Immunization Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund

Abuja, Nigeria

Although immunization coverage rates are usually higher in urban areas than in rural areas, evidence shows the largest number of un/under-immunized children often reside in urban slums. Further, urban slum areas lack access to basic services and are densely populated and therefore creating an additional risk for disease outbreaks and a high-impact environment for immunization. Improving routine immunization in the urban slums is an essential element to address immunization coverage and equity for a few reasons which includes,

  • Analyze the coverage and equity situation and determine why coverage is lower in specific population groups, geographical areas or pockets of under-immunized children.
  • Identify constraints to improving coverage and equity, particularly as they relate to service delivery, supply chain, data, demand promotion, immunization financing, leadership, management & coordination (LMC) and political will and accountability.
  • Identify gender-related barriers to vaccination arising from social and financial restrictions to women’s mobility, decision-making and interactions outside the home, and the fact that most primary caregivers are women.
  • Based on the findings, identify, and develop pro-equity strategies and interventions and resource mobilize to support implementation in country plans.
  • Contextualized framework, narrative and country mission for the urban immunization developed with a focus on zero dose in Nigeria.
  • Brief of the results of the CEA to be presented to the Equity Reference Group for Immunization and shared for comment with colleagues at country, regional and global level).
  • A plan of action for recommended materials and products (domestic resource mobilization, tools, dashboards, evidence sharing and key messages) needed for country-level decision-making following engagement with immunization technical working groups, committees and the private sector.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • An Advanced university degree (Masters) in health with expertise in immunization.
  • Five years of work experience in Health/Immunization and development programmes.
  • Solid technical knowledge of immunization curricula, tools, and resources.
  • Demonstrated experience with programme design, development, and implementation, monitoring, and evaluation using both. quantitative and qualitative techniques
  • Fluency in English is required