International Consultant to support strengthening MCV routine immunization in Romania
UNICEF Romania is looking for an International Consultant to support strengthening MCV routine immunization in Romania.
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Purpose of the consultancy
Under the supervision of the UNICEF Health Specialist and overall programmatic guidance of the UNICEF Deputy Representative, the purpose of the consultancy is to provide technical assistance for the review of the measles and rubella routine immunization program in Romania. This includes the identification of program strengths and weaknesses, i.a. via a bottlenecks/root cause analysis of low MCV1 and MCV2 coverage at national and subnational/district level. The final outputs will be the development of costed Implementation Plans for Immunization (with operational plans for two underperforming districts) to improve MCV1 and MCV2 coverage at national and subnational levels in Romania.
How can you make a difference?
Romania is an upper middle-income EU country non-eligible to receive support via the Gavi Alliance. 100% of the health care budget is financed through domestic sources. As there is no long-term immunization planning process in Romania, there is no projection of national immunization program future resource requirements (for a 3-5 year horizon) to measure funding gaps and define sustainability strategies. National immunization program budgeting is based on historical costs and is adjusted to the target group size (considering historical wastage rates and coverage targets). Therefore, the country has continued to experience stock outs of vaccines for years.
To step up the actions to address the current crisis UNICEF has agreed with the Ministry of Health to develop Costed Immunization Implementation Plans, in two counties with low vaccination coverage and make recommendations to improve MCV coverage at national level that would be translated into the next Romanian National Health Strategy, in order to make it into a modernized, more efficient and effective Immunization program capable of improving national coverages to reach herd immunity. The Plans are expected to address all key areas of the immunization system identified in the initial review.
Sustainably improving the situation in Romania would i.a. be a major step to reduce the number of measles (and other) cases across several countries in the region, including Ukraine, Moldova, and Italy, to mention a few. To offer a solid evidence base for this work, updated evidence of root causes and the identification of critical bottlenecks is needed.
The consultancy comprises the following elements:
- Perform review of the measles and rubella routine immunization program with identification of program strengths and weaknesses, as well as identification of bottlenecks/root cause analysis of low MCV1 and MCV2 coverage at national and selected subnational/district level
- Develop costed action plans at subnational levels (focus on selected 2 counties with low vaccination coverage) to improve MCV1 and MCV2 coverage and make recommendations for national level to be included into the next Romanian National Health Strategy for Romania
- Report on review of the measles/ rubella national routine immunization program and causality analysis of low coverage of routine immunization, specifically MCV1 and MCV2, at national and subnational level (in two underperforming counties)
- Costed plans to improve MCV coverage at subnational level (in two underperforming counties)
- Recommendations for improvement of MCV coverage at national level to be included in next National Health Strategy for Romania
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University degree in medicine, epidemiology, public health or other health related field;
- Minimum of 8 years of experience in health
- Relevant professional work experience in immunization, including assessments and analysis of immunization programs
- Experience in developing action plans, preferably in the area of immunization
- Experience with government and/or non-governmental organization
- Experience in facilitating workshops
- Previous work experience with UNICEF or another international organization is an asset
- Previous work experience in the region is an asset
For every Child, you demonstrate…
- Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English;
- Analytical and conceptual ability;
- Communication skills;
- Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications;
- Ability to work in a team and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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General conditions, Procedures and Logistics
- Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Health Specialist. The estimated number of days envisaged for the consultancy is 50 working days – out of which 24 outside the country and 26 in country
- All communication will be done with UNICEF office;
- This contract does not include per diem and transportation when travelling with UNICEF. Travel costs and DSAs will be paid separately according to UNICEF rules and regulation.
- Payments will be made based on deliverables, according to expected deadlines – and as specified in the tasks and deliverables table.
- Note: consultant will sign health statement prior to taking the assignment and the designation form will be completed.
How to apply
Your online application should contain the following separate attachments:
- an updated Curriculum Vitae focused on the skills and experience requested by the current consultancy
- Financial Offer. Please indicate your availability and gross daily fee in US Dollars to undertake the terms of reference above. Please see the suggested Financial template_Individual consultant_per day.docx. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered. The Consultant will be responsible for paying income taxes and any other due taxes as per applicable legislation.
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.
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.