Full-time UNICEF State Immunization Consultant Job Nationwide
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you
The Job :State Immunization Consultant
Job Status: Full Time Job,Graduate/Exp
Job Number: 502319
Work Type: Consultancy
Purpose of the Assignment
To support Government of Nigeria in its goal of reducing vaccine preventable diseases through strengthening Immunization Systems by providing technical support to States’ Ministry of Health in the area of polio eradication, other SIAs and routine immunization.
Support implementation of the DL&HC and NLWG strategies and projects at the state, LGA and health facility level for the index year
Support the development of annual State work plans for EPI to ensure conformity with comprehensive Multi-Year plan (cMYP) and articulation of a well-defined action tracker for monitoring implementation
Support the implementation of quarterly State work-plans (social mobilization and vaccine security) for EPI to ensure quality implementation and that the planned results are achieved on a timely and efficient basis
Support training of State/LGA staff and vaccination personnel in Health education, inter-personal communication, general social mobilization and cold chain/logistic activities especially in the context of immunization as a component of accelerated child survival
Collect and analyse (social and VSL) data especially from the LGA and State levels for specific trends/patterns and to guide social mobilization/VSL planning and implementation, particularly the design and implementation of micro-strategies for reaching the hard-to-reach, mobile and minority groups at the LGA and district levels.
Work directly and collaborate with the traditional leaders at community, ward/district and LGA levels for increased community participation and ownership of polio and routine immunization and strengthen partnerships with key allies including WHO, Rotary, NGOs, CBOs, faith-based , women and youth groups for more effective use of networks to promote behaviour change.
Participate in the planning and implementation of media communication activities and work with media groups and networks for coordinating UNICEF-supported EPI programmes, especially during SIAs
Prepare relevant analytical reports and draft changes to the 2 in one program work-plan as required. Monthly reports will be in 2 parts (one component for social mobilization and the other for vaccine security).
Assist LGAs in building two separate inventory systems for (i) cold chain and logistic equipment and (ii) communication equipment (e.g. megaphones, recorders, TV, and players), and IEC materials for effective health education.
Attend technical Co-operation State and social mobilization Committee meetings on EPI (including polio), prepare Notes for the Record, and undertake follow-up action and coordination related to program implementation and monitoring, particularly for social mobilization and VSL.
Undertake field visits to LGA and communities to assess progress, identify problems and propose remedial or alternative strategies or courses of actions to accelerate/improve quality of EPI delivery in the assigned State
Facilitate, in coordination with UNICEF Field offices, the effective use of UNICEF funds (channelled through the Government departments) at the State and LGA levels.
Coordinate with UNICEF Field Offices and Partners on vaccine security issues and cold chain/logistic matters and in coordination with UNICEF Field offices, recommend the effective use of UNICEF logistic funds (channelled through the Government departments) at the State and LGA levels for Immunisation activities.
Carry out any other duties in support of UNICEF led Health interventions as assigned by Supervisors or authority of UNICEF Field Office.
Support the development of State Logistics Working Group (SLWG) Work Plans towards implementing the vaccine management standards and practices including bundling vaccines, maintaining stocks levels, preparing and following distribution plans of vaccine, devices and data tools for RI and SIAs and ensuring cold chain functionality and maintenance.
Bachelor Degree in Business/Health/Material Management/Engineering or equivalent (minimal). Master’s Degree in Public Health/Pharmacology, Business, or Engineering is an advantage.
Experience in managing cold chain system for vaccines or other related medical supplies and providing immunization services is desirable
Years of relevant experience:
At least 3 years progressively professional work experience with at least 2 years at providing technical support in the area of logistics, supply chain management, cold chain
Competencies of Successful Candidate:
Fluency in English
Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan and coordinate logistics activities as well as to transfer knowledge and skills.
Good analytical and negotiating skills.
Ability to work in an international or multicultural environment
Proficiency in computer applications including excel and PowerPoint
Ability to work as a team member
Ability to monitor progress, collect and analyze data, effect corrections and prepare reports.