Individual Consultancy: National EPI Coordination (Open to Nationals of Malawi only)
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Malawi introduced the COVID-19 vaccine on 11 March 2021. UNICEF is actively supporting MOH and key stakeholders in the efforts to successfully roll out the vaccine and UNICEF is supporting the development of an enhanced NDVP for the population beyond 20% covered for COVAX. During the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccination strategy, some parts of the vaccine roll-out worked well including speedy distribution of vaccines to districts and good publicity which enabled an increasing number of people to be vaccinated within a short period. Furthermore, a monitoring and evaluation system for real-time monitoring was developed with speed to allow timely visualization of data for decision making. However, there have been some massive challenges such as ‘limited microplanning at district level to guide and strengthen the vaccine roll-out and vaccine hesitancy especially in rural areas.
How can you make a difference?
To support the efforts of the Ministry of Health, Government of Malawi in developing a sustainable system of supportive supervision of routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccination, involving Medical Colleges and capacity building, including on-the-job training of frontline workers, cold chain officers, handlers and technicians.
The EPI Coordination contractor will liaise closely with faculties of the College of Medicine and district health officials, and other inter-sectoral partners, both Government and NGOs, thus networking on the various activities for the implementation of strategy towards ensuring supportive supervision of routine immunization across the state.
The National EPI Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to
The EPI Coordination contractor will work under the direct supervision of Health Specialist – Community Health, the MOH and other immunization stakeholders at the national and district level to provide technical support to the EPI unit of the Ministry of Health to implement interventions for strengthening the routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccination roll-out.
- Coordinate implementation of activities for strengthening routine immunization and COVAX roll-out at the national and district level to ensure optimal programme quality.
- Collect, compile and analyse routine and supplementary immunization coverage and monitoring data and provide feedback to senior officials in MOH and state officials for interventions at national and subnational levels.
- Provide technical assistance to MOH for implementation of activities related to the Expanded Immunization Programme (EPI). Develop technical guidelines and protocols on matters related to vaccines, programme implementation and policy for improving immunization coverage in the country.
- Assist MOH with planning and implementation of immunization campaigns, such as “PIRI, IPV”, for periodic intensification of routine immunization.
- Assist MOH in techno-managerial capacity for the introduction of new vaccines.
- Review the progress of immunization programmes in different districts.
- Undertake field visits to monitor the planning and implementation of the immunization programme, providing feedback at appropriate levels.
- Assist MOH in review and coordination of the allocated thematic components of EPI like monitoring and evaluation, vaccine logistics management, Cold Chain, AEFI, Health System Strengthening etc. with stakeholders
- Assist MOH in establishing monitoring and review mechanisms related to the status of vaccine stock, cold chain logistics and training.
- Liaison with districts ineffective implementation of programme and improvement of immunization coverage.
- Organize and coordinate meetings of technical expert committees, document the minutes of meetings and subsequently follow up on action points.
- Coordinate with partners and stakeholders for the improvement of programme performance.
- Support implementation of urban immunization strategy.
- Support training activities and introduction of My Village My Home strategy
- Support low performing districts with Reaching Every Child (REC) implementation strategy
- Support the implementation of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination in selected districts.
- Undertake any other activities/tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
Document country good practices throughout the process including related to challenges, lessons learned and critical success factors
Facilitate reports and documentaries on the cold chain good practices in Malawi in liaison with the Communications team and Ministry of Health.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
- A first university degree from a recognized academic institution in one or more of the following areas is preferred: Engineering, Cold Chain or related to cold chain operations in UNICEF programme areas, or technical qualification in cold chain maintenance.
- Minimum five years progressively responsible professional work experience at the national level in cold chain maintenance, vaccine and logistics management, EPI programming.
- Work experience managing large-scale projects, working with governments, working in resource-limited settings, monitoring and evaluating supply chains, and risk management, mitigation will be an asset.
- Written and spoken fluency in both the local language and English.
Please click here Final TOR for National EPI Coordination contractor_Clean_01 Sept 2021.pdf for the full Terms of Reference
How To Apply….
Interested individual contractors should provide the following:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Brief technical proposal (no longer than five pages) demonstrating the contractor’s understanding of the assignment and approach/methodology to the assignment
- Financial proposal including a breakdown of their all-inclusive fees (including professional fees, travel, living cost, visa and other costs). Complete the attached form Financial Proposal for Consultancy.xlsx.
- References details
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