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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Juba
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-26

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National Consultant (Measles Supplementary Immunization Activities)

Juba (South Sudan)

OBJECTIVES OF THE FUNCTION

The 2015 measles strategic plan for South Sudan provided a guiding framework including activities geared towards the global measles elimination agenda by the year 2020. To achieve this goal different strategic interventions are being implemented covering, supplementary immunization, accelerated immunization activities, measles surveillance, strengthening of case management. Measles catch up campaign was conducted in a rollover form from 2005 to 2006; this was followed by two Follow-up Campaigns in 2011, 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Inaccessibility and destruction of health infrastructures due to the conflict which erupted in December 2013 led to quasi-cessation of routine immunization activities and diminished the quality of implementation of the 2016 Measles campaign. This combined with a high proportion of Internal Displaced Persons and the continuous influx of refugees from Sudan; has contributed to an accumulation of susceptible persons to measles virus. As a result of these from January 2019, 10 measles outbreaks have been declared all over the country.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

1.    Support the central coordination of the planning and preparation for the
       Measles SIAs.
2.    Promote and support the regular use of the various tools and methods to
       track and assure high quality preparations at all levels– including the
       readiness assessment at national and district levels, timely supervision of
       preparations.
3.    Collaborate with the various SIAs subcommittees (logistics, social
       mobilization, planning and resource mobilization, etc) to produce updates
       on the SIAs preparation and implementation activities for distribution to
       relevant partners.
4.    Support the review of the county level micro-planning for the SIAs to ensure
       high quality and consistency as per the national guidelines, and to ensure
       that hard to reach communities are identified and special strategies are
       designed to reach them
5.    Support the review/update of the South Sudan Measles campaign
       guidelines.  Participate in the training at all levels, including the training of
       supervisors as well as independent monitors as per the SIAs field guide.
6.    Ensure measures are put in place for preventing, reporting and managing
       AEFIs and waste management
7.    Promote and support the regular use of the various tools and methods to
       assure high quality implementation of the SIAs– including the rapid
       convenience monitoring, the post-campaign independent monitoring,  
8.    Participate in the coordination meetings for planning and implementation of
       the SIAs  
9.    Support the analysis of the end-process (post-campaign) Independent
       monitoring and provide recommendations on the conduct of the mop-up
        activities.  
10.   Participate in any post SIAs review meetings to share lessons learnt and
        take action for reaching the missed persons
11.   Submit a written report on the assignment prior to departure


DELIVERABLES

1.    Schedule of activities for the Campaign at national and state levels  and
       county specific implementation micro plans;
2.    Reviewed  of campaign field guide and data collection tools
3.    Update on measles campaign readiness at national, state and county level
       using SIAs readiness assessment tool
4.    Measles Campaign implemented in all the counties with a report submitted
5.    Submit a written report on the assignment prior end of assignment


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential\:

First University Degree in Public Health or other health-related field from an   
accredited/recognized University/Institution


Desirable\:
Medical degree from a recognized University or Advanced University Degree (Masters Level) in Public Health or Epidemiology.

Experience \:

Essential\:    

1. At least 2 years of professional work experience at national levels in measles 
    and rubella elimination initiative, routine immunization, and vaccines
    preventable diseases and surveillance programs activities. 
2. Demonstrated national experience in providing SIAs, measles/rubella
    elimination initiative (MRI) program technical support to various previous
    experience in the coordination of measles, rubella, polio, and meningitis
    SIAs and routine immunization program activities.
 

Desirable\:

1.   Experience on the development of SIAs guidelines, SIAs monitoring tools.
2.   Experience in development of Post SIAs coverage survey protocol & it’s
      Implementation
3.   Experienced in planning and facilitating of training at national, state and
      county level.

Use of language skills
  
Excellent knowledge of English.  Working knowledge of Arabic will be an asset


Skills

1.  Ability to work closely with national and international actors with tight
     deadlines.
2.  Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish   
     harmonious and effective working relationships with both national and field
     staff.
3.  Good computer skills including utilizing spreadsheets and database to
     monitor key campaign indicators.

WHO Competencies

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Use of Language Skills

Excellent knowledge of English.  Working knowledge of Arabic will be an asset. 
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