Consultant - C4D Data Management Specialist for Polio eradication, P-3, Kinshasa, RDC
Lubumbashi (Congo Democratic)
Objectives: 1. Overall objectives • Provide technical support to ensure the successful data collection and analyse in support of the implementation of communication and social mobilisation aspects for polio mOPV 2 vaccination campaigns in DRC including Independent monitoring, LQAS, RI coverage, rapid surveys; • To support coordination between UNICEF colleagues, Government, donor partners including OMS, CDC and USAID and NGO partners, in particular for the sub-national campaigns. • To train internally and externally (governement and partners) on data collection, management and use for action • To support on-going activities in order to ensure quantitative and qualitative communication data (such as updated refusal maps, special and high to reach populations, Team B reporting Schema) are available and used for action. 2. Specific objectives - with a focus on the province where polio cases have been identified: • To contribute technical assistance to the planning, implementation of communications activities based on qualitative and quantitative data, with attention to hard to reach populations • To monitor the implementation of both ongoing field activities in the provinces and during the campaigns • To update refusal and resistances maps, special and high to reach populations • To support the implementation of community dialogue and other feedback mechanisms including a revised methodology and tools and provide capacity building and training to Government and NGO partners • Respond to evolving needs as the emergency develops (e.g. undertaking missions if new cases are identified, revising or producing response plan documents) • Contribute to vaccine management during SIA • To support implementation of new data collection and analysis method for action (rapid pro, U-Report) • Analyse communication data, identify lessons learned and translate into operational actions in view of reaching missed children and addressing reasons why they are missed.
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I. Context and justification
UNICEF supports the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at national and sub-national levels in its efforts to promote and fulfill the rights of children. In so doing, UNICEF supports a range of interventions that cut across the areas of policy and legislative reform, strengthening institutional capacity to deliver child-centred services, positively influence behavior and social change, and preparation for and response to emergencies.
Communication for Development (C4D) is a key component of UNICEF’s work, as it’s essential for long term and sustainable behavior and social changes that impacts on the lives of children and adolescents, their families and communities.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is engaged to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) since 1998. Since several years, the Ministry of Health in close collaboration with key partners of the GPEI, implemented a combination of strategies to fight against WPV importation. More than 15 million children received oral polio vaccine (OPV) during NID and SNIDs. This contributed to reach a stepping stone in Polio eradication in DRC.
In 2015 and 2016, performances were maintained at the level of polio certification standards. Epidemiologically, no new Wild Polio Virus (WPV) cases have been recorded since 20th December 2011 and in November 2015, the country was classified "free of Poliovirus" by the regional Commission for Certification for Africa. In terms of individual and collective immunity, multiple efforts to increase immunization coverage nationwide have been effective. The recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS- 2013/2014) and the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 2010) presented improvements in Oral Polio Vaccine 3 (OPV3) immunization coverages, from 46% (DHS 2007) to 58% (MICS 2010) and 66% (DHS 2013-2014). WHO-UNICEF estimates highlighted slight increases in Penta 3 coverage, from 76% in 2013 to 80% in 2014. In addition, despite these improvements, there are noticeable disparities between Health Zones (only 87% reached a performance of over 80% on Penta 3 coverage in 2016).
As part of the Global Strategic Plan for polio eradication and the final phase 2013-2018, DRC has introduced since 2015, the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in routine. The country has already made the withdrawal tOPV and substituting bOPV in routine since April 30, 2016. But some challenges remain.
In 2017, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported till date December 17 cVDPV2 cases: Maniema 2, (from Kindu and Kunda health zones), Haut Lomami 7, (from Malemba Nkulu (1), Mukanga (3), Butumba (2), Lwamba (1) and Tanganyika 8 (Manono (2), (3) Ankoro health zones. In addition, an aVDPV1 case was reported from Ankoro health zone in the Tanganyika province.
Considering the remaining challenges with hard-to-reach populations due to insecurity, geography, poverty or movements (refugees, returnees, nomadic groups), there is a need for innovative Communication for Development (C4D) approaches based on quantitative and qualitative data. In addition to geographical access issues, many remote populations do not have access to communication materials and tools. Innovative and intensive efforts are required in terms of analysis, planning, implementation and training-supervision.
In order to ensure the quality of communication data, particularly for parents, refractory populations and special populations, UNICEF needs international expertise in management of communication , behavior and social data.
SIAs data / Communication quantitative et qualitative data are available, analyzed and dissiminated, for translation into operational actions in view of reaching missed children and addressing reasons why they are missed;
- Vaccine management is effective;
- Updated mapping of refusals and resistances, special and high to reach populations;
- Community register data are analysed for tailored communication activities;
- A final report with data, findings, lessons learned, recommendations and action points is produced;
Documentation of good practices, with focus on community-based data (CAC & CODEV reports), real time feedback from community.
Taking into consideration these above mentioned expected results, the consultant will:
- Review the documentation provided by EPI and UNICEF/WHO on the data collection mechanisms put in place so far.
- Ensure available reporting structure of the Polio Team B is functional
- Work closely with the province, WHO colleagues and various key Polio partners at national or regional levels in order to finalize the data collection system and analysis.
- Assist the EPI statisticians and data managers to monitor and coordinate the collection of data.
- Update the existing training module on collecting and using qualitative data for communication plans. Adapt it to different groups of users.
- Update and standardize existing data collection tools and the support the improvement of the quality of the data
- Ensure the debriefing at the end of the mission to DPS (EPI), various key Polio partners (including UNICEF and WHO)
Management and Supervision
The C4D data management Specialist will report directly to the Polio outbreak coordinator and work closely with Kinshasa and zonal C4D and immunization specialists.2. Qualifications, experience and competencies
- An Advanced University Degree in social and behavioural science, public Health, Epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations or other related social science field is required. A Bachelor degree combined with more than seven relevant experience in C4D or Data management may be accepted
- At least seven (7) years relevant C4D/ Data management experience in the health sector
- Experience with EPI programmes and communication and social mobilization for polio campaigns data management
- Ability to work in a fast-changing emergency setting
- Ability to use own initiative
- Fluency in French and strong command of English. Knowledge of Swahili would be an asset.
III. Duration of assignment: 6 months
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