peace Building, education and training, primary health care and medical services, religious services.
Solidarity project is a pilot program, supported by USAID BALADI CAP, targeting marginalized populations of Tripoli (Jabal Mohsen, Tebbaneh and Quobbeh) which aims to reintegrate young working children (YWC) aged 6-11 into the education system through a dual-track approach: providing educational and psycho-social support for 30 YWC, complemented by a dedicated program for their parents/caregivers in skills building, counseling and livelihoods support.
Solidarity project will implement a “Learning by Doing” approach, exclusively supported by “Makers Hub/Genius Kid”, where youngsters, through hands-on activities, discover their dexterity skills and develop them while learning about technology, manufacturing, and open source tools. Established in 2014, they have won numerous awards for their innovative approach to introducing a new generation to different technologies through hands-on projects that bring together what is taught theoretically in schools with how things are done practically. They focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) as well as woodworking, 3D design/printing and have five centers across Lebanon, including a woodworking workshop.
In response to this challenge and in line with AICA’s vision and mission, AICA will pilot this “Solidarity” project utilizing the “4R approach” (recruitment, rehabilitation, reintegration and raising-awareness) to:
Enhance the capacities of AICA staff to deliver programs for vulnerable youth.
Engage 30 young working children in a three-month program of daily classes including psycho-social support (BLN & VT), basic literacy and numeracy (BLN), and STEAM programs.
Provide 30 caregivers of young working children trainees with vocational training (VT) on home health care and handcrafts and enroll them in an internship program.
Provide case management/family rehabilitation counseling services aimed at reintegration of young working children into school and their caregivers into the job market.
Raise awareness on child rights and education through a social media campaign.
In order to respond to the reality of COVID-19, AICA will practice extra hygiene measures and safe physical distancing in all its program activities by (1) utilizing technology platforms for meetings that can be done remotely and (2) dividing participants into smaller groups to reduce the number of people gathering at one time within each classroom. AICA’s Center, located between Tebbeneh and Jabal Mohsen, has nine classrooms, enough space for them to manage the five parallel classes for children and the separate classes for the caregivers. Additionally, AICA’s child protection and confidentiality protocols will guide the work.
Goal: Build the resilience of the underprivileged population in Lebanon.
Project Overall objective: At risk children and their caregivers in Jabal Mohsen, Tebbaneh and Quobbeh are prepared for and enrolled in good quality inclusive basic education and vocational activities.
Specific Objective 1 (SO1): At risk children and caregivers in Jabal Mohsen, Tebbaneh and Quobbeh participating in Young Working Children workshops, Vocational Training sessions and Family Rehabilitation & Reintegration consultations.
Specific Objective2 (SO2): Awareness is raised in target communities on rights to education for children.
Purpose of the assignment:
Improve the psychological and social well-being of YWC, prepare them to be rehabilitated and reintegrated through non- formal/recreational skills, BLN and STEAM/Genius classes.
Targeting the staff:
-Participating in the trainings’ preparation in order to define the common key messages to highlight separately, on each component of action: PSS, BLN, STEAM, VT.
Outputs: training, template prepared for sessions plan, 160 sessions prepared, tools needed listed; Acknowledge that a number of outputs will be highlighted and assessed to be presented during graduation, at the end of the project.
The specialist will develop a communication plan based on key messages (mentioned here-above) in order to be included in the social media campaign. He will be in charge of developing 12 videos scripts and 8 stories with the caregivers and their children, in collaboration with a filmaker and a graphic designer, to raise awareness of community members, local businesses, local authorities and NGOs on child protection, risk mitigation related to child labor, and promotion of the right to education.
He/She will be coordinating with the team project upon need, supported by ME Officer, Social Worker and the PM. Upon need to communicate with Child Labour Network or/and stakeholders, he/ she will be coordinating with AICA Field Coordinator.
Ethics and Child Safeguarding:
AICA is committed to ensuring that the rights of those participating in consultations and training are respected and protected, in accordance with our Global Policy on Safeguarding Children and Young People. AICA also fosters a culture that embraces and exemplifies the commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion, while supporting staff and consultants to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.
Required responsibilities and tasks:
Create the key messages adopted all along for the preparation of staff training and the curricula setting, especially those related to sessions of guidance for caregivers and PSS sessions for YWC - supported by the Project Manager - with specifying competences to deliver through all trainings;
Design a communication plan as details mentioned here-above;
Collaborate with the team in order to know about children and select personalities/characters to highlight, among targeted people.
Interview the selected people with coordination with the social worker, with assigning a consensus respecting the confidentiality and privacy of participants;
Prepare a written consensus template in order to assign for selected people, via the social worker, from the beginning of the project;
Develop scripts for 12 mini-videos and 8 stories (as mentioned here above) ;
creating the appropriate M&E tools within coordinating with PM and ME officer
Participate in the evaluative workshop
Deliver a final reporting package, sorted in the end of the evaluative workshop.
The Specialist will coordinate closely with the Program Manager . He/She will collaborate with the team project referring to the elaborated and approved communication plan. He/She will adhere to AICA values and Code of Conduct.
Delivrables would be:
Guideline and Plan remitted by the specialist related to Awareness and Communication campaign
Final copy of the communication plan, after approval
Electronic copy of four stories designed as approved by BALADI CAP - November 2020;
Electronic copy of 6 videos produced as approved by BALADI CAP- November 2020;
Electronic copy of the remaining 6 videos produced as approved by BALADI CAP- December 2020;
Electronic copy of the remaining 4 stories produced as approved by BALADI CAP - December 2020.
Qualifications and Experience:
The desired specifications and qualities of the trainer are:
Having a university diploma in Communication, specialized education, social service or social animation;
Having a work experience in Advocacy would be preferable for more than 10 years;
At least work experience in preparing communication tools for more than 5 years;
A commitment to promoting and supporting child rights and gender equality as well as AICA values.
A commitment to teamwork, punctuality and to AICA’s procedures.
Able to reach deliverables on time.
Collaborative approach and open to feedback.
Compassionate while working with children with no prejudice or harm.
Maintains confidentiality and respect towards beneficiaries.
Experience in working with children and vulnerable populations.
Good interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work in a team
Kindly send a CV mentioning the “Community_Communication Specialist ” in the subject of your email.
Deadline for applications: Thursday, September 10th 2020.
- North Lebanon