United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Accelerated Immunization Initiatives and Emergencies Monitoring & Reporting - Health Section)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of the Health Specialist in AII work stream, the consultant will work with the NYHQ Immunization unit on AII’s ongoing financial and programme monitoring including consolidation of programmatic results related Measles and Rubella and other AII work stream priorities. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up. For every child, hope. Consultancy Title: Accelerated Immunization Initiatives and Emergencies monitoring & reporting Section/Division/Duty Station: Health Section/Programme/NY Duration: 250 Days About UNICEF 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. 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. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries. BACKGROUND In UNICEF Headquarters (NYHQ) Programme Division’s Health Section, the Immunization unit manages approximately USD 100 million USD. Most of this funding is related to supporting immunization programmes across about 70 countries and seven regional offices. Careful planning, monitoring, reporting, and quality assurance is required to ensure effective programming. In close Coordination with UNICEF’s regional and country offices, it is also of paramount importance to deliver accurate reporting at global level. Immunization unit’s work stream on Accelerated Immunization Initiatives (AII) has grown in response to an increase in the number vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) outbreaks globally in countries where UNICEF is present. The AII team provides a range of functions including participation in global technical working groups and guidance to UNICEF regional and country offices on measles and rubella, Yellow fever, Meningitis and Cholera control and elimination activities including disease outbreak preparedness and response. It also manages an increasing amount of multi-country funds from donors such as CDC, Gavi, Prince Al Waleed, UNF Foundation (UNF), USAID and others. These multi-country funds are intended to quickly procure vaccines and supplies for supplemental immunization activities (SIAs) and for outbreak response immunization (ORI), as well as to provide technical assistance to government counterparts in specific countries. Terms of Reference / Deliverables Under the direct supervision of the Health Specialist in AII work stream, the consultant will work with the NYHQ Immunization unit on AII’s ongoing financial and programme monitoring including consolidation of programmatic results related Measles and Rubella and other AII work stream priorities. The consultant will also provide support related to regional offices, and relevant country offices on planning, financial and programmatic monitoring, as well as donor reports preparation towards ensuring high quality and timely input from UNICEF to partners.
  • In consultation with the AII team, follow up with targeted CO’s on the implementation and appropriate use of the CDC additional resources for safe resumption of measles SIAs and Yellow fever PMVC.

  • Support in preparation of progress and annual reports for CDC in coordination with regional offices by collecting and collating inputs for the progress report.

  • Assist in developing funding proposals for the additional support to plan and implement safe MR vaccination campaigns.

  • Work with AII team in reviewing and consolidating countries reports for other donor reports, such as: USAID Measles Outbreak, UN Foundation etc.

  • Follow-up with SD and track vaccine procurement using NYHQ outbreak funds and support in accurate reclassification of expenditures to appropriate country office

Qualifications  Education/Expertise/Skills
  • University degree in social sciences, public health or related areas. 

  • 5 years of progressive experience in Programme Management, coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation. Solid experience in measles related work will be an added value.

  • Experience in working with multi-stakeholders at global level is highly preferable.

  • Demonstrated skills in technical report writing in public health areas, preferably related to measles and rubella will be an advantage.

  • Excellent verbal communication in English; working knowledge of French is an asset.

  • Strong planning and organizational skills.

  • Good judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, tact and discretion.

  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment

  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) (can be downloadedhere: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html

  • Upload copy of academic credentials

  • Financial proposal that will include:
    • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above

    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.

    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.

    • Indicate your availability

  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.

  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information: With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization. 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
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