UNICEF recruits 01 Individual Consultant / Immunisation Situation Analysis
Individual Consultant (22 Days)- Immunisation Situation Analysis, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Job Number: 523400 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Tanzania,Uni.Re
Work Type : Consultancy
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
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For every child, Safety
Immunizations reach approximately 6 out of 7 of the world’s infants, making it one of the most successful global public health programmes. Despite these successes, coverage gains have stagnated and children who are under-immunised are increasingly concentrated in disadvantaged and under-served communities.
Global leaders have called for an urgency in achieving immunisation coverage and equity goals. This includes a call for better use of data and analysis to target support and measure progress, increased innovation, and accelerated adoption and dissemination of successful strategies.
UNICEF supports the integration of research within existing health program implementation and policymaking cycles to improve program outcomes (e.g. coverage, sustainability, efficiency, cost, scale) and overcome implementation bottlenecks. This embedded implementation research approach is led and informed by implementers with the meaningful engagement and support of researchers. The approach aims to enhance ownership of the research among implementers, and is designed to prioritize research on questions of local relevance, generate feasible recommendations and integrate evidence into programmatic decisions, policymaking and health system strengthening.
To help execute the steps of this initiative, UNICEF Tanzania will need to select a Technical Support Centre (TSC) based in Tanzania which will provide technical mentorship in implementation research to local research teams, and local organisation facilitation and administration of all aspects of the initiative. The TSC will participate in an initial orientation and research prioritization meeting, make grants to Tanzanian implementer-led research teams based on the IR priorities identified, provide continuous technical assistance and quality assurance through the research process, organize workshops for protocol development and research utilisation, ensure the production of knowledge outputs including policy briefs and journal articles, and ensure follow up to ascertain the extent to which research recommendations are integrated into policies and programmes.
How can you make a difference?
Objectives of the consultancy
The first purpose of this consultancy is to compile and present existing data and information regarding immunisation coverage and equity in Tanzania, building on available and recent analyses, EPI reviews, and other materials provided by UNICEF Tanzania to the consultant. In particular, the consultant will examine documents (published and grey literature) and data regarding existing implementation bottlenecks in immunisation programming in the country, with attention to equity-related research priorities such as urban poor settings, remote rural settings, gender-related barriers to immunisation, and disadvantaged populations. The results of this consultancy will inform discussions to be held at an orientation and implementation research prioritisation meeting with government managers and other stakeholders in late August or early September 2019. The second purpose of this consultancy is to conduct assessment of local institutions which have potentials to work as a TSC with UNICEF team to provide technical mentorship in implementation research to local research teams, and local organisation facilitation and administration of all aspects of the initiative.
The consultant will work closely with UNICEF’s Tanzania Country Office in Dar es Salaam, and will work under the supervision of the Health Specialist leading implementation research activities.
Expected deliverables and timeframe
The Consultant will perform the following tasks:
Prepare plan for conducting situation analysis to ensure adequate understanding of the scope, preferred content, structure and timeline;
Review reports and information on immunisation coverage and equity in Tanzania provided by the UNICEF Country Office;
Conduct literature searches for additional, related reports and information;
Conduct institution assessment to local institutions who could potentially work with UNICEF as a TSC;
Develop a draft report of situation analysis for review by UNICEF Tanzania and UNICEF New York’s Implementation Research and Delivery Science (IRDS) Unit; The situation analysis report will turn into journal manuscript. It is expected that the consultant works with UNICEF team for publishing it.
Develop a draft report of institution assessment and TOR for TSC advertisement for review by UNICEF Tanzania and UNICEF New York’s Implementation Research and Delivery Science (IRDS) Unit;
Revise draft reports and TOR as needed and prepare final versions; and
Develop a presentation and present the results of the situation analysis at the Orientation and Research Prioritisation meeting to be held in late August or early September 2019.
Throughout the assignment, the Consultant will receive guidance from her/his supervisor.
The consultant should provide reports according to the below reporting schedule.
Estimated # of days
- In collaboration with UNICEF Tanzania colleagues, a plan for situation analysis is developed
16 July 2019
- Situation analysis is conducted, and draft report is shared
30 July 2019
- Institutional assessment is conducted, and draft report and TOR for TSC are shared
5 August 2019
- A final report of situation analysis is developed
7 August 2019
- A final report of institutional assessment and TOR for TSC are developed
9 August 2019
- Develop powerpoint presentation (PPT)
13 August 2019
- Present the results of situation analysis at the research prioritization meeting
Early September 2019
- Develop a draft journal manuscript out of the situation analysis report
15 September 2019
15 September 2019
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
The selected candidate should have the following background and experience:
Advanced university degree in health, social sciences or related field. Preferably a higher degree encompassing knowledge of research methods and assessment of evidence and/or data;
5 years of relevant professional work experience with clear responsibilities; proven experience conducting literature reviews and compiling data; knowledge of maternal, newborn, child and/or adolescent health programming, particularly immunization;
Experience co-authoring one or more peer-reviewed publications in public health and/or social science journals; and
Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiwahili essential.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Consultants are not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the contract agreement.
No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or Contractor.
No consultant may travel without a signed travel authorization prior to the commencement of the journey to the duty station.
Unless authorized, UNICEF will buy the tickets of the consultant. In exceptional cases, the consultant may be authorized to buy their travel tickets and shall be reimbursed at the “most economical and direct route” but this must be agreed to beforehand.
Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.
Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation.
The Form ‘Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary’ must be completed by the consultant upon arrival, at the HR Section.
Closing Date Wed Jul 10 2019 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)