To provide technical assistance on the national COVID-19 vaccine Rollout and the overall coordination of the monitoring and evaluation process, advocacy communication and social mobilization activities, AEFI surveillance and monitoring, and the capacity building of regions regarding COVID-19 vaccine.
BG, Ethiopia Assosa
Type of corporation
Title: National COVID-19 vaccination, Technical Assistance
Duty station: Benishangul Gumuz
Duration: 24 months
No. of consultant : One (1)
Reporting to : MOH EPI team lead in collaboration with UNICEF ECO Immunization Specialist
Background and Justification
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 was initially reported from Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and currently the disease is a global pandemic affecting all countries, including our country, Ethiopia. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been exerting high negative impacts on the health, social and economic wellbeing of people in our country.
The MoH, in collaboration with partners, has been working on the prevention and response of COVID-19 pandemic to hal its spread and reduce the negative impact of the pandemic. So far Ethiopia received more than 12million doses through COVAX dose sharing, bilateral donations from countries and self-financing through AVAT. The COVID-19 vaccine deployment has been undertaken in a phased approach based on population risk levels, global availability of COVID-19 vaccines, and operational feasibility.
Provide technical support to the functions the ICC (Interagency Coordination Committee) and the NITAG (National Immunization Technical Advisory Group) as setting agendas, meeting procedures and ensure that decisions and action points are being followed-up and implemented.
Provide technical support to the National Technical Working Group (NTWGs) for COVID-19 vaccine national Rollout and participate in the meeting regularly.
Support regions to establish and/or revitalize their COVID-19 task force and TWGs to support the service delivery, vaccine cold chain & logistics, demand generation and communication, targeting (Microplanning), COVID-19 surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of the coverage among at-risk groups and monitoring of vaccine impacts, safety of vaccine AEFI (Adverse Events following Immunization) detection and response.
Support in the revision of National Deployment and vaccination Plan (NDVP) with input from relevant bodies (COVAX, ICC, NITAG and the TWGs. Liaise with the national immunization program, national Regulatory Authority, AEFI Committee to enrich the plan
Support EFDA to confirm to the Ministry the existence of any expedited regulatory pathway for approval of COVID-19 vaccines (i.e emergency use authorization, exceptional approval for the upcoming other COVID-19 vaccines)
Provide technical assistance at all levels to estimate potential numbers of target population that will be prioritized for access to vaccines stratified by target group ad geographic location.
Support in the development of Macro and microplanning exercise for COVID 19 vaccination deployment
Provide technical support on evidence generation and quality data for action
Regularly monitor country’s readiness by completing RAT/VIRAT
Provide technical assistance in the development and revision of training materials by adapting and translating training materials developed by WHO.
Develop training plan that include key groups of participants, content topic areas, key training partners and training methods and conduct training vaccinators, supervisors and other who participate in the vaccination
Develop and adapt existing surveillance and monitoring framework with a set of recommended indicators (Coverage, acceptability, disease surveillance etc,,,) for COVID-19 vaccine
Develop and adapt necessary reporting and monitoring tools (Vaccination cards/ certificate, facility based register, tally sheets, vaccination reporting formats and analytical tools to monitor progress and coverage
Identify potential COVID-19 vaccine delivery strategies leveraging both existing vaccination platforms and non-vaccination delivery approaches to best reach identified target groups.
Conduct readiness assessment on regular basis to identify areas for support and improvement
Plan for handling AEFI if happens and make sure on the availability of AEFI kits and forms
Capture and share lesson learned and good practices that can potentially leverage the routine immunization and outbreak response practices
Participate in COVAX post-introduction evaluation exercise
Support continuation of routine immunization (RI) activities at all level
Perform any other activity as required by national MCH Director/ EPI manager
Ensure the operationalization of COVID 19 precautions during immunization services provision
Facilitate and monitor timely budget utilization and liquidation of COVID-19 implementation and other RI budget
Frequent traveling to field (sub-national) as necessary
Summit monthly report to the immediate supervisor (EPI manager)
Submit a detail final report at the end of the assignment.
Expected Deliverables and Time frame
Submission of monthly progress reports
Submission of meeting minutes from COVID-19 coordination forums (ICC (Interagency Coordination Committee), the NITAG (National Immunization Technical Advisory Group); and COVID-19 National Technical Working Group (NTWGs), etc.)
Regular update on functionality sub-national (RHB) COVID-19 Taskforce and TWGs
Submission of trainings, monitoring and supervision reports
Submission of documentation of the detailed process including lesson learned, best practices and human-interest stories (HIS)
Submission of guidance/protocol for the rapid assessment to identify areas for support and improvement.
Support Data collection, analysis, and written report
Report key findings from the readiness assessment for introduction and vaccination campaigns.
Share regular progress report of the sub-national performance
Develop and report COVID-vaccination implementation report including AEFI documentation and report.
Annual report and recommendations.
The consultant will be directly recruited by third party HR firm, and reports to the FMOH EPI team lead and UNICEF ECO Immunization Specialist.
Payment Modality and Schedule
The fees for this contract shall paid on monthly basis based on the submission of monthly reports against the deliverables indicated above.
Expected background and Experience
Suitable candidate: Technical and good communication skills, analytical skills to identify critical issues and good writing skills, knowledge and skills in the subject
Essential: First degree in any health science with specialized training (Masters) in public health or epidemiology.
Over 7years’ experience in Public health programs, preferably in Immunization and vaccine preventable disease surveillance. Prior experience of implementing or supporting routine immunization programs at least from woreda level to higher in a developing country. Previous experience in quantitative and qualitative assessments and data analysis is essential.
Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance to governments on the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination and routine immunization activities.
Fluency in English both speaking and written is a requirement. Fluency and Working knowledge of local language will be an asset.
Other Skills: Computer literacy: Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications, and statistical software.
Desirable: Previous experience working with MOH, UNICEF or UN agencies. Familiarity or experience with immunization program will be an asset.
The consultant will be based at FMoH
The consultant will not be provided lodging and/or meals
The consultant will use his/her own materials, i.e. computer/laptop, phone etc.
For the duty travel, the consultant will be provided rented car by abh partners PLC. and also DSA as per the guideline.
The consultant will be paid monthly by ABH partners PLC upon completion of deliverables as indicated on this TOR and approved by the supervisor
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Fostering integration and teamwork
Building and promoting partnership and multi-sector
Moving forward in changing environment
Policy both parties should be aware of:
ABH Partners Plc will manage all the administrative issues and aspects based on HR’ policies and procedures.
All remuneration must be within the contract agreement through the ABH Partners Plc
No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both ABH Partners PLc and the consultant.
Travel will be facilitated and managed by the ABH Partners Plc.in agreement with UNICEF.
Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.