Consultancy - Technical Support for the introduction of Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) and related EPI activities in LAC region
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, a largely middle income country environment, is enjoying stable economic growth and has made important progress on key measures, including the reduction of monetary and child poverty in recent years. However, large disparities based on a combination of factors, such as gender, ethnicity, geography, socio-economic status remain. In addition, the region is vulnerable to the effects of organized crime as well as the risk of natural disasters, exacerbated by climate change.
UNICEF operates in the 35 countries and territories in the region via 24 country programmes.
The work of UNICEF in the region is guided by the Millennium Development Goals and the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2014-2017, which has seven components – 1) Health, 2) HIV/AIDS, 3) WASH, 4) Nutrition, 5) Education, 6) Exploitation and violence, and 7) Social inclusion – along with the commitment to prioritize results for the most excluded and disadvantaged children and adolescents to achieve results with equity. In light of these inter-related commitments, efforts will be made to monitor the maintenance of the progress achieved in child rights at the national level but also to ensure progress is carried through to reduce disparities at the sub-regional level where the most substantial inequities persist.
The main equity-focused results for children expected to be achieved in the region to which the UNICEF regional office will contribute in 2014-2017, by supporting LAC country offices, are:
It will do so by focusing specifically on research, evidence and knowledge management, partnerships, policy dialogue, advocacy and communication, capacity development, and south-south/triangular cooperation, applied increasing in multi-country initiatives through regional and sub-regional institutions.
With respect to health, the focus of work in LAC will be the reduction of maternal, neonatal and infant mortality in priority countries with elevated mortality rates, including Bolivia and Haiti. A Promise Renewed (APR) will guide progress, including in relation to monitoring through the APR scorecards. Furthermore, the region is also moving towards a broader look at the health situation of children and adolescents, including the impact and implications of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in morbidity, mortality and burden of disease of children and adolescents in the region.
Given the funding limitation and the reorganization of the functions, as well as the peculiar epidemiological situation of the region, the UNICEF Latin Ameica and Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO) doesn’t have a dedicated officer for EPI. This said, it is a priority to ensure that the key strategic priorities in this area are identified, in particular in relation with the introduction of new antigens and new vaccination schemes such as the IPV.
OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY:
By the end of the assignment, UNICEF LACRO will have strategic options for engagement in IPV and more broadly in EPI in the region, the understanding and documentation of the situation, perspective and readiness of IPV introduction, as well as a stronger engagement in global EPI-related priority activities.
The consultant is expected to work to achieve the following results:
To achieve the results, the consultant is expected to:
DELIVERABLES TIMELINE AND PAYMENT:
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Advanced University degree in public health or other related field.
CONSULTANTS WORK PLACE:
Tasks can be performed remotely (home-based); some travel to Panama as well as to 1-2 regional/global meetings may be expected.
The consultant will report and be supervised by the Regional Advisor, Health in UNICEF LACRO.
Four to five months.
HONORARIA & FEES:
Please submit an up-to-date CV, UN Personal History Form, P-11 (attached) as well as the proposed budget including estimated consultancy fees and any other expenses the consultant may incur to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
20 June 2014.