UN Children's Fund Consultancy Opportunity in Nairobi, Kenya

Emergency Health Consultant, UNICEF ESARO-Nairobi

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development.

The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Main responsibilities and Tasks:
  • Support UNICEF’s response in health emergencies in ESAR including disease outbreaks as part of the overall health sector coordination mechanism in the region.

    Represent UNICEF in Health in emergencies and other regional sector coordination meetings and activities among partners related to health in emergencies.
  • Monitor the insurgence of possible health emergencies, activating the proper internal and external channels, promoting coordination at regional and country level, and supporting the development of preparedness and response plans as needed.
  • Contribute to the re-establishment/development of a regional cholera platform coordinating with relevant UNICEF sections/divisions including WASH, Health, C4D, Emergencies as well as with media/communications, and other sectors.
  • Support the implementation of emergency health interventions in the region according to international standards such as the Sphere, the International Health Regulations etc. in line with UNICEF mandate and CCCs.
  • Participate in national and regional risk and needs assessments for crises from all hazards including cholera and other disease outbreaks with UNICEF sections such as WASH and C4D and external technical partners including WHO, IFRC among others.

    Build in lessons learned from cholera risk management including national capacity building for the use of the oral cholera vaccine (OCV) during outbreaks.
  • Contribute to UNICEF’s and the health sector’s regional strategic approach, work planning and contingency planning processes with other sectors to ensure cross sectoral response programming.
  • Bring in all of UNICEF’s sectors into prevention, preparedness and response to outbreaks to ensure technical coherence of UNICEF’s support strategies.
  • Conduct joint field visits and evaluations with relevant ESARO staff and health sector/cluster partners for preparedness and response to crises including outbreaks.
  • Build capacity of UNICEF health staff in the region for health emergencies using programs such as the UNICEF Emergency Health training and Health Emergencies Preparedness Initiative (HEPI), The Global Taskforce for Cholera Control (GTFCC) cholera training, etc.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts including preparation of emergency funding appeals for UNICEF and health sector mechanisms.
    Working with the communication unit, contribute to drafting of media reports to advocate for children’s health in crises and for resource mobilization.
  • Support resilience of systems as a result of response
  • Support strengthening of maternal and newborn services, even in emergency settings. In collaboration with MNH programs, integrate MNTE activities into broader maternal and new born health to leverage resources and expertise.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to MNTE priority countries for planning, implementing and monitoring TT campaigns even in emergency settings.
  • Will assist countries in micro planning and monitoring of TT campaign implementation as part of the quality assurance mechanisms;
  • Represent UNICEF/ESARO in the WHO-led pre-validation and validation country missions in the remaining five countries as and when due
    AWP areas covered: Health emergency and resilience; Accelerated disease control and elimination (MNT)

    Work relationships: SM will work closely with the Regional Emergency Advisor and team, EPI specialists, WASH specialists and C4D specialists.

    Payment shall be monthly contingent on submitting progress reports each month that indicate satisfactory completion of activities planned for the specific month, and final payment will be made following the submission of the final consultancy report and the documentation report of the support provided in the Region for both health emergencies and MNTE programmes in ESAR.

    Payment shall be monthly upon satisfactory quality deliverables as scheduled and described above.

    Desired competencies, technical background and experience

    Profile of the candidate:

  • Advanced university degree in public health (MD, nursing or other relevant health discipline) plus a master’s, MSc, PhD in public health or related field
  • A minimum of 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in planning and implementing health emergency programmes including outbreaks such as cholera with either the UN, IO, and/or NGO
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written). Knowledge of another UN language (specifically French and Portuguese) an asset.
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network within the organization and partners
  • Has a good leadership and co-ordinates group activity, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
  • Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly
  • Analyses and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources
  • Communicate effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.
  • Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals, translating ideas and strategic directions into plans and concrete actions.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment with diverse audiences and range of stakeholders.

    Administrative issues - Travel
    The incumbent will be based in Nairobi and work closely with the EPI, HARP, C4D, WASH and Nutrition Teams under the close supervision of the Regional Health Advisor and will be required to travel to priority countries (Angola, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Somali Region of Ethiopia South Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe) for a period of not more than 7-10 days at a time.

    The consultant will be provided office computer and other IT support as necessary.

    The contract is for 11 months period. The consultant is expected to be present in Nairobi for the duration of the contract. The anticipated start date is November 1st, 2015 until September 30th, 2017.

    The following table is indicative, as some trips will depend on where health emergency will take place and where support will be needed.

    While in Nairobi, the consultant will be provided with office space and while necessary with working material, information resources and appropriate office equipment and access to UN premises.

    As stipulated above, the consultant will be asked to undertake multiple missions in selected countries.

    As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.

    The evaluation of the performance will be carried out using the standards form, focusing on the quality and timeliness of the work as per the ToRs.

    UNICEF reserves all copyrights on material, including primary and secondary data analysis, documents, photographs and graphic designs.

    No data or findings can be published without the permission of UNICEF and any publications arising from the work will be co-authored with UNICEF staff.

    The use of UNICEF material for any purpose, including repackaging in hard copy or compilation for any digital platform or any electronic media, is prohibited unless prior written permission is obtained.

    The unauthorized use of the UNICEF name and logo is against international law and is expressly forbidden.

    The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions

    Risks and mitigating measures

    The incumbent may have to travel and work in countries with possible risks such as armed conflict, drought and communicable diseases but all likely risks will be identified and reasonable relevant risk responses and possible mitigating actions will be put in place.

    How to apply:
    For more information and job application details, see; UN Children's Fund Consultancy

    Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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