Consultancy, Polio Outbreak Response Technical Lead, Luanda Angola
UN Children’s Fund
06 Dec 2019
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Angola is facing several cVDPV (circulating Vaccine-Derived Polio Virus) outbreaks of type 2 since May 2019, the first in the Lunda Norte Province (Cambulo district) bordering the D.R. Congo’s Kasai province where cVDPV2 is also circulating in Kamonia district, and a second in Huila Province (Cuvango district). As of 12 September 2019, a total of twelve (12) cases have been confirmed, ten of them circulating, the latest eight outbreaks occurring in Xa-Muteba district (2) in Lunda Norte province, one in Saurimo district in Lunda Sul province, one in Amboim district and one in Cassongue district, both in Cuanza Sul province, one in Cuvango district, Huila province, one in Cuemba district, Bie Province, and one in Tchikala Tcholohanga district in Huambo Province.
Since the month of June 2019, the country has been organizing blockade vaccination campaigns around these outbreaks, using type 2 monovalent oral polio vaccine to contain the transmission of the vDPVD2 within the population. UNICEF has been in the forefront providing support to Government at national level in planning the respective responses, and at the provincial and district levels, in implementing the plans. As per global division of labour among polio eradication partners, UNICEF is responsible for overseeing and providing technical support in the areas of vaccine management including reverse logistics, as well as communication and social mobilization. To meet up with its global and country level commitments, UNICEF ran a human resource surge bringing on board one international vaccine/cold chain management consultant and seven national consultants. In the area of communication and social mobilization, three international consultants are on board, together with five national consultants. This surge personnel, together with UNICEF staff from both the child survival and Development (CSD) Section and the Communication for Development (C4D) Section have been working with Government staff at national and decentralized levels in the affected provinces and district, organizing and running the outbreak response vaccination campaigns.
Considering the complexity of the context, the increasing number of outbreaks and the number of actors from UNICEF in both areas of focus, it has become necessary to have a dedicated team on Polio with an experienced lead to oversee UNICEF’s contribution to the response
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The Outbreak Technical Lead is responsible for the overall management of the operational response to the poliovirus outbreak, working under the supervision of the Head of UNICEF office and in collaboration with health authorities and other partners.
Summary of assigned duties:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the area of the expertise in Medicine or Public Health, Communication, Sociology.
Interested consultants must indicate ability, availability and rate (monthly) to undertake the terms of reference.
Financial Proposals must be all-inclusive lump sum. Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.
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UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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