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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:

  • The reduction of maternal mortality in health institutions and pregnancies among adolescents,
  • The virtual elimination of the vertical transmission of HIV and its reduction among adolescents,
  • The positioning of child and maternal nutrition at the core of national development plans,
  • Expanded pre-school education, improved learning and reduced drop out among adolescents,
  • Free and universal birth registration and expanded child protection services, and
  • Contribute to a reduction of multi-dimensional child poverty.

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.


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:

  • IPV introduction status of the countries in the region, as well as plans for introduction, determined and documented;
  • Political and programmatic readiness with regard to IPV introduction analyzed and documented;
  • Summary of discussions and action points from key meetings (e.g. IMG meeting in August, Geneva) reported back to LACRO;
  • Recommendations for strategic options for UNICEF role on EPI in LAC elaborated;
  • Dialogue with PAHO established in relation to collaboration in regards to IPV, as well as more broadly on EPI, and 2-3 concrete collaborative results identified for the period 2014-2015;
  • UNICEF LACRO supported in other EPI-related tasks during the period of the consultancy.


To achieve the results, the consultant is expected to:

  • Review existing documentation on IPV introduction status, plans and readiness in each country of the LAC region;
  • Hold discussions with key partner, in particular PAHO;
  • Participate in key meetings, as agreed with the supervisor, and report back.


  1. Written report on IPV introduction status, plans and readiness in each country of the LAC region;
  2. Short report summarizing the strategic options for UNICEF’s role in EPI in LAC;
  3. Document spelling out 2-3 concrete collaborative results for the period 2014-2015 with PAHO.


  • 30% upon delivery of products 1. 
  • 70% upon delivery of products 2 and 3.



Advanced University degree in public health or other related field.


  • A minimum of five years of experience in public health, and in particular related to EPI.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of UNICEF work on EPI.
  • Recent training on IPV an asset.


  • Fluency required in: English and Spanish.
  • Knowledge of French will be an asset.


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.


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:

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


20 June 2014.



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