Terms of Reference Immunization, Measles and Rubella Expert



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Terms of Reference Immunization, Measles and Rubella Expert


  1. Background:

UNICEF and its partners aim at reducing measles related deaths by 95% between the years 2000 and 2015. Together with partners in the Measles & Rubella Initiative UNICEF provides technical and financial support to governments and communities implementing measles supplementary immunization activites, improving routine immunization services including introduction of measles second dose and rubella vaccination, and establishing effective disease surveillance. To date, the M&RI partnership has invested more than US $one billion in measles control activities in more than 80 countries.
In April 2012, the Initiative launched a new Strategic Plan 2012-2020, containing ambitious goals and milestones. The World Health Assembly passed a resolution endorsing these goals in May 2012 through the Global Vaccine Action Plan.
Currently, the immunization programme achievement is stagnant. In 2013, 129 countries which is 66% achieved >90% MCV1 national coverage and out of these only 48 countries have > 80% MCV1 coverage in all districts. So far 148 countries have MCV2 in the routine immunization schedule but the MCV2 coverage is still very low which stands at 53% in 2013. Besides, though rubella vaccination has been introduced in 137 countries globally, and the 2013 coverage is estimated to be 44%. In 2013, 34 countries conducted supplementary immunization activities and approximately 205 million children received MCV.
Providing technical assistance in situation analysis, setting priorities and averting the problems that hold back immunization activities and addressing issues hindering the introduction of rubella is deemed to be essential towards achieving targets and meeting programme goals.


  1. Purpose:

With the main purpose of improving immunization program meeting targets, the Consultant(s) are required to provide technical assistance to countries with underperforming immunization programs and which are at a critical point in their achievements. The Consultant (s) are expected to provide assistance to countries that have progressed to a Measles elimination phase with focus on equity. They will evaluate necessities at the local levels and advise on requirements to achieve the elimination goal. The Consultant(s) will assist in decision making around rubella introduction, reaching the unreached in routine immunization and SIAs (measles, rubella, meningitis, yellow fever).


  1. Expected results: (measurable results)

Technical advice provided to countries on the best practices in planning, organizing and implementation of measles/ MR SIAs to ensure execution of high quality SIAs. Technical guidance provided to the MOHs and partners in resource mobilization and advocacy.

Support provided to country teams for measles and rubella risk assessments, rubella burden assessment, strategy to control rubella, plan updates and preparation, implementation and monitoring M or MR activities as needed.


Technical assistance provided in situation analysis (EPI reviews), planning and setting priorities to improve and monitor routine immunization activities, including reaching the unreached, introduction of new and under-used vaccines (meningitis, yellow fever, rubella, measles second dose and others).

  1. Duration/ Timeframe:

Start date: 01 April 2015 End date: 20 December 2015

  • 30 to 60 days in 2015, as requested by the Measles and Rubella team for one or more of the following deliverables. Some traveling is anticipated.




  1. Deliverables:

Deliverables

Duration

(Estimated # of days)

Situation analysis and technical advice provided to countries on findings in planning, organizing and implementation of measles/ MR SIAs to ensure execution of high quality SIAs. Technical guidance provided to the MOH and partners.

Weekly update to UNICEF country office/ regional office and headquarter

30 days

Support provided to country teams for measles and rubella risk assessments, rubella burden assessment, strategy to control rubella, plan updates and preparation, implementation and monitoring M or MR activities as needed.

  • Weekly update to UNICEF country office/ regional office and headquarter

30 days

Technical assistance provided in situation analysis (EPI reviews), planning and setting priorities to improve routine immunization activities, including reaching the unreached, introduction of new and under-used vaccines (meningitis, yellow fever, rubella, measles second dose and others), monitoring vaccination activities.

  • Weekly update to UNICEF country office/ regional office and headquarter

30 days

Trip Report provided after each country visit; and final summary report of activities undertaken.




Payment will be based on the deliverables accomplished, and on the actual number of days worked.




  1. Key competences, technical background, and experience required:

  • Advanced university degree (Medicine and Public Health)

  • At least ten years of experience (Senior Level) of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in management, monitoring and evaluation on Measles, Rubella, Meningitis, Yellow Fever, other vaccines preventable diseases, and on routine immunization.

  • Demonstrated experience providing measles/rubella advice to governments.

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including scientific publications and presentations on vaccine-preventable diseases.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

  • Fluency in French or Portuguese an asset

HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV, and signed P11 form (which can be retrieved at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc) to pdconsultants@unicef.org with subject line ‘Immunization, Measles and Rubella Expert by 25th March 2015, 5:00pm EST.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.


General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants / Individual Contractors
1. Legal Status
The individual engaged by UNICEF under this contract as a consultant or individual contractors (the “Contractor”) is engaged in a personal capacity and not as representatives of a Government or of any other entity external to the United Nations. The Contractor is neither a "staff member" under the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and UNICEF policies and procedures nor an "official" for the purpose of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946. The Contractor may, however, be afforded the status of "Experts on Mission" in the sense of Section 22 of Article VI of the Convention and the Contractor is required by UNICEF to travel in order to fulfill the requirements of this contract, the Contractor may be issued a United Nations Certificate in accordance with Section 26 of Article VII of the Convention.
2. Obligations

The Contractor shall complete the assignment set out in the Terms of Reference for this contract with due diligence, efficiency and economy, in accordance with generally accepted professional techniques and practices.

The Contractor must respect the impartiality and independence of UNICEF and the United Nations and in connection with this contract must neither seek nor accept instructions from anyone other than UNICEF. During the term of this contract the Contractor must refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNICEF or the United Nations and must not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICEF. The Contractor must exercise the utmost discretion in all matters relating to this contract.

In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, the Contractor (a) will conduct him- or herself in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service; and (b) will comply with the administrative instructions and policies and procedures of UNICE relating to fraud and corruption; information disclosure; use of electronic communication assets; harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority; and the requirements set forth in the Secretary General's Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the office concerned, the Contractor must not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or other entity external to UNICEF any information that has not been made public and which has become known to the Contractor by reason of his or her association with UNICEF or the United Nations. The Contractor may not use such information without the written authorization of UNICEF, and shall under no circumstances use such information for his or her private advantage or that of others. These obligations do not lapse upon termination of this contact.
3. Title rights

UNICEF shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material created by the Contractor which bears a direct relation to, or is made in order to perform, this contract. At the request of UNICEF, the Contractor shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to UNICEF in compliance with the requirements of the law governing such rights.



4. Travel

If UNICEF determines that the Contractor needs to travel in order to perform this contract, that travel shall be specified in the contract and the Contractor’s travel costs shall be set out in the contract, on the following basis:




  1. UNICEF will pay for travel in economy class via the most direct and economical route; provided however that in exceptional circumstances, such as for medical reasons, travel in business class may be approved by UNICEF on a case-by-case basis.




  1. UNICEF will reimburse the Contractor for out-of-pocket expenses associated with such travel by paying an amount equivalent to the daily subsistence allowance that would be paid to staff members undertaking similar travel for official purposes.


5. Statement of good health

Before commencing work, the Contractor must deliver to UNICEF a certified self-statement of good health and to take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement. In addition, the Contractor must include in this statement of good health (a) confirmation that he or she has been informed regarding inoculations required for him or her to receive, at his or her own cost and from his or her own medical practitioner or other party, for travel to the country or countries to which travel is authorized; and (b) a statement he or she is covered by medical/health insurance and that, if required to travel beyond commuting distance from his or her usual place or residence to UNICEF (other than to duty station(s) with hardship ratings “H” and “A”, a list of which has been provided to the Contractor) the Contractor’s medical/health insurance covers medical evacuations. The Contractor will be responsible for assuming all costs that may be occurred in relation to the statement of good health.


6. Insurance

The Contractor is fully responsible for arranging, at his or her own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the term of this contract as he or she considers appropriate taking into account, among other things, the requirements of paragraph 5 above. The Contractor is not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to UNICEF and United Nations staff members. The responsibility of UNICEF and the United Nations is limited solely to the payment of compensation under the conditions described in paragraph 7 below.


7. Service incurred death, injury or illness

If the Contractor is travelling with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF's expense in order to perform his or her obligations under this contract, or is performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval, the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate), shall be entitled to compensation from UNICEF in the event of death, injury or illness attributable to the fact that the Contractor was travelling with UNICEF’s prior approval and at UNICEF's expense in order to perform his or her obligations under this contractor, or was performing his or her obligations under this contract in a UNICEF or United Nations office with UNICEF’s approval. Such compensation will be paid through a third party insurance provider retained by UNICEF and shall be capped at the amounts set out in the Administrative Instruction on Individual Consultants and Contractors. Under no circumstances will UNICEF be liable for any other or greater payments to the Contractor (or his or her dependents as appropriate).


8. Arbitration

  1. Any dispute arising out of or, in connection with, this contract shall be resolved through amicable negotiation between the parties.




  1. If the parties are not able to reach agreement after attempting amicable negotiation for a period of thirty (30) days after one party has notified the other of such a dispute, either party may submit the matter to arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL procedures within fifteen (15) days thereafter. If neither party submits the matter for arbitration within the specified time the dispute will be deemed resolved to the full satisfaction of both parties. Such arbitration shall take place in New York before a single arbitrator agreed to by both parties; provided however that should the parties be unable to agree on a single arbitrator within thirty days of the request for arbitration, the arbitrator shall be designated by the United Nations Legal Counsel. The decision rendered in the arbitration shall constitute final adjudication of the dispute.


9. Penalties for Underperformance

Payment of fees to the Contractor under this contractor, including each installment or periodic payment (if any), is subject to the Contractor’s full and complete performance of his or her obligations under this contract with regard to such payment to UNICEF’s satisfaction, and UNICEF’s certification to that effect.


10. Termination of Contract

This contract may be terminated by either party before its specified termination date by giving notice in writing to the other party. The period of notice shall be five (5) business days (in the UNICEF office engaging the Contractor) in the case of contracts for a total period of less than two (2) months and ten (10) business days (in the UNICEF office engaging the Contractor) in the case of contracts for a longer period; provided however that in the event of termination on the grounds of impropriety or other misconduct by the Contractor (including but not limited to breach by the Contractor of relevant UNICEF policies, procedures, and administrative instructions), UNICEF shall be entitled to terminate the contract without notice. If this contract is terminated in accordance with this paragraph 10, the Contractor shall be paid on a pro rata basis determined by UNICEF for the actual amount of work performed to UNICEF’s satisfaction at the time of termination. UNICEF will also pay any outstanding reimbursement claims related to travel by the Contractor. Any additional costs incurred by UNICEF resulting from the termination of the contract by either party may be withheld from any amount otherwise due to the Contractor under this paragraph 10.


11. Taxation

UNICEF and the United Nations accept no liability for any taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant and individual contractor on payments made under this contract. Neither UNICEF nor the United Nations will issue a statement of earnings to the consultant and individual contractor.






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