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Job Title: International Polio Eradication and Transition Consultant (P3 level), (Multiple Duty Station)

Job ID: IPE7872

Location: NIGERIA

Job no: 523013

Work type: Consultancy

Location: Nigeria

Categories: Communication for Development (C4D)

Organization Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Background/Purpose of Assignment

Nigeria is wild Polio-free for last 33 months and the country is all set polio-free status soon; with the great strides made by Nigeria in the polio eradication drive, the Government of Nigeria is intensifying its efforts to ensure that the gains are sustained and it ultimately receives its much-anticipated certification as a polio-free nation.

  As a key partner in the effort to achieve this, UNICEF has the lead role in communicating to families and communities in the endemic and other areas about the importance of taking the oral polio vaccine to prevent polio until global certification achieved.

  Beyond this, there is a push for integrating other child survival issues and messages in the basket of behaviours being promoted by the enlarged partnership working on the Polio Endgame. Key additional areas of engagement include full immunization for the child, promoting Ante-natal care as an entry point to proper health-seeking among pregnant women, Handwashing at critical times, management of basis childhood illnesses and delivery by skilled birth attendants.

Over 19,000 volunteer community mobilizers, volunteer ward supervisors, Polio Survivors, LGA social mobilization supervisors and state social mobilization supervisors have recently been hired to support intensified communications activities in the field.

Government of Nigerian initiated a groundbreaking community health workforce name as community health promoters, influencers and service providers project (CHIPS). In a transition, VCM network will be the main source for this project and transition will take place gradually as per transition plan and timelines. This requires more investment on the VCM network in terms of building the capacity and empowerment to adequately shoulder the intended responsibilities and play the active role in strengthening the local health system beyond polio.

Polio transition

  • Mapping of Polio assets, structures and processes in place based on the guidelines provided by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
  • Provide technical advises and operationalization of transitioning of VCMs to proposed Community Health Influencers, Promoter and service providers (CHIPs) project.
  • Support CHIPS implementation process and ensure 1:1 VCM to CHIPS transition through engagement at state LGA and various level.
  • Supporting Emergency Operation Center for Polio in developing the Nigeria Legacy plan along with WHO consultant as recommended by the Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication in Nigeria.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

  • A University Degree in Medicine/Social Sciences/Public Health/Business administration/Communication/Statistics or related technical field preferably in Communications and social mobilization. Working experience in Polio field, human resource development and data management or research will be an added advantage.
  • At least Five (5) years progressively responsible professional work experience in Polio eradication at the national level or 3 years of national experience plus one year experience at international level in programme planning, management, human resource development, monitoring and evaluation in Polio field.
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of another UN working language is desirable.
  • Experience working in one of currently polio-endemic countries will be an added advantage.

Basic competencies include:

  • Current knowledge of development issues, polio eradication, program management, capacity building, legacy strategies as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills
  • Managerial and supervisory skills.
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office application
  • Demonstration of ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • The duration of this consultancy is 6 months

Method of Application

Applicants should quote an all-inclusive fee in their cover letters and kindly note that your application will not be considered if you fail to provide your fee.

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

Advertised: 11 Jun 2019 W. Central Africa Standard Time

Applications close: 18 Jun 2019 11:55 PM W. Central Africa Standard Time

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