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Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN) Specialist, Multiple positions

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

Background Information - Job-specific

The past fifteen years have seen tremendous gains in reducing the burden of disease and progressing towards malaria elimination. Between 2000 and 2015, global malaria incidence fell by 37 percent and mortality rates by 60 percent. Over 6.2 million deaths were averted, primarily among children less than five years of age. Since 1998, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria (formerly Roll Back Malaria Partnership) has been central to the global fight against malaria. It has been essential to mobilizing these unprecedented resources and scaled up innovative interventions and to put the world on to a path of eliminating malaria. The RBM Partnership is currently hosted by UNOPS.

The Country / Regional Support Partners Committee (CRSPC) is one of its key partnership mechanisms. The purpose of CRSPC is to implement a formal partnership mechanism to facilitate and harmonize timely support from the RBM Partnership mechanisms to achieve the global targets. Working through the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP), CRSPC supports ITN campaigns through technical assistance.

Functional Responsibilities

In English:

Strategy, planning and implementation technical assistance

  • Identify lessons learned from previous experience and facilitate discussions around definition of the campaign strategy: roles and responsibilities of campaign partners; quantification of human resources and materials required; allocation of ITNs to households and beneficiary identification; and methods for ITN distribution, etc.
  • Collect inputs to write the plan of action, timeline of activities and budget for mass distribution of ITNs
  • Coordinate the development of the risk assessment and mitigation strategy related to strategy and operational aspects of the campaign
  • Participate to the development or modification of tools for campaign implementation, including training guides, data collection forms, training simulation exercises, supervision and monitoring checklists, etc.
  • Deliberate strategies used to ensure 100% of targeted beneficiaries reached, including mapping and registration team planning, independent monitoring of household registration and/or ITN distribution and in end of process evaluations and identify any technical gaps for development of protocols and questionnaires
  • Develop the lists of information to collect, the agendas, the templates and organize the implementation of the microplanning workshops for operational planning and budgeting, as well as consolidation of the data
  • Monitor the implementation during key phases of activity (e.g. training, household registration, ITN distribution)
  • Identify gaps in operational planning or resources for high quality execution of the campaign for follow up

Logistics and in-country supply chain management technical assistance

  • Support NMCP and partners with refining the logistics and supply chain management strategy: roles and responsibilities of campaign partners, quantification of macro storage and transport requirements, human resources, and methods for ITN distribution, logistics implications of campaign strategy and planning
  • Support preparation of the logistics plan of action, timeline and budget, as well as supporting documents regarding warehousing, transport, and security of ITNs, budgeting, and overall supply chain management
  • Assist with development of the risk assessment and mitigation strategy related to logistics aspects of the campaign
  • Finalize logistics tools for campaign implementation, such as training guides, logistics tracking tools, training simulation exercises, supervision and monitoring checklists, etc.
  • Assist with the identification of strategies to ensure 100% ITN accountability, including standard operating procedures for warehouse and transport management, planning and tools for spot checks and ITN reconciliation for each stage of the campaign and each level of the supply chain
  • Participate in the implementation of commodity management assessments, including in-country training and oversight during data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Participate in the implementation during key phases of activity (e.g. ITN reception, logistics training, warehouse assessments, ITN transport, ITN distribution)
  • Identify gaps in logistics planning or resources for high quality execution of the campaign for follow up

Social and behaviour change communication technical assistance

  • Contribute to development and drafting of the comprehensive communication plan, including a communication, advocacy and social mobilization plan of action, timeline, and budget for pre-, during and post-distribution phases
  • Support development of the creative brief for the campaign, defining the channels and audiences, materials required and timing
  • Provide assistance in adapting communication microplanning tools to country specific requirements.
  • Assist with the finalization of messages around household registration, procedures for net pick up, and the acceptable uses and/or disposal of expired nets, as well as the disposal of net packaging
  • Assist with the development of social mobilization strategies and other appropriate communication approaches including the use of mass media for target groups with different communication requirements, as well as the development of advocacy and engagement packages for specific audiences
  • Coordinate the finalization of communication modules in a campaign’s training manual for Training of Trainers and of teaching and learning tools for training of supervisors, monitors, and implementers at regional and local levels.
  • Assist with development of the risk assessment and mitigation strategy related to communication aspects of the campaign
  • Identify gaps in communication planning or resources for high quality execution of the campaign for follow up

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Support the decision-making and writing of the monitoring and evaluation plan (either standalone or as part of the global campaign plan)
  • Support the development of protocols and questionnaires for in process, end process, independent or rapid monitoring or post-campaign evaluation
  • Coordinate the finalization of the development of data collection forms, training simulation exercises, supervision and monitoring checklists, etc.
  • Assist with the data management for the household registration and ITN distribution, including troubleshooting over initial days of data entry to ensure that the key information can be extracted daily for programmatic actions
  • Assist with development of the risk assessment and mitigation strategy related to M&E aspects of the campaign
    • Participate in independent process evaluations of campaign implementation to provide external feedback to NMCP and partners
    • Participate in wrap up meetings following campaign implementation to provide final inputs to NMCP and partners for final reporting
    • Identify gaps in M&E planning or resources for high quality execution of the campaign for follow up


Functional Responsibilities

En francais:

Assistance technique en matière de stratégie, de planification et de mise en œuvre

  • Répertorier les leçons tirées des précédentes expériences et faciliter les discussions autour de la définition de la stratégie de campagne : rôles et responsabilités des partenaires de campagne, quantification des besoins en ressources humaines et en matériel, distribution des MII aux foyers et identification des bénéficiaires, méthodes de distribution des MII, etc.
  • Recueillir des informations devant servir à la préparation du plan d’action, du calendrier des activités et du budget pour la distribution des MII à grande échelle.
  • Coordonner l’élaboration de la stratégie d’évaluation et d’atténuation des risques en lien avec la stratégie et les aspects opérationnels de la campagne.
  • Participer au développement ou à la modification des outils de mise en œuvre de la campagne, notamment des guides de formation, des formulaires de collecte de données, des exercices de simulation de formation, des listes de vérification de suivi et de supervision, etc.
  • Réfléchir sur les stratégies utilisées pour s’assurer que 100 % des bénéficiaires ciblés soient atteints, ce qui couvre une cartographie et la planification de l’équipe de recensement, un contrôle indépendant de l’enregistrement des foyers et/ou distribution des MII, des évaluations en fin de processus et l’identification des problèmes techniques pour l’élaboration de protocoles et questionnaires.
  • Dresser les listes d’informations à collecter, les agendas et les modèles de fiche, et organiser la mise en place des ateliers de microplanification pour la planification opérationnelle et la budgétisation, ainsi que la consolidation des données.
  • Contrôler la mise en œuvre durant les phases clés de l’activité (par exemple la formation, l’enregistrement des ménages, la distribution des MII).
  • Identifier les lacunes dans la planification ou les moyens opérationnels, en vue de garantir la qualité de l’exécution de la campagne et le suivi ultérieur.

Assistance technique en matière de logistique et de gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement dans le pays

  • Soutenir le PNLP et les partenaires en affinant la stratégie en matière de gestion logistique et de chaîne d’approvisionnement : rôles et responsabilités des partenaires de campagne, quantification des besoins en macro-stockage et transport, ressources humaines, méthodes de distribution des MII, implications logistiques de la stratégie et planification de la campagne.
  • Appuyer la préparation du plan d’action logistique, du calendrier et du budget, ainsi que de la documentation concernant l’entreposage, le transport et la sécurité des MII, la budgétisation et la gestion globale de la chaîne d’approvisionnement.
  • Aider à l’élaboration de la stratégie d’évaluation et d’atténuation des risques touchant aux aspects logistiques de la campagne.
  • Finaliser les outils logistiques pour la mise en œuvre de la campagne, tels que les guides de formation, les outils de suivi logistique, les exercices de simulation de formation, les listes de vérification de suivi et de supervision, etc.
  • Aider à l’identification des stratégies en vue de s’assurer d’une redevabilité à 100 % en matière de distribution des MII, notamment dans la définition de procédures opérationnelles standardisées pour la gestion de l’entreposage et du transport, la planification et l’utilisation d’outils de vérification ponctuelle, l’inventaire des MII à chaque étape de la campagne et à chaque maillon de la chaîne d’approvisionnement.
  • Participer à la procédure d’évaluation de la gestion des produits, y compris à des actions de formation et de supervision dans le pays pendant la collecte des données, leur analyse et l’établissement de rapports.
  • Participer à la mise en œuvre durant les phases clés de l’activité (par exemple réception de MII, formation à la logistique, évaluation des entrepôts, transport et distribution des MII).
  • Identifier les lacunes dans la planification ou les moyens logistiques, en vue de garantir la qualité de l’exécution de la campagne et le suivi ultérieur.

Assistance technique en matière de communication dans la perspective d’un changement social et de comportement

  • Contribuer à l’élaboration et à la rédaction d’un plan de communication global, comprenant un plan d’action sur les aspects de la communication, du plaidoyer et de la mobilisation sociale, avec un calendrier et un budget pour toutes les phases relatives à la distribution (avant, après et pendant).
  • Aider à l’élaboration de la brochure originale de la campagne, y compris la définition des canaux et des publics, du matériel requis et du calendrier.
  • Fournir une assistance pour la définition d’outils de microplanification communicationnelle adaptés aux nécessités propres du pays.
  • Aider à la mise au point des messages concernant l’enregistrement des foyers, la procédure pour le retrait des moustiquaires, l’usage qui doit en être fait et leur élimination, ainsi que l’élimination de leur emballage.
  • Contribuer à l’élaboration de stratégies de mobilisation sociale et d’autres voies appropriées de communication, y compris le recours aux médias de diffusion massive pour des groupes cibles nécessitant une approche distincte au niveau de la communication, ainsi qu’à la conception de programmes d’engagement et de plaidoyer visant des publics particuliers.
  • Coordonner la mise au point des modules de communication pour les inclure dans un manuel de formation relatif à la campagne, en particulier pour la formation des formateurs, et des outils d’enseignement et d’apprentissage pour la formation des superviseurs et des agents chargés du suivi et de la mise en œuvre, aux niveaux régional et local.
  • Aider à l’élaboration de la stratégie d’évaluation et d’atténuation des risques touchant aux aspects communicationnels de la campagne.
  • Identifier les lacunes dans la planification ou les moyens de communication, en vue de garantir la qualité de l’exécution de la campagne et le suivi ultérieur.

Suivi et évaluation

  • Aider à la prise de décision et à la rédaction du plan de suivi et d’évaluation (soit sous forme séparée soit dans le cadre du plan global de campagne).
  • Aider à l’élaboration de protocoles et de questionnaires pour le suivi rapide et autonome durant le processus, à la fin du processus, ou pour une évaluation post-campagne.
  • Coordonner la mise au point des formulaires de collecte des données, des exercices de simulation de formation, des listes de vérification de suivi et de supervision, etc.
  • Aider à la gestion des données dans le cadre de l’enregistrement des foyers et la distribution des MII, y compris à la solution des problèmes au cours des premiers jours de saisie des données pour s’assurer que des informations clés peuvent être extraites quotidiennement en vue des actions programmatiques. 
  • Aider à l’élaboration de la stratégie d’évaluation et d’atténuation des risques touchant aux aspects de suivi et d’évaluation de la campagne.
    • Participer à des évaluations indépendantes concernant la mise en œuvre de la campagne pour fournir un feed-back objectif aux partenaires et sur le PNLP.
    • Participer aux réunions de synthèse après le déroulement de la campagne afin de faire part de conclusions aux partenaires et sur le PLNP, en vue du rapport final.
    • Identifier les lacunes dans la planification ou les moyens de suivi et d’évaluation, en vue de garantir la qualité de l’exécution de la campagne et le suivi ultérieur.


Education

Advanced university (master’s) degree desired, preferably in public health, social science, public administration, business administration or related area with 5 years of relevant experience OR
First Level University degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) may be considered with 7 additional years of experience
OR
Technical/Professional License with additional 6 years of experience.
OR
Technical/Professional Diploma with additional 9 years of experience.
OR
Completed High/Secondary school education with 11 years of experience.


Experience

As indicated in the Education section, combined with the academic qualification the number of years of Professional experience working on mass ITN distribution campaigns, mass vaccination campaigns, or other large-scale health commodity delivery operations is required.

Within the above experience requirements, a minimum of 3 years of experience in at least one of the core ITN campaign areas is required:

–      Strategy, planning and implementation assistance

–      Logistics and in-country supply chain management

–      Social and behaviour change communication

–      Monitoring and evaluation

Desirable:  

  • Knowledge of broader health policies and National Malaria Control Programmes
  • Knowledge of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria
  • Familiarity with The Global Fund, PMI and other donor procedures and processes
    • Work experience in challenging contexts

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: International Specialist Level 2 (ICS-10 equivalent)
Contract duration: 150 working days within 12 months with possible extension upon satisfactory performance and funding availability.



For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-05

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