Vacancy Notice: Consultant Measles
EXTERNAL VACANCY NOTICE No. CONS./UGA/2019/03
Post Title: Consultant/Measles
Grade: UN National Officer Category (NO-B Grade Step 01)
Contract Type: Special Services
Duty Station: WHO Country Office, Uganda
Duration of Contract: 12 months
Closing Date: 29 March, 2019
World Health Organization (WHO) works as a body of the United Nations (UN) system, responsible for directing and coordinating health. The goal of the organization is to build a better, healthier future for all people in the world whose staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people
BACKGROUND TO THE ASSIGNMENT:
Uganda plans to conduct a campaign in 2019 to close measles immunity gap in children, especially in those age groups born since the last SIA (2015). The SIA will also be used as an opportunity to introduce rubella-containing vaccine in the routine immunization program by using the combined measles-rubella vaccine. Following WHO guidelines, the introduction will begin with a wide-age range campaign targeting children 9 months to <15 years, followed by the immediate introduction of MR vaccine into the routine immunization program.
The wide age-group measles-rubella vaccination catch-up campaign will contribute to the overall reduction of morbidity and mortality caused by measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in Uganda and contributes to attaining measles elimination and rubella control.
- To introduce rubella vaccine through conducting a measles-rubella vaccination campaign targeting children aged 9 months to less than 15 years
- To achieve ≥ 95% national coverage for measles-rubella vaccination nationally and in all districts
- To utilize the vaccination campaign to strengthen surveillance and routine immunization service delivery in all districts.
Target age groups:
With a population growth rate of 3%, the projected population of Uganda is estimated at 38,823,100 by 2018. The MR catch-up campaign will target 16.9 million male and female children aged 9 months to less than 15 years, representing 43% of the total population.
Terms of Reference to support the MR catch-up Campaign in Uganda
Under the guidance and leadership of the WHO Country Representative and the focal person for Accelerated Immunization Initiative, the officer is expected to support and execute the following activities to support the quality of SIAs preparation and implementation in Uganda:
- Support the central coordination of the planning and preparation for the MR SIAs, in collaboration with the MOH and partners.
- Promote and support the regular use of the various tools and methods to track and assure high quality preparations at all levels– including the readiness assessment tool at national and district levels, timely supervision of preparations.
- Collaborate with the health ministry/WHO/UNICEF teams, and the various SIAs subcommittees (logistics, social mobilization, planning and resource mobilization, etc) to produce updates on the SIAs preparation and implementation activities for distribution to relevant partners.
- Support the review of the district level micro-planning for the SIAs to ensure high quality and consistency as per the national guidelines, and to ensure that hard to reach communities are identified and special strategies are designed to reach them
- Support the national level TOT, the training of supervisors as well as independent monitors as per the SIAs field guide
- Promote and support the regular use of the various tools and methods to assure high quality implementation of the SIAs– including the rapid convenience monitoring, the post-campaign independent monitoring,
- Participate in the coordination meetings for planning and implementation of the SIAs
- Support the analysis of the end-process (post-campaign) Independent monitoring and provide recommendations on the conduct of the mop-up activities.
- Participate in any post SIAs review meetings to share lessons learnt and take action for reaching the missed persons
- Conduct a rapid assessment and document lessons learnt switching from measles to MR vaccine immediately after the SIAs
- Submit a written report at the end of the assignment (end of contract report and national technical report for MR SIAs and switch from measles to MR vaccine)
Recognized degree in Medicine, Post graduate degree or study in Public Health/Epidemiology
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY AND SKILLS:
Five years or More in Measles control/elimination. Specifically, having supported at least 2 or more nationwide Measles Campaigns preferably wide age group SIAs. Planning of immunization campaign programmes, conducting disease surveillance including outbreak investigation, writing, training skills and computer literacy.
- Experience in overall Immunization programmatic area is an added advantage
Sealed proposals are to be submitted to; “Plot 60 Prince Charles Drive, Kololo, Kampala” and clearly addressed to:
The Operations Officer
World Health Organization-Uganda
Plot 60 Prince Charles Drive, Kololo,
Applications should be sent to: afwcougwrsec [at] who.int
Deadline for applications- 29th March 2019
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted