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  • Posted: Jul 2, 2024
    Deadline: Jul 31, 2024
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    UNICEF is 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, ...
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    Planning Specialist, Fixed Term, P-3, Nairobi, Kenya, Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO)

    Summary of key functions and accountabilities

    Quality assurance of Country Office-level planning, reviews and reporting

    • Provide technical assistance and conduct quality assurance/assessment of key planning/monitoring/reporting processes/products of COs.
    • Contribute to quality assurance of new country programme development, including the review of related Country Programme planning documents, keeping in view the lessons learned and recommendations of the Country Programme Evaluations.  
    • Support the digital work planning module rollout process for ESARO and COs, including facilitating training of trainer sessions and assisting with follow-up needs.
    • Support the on-going annual CO work-planning process using the digital work planning platform in RAM.
    • Support the resolution of corporate system-related issues in CO planning in coordination with ESARO and HQ experts. Support the section in ESAR peer reviews and rights- and results-based management (RRBM) activities as needed.

    Support to quality programme planning, reviews and reporting of the ESARO

    • Provide technical support to the ESARO sections on the digital work-planning in RAM.
    • Support the organization of ESARO annual and mid-year programme planning and review processes.
    • Prepare quality reports of all internal ESARO milestone planning/review meetings.
    • Support in development of the Regional Office Annual Report, coordinating inputs from all RO sections.

    Support to regional milestone meetings

    • Support the section in the organization of regional leadership platforms such as Regional Management Team (RMT) meeting, Deputy Representatives’ (DREP) meeting, and any others that may be called by the Office of Regional Director.
    • Prepare timely and quality reports from RMT and DREP meetings.
    • Conduct feedback surveys on milestone meetings, and support its analysis and presentation to the Office of the Regional Director.

    Support to Collaboration for Children (“C4C”, the ESA regional priorities)

    • Support the section in the regional implementation of the C4C, including revision of documents, organization of review meetings and the upkeep of the related SharePoint, and any other associated requirements.

    Support administrative needs in ESARO planning

    • Support the organization of the ESARO Programme Coordination Team meetings, and any others that may be called by the Office of the Regional Director.
    • In collaboration with the ESARO HR Section, manage the ESARO editor/writer individual LTAs.    

    Minimum requirements:

    • Education: An advanced university degree in social sciences, economics, public policy, international development, statistics, or research methods is required.  
    • Work Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in planning, reporting, research or a related technical area.
    • Proven experience of synthesizing highly technical information from different sources and making it accessible to a wider audience.
    • Proven ability to identify emerging trends and themes from a body of knowledge and use it to inform policy and programming.
    • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as transfer knowledge and skills.
    • Proven writing skills, with an ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, direct, and lively style.
    • Excellent knowledge of online collaborative tools with the ability to adapt quickly to technological changes and foster use of appropriate digital and online collaborative tools and technologies.
    • Experience in reporting on qualitative and quantitative analytics.

    Desirables:

    • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency. 

    The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

    • Builds and maintains partnerships
    • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
    • Drive to achieve results for impact
    • Innovates and embraces change
    • Manages ambiguity and complexity
    • Thinks and acts strategically
    • Works collaboratively with others 

    Deadline: 14 Jul 2024

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    Generic Vacancy Announcement for Consultancy Roster: Polio Outbreak Response Technical Lead /Coordinator

    Key accountabilities and responsibilities will be determined for each deployment, but may include:

    • Support the UNICEF country office with strategic and operational oversight of polio outbreak response operations, particularly in the areas of coordination, vaccine social management, Social behavior change, and resource management. Ensure that they address the population's needs and are aligned with the government/Ministry of Health (MOH) plans and strategies and the polio outbreak response SOPs.
    • Ensure internal coordination between various sections and field offices within UNICEF on preparing and implementing polio outbreak response.
    • Represent UNICEF at in-country GPEI meetings and EOC to provide direct feedback to the GPEI about outbreak response progress, challenges, and viable solutions.
    • Foster close coordination with MOH, in-country health and other partners, and regional offices and HQs and assist in organizing regular coordination meetings, teleconferences, and updates.
    • Coordinate UNICEF inputs on developing a national outbreak response plan, including a budget, chronogram of activities, and human resources (HR) surge plan, in collaboration with the GPEI coordinator and the Incident Manager of the EOC. Periodically adjust and adapt the plan as needed.
    • Collaborate with the EOC and GPEI coordinator and the internal team to establish outbreak response structures that include the four components of outbreak response: outbreak investigation, outbreak response immunization, and strengthening routine immunization.
    • Collaborate with MOH/EOC /WHO/UNICEF teams to produce updates on outbreak response activities (e.g., SITREPS, bulletins, inputs for donors’ reports and newsletters) for distribution to relevant partners.
    • Collaborate with MOH/EOC/WHO/UNICEF teams to organize periodic external outbreak response assessments.
    • Collaborate with MOH/EOC/WHO/UNICEF teams to document the closure of the outbreak.
    • Collaborate with MOH/EOC/WHO/UNICEF teams to assess the security situation in the geographic areas included in the response; as necessary, engage appropriate partners to discuss special strategies and resources for insecure areas.
    • Collaborate with the communications team to ensure the preparation of an overall outbreak response communication plan and the appropriate content of advocacy and messaging strategies.
    • Collaborate with the logistics and vaccine management team to ensure the preparation and implementation of the overall outbreak response vaccine management plan.
    • Collaborate with the Outbreak Operations Manager to ensure that the logistical aspects of the outbreak response, especially financing and HR, are managed optimally.
    • Review and clear donor products and provide strategic guidance on resource mobilization and proposal development.
    • Undertake other assignments and responsibilities as requested by country offices, regional Offices, and other partners to support the successful response to the outbreak.

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

    • An advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the area of expertise in Medicine, public Health, Communication, or Sociology.
    • At least two years of additional relevant work experience in the same field may be considered in lieu of a master’s degree.
    • At least five years of professional work experience in outbreak response, routine immunization, public health, and other relevant programs at national and international levels.
    • Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to governments on the implementation of outbreak responses (polio)
    • Demonstrated experience leading multidisciplinary teams (communication and vaccine management) for vaccination campaigns. Experience in polio eradication is an asset.
    • Emergency work experience is an asset.
    • Familiarity with the UN system and Public Health Emergencies, such as Polio Eradication, Cholera, and Ebola, is desired.
    • Willingness to immediately take up the assignment.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Fluency in one of the following languages is required: English, French, Arabic, or Portuguese. Fluency in any other UN language is an asset.

    PERSONAL SKILLS AND QUALITIES

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

    • Strong self-awareness and ability to self-manage and operate safely and securely in rapidly changing emergency contexts.
    • Drive to achieve impactful results and ability to work effectively in a diverse and multi-cultural team to achieve goals.
    • Ability to develop new and nurture existing internal and external networks, partnerships, and relationships that deliver results.
    • Ability to communicate confidently and persuasively, orally and in writing.
    • Ability to analyze information, solve problems, and make decisions in complex, challenging, and rapidly evolving environments.
    • Ability to think and act strategically at the highest levels of personal integrity and commitment to adhering to required standards of conduct and behavior.
    • A willingness and commitment to serve the children and their communities affected by disasters despite potential hardship and personal sacrifice.

    PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS

    Working in an emergency is challenging and can sometimes be done on short notice. It is; therefore, essential applicants consider their personal circumstances before registering an interest in this type of assignment. This includes:

    • Consider whether any aspect of your personal circumstances (e.g., a new baby or a sick relative) could make it difficult for you to deploy at short notice. It is recommended that you discuss the possibility of emergency deployments with your family so their views can be considered.
    • Realistically assessing your mental and physical health to ensure you are fit and well. This includes ensuring you have had the basic vaccinations recommended by UNMD
    • Ensuring you have up-to-date and valid travel documents, including your passport.

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    Generic Vacancy Announcement for Consultancy Roster: Polio Outbreak Response Social and Behaviour Change Communication Consultant

    Key accountabilities and responsibilities will be determined for each deployment, but may include the following:

    General:

    • Assess Social mobilization and communication needs and existing capacity at the country level.
    • Report to WHO/UNICEF Country Office on progress, achievements, and where additional assistance is required.
    • Contribute to developing community engagement, social mobilization, and communication plans to underpin the technical response in collaboration with the WHO/UNICEF offices.
    • Provide technical inputs to the overall response strategy, including implementing the operational work plans and providing authoritative advice and support to operational units.
    • Provide leadership and strengthen the existing teams by emphasizing team building and collaboration as a daily routine with national/international partners.

    Social and Behavior Change Communication:

    • Ensure the conduct of the required social investigation of polio cases as part of evidence-based SBC for the early outbreak response.
    • Develop/update/review data on the target audience's immunization knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and practice, especially for high-risk and mobile populations.  
    • Lead the facilitation of the reinvigoration of a social mobilization and communication working group or the expansion of an existing one.
    • Initiate the development of the social mobilization component of the 6-month outbreak response plan document, including details for subnational implementation in high-risk areas, 0 dose, under-immunized children and mobile populations, gender matter, the means for monitoring field activities, and a budget to cover those activities. 
    • Finalize community engagement and information dissemination strategies to promote polio and routine immunization even in between round activities.
    • Develop and tailor health information products for various target populations/audiences based on carefully assessing community knowledge, practices, and behaviors.
    • Ensure that polio micro plans (at least in priority areas) include social data and information on social mobilizers and leaders by the time of the first response.
    • Provide support for training health workers and other stakeholders on SBC for polio and routine EPI demand.
    • Help implement the strategic communication response plan, including mass communication plan, advocacy, digital communication, and crisis communication plans, as appropriate.
    • Undertake in-depth reviews of potential vaccine refusals or issues of mistrust to be addressed even in between round activities.
    • Conduct regular analyses of independent monitoring data and other available resources to identify priority areas and devise social mobilization micro plans targeting those areas that incorporate social mobilization indicators within program monitoring indicators. 
    • Set up social mobilization teams with delegated authorities at the subnational level, as needed, and oversee the structure with performance monitoring until the end of the outbreak.
    • Facilitate documentation and dissemination of lessons learned / good practices from the planning, implementing, and monitoring of Polio Outbreak Response SBC activities.  

    External Communication:

    • Conduct a media landscape analysis.
    • Develop a media engagement plan and develop media products such as jingles, messages, etc.
    • Support the outbreak response team in preparing an external communications strategy, including engagement with political, religious, and community leaders and other stakeholders.
    • Develop polio-related media and external communication packages.
    • Identify a media focal person and spokesperson from the government, WHO, and UNICEF.
    • Work with partners and government counterparts to conduct a press brief/media release, if appropriate, and update donors and partners on work progress.
    • Host weekly calls with WHO polio communications counterparts in country offices, regional offices, and HQ.
    • Receive and review all media releases/news feeds related to the outbreak and share them with focal points. Target other non-media communication channels that could be more effective in specific settings. 
    • Update talking points and FAQs (e.g., with changing epidemiology and ahead of vaccination rounds).

    Other:

    • Undertake other assignments and responsibilities as requested by heads of country offices, regional directors, and other partners to support the successful response to the outbreak.

    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

    • Be a locally recruited staff member in a country in the related UNICEF region OR
    • Be available for deployment when requested as far as practically possible OR
    • Meet the criteria outlined below.

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

    • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, communication, public relations, or another relevant technical field.
    • At least two years of additional relevant work experience in the same field may be considered in lieu of a master’s degree.
    • A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development program planning, communication for development, public advocacy, or another related area.
    • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
    • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
    • Experience working in a public health emergency context, particularly polio outbreak response, is an asset.
    • Fluency in one of the following languages is required: English, French, Arabic, or Portuguese. Fluency in any other UN language is an asset.

    PERSONAL SKILLS AND QUALITIES

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

    • Strong self-awareness and ability to self-manage and operate safely and securely in rapidly changing emergency contexts.
    • Drive to achieve impactful results.
    • Ability to work effectively in a diverse and multi-cultural team to achieve goals.
    • Ability to develop new and nurture existing internal and external networks, partnerships, and relationships that deliver results.
    • Ability to communicate clearly, confidently, and persuasively, orally and in writing.
    • Ability to analyze information, solve problems, and make decisions in complex, challenging, and rapidly evolving environments.
    • Ability to think and act strategically.
    • The highest levels of personal integrity and commitment to adhering to required standards of conduct and behavior.
    • A willingness and commitment to serve the children and their communities affected by disasters in the face of potential hardship and personal sacrifice.

    PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS

    Working in an emergency is challenging and can sometimes be done on short notice. Therefore, applicants must consider their personal circumstances before registering an interest in this assignment. This includes:

    • Consider whether any aspect of your personal circumstances (e.g., a new baby or a sick relative) could make it difficult for you to deploy at short notice. Discussing the possibility of emergency deployments with your family is recommended so their views can be considered.
    • Realistically assessing your mental and physical health to ensure you are fit and well. This includes ensuring you have had the essential vaccinations recommended by UNMD
    • Ensuring you have up-to-date and valid travel documents, including your passport.

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