Consultant for Measles Control/Elimination SIA planning and monitoring of implementation

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Employer: WHO
Job Title: Consultant for Measles Control/Elimination SIA planning and monitoring of implementation
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other

1. Purpose of the Consultancy

The purpose of the consultancy is to work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and World Health Organization (WHO) Somalia in preparation, implementation, monitoring and report writing for catch up Measles Supplemental Immunization Activity (SIA) campaign as a response to the ongoing public health crisis due to low immunity in children, hard to reach communities, areas and prevailing impact of natural disasters like recent drought.

2. Background

Somalia is one of the most fragile states in Africa, and despite some improvements realized in the past four years, the country continues to experience insecurity caused by armed conflict and clan violence. This has continued to impact negatively on the lives of children and women, and other vulnerable groups, particularly inhibiting their access to essential and lifesaving health services, was well as preventing sustainable development of the health sector.

According to available information; Somalia had experienced large nationwide outbreak of measles with more than 23,394 suspected measles cases reported from January 1 through December 31, 2017, there are anecdotal case reports of serious clinical complications and high case fatality (~3%), cases are occurring throughout the country with the highest case counts in Central Zone, the age distribution of measles cases reveals 83% are 10 years of age. The MoH and partners have conducted mass campaigns in 2018 and reached 4.4 million children 6 months to 10 years of age with measles vaccine. However the campaigns reached only to 93% of the targeted children due to inaccessible areas and hard to reach areas had limited impact and based on epidemiology it is felt that a catch up nationwide campaign among children 6 months to 5years of age would provide the most mpact on reducing further measles mortality and morbidity. The target population of children 6 months to 5 years of age is 2.428 million children. The proposed national measles vaccination campaign slated for Quarter 4, 2019. GAVI, the vaccine alliance has agreed to provide financial support for this SIA. WHO and UNICEF will provide necessary technical support.

Measles incidence continues to be high. As at Epi week 15 of 2019, the annualized measles incidence rate is 29.4/1,000,000 population. 81% of cases are under 5 years and 81% of the cases were from 5 regions, these are Banadir, Lower Shabelle, Middle Shebelle , Hiran , and Galgadud and Routine Immunization services have not reached the desired targets in Somalia due to the poor health system, security problem and the program priorities placed on emergency responses.

The Heath Programme intends to hire the services of 03 national consultant to develop detailed measles

Supplemental Immunization Activity (SIA ) plan, assist in training of trainers for related activities and assist MOH and WHO in implementation and monitoring the implementation of the plan and report writing of the campaign in coordination with the partners.

The consultants will be based in WHO field office in Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa. S/he will act as consultant and will coordinate with lead consultant, MoH and WHO staff to monitor their preparation for the SIA tentatively scheduled during the last quarter of 2019.

3. Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

Start date: 20 June 2019 (tentative)
End date: 20 Nov 2019 [ Initially for 5 months with a possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of fund]

4. Work to be performed

Output 1: SIA technical report for assigned zone.

Output 2: Periodic reports of the results of the assessments using rapid assessment tool.

Output 3: All data reported, produced, analyzed for the SIA with its analysis in appropriate charts, tables, graphs (budget, vaccine and logistics, coverage data, Adverse Effect Following Immunization (AEFI) data, M&E data etc.).

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop activities timeline for implementing SIA at Zonal/state level.

  2. Collaborate with all partners and actively participate in the activities for measles SIA.

  3. Participate in steering committee/Task force meetings and provide update on the preparedness, challenges and advise solutions.

  4. Benchmark the readiness for implementation of the SIA using the WHO SIA readiness assessment tool at Zonal/state/Regional levels as per the timeline of the readiness assessment and produce related reports and sharing the reports with the national Zonal/state/Regional counterpart/task force/steering committee and WHO guiding mitigation measures for identified deficiencies.

  5. Develop training material and conduct trainings in the zones

  6. Conduct field visits to State/regional/district levels to assess preparedness and extend technical guidance where necessary.

  7. Prepare and finalize a technical report for the zone after the SIA.

1. Specific requirements

  • Qualifications required:

Essential –First university degree in Medicine / Public Health / Nursing

Desirable – Training in EPI, biostatistics, epidemiology

WHO only considers higher educational qualification obtained from an accredited institution.

  • Experience required:

At least 5 years of experience in public health program management, including experience in EPI. Experience in working for measles SIAs or other injectable vaccination campaign at national or large sub-national level especially in developing countries.

  • Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

§ Excellent knowledge in analyzing vaccine preventable diseases and EPI data, synthesizing information and presenting clear and concise conclusion and recommendations for decision making

§ Knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques of immunization program

§ Excellent inter-personal and written communication skill

§ Strong report writing skill in English

§ Proficiency in English language

§ Working knowledge in computer software spread sheet, data analysis skill and MS Office is required

2. Place of assignment The consultant will be based in WHO field offices Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Garowe Somali


Your application should be sent to the address below indicating the position applied in the subject by close of business Wednesday 12th June 2019. It should include a cover letter & a detailed CV (as one document) with your contact details.

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