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International Consultancy: Support Team on Supplementary Immunisation Activities (SIA) Programme Management - 3 months

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)

UNICEF Papua New Guinea is seeking to engage an international consultant to provide technical assistance and build local capacity to effectively respond to the polio outbreak responses with Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA) planning, operation and programme management in Papua New Guinea for 3 months to start asap.

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The polio SIA operation and programme management/coordination consultant under the overall guidance of Chief CSD and day to day supervision of the Immunization Specialist will provide technical support to the National Department of Health’s (NDOH) Immunisation Team, Provincial Health Authorities (PHA) to accelerate the planning and implementation of polio Supplementary Immunisation Activities (SIA) in terms of technical capacity assessment of the NDOH and PHAs, microplanning, training of the mid-level managers, implementation of the house to house campaign, day to day monitoring, campaign data management, and post campaign evaluation. The SIA programme management/coordination consultant will facilitate the building of capacity of the mid-level managers in timely and effective implementation of polio SIA aiming high immunisation coverage. The consultant will also coordinate with WHO and other partners at national and provincial levels on UNICEF response activities for the polio outbreak.

Specific Tasks:

The polio SIA programme coordination/management Consultant will work closely with the National Department of Health (NDOH), Provincial Health Authority/Office (PHA/PHO), WHO and other partners, to implement high quality integrated polio immunisation campaigns in the high-risk provinces.

Following are the specific tasks:

    • Review of the technical capacities of the NDOH and PHA/PHO and assist them in preparing SIA micro-plan and detailed operational plans for 4 provinces;
    • Assist the national and provincial managers in association with WHO to organize training of the district and health facility in-charges on polio SIA;
    • Prepare/identify training materials for the health managers, vaccinators, social mobilizers and other team members and ensure the quality of such training;
    • Conduct supportive supervision, monitoring and mentoring visit;
    • Day to day monitoring and spot checks of the campaign activities;
    • Monitoring progress of the campaign and organize pre, intra, and post campaign reviews with the government and partners;
    • Assist the provinces in the analysis of coverage data and support them in planning and conducting mop-up activities as necessary;
    • Regular coverage and data management and visualize them in key performance indicators;
      • Assist the NDOH, WHO and partners in assessing further polio risk of the provinces to determine the scales of the campaign;
      • Collect and compile data from provinces and prepare implementation and coverage report by each province and conduct de-briefing on the lessons learnt and recommendations;
      • Prepare and submit final report of the activity, analysis of the responses, including the lessons learnt and recommendations at the end of the mission.

Expected deliverables;

The polio SIA programme coordination/management Consultant will work closely with NDOH, PHA, WHO, and other partners to achieve the following deliverables:

1)  A quick assessment of the programme capacity and preparedness/readiness of the NDOH, PHA/PHO for the planned SIA by end of 20 Aug 2018;

2)  A detailed SIA micro-plan and operational plan for the SIA for each of the 4 provinces by 31 Aug 2018;

3)  Progress report on the implementation of the SIA with achievements, weaknesses and strengths; and implementation challenges with proposed remedial measures for improvements by 30 Sept 2018.

4)  A final report on the Consultant support by 31 Oct 2018 

Reports to:

The consultant will report to the UNICEF Immunization Specialist based in Port Moresby. 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements;

  • University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Medicine, Health Sciences, Public Health; with a post-graduation in Public Health, Epidemiology etc
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in immunisation programme management, vaccine campaigns, supplementary immunization activities planning and management at the national or international level preferably in a developing country is required.
  • Relevant experience in polio supplementary immunization activities in any UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Experience of working in an emergency setting is required.
  • Ability to work in most extreme hardships.
  • Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate in a multicultural environment.
  • Computer literacy with high ability to use excel spread sheets.
  • Completed training on Basic and Advanced Security in the Field.

General Conditions:

  • The consultant will be responsible to bring all necessary laptop and computer accessories.
  • Under the consultancy agreements, a month is defined as 21 working days, and fees are prorated accordingly. Consultants are not paid for weekends or public holidays.
  • Local transport costs and any other costs related to this work will be covered by UNICEF and will not be included as part of the consultancy fees.
  • Please note the air tickets under UNICEF contract shall be re-routable, refundable type (economy class and most direct route). The consultant will be responsible for own travel insurance.
  • Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.
  • Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/ individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that she/ he has appropriate health insurance.
  • The Form 'Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary must be completed by the consultant upon reporting, at the HR Section.
  • As per UNICEF policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF's General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.

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

This consultancy announcement closes on 15 August 2018.

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: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-15

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