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C4D plays a crucial role in improving vaccination campaigns results (child immunization) and any other outbreak response measures, by fostering understanding of childhood diseases, creating demand for services and acceptance of the vaccines and public health measures. In recognition of this important role, UNICEF assists several countries to have effective C4D to support disease outbreak response planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and national immunization programs.
Despite the encouraging progress made in West and Central Africa towards polio eradication where no wild poliovirus has been reported since August 2016, the region continues to be affected with a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) with a 1 confirmed case in 2016, 24 in 2017 and 62 in 2018 specifically in Nigeria (33), DRC (19), and Niger (10) in 2018. Other countries in the region have been considered at risk of re-emergence or importation of the polioviruses due to the existence of pockets of unimmunized/under-immunized children. The region also notified some others vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles in twelve countries; as well as Yellow Fever in three countries in 2018, and ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak DRC. Many of these outbreaks are affecting the high-risk groups i.e. insecurity areas, nomadic, high ethnic minority populations, urban populations and populations living in slum areas, migrants, etc.
One of the underlying causes is often the lack of evidence-based communication interventions to address the demand side barriers in certain ethnic groups or other high-risk populations.
As a key partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), UNICEF has the mandate of providing technical assistance to the countries to ensure a fast and effective C4D response whenever a disease outbreak is confirmed. The organization relies on highly trained and experienced personnel of staff and consultants to meet this obligation.
How can you make a difference?
This consultancy aims to identify professionals for the roster in Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI), Communication for Development (C4D). The consultant is expected to provide C4D technical assistance to WCARO country offices (COs) to support of PEI, vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, and any other disease outbreaks (ex: Ebola Virus Disease). This vacancy announcement is a campaign to attract C4D/communication experts who are interested in short term (3 to 6 months) outbreak response assignments with UNICEF in WCARO countries.
Under the supervision of the CO Polio coordinator, and in close coordination with the CO Immunization section, the C4D consultant will be responsible for providing the technical guidance, leadership and strategic inputs, supporting the development and implementation of targeted and data driven Communication strategies, to strengthen the CO capacity for timely and effective support to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Polio SIA and any Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) outbreak response, and the preparedness and response to any Public Health Emergency situation with focus on diseases outbreaks.
The C4D consultant will collaborate closely with national counterparts in the Ministry of Health, as well as the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), including WHO, CDC, Gates Foundation, and any potential partners to coordinate communication and social mobilization efforts during outbreaks response.
Scope of work
Based on the local context of each country, the incumbent will be required to deliver the following results. These results would be adjusted on a case-by-case basis to fit the country needs.
- Needs assessment, analysis, prioritization and planning.
- Contribute to communications needs assessment, mapping of existing capacity, and conduct of social investigation of polio and any vaccine preventable diseases outbreaks as part of the early outbreak response.
- Facilitate the development of an overall strategy and evidence-based response and transition plan and ensure that the strategy is reflected in relevant documents.
- Conduct regular analyses of independent monitoring data and other available resources to identify priority areas and devise social mobilization microplans targeting those areas that incorporate social mobilization indicators within program monitoring indicators.
- Oversee the training of Frontline Workers (Vaccinators, Community Workers) to address specific challenges and ensure global standards and tools are used.
- Program development, planning and coordination
- Support the development and implementation of the response plan to ensure that high quality C4D response put in place at subnational level (e.g. high-risk areas, mobile populations, insecurity zones) and ensure that the response is aligned with the latest outbreak response SOPs.
- Work collaboratively with internal and external partners to discuss C4D priorities, resources, strategies and methodologies to ensure the most strategic use of the GPEI and UNICEF resources to support the response.
- Provide ongoing situation updates to the Country Representatives that are based on data analysis for better decision-making as well as strengthening the accountability framework of the Country Task Forces.
- Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN agencies, donor agencies, institutions, NGOs and the private sector to stimulate coordination and collaboration.
- Support production of C4D materials for advocacy to promote awareness of polio and other campaigns
- Advise NGOs/CSOs, UN agencies and government partners on C4D strategies and best practices.
- Strengthen performance monitoring of integrated C4D activities before, during and after campaigns using standardized data collection tools.
- Capacity building and supervision
- Guide and orient C4D national consultants on global polio and other vaccination campaign tools for Frontline workers and reinforced social mobilization activities;
- Supervise and support polio C4D national consultants work planning and implementation
- Information management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
- Ensure that updated and relevant information is included in general reporting including common web platforms, Situation Reports and other reporting mechanisms.
- Prepare and disseminate reports ensuring alignment with the C4D output results
- Support COs in the documentation of C4D initiatives/lessons learnt.
- The consultant may be required to work on other C4D-related topics
Deliverables and Schedules
Ensure the proper conduct of the required social investigation of polio and other diseases (ex: Measles, Yellow fever, EVD, etc.) as part of the early outbreak response for improved situation analysis and better knowledge of targeted communities.
2 weeks after notification
Develop/update communication for immunization / polio eradication strategies and plans; and facilitate their implementation and monitoring; and support COs to refine their C4D focus and interventions accordingly.
2 weeks after notification
Develop/update/review data on immunization knowledge and attitudes and behaviours of the target audience, especially for high-risk, mobile populations (nomads, IDPs, refugees) and security compromised areas.
10 days prior to outbreak response
Ensure micro plans (at least in priority areas) include social data and information on social mobilizers and leaders by the time of the first response.
7 days before Every SIA
Finalize C4D community engagement and information dissemination strategies to promote polio, routine immunization and other diseases.
10 days Prior to every outbreak response
Develop and tailor health communication tools and materials for various target populations/audiences, based on careful assessment of community knowledge, practices and behaviours.
2 weeks before SIA
Develop/ adapt communication monitoring tools, train community volunteers/ health workers and facilitate monitoring of activities.
7 days prior to outbreak response
Conduct regular analyses of independent data monitoring and other available resources to identify most at-risk areas and revise social mobilization micro plans targeting areas that incorporate social mobilization indicators within program monitoring indicators.
10 days before Every SIA
Set up social mobilization teams with delegated authorities at the subnational level, as needed, and oversee the structure until the end of the outbreak with performance monitoring.
2 weeks before SIA
Document and share lessons learned and best practices in polio, other VPD campaigns, and disease outbreak response.
21 weeks after SIA
Produce a report on C4D outbreak response activities
10 days after every SIA
The C4D consultant will be deployed to the disease outbreak country two weeks after the confirmation of the outbreak and will stay in the country at least 6 months until the closure of the outbreak
The C4D consultant will be required to report on bi-weekly basis on the progress of supported activities, to his CO supervisor and to the WCARO Polio Team (the C4D Focal Person, and the Team Lead). Bi-weekly activities progress reports will be submitted electronically.
The C4D consultant will also be required to submit an electronic report, to his CO supervisor and WCARO Polio Team, of all special activities including:
– Country level coordination meetings
– Special advocacy meetings
The C4D consultant will be working under the supervision of the CO Polio coordinator or any designated supervisor, in close coordination with the CO C4D and Immunization sections.
Consultant will have his/her own equipment (laptop and software) and UNICEF will provide him or her with the office space.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree in communication for development, social/behavioral sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education,) with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, and participatory research; At least two years of additional relevant work experience in the same field may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
- Good Knowledge and experience in Health program management, Polio Outbreak response SOP implementation and any other vaccination campaign is required.
- Five years’ work experience in planning and management of social development programs, including solid and progressively 3 years responsible work experience in vaccination campaign strategic communication design is required.
- Fluency in French is required and working knowledge of English would be an asset.
- Proven skills in communication, negotiation, networking, and advocacy is required.
- Knowledge of the social, political and economic environment of West and Central Africa would be an asset.
- Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form is required.
- Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications, skills in knowledge management and in UNICEF electronic knowledge management platform are an asset.
Required documents and certificates
• Copy of academic diplomas
• P11 updated
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