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UNICEF Vacancies 2023 for International RCCE EVD Consultant Jobs in Juba Location.
UNICEF Jobs in Juba 2023:- New job notification not for UNICEF job opportunity portal for the post of International RCCE EVD Consultant. International RCCE EVD Consultant Vacancy is for the Juba location. Candidates should apply through www.unicef.org before the last date which is 17/01/2023.
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International RCCE EVD Consultant Jobs Description
Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
Support coordinating national social mobilization efforts; supporting the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s RCCE emergency preparedness and response to the Ebola epidemic.
Background & Rationale:
Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals (such as fruit bats, porcupines and non-human primates) and then spreads in the human population through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks. The virus was first discovered in 1976 in Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are five known variants of Ebolavirus: Zaire ebolavirus, Sudan ebolavirus, Bundibugyo ebolavirus, Tai Forest ebolavirus, and Reston ebolavirus, with the first two at the origin of the largest outbreaks in Africa. Since 1976, 37 Ebola outbreaks were reported in 17 countries, with most of the cases occurring in DRC and caused by Zaire Ebola virus.
On 20thSeptember 2022, the Ministry of Health, in the Republic of Uganda declared an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Mubende district, located in the central part of the country. The outbreak is caused by the Sudan ebolavirus. This is the second Ebola-Sudan strain in Uganda following the first case reported in Luwero district in 2012. There have been seven previous outbreaks of the Ebola-Sudan strain, with four occurring in Uganda and three in Sudan. In 2019, the country experienced an outbreak of Zaire ebolavirus which was imported from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Following the declaration of EVD outbreak in Uganda on 20th September 2022 the South Sudan Ministry of Health (SSMOH) called for an ad-hoc emergency meeting on 21st September 2022 to brief all partners on the situation and highest preparedness actions were agreed. The 72-hour EVD response plan was updated. South Sudan has not yet recorded any confirmed EVD case, however the risk of importing the virus is very high due to the population movement at different entry points. The distance between the nearest town in South Sudan (Nimule) and Mubende in Uganda is 343 kilometres. The South Sudan Ministry of Health has identified a total of nine (9) high risk areas that include: Juba, Nimule, Kaya, Yambio, Ezo, Maridi, Kajokeji, Tambura and Yei.
There are no licensed vaccines for this type of Ebola virus, but there are candidate vaccines which are due to be used in trials. The most effective way to save lives is to inform people about how the disease spreads, and how they can protect themselves. Other health measures such as early detection of cases and starting patient care early saves lives. Strengthened disease surveillance and case investigation, and especially close collaboration with communities, have proven to save lives in similar outbreaks. Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) becomes then an important pillar for outbreak preparedness and response.
In order to support the Government of South Sudan in the RCCE preparedness, UNICEF is hiring a consultant for contributing to risk reduction and in-country RCCE preparedness.
Under the supervision of the Chief of SBC, in close coordination with the Ebola SBC Officer lead, the National SBC Consultant for Ebola and National Task Force on Ebola; the SBC International Consultant will be responsible for the following: support to coordination of national RCCE efforts; supporting the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s social mobilization emergency preparedness and in-country response (if applies) to the Ebola epidemic; ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Emergencies (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards.
The consultant will be responsible for the following:
1.Under the framework of the national RCCE TWG, in conjunction with other RCCE stakeholders, support the overall analysis of sectorial needs and priorities to ensure key appropriate communications strategies and standards are in place to promote the adoption of safe practices, in accordance with national and international humanitarian standards.
2.Provide direct support to the National Incident Management Platform and RCCE Technical Working Group for coordinating, supporting implementation and monitoring RCCE strategies for Ebola preparedness and response
3.Based on the identified needs, and in coordination with other relevant UNICEF sections and divisions – particularly Health, Wash and Comms – as well as implementing partners, support the development and implementation of evidence based and inclusive strategies, plans, materials and tools. This includes actions as below:
• Commission and oversee research to inform strategies, pre-test materials and monitor and evaluate initiatives
• Support the update and effective activation of an RCCE implementation and monitoring plan
• Update evidence-based and culturally relevant communication materials for advocacy, social mobilization and emergency programme implementation for the Ebola response meeting requirements and quality standards.
• Develop capacities for social mobilization, behavioral change/promotion and community outreach mobilization among national and local partners and stakeholders to address issues of fear/stigma associated with Ebola Viral Disease
• Reach target population with culturally appropriate and gender sensitive messages to reduce health risks with reference to both physical and behavioral aspects.
• Collaborate with the Ebola SBC Officer lead in the SBC Section and Communications Section to ensure UNICEF’s key role in SBC related to the Ebola preparedness is appropriately captured and reflected in external communications efforts to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies.
4.Support strengthening of partnerships with community and civil society groups, leaders and other key partners for participation in social and behavioral changes activities related to Ebola response.
5.Interact with government and partners (including UN, donors, NGOs, CSOs, etc.) in the different stages of the emergency programme implementation, following up on cooperation agreements, recommendations and other UNICEF’s commitments for the emergency response, including capacity development of national partners.
6.Ensure UNICEF’s engagement and contribution into cross-sectorial assessment, analysis and evaluations of the emergency response
7.Any other tasks as assigned by the supervisor
Work Assignment Overview
1.Oversee research to inform strategies, pre-test materials and monitor and evaluate initiatives
Ebola Behavioural and Social Drivers (BeSD) survey report
2.Update of the national RCCE strategy and action plan, with tailored strategy for cross-border areas and mobile populations, based on available evidence such as the cross-border analysis paper
Updated evidence based national RCCE strategy and action plan for Ebola preparedness and response, including crisis communication plan and updated SoP
3.Update the package of Ebola communication materials based on available evidence
Update the training materials for RCCE actors based on available data Updated culturally relevant package of communications materials for different target groups (mobile populations, frontline health workers, community leaders, schools, etc.) Updated training materials for health managers, RCCE coordination members, media professionals and community-based actors
5. Support for establishing partnership with religious leaders and Faith Based Organizations at national level for at-scale RCCE actions
6. Support capacity building of RCCE actors at national level
7. Supervision, monitoring and reporting
Partnership with plan of action with FBOs available
Training report of RCCE actors at central level
Final report with key realizations, challenges, gaps, and lessons learnt
Minimum Qualifications required:
Advanced university degree in social/behavioral sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization and community development, participatory communication, and research
Prior experience of hygiene promotion and community mobilization.
Work experience in Ebola affected country is an asset
All applications must be submitted with detailed financial and technical proposal
Payment will be done upon delivery of key task and submission of all necessary reports as stipulated in the detailed in the vacancy announcement.
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.
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