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United Nations Children’s Fund Recruitment for Health Consultant (CARAMAL) 2021

Filed in Job by on June 30, 2021

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United Nations Children’s Fund Recruitment for Health Consultant (CARAMAL) 2021: United Nations Children’s Fund is recruiting for Health Consultant (CARAMAL). The ideal candidate must possess a University Degree in relevant fields.

United Nations Children's Fund Recruitment for Health Consultant (CARAMAL) 2021

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families.

Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Health Consultant (CARAMAL)

Job Number: 513381
Location: Adamawa, Nigeria
Work Type: Consultancy

Background

  • UNICEF is implementing the Community Access to Rectal Artesunate for Malaria (CARAMAL) project in Adamawa State, Nigeria, as part of multi-country (Nigeria, Uganda and DRC) operations research to inform effective roll-out of Rectal Artesunate Suppository (RAS) for pre-referral treatment of severe malaria. The initiative rests on ongoing UNICEF-Supported community case management (iCCM) program in Adamawa State, and is implemented by a consortium of UNICEF, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).
  • Malaria is one of the leading causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity globally. While the successful scale-up and use of critical commodities such as insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have resulted in a 48% decline in malaria-related mortality since 2000, malaria still results in over 400,000 deaths each year, of which most are children under-five and pregnant women.
  • Malaria mortality results from the progression of untreated or sub-optimally treated malaria to severe disease and that severe malaria almost invariably results in death if left untreated. In 2010 the disease killed an estimated 660,000 people largely children under five years in sub-Saharan Africa; the Republic of Congo and Nigeria account for more than 40% of estimated global malaria deaths (WHO, 2013). Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) reports Nigeria accounts for one quarter of all malaria cases in Africa, one of the world’s highest rates of all cause -mortality for children under five, and about one in six children die before their fifth birthday (FMOH, 2012).
  • Malaria transmission was initially holoendemic in Nigeria. However, recent information has provided evidence of a progress divergence of in-country variation in malaria endemicity [Snow et al, 2013]. Hence as at 2010, it was estimated that 85% of Nigerians lived in areas supporting mesoendemic transmission, 15% lived under conditions of hyper-holoendemicity and areas within FCT Abuja, Adamawa and Borno States support hypoendemicity. Malaria has been reported to account for 35% of outpatient visits among children under five years of age in Nigeria [NDHS 2013].
  • According to the World Malaria Report (2012), the entire population of Nigeria (estimated in 2011 at 189 million) is at risk of contracting malaria every year.
  • Adamawa State is located in north eastern part of Nigeria challenged with security issues, hence the access to health care is also constrained as a result of the security challenges. UNICEF is currently implementing iCCM in Adamawa State with a significantly large target population. In order to address this public health challenge in the CARAMAL project as an intervention will be piloted in Adamawa state using the iCCM structures in place to reach under 5 children in selected rural communities, by providing pre – referral treatment of severe malaria.

Rationale

  • The Community Access to Rectal Artesunate for Malaria (CARAMAL) pilot project requires regular close monitoring and coordination in order to achieve quality implementation and credible results. This position is to support the State ministry of health, State primary health care development agency and other partners in the coordination of the implementation of the Community Access to Rectal Artesunate for Malaria (CARAMAL) project in the states and other partners in the coordination of the implementation of the Rectal Artesunate Suppository (RAS) project at the national level in Adamawa State.
  • The consultant will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and SMEP, other partners in implementing strategies towards achieving significant progress at state level in line with the state response to malaria elimination. He/she will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at state level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, and the piloting of the pre- referral treatment of severe malaria within the context of iCCM towards achieving equity, community participation and effective referral systems.
  • The consultant will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the day to day coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the RAS pilot project. He/she will ensure that the strategies and interventions on the project that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-up integrated MNCHN service delivery with equity and community participation.

Purpose of Assignment

  • To provide strategic technical support in coordinating planning, implementation and close out stages of the RAS project at state level

Major Tasks to be Accomplished
State and LGA:

  • Work with other UNICEF Consultants in Adamawa to support ongoing primary health care strengthening initiative in the state
  • Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA, SMEP and other partners to support planning, implementation and review of CARAMAL project activities at the state level
  • Support the ongoing review and strengthening of ongoing iCCM program in the state.
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA by providing technical assistance in strengthening referral system at the state/ LGA level.
  • Support SMOH, SPHCDA and SMEP in the collation and review CARAMAL project data from implementing sites within the state
  • Support SMOH, SPHCDA and SMEP in the contributing to the drafting of CARAMAL project annual work plan in sync with the malaria program state work plan
  • Support State to write timely CARAMAL project reports
  • Attending State malaria program partners meetings on behalf of UNICEF
  • Liaise with State Government counterpart in the periodic review of the progress on the project

Health Facility/Community Level:
Priority areas of work to be supported at this level on the RAS project (Training, data collection tools  Supportive Supervision) including but not limited to the following:

  • Set up and implement a quality data collection system at the facility level
  • Ensuring that the project data tools are available at all service delivery points/CORPs in adequate quantities.
  • In collaboration with state and national Trainers, organize and conduct trainings for health services providers in the use of the data collection tools, and analysis of data of the RAS interventions.
  • Support the end user monitoring of drugs and supplies provided to health facilities/CORPs.
  • Participate in on the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of CORPs and health workers related to data collection and ensure report is timely done and submitted.
  • Participate in on the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of CORPs and health workers related to use of CARAMAL for pre-referral treatment of severe malaria in U- 5 children

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Shortlisted Applicant Update

If you’ve been shortlisted, then you’ve got your foot in the door. And it’s time for you to shine at the final stage – the interview.

However, it could be a telephonic, Skype, or face-to-face interview. And this is depending on the employer. When shortlisted:

  1. Endeavour to get information about the company.
  2. Also, ensure you have a clear vision. Try to figure out why you want the specific position. And how you would be a good fit. Also, go through your application.
  3. Additionally, be interactive. It’s an interview, not an interrogation. There is much more to you than your resume.
  4. The practice goes a long way. Thus, take mock interviews with your friends or practice speaking before a mirror.
  5. It’s rare, but sometimes you do get an offer letter directly based on your application. You start planning the celebration, but remember some points before you go into that party mode: Get it in writing.
  6. Also, go over the written offer in detail. And make sure all important details are mentioned and ask questions if you don’t understand anything. Such as work profile, start date, duration, and stipend, etc.
  7. Send a thank-you letter to the employer, once you accept the offer.
  8. Also, follow up with an e-mail confirming your start date and expressing your enthusiasm for your new role.

From the above, it is important you note that we are not partnering with these companies. We are only making this information available so as help you get that your dream job. As such, as you apply, ensure to do more research about the company. GOOD LUCK.

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