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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Help make history: Apply here to eradicate polio and eliminate vaccine preventable diseases

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Four-year-old Shahadat struggles with his lack of mobility since contracting polio at age 2

Four year old Shahadat was partially paralyzed by polio when he was only two. It came on suddenly. Today Shahadat can move his left leg, but he will never regain the use of his right leg.

The world is the closest it’s ever been to eradicating a disease for only the second time in history. Help UNICEF reach children like 4-year old Shahadat. Help eradicate polio forever!

To learn more about how you can help make history, click on the videos below to see UNICEF staff on the frontlines of polio eradication.

Communication for Development (C4D) Specialist
If you have expertise in behavior and social change, communication for development, or anthropology, please consider a C4D career with UNICEF’s polio programme.

These important roles lead the development and implementation of communication strategies to ensure every mother and father knows how important it is to vaccinate their children with the Oral Polio Vaccine.  Communication strategies help convince decision makers, whether a religious leader, community activist or mother, that it is important to vaccinate children against this paralyzing disease.

Join Sherine and Afghanistan’s social mobilisers as they work to find and vaccinate every child in the country.

Polio Positions at Country Level
These roles are at the heart of the eradication initiative.  Country-based programme officers are on the frontline, working closely with different stakeholders to help deliver campaigns that reach every single child under 5 years of age.

If you have a background in public health, are inspired by working with communities, and have a keen sense of adventure, please consider a career with UNICEF’s polio eradication initiative based in an endemic or polio outbreak country.

Click here to see Fouzia, a UNICEF Polio Manager in Afghanistan, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan monitoring a polio campaign.

Vaccine Management & Logistics
Our success in eradicating disease is only as effective as our ability to deliver potent, safe vaccines for children. If you have a background in cold chain logistics, vaccine management, epidemiology or public health, you will find a role with UNICEF’s GEPI very rewarding.

Help us lead the global community to provide technical guidance for vaccine management, for polio vaccine and routine immunization antigens.

Follow Jalaa’ as he works with government staff on the ground to deliver and keep track of Polio vaccine in Afghanistan.



If you have specific email queries about joining the fight to eradicate Polio, please send an email to: eRecruitment@unicef.org and put in the subject line “POLIO”.

For more information about the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, please visit:
The Global Polio Eradication Site: http://www.polioeradication.org
UNICEF’s Polio Site, highlighting communications: http://polioinfo.org/
The Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/polio/
World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs114/en/
The Rotary’s campaign to End Polio Now: http://www.endpolio.org/
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Polio

Current Vacancies:
Communication for Development Specialist, P 3-4 (Generic Vacancy Announcement)
Application Deadline: 21 February 2014
Click here to apply

Vaccine Management, Cold Chain & Logistics , P3-4 (Generic Vacancy Announcement)
Application Deadline: 21 February 2014
Click here to apply

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