UNICEF Consultancy - Development of Capacity Building Toolkit for Public Health Emergencies Jobs in Kenya

UNICEF Consultancy - Development of Capacity Building Toolkit for Public Health Emergencies Jobs in Kenya

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    Background and Justification

  • A key priority for UNICEF East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) is ensuring that all countries are well prepared for, and respond to emergencies, including public health emergencies, timely, effectively, and in a manner that contributes to building resilience of the health system.

  • Over the past 5 years, the east and southern Africa region has experienced an increasing trend in public health emergencies and humanitarian crises with serious health impacts particularly for already vulnerable children, women and communities. Two recent emergencies - the 10th Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (exported twice to Uganda in 2019), and the current COVID-19 pandemic, have underscored the following:

  • Preparedness facilitates timely and efficient response - this was the case for EVD preparedness priority countries and the transition to COVID-19 in early 2020.

  • Countries with gaps in preparedness are unlikely to develop timely and effective response capacities at the initial phase of an outbreak, when such capacity will make the most difference.

  • Public health emergencies come with huge indirect costs. Before COVID-19 the EVD outbreak in West Africa, cholera, smaller and geographically limited outbreaks of EVD and Marburg virus disease and conflict in several ESA countries had impacts on health services and contributed to stalling or reversing economic and other gains.

  • There is therefore a critical need for ESARO to support countries to develop or adapt strategies to effectively prevent, mitigate, and manage these emergencies as well as to enhance capacity for preparedness and response to public health emergencies. Building and maintaining such capacities at country level and particularly within UNICEF is one of essential components for better preparedness and response; it will equip UNICEF staffs and partners to deliver quality and timely response in line with the aim of Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Actions.

  • In line with this, the ESARO health section is seeking to recruit a consultant to support the development of a toolkit for training in PHE and accompanying reference materials for UNICEF country teams. This toolkit will be instrumental in providing relevant and required technical knowledge and skills to country office staff to better respond to public health emergencies in different contexts.

    Goal and Objective:

  • This consultancy aims at supporting the development of a training toolkit for public health emergencies for use by UNICEF country Office staff in the UNICEF East and Southern African Region.

  • Under the supervision of the Health specialist (Emergencies), the consultant will develop a toolkit for public health emergencies for the region.

  • Provide details/reference to AWP areas covered: This consultancy pertains to 240R/A0/10/801/004/011 which covers ‘Health Emergencies: Provide technical assistance, capacity development, oversight and quality assurance to COs for health emergencies, including the implementation of the regional cholera framework’.

    Activities and Tasks:

    • Three-month activity plan in line with deliverables (as per the detailed table under output/deliverables)

    • Approach: Review of existing PHE toolkits with gap analysis (including via interviews with key informants) and proposed approach and contents for UNICEF ESAR toolkit

    • Outputs: Toolkit, PPTs for training and reference materials including PHE factsheets, pilot with two country teams.

    Block 1: Global public health emergency architecture

  • Global PHE preparedness and response architecture and coordination mechanisms (cluster/sectoral
    coordination, IMSTs)

  • UNICEF approach to emergency preparedness and response including in public health emergencies

  • UNICEF emergency procedures, structures, and guiding principles: CCCs/health sector commitments, accountability to affected populations

  • Needs assessments during public health and humanitarian events: risk assessments for PHEs, initial rapid assessments

    Block 2: Responding to events of public health concern

  • Landscape of public health events and humanitarian events in the ESA region

  • Guidance for response to outbreaks of priority diseases using a cross sectoral lens and in line with ESARO guidance:

    • Category 1: Epidemic prone diseases with significant public health impact ;

    • Category 2: Endemic and epidemic prone diseases with limited geographic distribution requiring additional attention and capacity building ; and

    • Category 3: Endemic or epidemic prone diseases affecting a very limited geographic area and/or which pose a limited threat .

  • Social and behaviour change communication in public health emergencies: key concepts, approaches, and priority actions

  • Health in humanitarian crises – SRH including SBGViE, Maternal and Newborn health, CPiE and MHPSS

  • Sectoral collaboration in different types of emergencies: Nutrition, WASH, and health: NEs, PHEs, NiE/HiE/WASH in emergencies, School health in emergency

    Block 3: Planning and monitoring

  • Preparedness planning: Government preparedness mechanisms, the humanitarian cycle, introduction to the risk analysis tool, UNICEF’s Emergency Preparedness Platform

  • Supplies and logistics: planning, procurement and arrangements for emergency health supplies

  • Costing PHEs preparedness and response: Key pointers from a health economist’ view

  • Managing health data during emergencies: Typical needs and approaches for data management, analysis and reporting; GIS mapping; and basic report writing

  • Conducting intra/after action reviews for public health events

  • Operational research during PHEs: global guidance and current approaches, ethics & confidentiality

  • Work relationships: Within UNICEF, the consultant will be supervised by the health specialist (Emergencies) and will work closely with the regional office health team as well as with emergency focal points from C4D, Child Protection, HARP, Nutrition, WASH and others as appropriate. The consultant will also engage with external partners such as WHO, IFRC, Africa -CDC, US-CDC and National Ministries of Health if deemed necessary.

    Desired competencies, technical background and experience

  • Advanced university degree in public health with a first level university degree in a health science (medicine, nursing, public health or similar fields)

  • Minimum eight years of work experience in technical leadership/management of public health emergency preparedness and response in Africa.

  • Essential: Previous experience in integrated disease surveillance and response training and implementation. Desirable: Previous experience in cluster/sector coordination and knowledge on multi-sectoral preparedness and response to health emergencies.

  • Ability to develop and present public health training to a range of public health professionals with different skills sets/levels.

  • Fluency in English (verbal and written). Working knowledge of French or Portuguese desirable, but not essential.


    Core Values:

    • Care

    • Respect

    • Integrity

    • Accountability

    • Trust

    Core Competencies:

    • Builds and maintains partnerships.

    • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness.

    • Drive to achieve results for impact.

    • Innovates and embraces change.

    • Manages ambiguity and complexity.

    • Thinks and acts strategically.

    • Works collaboratively with others.

    How to Apply

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