National Contractor: Provincial Coordinator Immunization based in Sulawesi Tenggara, Indonesia
Application deadline 11 months ago: Monday 20 Dec 2021 at 16:55 UTCOpen application form
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Title: National Contractor Provincial Coordinator Immunization
Type of Contract: Individual Consultant
Duration: January 2022 – 15 December 2022 (11.5 months, full time)
Duty Station: Sulawesi Tenggara
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 a 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 short 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 remain low, inequity in vaccination coverage is apparent, 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, including 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 the selected provinces.
The GOI has requested UNICEF’s support to COVID-19 vaccine introduction across a number of 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 vaccines 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 the 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 immunization services in the context of wider health system support
1. Work plan and objectives are strategically established, technical support is provided effectively, and planned results are timely delivered through strong technical leadership. As technical experts, represent UNICEF and coordinate with MOH, WHO, PHOs and DHOs to:
a. Facilitate and organize different trainings/ orientation, workshop at the sub-national level to upgrade the capacity of the local coordinator in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the COVID-19 vaccination plan.
b. Update the provincial and district Vaccine Introduction Readiness Assessment tools (VIRAT) and support the local team in prioritizing the high-risk communities.
c. Refine COVID-19 vaccination plan at the subnational level, organize independent assessment in the provinces with lower capacity; and
d. 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 of 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 the communication team, to ensure integration of the vaccine deployment plan with other sectors. Provide appropriate technical support on advocacy and socio mobilization coordination activities.
4. Develop local action plans for strategic support to the routine immunization programs in target provinces.
5. Support government at the 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, and other critical partners in the community and civil society 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 officials to strengthen the routine immunization.
To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…
- Public Health Expert, specific immunization, advocacy/communications and data/information management experience. High technical knowledge of immunization programs is preferred—good analytical, advocacy and conflict resolution skills.
- Familiarity with country, government structures and public health system especially immunization stock management.
- Able to work independently with minimal supervision
- Self-motivated and results oriented.
- Proven ability to deliver under tight deadlines.
- Good report writing, fluency in Bahasa Indonesia (is a must), and English, with computer skills.
Minimum 3 years experiences working in immunization program.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies:
- 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
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.
Closing date: 20 December 2021
Disclaimer: The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your profile to ensure accuracy and completeness. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. This vacancy is open for Indonesians only.
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