Nigeria: Temporary Appointment: Polio Access Analyst (364 Days), (P-3), Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Nigeria
Closing date: 23 Oct 2017

For every child,a champion

UNICEF Nigeria recently scaled up its integrated humanitarian response plan, and is leading humanitarian response in the education, WASH and nutrition sectors in the country, as well as the child protection sub-sector. UNICEF Nigeria provided financial and technical assistance towards forming the National Health Policy, and also successfully advocated for making Primary Health Care a priority for the sector. With our support, more than 3.8 million people accessed primary healthcare services in 2016, and nearly 390,000 children were vaccinated against measles and 165,550 families received insecticide treated bed-nets. We are currently tackling the resurgence of wild poliovirus. UNICEF Nigeria is also providing critical support to the national HIV program.

We are looking for motivated and energetic professionals who are ready to aim high for every child.

How can you make a difference?

To support the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI), Nutrition and other humanitarian related programmes, particularly in high-risk states/local government areas (LGAs) in North-Eastern Nigeria. To analyse evolving access issues to align with polio campaigns and reaching every settlement strategy (RES) and Nigeria military-sponsored Reaching Inaccessible Children (RIC). Specific attention is to be given to those areas where access is required to ensure that programme delivery is conducted in as safe and secure a manner as possible.

To support the Local Security Access Facilitators (LSAF) as they identify key influencers within disparate communities who can facilitate programme delivery in inaccessible areas. Polio Access Analyst to work in consultation with State EOC and may be required to liaise with key Army officials in order to negotiate local access for the delivery of UNICEF polio programme activities.

Due to the unpredictable situation in Borno, it is not possible to develop precise instructions to cover all contingencies in access management; as such, the Polio Access Analyst will be required to liaise closely with Chief of Field Office, local government, and others as may be appropriate; and together with the Chief of Field Office, determine the appropriate course of action to cope with rapidly changing situations. In some cases, decision-making may take place in a climate of intense stress, in which calm professionalism must be demonstrated. When decisions are taken, they must be carried out promptly, correctly and with confidence, creating an environment of confidence among the polio teams affected in the Emergency States of north-east Nigeria.

Based in Maiduguri, but with extensive travel, often for extended periods to designated Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the three Emergency States of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, the Polio Access Analyst will report on day to day basis to Chief of Field Office, Borno and work under the overall supervision of, and maintain a technical reporting line with, the UNICEF Chief of C4D/Polio section who manages the Polio eradication program.

  1. To support and sustain existing polio campaign and catch up strategies to improve access to areas that are hard to reach and/or inaccessible.
  2. To support the establishment/development of new opportunities to improve programme access, in particular inaccessible settlements and Nigerian islands in Lake Chad.
  3. To develop/improve safety guideline for front line workers and polio programme staff
  4. To adopt a scenario-based approach and address specific inaccessibility issues
  5. To support the deployment of Open Data Kit (ODK) database for accessibility data collection and train LGA based security facilitators on how to use ODK.
  6. Information Collection
  7. Information Management & Coordination
  8. Communication
  9. Reporting

Qualification of Successful Candidate

  1. Education:An advanced university degree in related field with focus on risk management, data analysis, and information operations.*A first level university degree with additional two years of experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
  2. Work Experience: Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a recognized police, military or state security agency, including security related tasks within multi-cultural surroundings.Working knowledge of threat assessments, data analysis and liaison duties would be an advantage. Experience in high-risk environments required, experience in L3/L2 emergency is preferred.
  3. Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Competencies:Analytical and conceptual ability; strong communication skills. Computer skills, including various office applications, especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Proven skills in establishing and maintaining key relationships, stakeholder and team management. Resourcefulness, commitment and passion to Polio Eradication Initiative mission, related activities and professional values.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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Remarks

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=507721

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