Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement
Contract duration: 6months
Location: Multiple Duty Stations - States, Nigeria
Support: 50% at State and 50% support to assigned LGAs
Supervisor: WHO State Coordinator
BACKGROUND: In line with the priorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria as contained in the NHDSPII and the Country Cooperative Strategy, WHO Nigeria is committing to supporting efforts to rapidly improve response to and intrupt the current upsurge in cases of circulation Vaccine Derived Polio Viruses type 2, and leveraging on the response to support routine immunization and PHC strengthening as well as mitigate effects of other health emergenicies. These efforts have resulted improved quality of PEI activities as well as decreasing incidence of poliovirus transmission in Nigeria. Priority Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization strategies and activities in the annual National Polio Eradication Emergency Plan and the multi year Strategic Framework for strengthening Routine Immunization.
MAIN OBJECTIVE OF ASSIGNMENT: To coordinate WHO technical and programmatic activities aimed at supporting the State to (a) achieve and maintain very high population immunity against polioviruses through high quality SIAs and routine immunization (b) achieve recommended surveillance performance indicators for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), other Vaccine Preventable Diseases as well as other diseases of public health priority as highlighted in Nigeria's Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) strategy (c) Monitor PHC performance for decision making
SPECIFIC TASKS: The incumbent is expected to support State technical teams, partners and other appropriate stake-holders in the following specific tasks
Immunization and PHC (Routine Immunization, SIAs, Surveillance)
Coordination of WHO State Technical Team
Cross Cutting Tasks
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPI): The following Key performance indicators will be monitored to assess the contribution of the incumbent towards the overall assignment objective.
PEI/Immunisation Programme Areas
1. Availability of evidence-based State PEI/Immunisation work-plans (Routine Immunization, Polio Eradication, Accelerated Control of other vaccine preventable diseases).
2. Timely submission of weekly reports of State PEI/Immunisation activities including meetings with State authorities and other stake-holders.
3. Timely submission of all PEI/Immunisation data and information, including PEI accountability framework information in line with established recommended time-lines.
4. Timely submission of all PEI/Immunisation activity reports including the state monthly EPI review report.
Coordination of WHO Polio IMS Technical Team
1. Availability of electronic archives of all WHO personnel weekly
2. Minutes of weekly in-house coordination meetings with action points and status of implementation.
3. Monthly summary of supportive supervision conducted and actions taken to address gaps.
4. Ensure proper documentation and archiving of all key PEI/Immunisation activities supported by WHO personnel.
5. Timely availability of performance appraisals of all WHO personnel in the State.
Cross cutting Tasks
1. Documentation of all training and other capacity building activities
Cross Cutting Tasks
1. Availability of weekly work-plans as well as weekly reports for all WHO Cluster Coordinators and other WHO technical staff deployed to the state (STOP team members, STCs....)
2. Reports of advocacy activities and evidence of increased stake-holder engagement and/or participation in immunization and/or surveillance activities.
3. Evidence of increased partnership with key stakeholders in support of immunization and/or surveillance particularly in high risk areas and/or areas with sub-optimal programme performance indicators.
Essential: First level university degree in medicine and/or public health planning and administration, complemented by training in
public health/epidemiology/health science.
Desirable: Master's degree in public health or equivalent. Training on epidemiology and/or outbreak investigation will be asset.
Essential: At least 7years of experience required in public health surveillance with emphasis on emergency response relief
and/or the management of epidemic-prone diseases.
Desirable: Experience in the areas of outbreak investigation and response for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, particularly in developing countries.
Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control,
epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response with particular attention to application of an all-hazard approach in the
context of the International Health Regulations (2005) and the use of event based and indicator based surveillance, as well as
descriptive epidemiology and principles of public health in communicable disease surveillance and response;--> Managerial skills
for the development, implementation, monitoring and analysis of public health programmes for infectious diseases within a highly
demanding work environments;--> Sound knowledge and skills in database management and statistical analysis, secondary data
review, survey designing and implementation, monitoring and evaluation systems design or use, and public health information
management--> Strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations and technical
guidance and advocacy documents.
(b) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
(d) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
(e) Knowing and managing yourself
(f) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English and local language.