Temporary Appointment, Measles Expert, P-4, Abuja, Nigeria (9 months)
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Purpose of the Position
In its capacity as a key immunisation partners, UNICEF has committed to assisting the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) with the services of an International measles Expert to support the upcoming follow up Supplementary Immunisation Activities.
The main objective of this TA is to provide high-level technical support the NPHCDA for overall coordination, planning, monitoring the implementation and evaluation of the 2017/2018 measles campaign for overall coordination and implementation of an improved measles campaign, taking lessons from previous measles and polio campaigns into consideration.
More specifically the TA is expected to:
- Provide support to the National Measles Technical Coordinating Committee in overall coordination
- Facilitate micro-planning, validation of micro plans and provide feedback to the states
- Use the opportunity provided by the follow-up measles campaign to reach previously missed children with one dose of measles vaccine by leveraging the polio campaign strategies; campaign to strengthen the health system and immunization programme
- Achieve 95% measles vaccination coverage in all States
- Strengthen the pharmaco-vigilance system for monitoring adverse events following immunization
- Assist in writing the consolidated National report post campaign
- Contribute to the post measles campaign survey.
Key Expected Results
- Participate in all National Measles Technical Coordinating Committee (NMTCC) meetings;
- Support coordination of activities at national and state level and ensure all key players are brought on board early;
- Assist the NMTCC to develop quality work-plans and monitor timely implementation of planned activities;
- Assist the NMTCC in National and zonal micro-planning training, verification of micro-plans to ensure plans address all needs required for a quality campaign as logistics, personnel and waste management plans are in line with specified guidelines;
- Support the development of training plan, training manuals and technical presentations to be used for training and facilitation of training at National, State and Local Government Authority (LGA) level;
- Assist the NMTCC to develop social mobilization plans and ensure plans are implemented to reach target populations and assist the Social Mobilization Working Group (SMWG) to develop a strategy to ensure identified key players with influence to reach target populations are fully engaged;
- Assist the NMTCC in conducting resource mobilisation, sensitisation and advocacy to bridge funding gaps for the campaign and support advocacy to ensure State commitment to support measles campaign;
- Assist the NMTCC in tracking funds sent to the States for Logistics and Social Mobilization activities in collaboration with UNICEF staff and other partners on the ground;
- Participate in the conduct of in-process monitoring and end-process monitoring during implementation;
- Support in estimation of available cold chain capacity and address gap where identified;
- Support the revision of data tools for micro-planning , pre-implementation checklist and implementation;
- Support in the conduct of pre-implementation assessment;
- Assist in monitoring and supervision of the Measles campaign;
- Participate in the planning and implementation of the post-campaign coverage survey.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Master’s in Public Health or related technical field
2. Work Experience
- At least 8 years of experience with progressively higher responsibilities in designing, implementing, and evaluating health projects, particularly immunization programmes
- Knowledge of national immunization programs and health systems
- Familiarity with supplementary Immunization Activity
- Previous experience with UNICEF programs is an asset
- Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications
- Fluency in oral and written English is required
Competencies of Successful Candidate
1. Core Values
- Diversity and inclusion
2. Core Competencies
- Communication [ II ]
- Working with People [ II ]
- Drive for Results [ II ]
3. Functional Competencies
- Building Trust [ II ]
- Managing Resources [ II ]
- Communication [ II ]
- Influence [ II ]
- Judgment [ II ]
- Technical Knowledge [ II ]
- Team Leadership [ II ]
- Planning, Setting Standards, and Monitoring Work [ II ]
To view our competency framework, please click here.
- The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Abuja
- Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
- Closing Date: 2017-06-15