Terms of Reference – District Underserved Coordinator (DUC)



Major Tasks


·         In coordination with the SMC, provide overall guidance, capacity building and supervision to BMC and CMC levels on implementation of the Underserved Strategy, particularly in:

o        Identification of critical underserved communities in HRAs

o        Identification of local community leaders (religious and occupational) representing the underserved communities

o        Understanding  of local sects, sensitivities involved and knowledge of do's and don'ts

o        Knowledge about local events (Example: Congregations at Dargas/ Urs, Dastarbandi, Shabe Barat functions, etc.) and advocate with the organizers of these events.

o        Organizing local influencers/ team supervisors interface meetings and to organize local ijtemas/melads focusing on Xr families.

o        Incorporation of Influencer / Institution names in SIA Microplans.


·         In coordination with NPSP - SSMO, prepare and oversee Underserved Strategy implementation in Non CMC HRAs and Block level.  Advocate with health department to deploy properly trained vaccination teams at congregations sites during SIAs.


·         Advocate at District and Block level for services in underserved areas.


·         Sensitize the concerned offices of district about involving local leadership in the programme and ensure that they are properly invited by DM / SDM and CMO to participate in DTF, BTF and TTF. Also sensitize communication partners to properly involve leadership of local communities in SMWG.


·         To coordinate and support implementation of PCAs with Muslim institutions to support PEI in the districts where applicable


·         Assist the SMCs having more than 10 BMCs for their supervision as per guidelines.



·         Community level plan of UNICEF-supported activities for HRA’s, SNID, IPPI

·         Monthly workplan of activities in support of social mobilization of the underserved communities

·         Weekly activity report

·         Monthly impact assessment report

·         Document role of different players partnering the polio eradication effort.




§         Background in social science/ communication and management of human resources.

§         Minimum 3 year experience in communication strategy/materials development in health and related areas.

·         Familiar with the faiths, beliefs and cultural practices of communities (especially minority community)

§         Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work with many partners.

§         Ability to communicate and write in Hindi, English and Urdu.

§         Computer skills (word-processing/spreadsheets/database)

§         Experience working with UN Agencies/UNICEF preferred.