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Polio Access Analyst at the United Nations Children’s Fund

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Polio Access Analyst (P-3)

Job Number: 507721
Locations: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

For Every Child, a Champion

  • UNICEF Nigeria recently scaled up its integrated humanitarian response plan, and is leading humanitarian response in the education, WASH and nutrition sectors in the country, as well as the child protection sub-sector.
  • UNICEF Nigeria provided financial and technical assistance towards forming the National Health Policy, and also successfully advocated for making Primary Health Care a priority for the sector.
  • With our support, more than 3.8 million people accessed primary healthcare services in 2016, and nearly 390,000 children were vaccinated against measles and 165,550 families received insecticide treated bed-nets.
  • We are currently tackling the resurgence of wild poliovirus. UNICEF Nigeria is also providing critical support to the national HIV program.
  • We are looking for motivated and energetic professionals who are ready to aim high for every child

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • To support the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI), Nutrition and other humanitarian related programmes, particularly in high-risk states/local government areas (LGAs) in North-Eastern Nigeria. To analyse evolving access issues to align with polio campaigns and reaching every settlement strategy (RES) and Nigeria military-sponsored Reaching Inaccessible Children (RIC).  Specific attention is to be given to those areas where access is required to ensure that programme delivery is conducted in as safe and secure a manner as possible.
  • To support the Local Security Access Facilitators (LSAF) as they identify key influencers within disparate communities who can facilitate programme delivery in inaccessible areas.  Polio Access Analyst to work in consultation with State EOC and may be required to liaise with key Army officials in order to negotiate local access for the delivery of UNICEF polio programme activities.
  • Due to the unpredictable situation in Borno, it is not possible to develop precise instructions to cover all contingencies in access management; as such, the Polio Access Analyst will be required to liaise closely with Chief of Field Office, local government, and others as may be appropriate; and together with the Chief of Field Office, determine the appropriate course of action to cope with rapidly changing situations. In some cases, decision-making may take place in a climate of intense stress, in which calm professionalism must be demonstrated. When decisions are taken, they must be carried out promptly, correctly and with confidence, creating an environment of confidence among the polio teams affected in the Emergency States of north-east Nigeria.
  • Based in Maiduguri, but with extensive travel, often for extended periods to designated Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the three Emergency States of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, the Polio Access Analyst will report on day to day basis to Chief of Field Office, Borno and work under the overall supervision of, and maintain a technical reporting line with, the UNICEF Chief of C4D/Polio section who manages the Polio eradication program.
  • To support and sustain existing polio campaign and catch up strategies to improve access to areas that are hard to reach and/or inaccessible:
    • To support the establishment/development of new opportunities to improve programme access, in particular inaccessible settlements and Nigerian islands in Lake Chad.
    • To develop/improve safety guideline for front line workers and polio programme staff
    • To adopt a scenario-based approach and address specific inaccessibility issues
    • To support the deployment of Open Data Kit (ODK) database for accessibility data collection and train LGA based security facilitators on how to use ODK.
    • Information Collection
    • Information Management & Coordination
    • Communication
    • Reporting

Qualification of Successful Candidate

  • Education: An advanced University degree in related field with focus on Risk Management, Data Analysis, and Information Operations.
  • A first level university degree with additional two years of experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Work Experience: Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a recognized police, military or state security agency, including security related tasks within multi-cultural surroundings.
  • Working knowledge of threat assessments, data analysis and liaison duties would be an advantage.
  • Experience in high-risk environments required, experience in L3/L2 emergency is preferred.
  • Language Proficiency:  Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Competencies:

  • Analytical and conceptual ability; strong communication skills.
  • Computer skills, including various office applications, especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Proven skills in establishing and maintaining key relationships, stakeholder and team management. Resourcefulness, commitment and passion to Polio Eradication Initiative mission, related activities and professional values.

Application Closing Date
23rd October, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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