National Contractor: Provincial Coordinator Immunization, based in Semarang, Central Java (for Indonesian Only)
Application deadline 5 months ago: Monday 29 Aug 2022 at 16:55 UTCOpen application form
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Title: Provincial Coordinator Immunization
Type of Contract: Individual Contractor
Duration: September 2022 – 31 December 2022 (full-time)
Duty Station: Semarang, Central Java
How can you make a difference?
PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT
Indonesia’s health system reaches most children in their birth cohort of 4.9 million children a year with vaccines and other health services. However, it was one of the countries globally which had encountered stagnated vaccination coverage in the past decades before the COVID-19 pandemic. The services interruption and reluctance among the parents and caregivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant number of eligible children being unvaccinated. This has further deteriorated by the high burden on the health systems to deliver COVID vaccine among the 208 million target population in a brief period. Many health workers reported a high workload with poor motivation due to various reasons. The pulse survey highlighted that health facilities reduced the frequency of vaccination sessions to cope with their high workload and other priorities. On the other hand, most health facilities and vaccine storage points at various supply chain levels experienced significant stock out of several routine vaccines. Many children could not receive vaccines due to the closure of schools. All these issues unveiled the reasons for the high number of zero-dose children in Indonesia.
According to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) requests through a letter # SR.02.06/9415/ 12020 dated 6 October 2020, UNICEF Indonesia has prepared a support plan for COVID-19 vaccine introduction outlining the following key areas as Strategy Development and Advocacy, Procurement and Supply-side Readiness, Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), Data & Monitoring, and Health Sector and Immunization Program strengthening. Meanwhile, UNICEF is committed to providing TA support to reach out to the children across the country, especially those in need in rural and urban areas, with optimal immunization services during this pandemic.
However, despite significant progress in the COVID-19 vaccination program, vaccination coverage among several target age groups remains low, inequity in vaccination coverage is apparent especially among the elderly group, issues are reported with the immunization supply chain and vaccine management. Knowing the challenges, the GoI has requested UNICEF to intensify the technical assistance to strengthen the routine immunization, support the introduction and scale-up of several new and underutilized vaccines, implement the COVID-19 vaccine program with optimal quality and conduct the measles and rubella (MR) vaccination campaign.
SCOPE OF WORK
Provincial coordinator will facilitate subnational support at the provincial and district levels, include providing technical support to program strategy development (planning, budgeting, and implementation); decentralized advocacy and communication efforts as part of a wider RCCE agenda; and support respective local authorities to implement the vaccination plan with high quality and progress monitoring and feedback in selected province.
The GOI has requested UNICEF’s support to COVID-19 vaccine introduction across several critical areas:
- Strategy Development and Advocacy: UNICEF is supporting strategy design through staff embedded within the National COVID-19 Recovery Task Force and sub-nationally through its network of seven regional offices.
- Procurement and Supply-side Readiness: UNICEF Supply Division (Copenhagen) will procure vaccine through the COVAX Facility while responding to regulatory bottlenecks. UNICEF Indonesia will be supporting cold-chain readiness for potential vaccine candidates. UNICEF Indonesia will also support other needed components for readiness such as microplanning and capacity development of health workers, particularly in remote areas.
- Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE). UNICEF is supporting a national communication strategy and tailored, subnational strategies alongside the design and dissemination of communications materials, digital vaccine deployment plans, media monitoring and outreach, and community engagement.
- Data & Monitoring. UNICEF is working to facilitate effective monitoring of populations eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine.
- Health Sector and Immunization Program: UNICEF provides technical assistance to guidance development, budgeting, and implementation support for COVID-19 vaccine and routine immunisation services in the context of wider health system support.
1. Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is effectively provided, and planned results are timely delivered through strong technical leadership. As technical experts representing UNICEF coordinate with MOH, WHO, PHOs and DHOs.
a. Facilitate and organize different trainings/ orientation, workshop at sub-national level to upgrade the capacity of the local coordinator in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of BIAN vaccination campaign and routine immunization plan.
b. Refine COVID-19 vaccination plan for elderly at subnational level, organize independent assessment in the provinces with lower coverage of elderly group; and
c. Undertake field visits as necessary to monitor the implementation of vaccination plan and participate in periodic vaccine deployment plan reviews with government counterparts and other partners.
2. Provide course corrective actions including development of tools/ simple guidelines to ensure the quality of vaccine deployment plan preparations checklists are met, ensure/influence MOH and PHO’s approval of these tools, strategies including micro planning, protocol for post vaccine deployment plan; including related monitoring and coverage validation tools for and apply in some districts and health centres through intensive mentoring and coaching in coordination with UNICEF and local partners.
3. Collaborates with other UNICEF sectors, particularly communication and data team, to ensure integration of the vaccine deployment plan with other sectors. Provide appropriate technical support on advocacy and socio mobilization coordination activities, including data analysis, as necessary.
4. Develop local action plans for strategic support to the routine immunization programs in target provinces.
5. Support government at sub-national level in mass vaccination campaigns to prevent or respond to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD).
6. Explore, build, and maintain partnerships through networking and proactive collaboration with civil society organizations, community groups, leaders, other critical partners in the community and civil society, including private sectors to reinforce cooperation through engagement, empowerment, and collaborative actions.
7. Final Report (in ppt and narrative) with recommendations and lessons learned. Summarize the best practice, strategies, and methods from the vaccine deployment plan to benefit a stronger routine immunization program for post vaccine deployment plan and push those practices, strategies adopted by national and subnational official to strengthen the routine immunization.
a. Internal training/orientation, workshop implemented.
b. Monthly progress report on the refinement of elderly COVID-19 vaccination deployment plan, vaccination implementation and evaluation developed and shared with MOH, UNICEF internally.
c. Field visit report will be available and shared with UNICEF internally and MOH as necessary.
d. Report on corrective actions, tools/guidelines, readiness checklist, protocols for post vaccine deployment plan vaccination program progress reports.
e. Weekly and monthly reports.
f. Routine immunization support plans and weekly and monthly progress report.
g. Final Report
 UNICEF and MOH.2021. Assessing Puskesmas capacity in delivering C-19 vaccination in Indonesia (unpublished)
 UNICEF and MOH. 2021. Quarterly survey to assess the continuity of immunization services during pandemic.
 UNICEF and MOH, 2021. Effective Vaccine Management Assessment for the private hubs and provincial stores.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
1. Master’s degree in medical Doctor, Nurse, Midwife, and Public Health Science.
2. Public Health Expert with immunization, advocacy/communications, and data/information management experience. High technical knowledge on immunization programs is preferred—good analytical, advocacy and conflict resolution skills.
3. Familiarity with country, government structures and public health system especially immunization stock management.
4. Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
5. Self-motivated and results oriented.
6. Proven ability to deliver under tight deadlines.
7. Good report writing, fluency in Bahasa Indonesia (is necessary), and English, with computer skills.
8. Minimum 3 years' experience working in Immunization program.
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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.