National Consultant for IEV (Identify Enumerate & Vaccinate) Strategy for Polio OBR and Zero Dose big Catch up in Nigeria at UNICEF

UNICEF contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria with a mandate to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF’s Nigeria country programme: Aims to accelerate the realization of the rights of all children and women to survival, development, protection and participation. Promotes efforts to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality; expand access to quality basic education; and strengthen social and child protection systems. Uses a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach Plays a catalytic role in supporting federal, state and local governments in identifying key bottlenecks that hinder realization of the rights of disadvantaged children, supported by equity-focused, inclusive advocacy, planning, action and monitoring at all levels. Supports adolescent development.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Location: Abuja
  • Job Field: Consultancy, NGO/Non-Profit 

How can you make a difference? 

  • The Nigeria government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency using its Primary Health Care Resources has consistently implemented EPI as a strategy to prevent child mortality, containment of cVPV2, introduction of new vaccines (HPV). In addition, UNICEF Nigeria is assisting the national efforts through developing strategies focused on zero dose immunization (Big Catch Up) to strengthen delivery of priority services including identifying zero dose communities, scaling up childhood immunization and strengthening primary health care for the delivery of integrated immunization and essential health services. Moreover, to improve the population immunity against polio virus and to contain the transmission of cVPV2 in the AIT states and other priority states, UNICEF is assisting the government of Nigeria through the Identify Enumerate and Vaccinate (IEV) strategy operationalization.
  • In order to assist the NPHCDA and the state health authorities for operationalizing the polio IEV strategy, to plan & operationalize the big catch up for zero dose communities, and to operationalize the HPV vaccine introduction (phase 2), UNICEF will recruit a national consultant. The consultant will work under the supervision of the Health Manager (Immunization cluster lead) and the Health Manager for Immunization, in the UNICEF Nigeria country office, with extending supports to UNICEF FO, national & state health authorities.
  • The consultant will work in collaboration with the Nigeria Country Office Immunization team, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and partners, to plan and operationalize the priority interventions focusing cVPV2 outbreak response, zero dose reduction and HPV vaccine rollout.

Specifically, the consultant will support country office efforts to:

  • Microplanning for implementing the IEV round in all priority LGAs in Sokoto and Kebbi states.
  • Analysis of all the enumerated children in Sokoto and Kebbi states tracking and vaccinated during the April round of the SNIDs.
  • Monitoring of the IEV exercise using ODK and GTS tracker.
  • Micro planning of the phase-2 HPV vaccine rollout in 21 states.
  • Training of national supervisors and all state managers on HPV microplanning and operationalization in association with the NPHCDA and partners.
  • Finalization of the Zero dose big catch-up plan in association with the NPHCDA and partners.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

Education & Experience: 

  • Minimum of an Advanced university degree (Masters) in health with expertise in immunization.
  • Minimum five years of work experience in Health/Immunization and development programmes
  • Solid technical knowledge of immunization curricula, tools and resources.
  • Demonstrated experience with programme design, development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation using both quantitative and qualitative techniques.

Personal/organizational Competencies

  • A high level of organizational and coordination skills.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • An excellent command of the English language – both written and oral.
  • Ability to produce quality work within a deadline and under pressure.
  • Highly developed communication skills.

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