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  • Open Jobs
    1. TA Nutrition Specialist Emergency PCA Liason Officer , NOC
    2. GEP3 State Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Consultant
    3. State Communication for Development Consultant for 2019 Mass Vaccination Campaigns
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TA Nutrition Specialist Emergency PCA Liason Officer , NOC
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationMBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience5 years
  • LocationAbuja
  • Job FieldNGO/Non-Profit

Job Number: 521199
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Background

  • The protracted conflict in North East (NE) Nigeria has increased population vulnerability to displacement, disruption & loss of livelihood, malnutrition, food insecurity, inadequate health services and poor sanitation.
  • As part of the integrated humanitarian response for conflict affected states. As the lead agency for nutrition sector UNICEF is providing support to the nutrition response to humanitarian crisis in North.
  • UNICEF operation through direct supports government health structure and partnership with members of local and international civil society for nutrition preventive and curative service delivery. In 2018 a total of 17 partnership has been established with 4 local and 13 national NGOs.  Furthermore, there are several other NGOs who are considering staring partnership with UNICEF.
  • The establishment and daily management of these partnership were done at Abuja level in liaising with the budget units by a Nutrition specialist.
  • The Specialist serving as interface between the HACT and budget units in Abuja and the nutrition staff in the Borno office. The absence of the specialist has created a gap that the nutrition section tried to fill by redistributing and relocating the roles and responsibilities for the management of partnership agreements to the nutrition staff in the Boron field office.
  • The lack of interface at Abuja level combined with recent changes introduced in the partnership process has led to significant delays in the PCA process and management. If prolonged these delays may result in under- achievement of the Nutrition targets at the operational level as well as represent a reputational risk for UNICEF in its capacity of the nutrition as sector lead. The main role of this position is to engage with various nutrition partners to develop partnership agreements and develop programme documents to help avoid compromising results for the nutrition sector and affect UNICEF reputation.

Purpose of Assignment

  • The Nutrition Specialist Emergency PCA Liason Officer is responsible for managing and monitoring nutrition partnerships and monitor supply chain including program planning, monitoring, and evaluation and partner’s reporting for UNICEF supplies.

Key Functions, Accountabilities And Related Duties/Tasks
She/ He will be responsible for the delivery of the core functions below:

Partnership Building:

  • Contributes to strategies for engagement and the development of partnership documents with other organizations implementing nutrition
  • Ensuring that nutrition partners submit required documents for partnership
  • Certify disbursements of funds, monitor utilisation and preparation of financial status reports.
  • Working closely with other units to ensure approved funds are released to other partners
  • Monitoring the partners to ensure partnership compliance are maintained.

Managing Nutrition Supply chain:

  • Coordinate with operations staff on provision of supply and non-supply assistance to partners, ensuring proper and timely accountability in accordance with UNICEF policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain a ‘supply chains for health system strengthening learning collaborative with Programme Division, Immunization and Community Health teams. Work closely with the GAVI Alliance develop a workplan; collaborate with child health and development partners; utilize existing learning platforms; and monitor and report on progress.
  • Enhance UNICEF’s visibility and influence with existing and prospective partners and key supply chain stakeholders by providing analysis of the current supply trends and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches.
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy: Produce a National Supply Chain Strengthening communication strategy and associated work plan with the aim of increasing awareness and action on national supply chain strengthening, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand among key partners

Fund raising and Donor reporting:

  • Contribute to nutrition proposal writing and grant management.
  • Donor Reporting: Provide leadership on meeting UNICEF Supply Division’s donor reporting accountabilities, working closely with Program and Public Partnership Divisions on the reporting on immunization supply chain (GAVI); WHO/UNICEF Immunization Hub (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); Food for Peace (USAID); other donors; and input to UNICEF annual reports and other relevant internal and external reporting.
  • Acts as focal point for identification and pursuit of opportunities for fund raising

Information Management:

  • Support complete, quality and timely reporting of nutrition programs/CBT based on partnership agreements and agreed monitoring frameworks.
  • Provide support in reviewing documents, developing project proposal, preparing survey protocols and adopting standardized approaches and tools for nutrition/CBT programming
  • Maintain information databases and general project IM tools including consolidation, analysis and report/disseminate of data collected throughout various assessments
  • Compile, clean and analyse nutrition/CBT data including Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Vitamin A supplementation, Infant and Young Child Feeding Practice (IYCFP), Micronutrients etc.
  • Assess trends and measures outcomes relating to achievement of project targets to support evidence-based programming.
  • For high level official meetings, represent all partners of the consortium in matters relating to the project implementation and impact in focus states.
  • When needed, coordinate Document minutes and action points; as and when needed coordinate and plan for minutes, develop agenda, document minutes and share action points with all relevant persons.

Situation Monitoring and Assessment:

  • Takes lead in preparing SitRep inputs with emphasis on Sector plans, targets and achievements.
  • Prepare briefs and presentations as and when needed for decision making and prioritization of nutrition interventions.
  • Assess and monitor trends in the nutrition situation of children, women and vulnerable populations, and identify core advocacy concerns.
  • Ensure that a nutritional surveillance mechanism as well as nutrition rapid assessments and surveys among all Implementing Partners are well established.
  • Review routine and survey data on nutrition interventions and ensure appropriate programme actions and responses are taken.

Program Performance Monitoring:

  • Regularly update and share with implementing agencies in both state the collated overall, and state specific nutrition/CBT statistics against agreed performance indicators in all information exchange channels.
  • Conduct field visits to programs in both states to monitor the quality of data collection and reporting; also provides supportive supervision as and when needed.
  • In partnership with the nutrition sector coordinator attend joint monitoring exercises
  • Provide any other relevant support as requested by the consortium coordinator

Purpose of assignment:

  • The Nutrition Specialist Emergency PCA Liason Officer is responsible for managing and monitoring nutrition partnerships and monitor supply chain including program planning, monitoring, and evaluation and partner’s reporting for UNICEF supplies.

Education

  • An advance University degree in one of the following fields in required: Human Nutrition, preferably with corresponding degree in Public Health, Nutritional Epidemiology, Global/Iinternational Health and Nutrition, Food Security, Medicine or other related field.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in developing country in one or more of the following areas is required: public health, nutrition planning and management, or maternal, infant and child health/ nutrition care.
  • Experience in health/nutrition programme/ project development and management in a UN system agency or organisation is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF programme Cooperative partnership procedure
  • Recent experience in Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Moderate Acute Malnutrition, including Therapeutic Feeding Programmes (TFP) and Supplementary Feeding Programmes (SFP).
  • Versed experience with CMAM and SAM treatment protocols
  • Experience in Malnutrition Programme communications (C4D).
  • Proficient on Advocacy, partnership and fund raising.

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).
  • Good written and spoken skills in the language of the partnership operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.

Technical Competencies:

  • Professional technical knowledge in Data Collection
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft office (MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint etc.)
  • Experience in survey methodologies, nutrition assessment and skills to use different software to manage data properly such as EpiData, EpiInfo, STATA, ENA, SPSS
  • Current knowledge of the latest developments and technology in the field.
  • Detail-oriented ability to work at a fast pace and meet deadlines
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and manage multiple tasks and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Leadership and ability to work with people.
  • Strong drive for result.
  • Strong and effective communication and writing skill

Core Values:

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies:

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising
  • Formulating strategies and Concepts
  • Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

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GEP3 State Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Consultant
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationMBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience5 years
  • LocationKatsina
  • Job FieldNGO/Non-Profit

Job Number: 521198
Location: Kastina
Work Type : Consultancy
Length of Project: The duration of this assignment is 11.5 months

Purpose of Assignment

  • The purpose of this consultancy is to ensure the effective monitoring, data collection and maintain records on all Girls Education Project Phase 3 (GEP3) interventions in the respective GEP3 focus state of Katsina according to the GEP3 state work plan and GEP3 monitoring and evaluation framework, contributing to the results of the project. A State M&E Consultant will be contracted for Katsina focus state. GEP3 activities are implemented in close partnership with government education agencies and civil society partners.
  • The consultant will report to the State Project Coordinator under supervision of the Katsina Education Specialist/Officer and with technical guidance of the Education Specialist, M&E based in Abuja. The consultant will work closely with the Education Specialist/Officer responsible for GEP3, based in the respective UNICEF Field Office.
  • It is expected the State M&E Consultant will form effective professional relationships with relevant education sector stakeholders in GEP3 focus state at all levels to advance GEP3 activities and results.
  • The consultant will work collaboratively with the other GEP3 state consultants coordinating activities, analyzing operating environment, sharing lesson learnt and progress and maximizing synergy between activities towards key result areas.

Scope /Focus of the Assignment Areas of Focus
The assignment will entail the M&E consultant to effectively ensure monitoring, data collection and maintain records on all GEP3 and EAC interventions in the respective focus state as per the state work plan and M&E Framework contributing to the overall results of GEP3/EAC and in partnership with state education agencies.

Under the management of the State Project Coordinator (SPC), the supervision of the Katsina Field Office Education Specialist/Officer and further technical guidance of the Education Specialist M&E Abuja, the State M&E Consultant shall carry out the following tasks in fulfilling the expectations of this assignment:

  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records/database on GEP3 implementation across the three output areas in state, and ensure effective and timely information reporting as required;
  • Conduct quality assurance activities to ensure quality of the implementation of interventions under the guidance of the Education Specialist M&E;
  • Work closely with SUBEB and MOE EMIS officials to ensure timely completion (based on agreed timeframe) of Annual School Census data collection, processing, data cleaning, data merging, analysis, standard statistics reports generation, and dissemination of gender disaggregated results;
  • Liaise with MOE and SUBEB EMIS officials to provide technical support to strengthen capacity of EMIS staff at the LGEA level;Â
  • In coordination with State Output Leads and national Education Specialist M&E, monitor and support IQS integration into the ASC processes;
  • Coordinate and support State level research activities led by external consultants and GEP3 partners;
  • Facilitate institutionalization of systems, for effective and accurate data collection and analysis;
  • Document lessons learnt and best practices, producing monthly stories on GEP3 implementation;
  • Working with State Output Leads, ensure that systematic, accurate and updated data and information on GEP3 activities is collected and analysed collaboratively;
  • Produce regular monthly work plans and submit them to the SPC, Education Specialist M&E, and FO Education GEP3 focal person;
  • Support and coordinate state level research activities led by external consultants and GEP3 partners.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required
Education:

  • Advanced degree in Education, Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of experience and demonstrated ability in data collection, monitoring and statistics.
  • Demonstrated skills in the use of data analysis packages (Excel, SPSS, and Access).
  • Strong analytical skills using diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience working on gender issues.
  • Extensive knowledge and skills of education and social sectors in Nigeria and in northern Nigeria will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrates, applies and shares technical knowledge.
  • Good understanding of girls’ education issues, community involvement and participation.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, to varied audiences.
  • Able to work effectively in a multicultural environment, sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

Language:

  • Fluency in English language and good English writing skills. Fluency in language of the immediate environment.

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State Communication for Development Consultant for 2019 Mass Vaccination Campaigns
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Experience3 years
  • LocationNigeria
  • Job FieldNGO/Non-Profit

Job Number: 521197
Location: Nigeria
Work Type: Consultancy
This consultancy is for 6 months

Background/Purpose of Assignment
Immunization through vaccination is the most effective way of checking vaccine preventable diseases in large populations like Nigeria. The country has made valuable progress in the fight against vaccine preventable diseases, especially in protecting children against child-killer diseases and in preventing huge outbreaks of diseases within the population. Over the years, GAVI has supported the country with the introduction of new vaccines into the country’s immunization schedule for children at birth to 9 months and the implementation of campaigns against vaccine preventable diseases like measles, yellow fever and meningitis.

Although Nigeria has made significant progress, routine immunization (RI) has suffered a severe setback with a national low coverage standing at just 33% and high numbers of unimmunized children according to the 2016 Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICs) and National Indicator Cluster Survey (NICS). Although lack of awareness of RI (42%) was cited in the survey as one of the main reasons for the low coverage recorded in the country, the setback is also largely due to the high concentration of missed children and limited communication interventions related to key household practices.

The low coverage of RI has also led to several outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases including yellow fever, measles and meningitis in the country that have resulted to high number of deaths. Based on current risk status of a national spread and an urgent need to contain these outbreaks, Nigeria will be implementing three major mass vaccination campaigns across states in the country and the Federal Capital territory (FCT) in the third and fourth quarters of 2019. These are measles vaccination campaign for children ages 9 months to 59 months, a preventive yellow fever mass vaccination campaign for people ages 9 months to under 45 years, and a Meningitis ‘A campaign for children ages 1 to 7 years.

The overall goal of these campaigns is to reduce transmission in the states by achieving desired coverage amongst targeted populations. The specific objective of the campaigns is to implement high-quality vaccination campaigns which takes lessons from previous campaigns into consideration, achieve desired vaccination coverages in implementing states and Local Government Areas (LGAs), use opportunities provided to strengthen the health system and immunization programme and strengthen the pharmaco-vigilance system for monitoring adverse events following immunization.

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.

Part of the success of the campaign will depend mostly on the extent of social mobilization and demand creation activities conducted to achieve these objectives, hence the special focus on addressing negative behaviours using acceptable strategies familiar/linked to the community through healthy partnership with community-based organizations, community mobilizers, field volunteers, forum for traditional and religious leaders, media engagement, rapid assessments, etc.

UNICEF Nigeria is seeking the services of National Communication for Development (C4D) Consultants to provide technical support to government and partners in the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the area of evidence-based planning, social mobilization, demand generation, capacity building, tracking of fund utilization, media engagement, monitoring and evaluation and data management to ensure a high quality of all campaigns with the set coverage based on post- campaign coverage survey.

Major Tasks to be Accomplished
The C4D Consultants, working with communication and social mobilization teams will undertake the following tasks:

  • Produce and implement evidence-based area/audience specific communication/social mobilization/demand generation/community engagement plans (including micro plans) to ensure good and quality campaigns.
  • Using the standard planning templates, develop/implement monthly workplans from the overall communication/social mobilization/demand generation plan.
  • Support coordination with state teams on the monitoring and evaluation of the campaign activities, especially the advocacy and social mobilization component including ensuring intensified actions at state, LGA and community levels with a special emphasis on overcoming refusal of vaccination by building public trust in the safety and improving vaccine acceptance.
  • Identify constraints, challenges and opportunities for program delivery with State Teams and State Communication and Social Mobilization Working Groups.
  • Provide technical guidance in the design, preparation and use of targeted communication materials in appropriate languages for government frontline health workers/media networks, traditional and religious opinion leaders, village development/community groups and households.
  • Strengthen mass media campaign and track media mention in the state.
  • Support assigned development of community communication packages for the campaign activities.
  • Mobilize support for the campaign and strengthen partnerships through advocacy and awareness building targeting a variety of groups to include state governments, media, traditional leaders, religious leaders, and community networks.
  • Facilitate capacity building and sensitization of various stakeholders and key partners including communication and social mobilization committees/working groups, health education officers, Ward Development Committees (WDCs), Village Development Committees (VDCs), Volunteer Community Mobilizers (VCMs) network, media, religious leaders/groups, traditional leaders/institutions, community influencers and caregivers, etc. on mobilization activities to improve knowledge and acceptance for positive behaviors for immunization in general.
  • Monitor and evaluate campaigns communication/social mobilization/demand generation plans/community engagement implementation activities regularly, undertake field visits and identify problems and propose remedial actions, identifying alternative courses of action to accelerate/improve service delivery.
  • Participate in the preparation of all programme reports required by the State and share information regularly with the C4D focal persons at the Country Office and Field Office level.
  • Work with the assigned states to produce mitigation plans and strategies in preparedness for 2019 and 2020 outbreaks.
  • Undertake other tasks related to communication that might be required by the Chief of C4D Section and Communication for Development Manager.

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required

  • Bachelors Degree or HND in Social Sciences or related technical field preferably in Communication, Media and Public Relations.
  • At least Three (3) years progressively responsible professional work experience at state or levels in programme planning, management, monitoring and evaluation in Immunization Programmes. Experience in social mobilization and communication for immunization programme, training in IEC materials development, negotiation skills and team building is highly desirable.
  • Ability to conceptualise ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form, innovate, plan and execute ideas.
  • Fluency in English is desirable.
  • Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.

Method of Application

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

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