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Coordinator of Outbreak Response, WCARO, Dakar, Senegal

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For every child, a vaccine

Background

UNICEF plays a crucial role in supporting disease outbreak countries in improving the performance and the quality of vaccination campaigns and other public health measures, through proper vaccine management and communication and social mobilization activities.

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 and vaccine management response whenever a disease outbreak is confirmed. The organization relies on highly trained and experienced personnel of staff and consultants to meet this obligation.

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Objectives

This consultancy aims to identify professionals for the roster in Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI), Coordinator of Outbreak Response. The Outbreak Coordinator is expected to provide technical assistance to WCARO country offices (COs) in support of PEI, vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, and any other disease outbreaks (ex: Ebola virus disease). This vacancy announcement is a campaign to attract Outbreak Coordinator 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 Chief of Health, and in close coordination with the CO Immunization and C4D sections, the incumbent is responsible for providing to the CO the technical guidance, leadership and strategic inputs, supporting the coordination of the UNICEF effort for outbreak response. Key activities will include: development and implementation of targeted and data driven vaccine management and communication and social mobilization 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, or the preparedness and response to any Public Health Emergency situation with focus on diseases outbreaks.

The incumbent 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 UNICEF outbreak response efforts.

Scope of work

To support the Ministry of Health and the Country Office to ensure an adequate response to interrupt the transmission of Polio and other VPDs, control the outbreaks, and prevent further spread in accordance with existing standard operating procedures for outbreak prevention and response. Main activities will include:

Coordination

  • Collaborate with the MOH, WHO and other PEI partners as well as the outbreak incident manager to finalize or update the response plan, monitor the implementation of the response, and specifically ensuring proper planning, implementation and monitoring of the critical activities for UNICEF: communication for development (C4D), vaccine management and associated logistics;
  • Participate actively in national coordination meetings before, during and after the response;
  • Coordinate with the Health / Immunization section, the C4D section as well as the sub-offices for the management of UNICEF internal resources as part of the vaccine response;
  • Ensure the proper functioning of the various technical and coordination commissions set up as part of the response (technical, logistics, communication, surveillance).

    Technical

  • Ensure a good preparation of the whole process of planning and implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the outbreak response plan: empowerment of actors at the national level, facilitation of micro-planning processes and its implementation by collaborating directly with coordinators at each level;
  • Develop the supervisory plan of the Surge team as well as the UNICEF staff involved in the response in collaboration with the central level and the sub-offices of UNICEF while considering the TAs by the other partners;
  • Carry out advocacy at the level of the authorities, in collaboration with C4D international consultants and partners, for the effective involvement of the political and administrative authorities in the response by developing an accountability framework for each level and monitoring the situation.

    Monitoring and monitoring

  • Participate in evaluations of each round of the response, as well as the final evaluation of the outbreak response;
  • Ensure the organization of post-campaign independent monitoring activities with WHO as well as the analysis of results from these IM and LQAS;
  • Propose, in collaboration with the C4D team, the tools for collecting data on the recovery of vaccinated children in populations resistant or of missed person in general population to vaccination and make a detailed analysis to assess the relevance of the strategies implemented in the field;
  • Monitor, in collaboration with the C4D team, the data and indicators reflecting the mapping of resistance and high-risk populations, and highlight the needs for qualitative assessments;
  • Coordinate the planning and implementation of the independent monitoring of vaccine management, paying attention to the finalization of the protocol/guide, the recruitment of the monitors, the analysis and finalization of the reports on vaccine management;
  • Propose, in collaboration with the C4D team, the messaging tools and the training of community relays as part of community-based surveillance;
  • Develop a regular response report and ensure that C4D and Vaccine Management are included in national SITREPs, and bulletins;
  • Prepare a bi-monthly status report to be sent to the country office, RO and HQ;
  • Ensure availability of all the activities progress reports at each level and on time, including C4D and mOPV2 vaccine management report;
  • Write the overall report of the response highlighting good practices lessons learned as well as recommendations.
  • With routine immunization:
  • Work with the central level, regions, and districts in the microplanning process to strengthen routine immunization, with attention to strengthening OPV, IPV and other VPD vaccines coverages;
  • Support the supervision of routine immunization activities;
  • Ensure routine monitoring and analysis of routine immunization data including cold chain and vaccine management;
  • Support the entire data quality verification process of routine immunization including the implementation of LQAS as part of the routine;
  • Ensure the integration of high-impact activities for child survival into planning;
  • With polio legacy:
  • Contribute to the process of finalization and implementation of the country « Polio legacy » plan

Deliverables and Schedules

Deliverable

Timeline

The outbreak response plans for C4D, Vaccine Management and logistics are developed, implemented, monitored, evaluated, and updated based on outbreak response progress and social and other data.

2 weeks prior to every outbreak response

The plans for trainings on C4D, Vaccine Management, and community-based detection ad reporting of AFP cases are developed and implemented.

2 weeks prior to every outbreak response

The plan for the supervision of UNICEF surge team involved in the response and routine immunization is developed in collaboration with the central level and the sub-offices of UNICEF.

2 weeks prior to every outbreak response

An Accountability framework for C4D and Vaccine Management activities, for each level, is developed, monitored and evaluated.

3 weeks prior to every outbreak response

The tools for collecting data on the recovery of vaccinated children in populations resistant or of missed person in general population to vaccination are developed.

2 weeks prior to every outbreak response

The analysis of results from administrative, IM, LQAS and RI data conducted in collaboration with WHO, MOH to identify high-risk Medical districts, resistance population and the relevant strategies for the next round

10 days after every SIA

The independent monitoring of the mOPV management organized in collaboration with the VM responsible and all documents required for VM produced (FA, VUR by round) and shared with national level

10 days after every SIA

Regular response report developed and ensure that C4D and Vaccine Management are included in national SITREPs and newsletters

1 time by month after Every SIA

The micro plans process to strengthen routine immunization is finalized

4 weeks before Periodic Intensified Routine Immunization (PIRI)

The process of finalization of the « Polio legacy » plan is supported

Until the closure of the outbreak

The overall report of the response including financial reporting highlighting good practices lessons learned as well as recommendations is written

3 weeks after every SIA

Timing

The Outbreak Coordinator 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.

Reporting Requirements

The Outbreak Coordinator consultant will be required to report on bi-weekly basis on the progress of supported activities, to his CO Chief of Health and to the WCARO Polio Team Lead. Bi-weekly activities progress reports will be submitted electronically.

Administrative Issues

The Outbreak Coordinator consultant will be working under the supervision of the CO Chief of health, 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…

  • Advance university degree in Medicine or Public Health is required; At least two years of additional relevant work experience in the same field may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • Advanced university degree in communication for development or the social/behavioural sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, and participatory research, and knowledge in Health program management and evidence-based planning would be an asset.
  • Advance university degree in logistic for vaccine management would be an asset.
  • More than 8 years progressively responsible work experience in communication for development, and vaccine management, in developing countries would be an asset.
  • More than 8 years field experience is supporting polio and/or other VPDs outbreaks preparedness and response in developing world would be an asset.
  • Fluency in French is required, and a 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

For every Child, a fair chance

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.”

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

HOW TO APPLY:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=521810

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