Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 24 Jan 2018
Background/Purpose of Assignment
Nigeria is Polio free for nearly two years; 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.Â 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.Â 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, Hand washing at critical times, management of basis childhood illnesses and delivery by skilled birth attendants. UNICEF is currently consolidating its human resource capacity in 8 of the high-risk states of the country where polio was endemic and risk of importation is there and high probability of vaccine derived polio virus.Â Over 16,000 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.
Nigerian program is planning to scale up the community health promotors, 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.
The programme has an urgent need to have intensified and sustained social communication technical support with focus on ensuring improved coordination and partnership with key community leaders of underserved populations in the very high risk States in addition to strengthen and build the capacity of all existing VCMNet structure to enrich the transition and post-polio plans. UNICEF hires international consultants; the consultants will mainly be located at Abuja with at least 15 days travel to various states with issues to fix and ultimately leading to reduction of missed children and reaching every hidden place with the required capacity of frontline workers who sustain the gains and improve health promotion and service provision at the community level.
End Product: (e.g. final report, article, document etc.)ÂÂ
Clear transition plan
The primary outcomes will be:
Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
A university Degree in Social Sciences/Public Health/Business administration/Communication/Statistics or related technical field preferably in Communications and social mobilization. Master degree in the above fields is preferable. 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 at national and particularly international levels in programme planning, management, human resource development, monitoring and evaluation.
Fluency in English, knowledge of another UN working language is desirable. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
Experience polio eradication or working in one of currently polio endemic countries will be an added advantage.
Basic competencies include:
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=510061
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