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The National Consultant – Immunization, under the supervision of the Immunization Specialist and overall guidance of the Immunization Manager, is responsible for providing technical support to National Expanded Program on Immunization (NEPI), Provincial EPI teams and UNICEF Regional Offices for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of immunization program in the country, with a special focus on integration of the COVID-19 and routine vaccination programs and strengthen outreach vaccination to achieve the UNICEF’s immunization goals and objectives for Afghanistan. The consultant provides professional technical, operational, and administrative support throughout the programming process of the routine immunization and vaccination campaigns within the Country Program. It includes delivering results by preparing, executing, managing, and implementing various technical and administrative tasks under the program. The consultant specifically supports EPI vaccination with a focus on outreach vaccination and integration of COVID-19 vaccination into routine program.
Scope of Work and Key Deliverables: The scope of work for the National Consultant – Immunization is provided below.
1. Regularly collect, compile, and analyze immunization program information and data to present situation analysis to inform country program design, planning, and resource requirements, including budget and monitoring and evaluation.
Ensures the availability of accurate, complete, and up-to-date information required for situational analysis for effective Immunization program and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. Drafts sound Immunization program/project budgets for review by the supervisor, ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of data and coding. Drafts updated project/program status reports.
2. Contribute to annual work plans, including the budget, donor proposals and reports, and program/project documentation related to EPI.
Analyze collected data and information to inform and contribute to annual work plans, including a budget, donor proposals and progress reports. Drafts sections of the donors’ annual reports and other project documentation related to EPI, ensuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action.
3. Provide technical support to the NEPI, PEMTs and UNICEF regional offices in planning with a special focus on outreach vaccination and integration of COVID-19 vaccination with EPI, implementation, and monitoring of the program.
Provide technical support to NEPI and PEMTs in analyzing the available information and developing plans with a special focus on outreach vaccination and integration with EPI, implementation, and monitoring. Also, support in assessing the financial and logistics requirements and inform UNICEF health section on planned contribution from UNICEF.
4. Project/program efficiency, effectiveness and vaccination coverage are enhanced through effective implementation follow-on.
Enhances project/program efficiency and effectiveness through appropriate UNICEF inputs, including technical, financial, and logistics support, implementation monitoring, and follow-up on corrective actions.
Undertakes field visits to provinces and districts to monitor and supervise project/program activities to improve planning and coverage. Supervises the implementation of the routine EPI activities and C19 vaccination and prepares reports on the results of the field visits and the progress of vaccination coverage.
5. Appropriateness and completeness of financial and supply documentation as well as adherence to established allotments are ensured.
Ensures the appropriateness of financial, administrative, and supply documentation; verifies that Immunization project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database. Follows up on queries or initiates corrective action on discrepancies.
6. The capacities of the immunization staff in the country and UNICEF offices are strengthened in planning, implementing, and monitoring the immunization program with special focus on outreach vaccination planning and integration of C19 in the routine program.
Supports a staff training/development program to upgrade the capacity of the Country Office staff at the national level and in regions and UNICEF extenders in the development, implementation, and management of the Immunization Program with a focus on outreach vaccination and integration of C19 into EPI. Conducts relevant orientation, workshop, teamwork facilitation and staff learning/development activities:
Ensures that national and regional government staff in vaccination programs are properly trained/oriented on the various aspects of EPI; uses the appropriate training guidelines.
7. Support Knowledge sharing with donors and other stakeholders is promoted.
Helps compiling Immunization project implementation training and orientation materials and shares useful and appropriate information to promote knowledge sharing with donors and other stakeholders.
8. Effective communication, networking and collaboration are achieved with internal and external partners.
Ensures effective communication and networking, and working relationships are developed and maintained.
Collaborates with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day- to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management.
Teams with local government counterparts to exchange detailed information on Immunization project/program planning and implementation and status
Provides technical support in the planning of district EPI micro-plan. Recommends courses of action to supervisor, as necessary.
Participates in the study of the project/program implementation status and evaluation as required.
Collaborates with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN, and bilateral agencies, in exchanging information about the immunization sector.
9. Other assigned duties and responsibilities are effectively performed.
Performs and delivers additional duties and services assigned by the supervisor
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
The National Immunization Consultant must have the following criteria to do the assignment:
Advanced university degree in health/ or Public Health, Pediatric Health, Child Development, Child Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.
- Three years of relevant professional work experience.
- Experience working in the UN or other international development organization (for IP). Experience in EPI program at the national/provincial level is preferred.
- Strong analytical and report-writing skill is required for the job.
- Skills in using Microsoft Office (excel, word and power point) and pivot table.
- Fluency in English, and local language (s), both writing and speaking, is a must
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
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UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
Advertised: 16 Jan 2023 Afghanistan Standard Time
Deadline: 30 Jan 2023 Afghanistan Standard Time
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