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Unicef recruits  Seven (7) National Consultants, Polio Outbreak Response Vaccine Management  – Angola

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Unicef recruits  Seven (7) National Consultants, Polio Outbreak Response Vaccine Management  – Angola

 

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Description :

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, Health :

Angola has two active cVDPV (circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus) outbreaks of type 2 since May 2019, one in the Lunda Norte Province (Cambulo district) bordering the D.R. Congo Kasai province where cVDPV2 is also circulating in Kamonia district, and the other in Huila Province (Cuvango district). Samples from community contacts in both districts have also been found positive for cVDPV2. Two other cVDPD2 events have also been confirmed, one in Xa-Muteba district in Lunda Norte province, close to the border with Malange province, and another in Catchiungo district in Huambo province.

Three rounds of response campaigns were planned for the Lunda Norte case of which 2 have been implemented and the next round is planned for 26-28 July 2019. The first round covered 5 districts, the second covered all 10 districts of Lunda Norte, plus 2 in Lunda Sul, and 1 in Moxico provinces. The third round will run simultaneously in Lunda Norte Province and in 9 districts selected in Huila, Huambo, Cunene and Bie provinces.

The most recent cases in Xa-Muteba and Catchiungo districts are yet to be investigated and it is very likely that they will turn out to be new outbreaks.

The response to the outbreaks requires the use of mOPV2 vaccine, a practice that also reintroduces live attenuated type 2 poliovirus into populations and the environment, and therefore poses a risk of emergence of a new VDPV2. In order to mitigate the risk of emergence of VDPV2, the strictest vaccine management protocols must be enforced and the absence of mOPV2 must be validated, confirming that mOPV2 is not left in the cold chain after the response.

Many elements of the validation process, such as training, microplanning, selection of staff, and so on, are similar to the monitoring process undertaken during the switch from tOPV to bOPV, or the independent monitoring process undertaken during SIA rounds. Like switch from tOPV to bOPV, the sampling method for identification of site for monitoring is a combination of random and risk-based purposive sampling.

The latest version of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for responding to Polio outbreaks and events released in December 2018 provides guidance to national public health officials and country response teams for the necessary steps required during validation of mOPV2 removal, it also highlighted Government ownership of this process. Critical to the validation process is the retrieval, disposal and validation of the mOPV2 at all levels of vaccine storage and use confirmed by the external monitors who check documentation and processes of mOPV2 strict management.

 

How can you make a difference :

The overall purpose of this consultancy is to provide support technical to Government of Angola’s response to the polio outbreaks with focus on vaccine management consistent with the latest SOPs for outbreak responses

The scope of work is defined by the immunization component of the signed joint UNICEF/Ministry of Health 2018-2019 Rolling Workplan. AWP areas covered Roll-out of the Measles/Rubella and Polio campaign.

The Immunization logistics officer services being sought are required to support :

  1. The polio outbreak response through training, supervision and monitoring of the management of the mOPV2 vaccine during outbreak response SIAs to ensure full accountability for all vaccine vials deployed from the national vaccines store to the provinces, and thence to districts, health facilities and vaccination sites ;
  2. The mOPV2 reverse logistics management to ensure bottom-up recovery of all used and unused mOPV2 vaccine vials from the lowest levels (vaccination teams) through health facilities, districts and provincal levels. In so doing, ensuring complete documentation for validation by the Outbreak Assessment and Technical Advisory Group ;
  3. The mOPV2 vials destruction and disposal and validation process and verification of the completeness and stringent documentation of each step of the process so that the accountability standards are followed to the letter and spirit.

The accountability for the mOPV2 management lies with the Ministry of Health supported by UNICEF as vaccine management is in the preview of UNICEF mandate as per GPEI protocol. It is thus essential for UNICEF to ensure that following the use of mOPV2 in the outbreak responses, the vaccine disposal, documentation and validation is completed and monitored for quality so that subsequently there is no mOPV2 vaccine being used in any of the provinces that have either conducted mOPV2 campaigns or who are still conducting mOPV2 campaigns as well as within the entire country including the national vaccine stores.

A non-exhaustive rundown of these activities is as follows :

Technical support role for polio outbreak response vaccine and logistics management for mOPV2 vaccination campaign rounds that will be organized in the country during the period of this contract. The consultant will work closely with the Cold Chain and Vaccine Management Specialist and authorities of the national immunization programme to accomplish the following:

  1. Develop HR logistics deployment plan for outbreak response SIAs ;
  2. Work with provincial teams to prepare and submit funding requests for outbreak response SIAs ;
  3. Capacity building of locally recruited staff on mOPV2 management including recollection and disposal plan in line with global requirements ;
  4. Support health districts in the management of mOPV2 during SIA including reverse logistics with accountability for each and every mOPV2 vial received ;
  5. Supervise use of mOPV2 by vaccination teams during outbreak response SIA and participate in district daily coordination meetings and report daily performance to UNICEF team lead for the campaign ;
  6. Organize reverse logistics for used and unused mOPV2 vials ;
  7. Support the organization of the destruction and disposal of used mOPV2 at the end of each round of SIA and the destruction of used and unused mOPV2 at the end of the last round of SIA ;
  8. Work with Cold Chain and Vaccine Management Specialist to document and report on all vaccine and logistics management and retrieval and destruction of used and unused mOPV2 deployed for the SIAs .

 

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

  • University degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the area of the expertise – Medicine or Public Health, logistics, Monitoring and Evaluation. Training in Cold Chain & vaccine Management will be an asset. A Diploma in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the university degree ;

  • At least 2 to 3 years of professional work experience at national and decentralized levels in outbreaks response, routine immunization, public health and other relevant programs ;
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to governments on the implementation of outbreak responses (polio) and for routine immunization activities ;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing vaccine and reverse logistics for mOPV2 released for outbreak responses
  • Emergency experience is an asset ;
  • Familiarity with the UN system and Polio Eradication efforts is desired ;
  • Willingness to immediately take up the assignment ;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment .

 

Language Proficiency :

  • Fluency in spoken and written Portuguese is a requirement. Working knowledge of English will be an asset .

 

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.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, 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.

 

Remarks :

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised : W. Central Africa Standard Time
Applications close : W. Central Africa Standard Time

 

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