Consultancy: Vector Control Specialist (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Doctorate
Apply By: 
23 January 2019
2 days remaining

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Background & Rationale

The primary method of preventing public health outbreaks of diseases spread by Aedes mosquitoes, including Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Yellow fever, is by means of vector control.   UNICEF gained a better understanding during 2017 of the evidence supporting vector control and how those findings could be used within the context of institutional strength in community engagement and advocacy. The thorough review of evidence supporting the impact of vector control led to the drafting of a vector control strategy in 2017 highlighting key elements needed for a successful VC program at country level. Two of the main elements could not be completed as planned in 2018 due to complications and scheduling conflicts with COs where the activities were to be conducted. 

  1. Vector Control Family Response Kits – Develop a kit that can be given to families where infections have been confirmed. The components can be used to kill adults and larvae residing in the house and that serve as the source for additional transmission. Stopping transmission at this point would provide enough time for formal vector control actions by the government and for neighbors to be alerted to take own action in their houses, thereby preventing a full-scale outbreak. This element will require a collaborative effort between the vector control specialist in WASH, the Supply Division in Copenhagen, Communication for development (C4D), and Regional office (RO) and Country office (CO) teams.
  2. Emergency Preparedness Training– Train CO staff on specific actions proven to be effective in response to disease outbreaks caused by Aedes mosquitoes (Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever) when following guidance provided in HEPI Quick Notes, Sector Guides, and other materials that make vector control a priority. Gain feedback from participants that will strengthen the training process, identify barriers to action, and apportion resources to overcome those barriers. 

There was neither opportunity to test and revise these two elements nor operationalize any of the activities supporting those elements during 2018. The purpose of this consultancy is to create evidence at the field level that the strategic elements are functional and add value to vector control efforts in urban settings.  The deliverables would include 1) a workshop with the goal of training a CO (i.e., Dominican Republic) how vector control activities contribute to the full spectrum of aid interventions for WASH, Health, and C4D; 2) coordinate a study pertaining to the distribution and use of family vector control response kits. The consultant will conduct operational research on the contents, acceptance, proper use, and effectiveness of such kits in conjunction with a selected UNICEF country office (i.e., Kenya) where the potential for outbreaks is always present due to endemic nature of one or more of the diseases; 3) publication of results to provide a benchmark for kit improvement and utility.

Purpose

The purpose of the consultancy is to:

  • Pre-test the vector control guidance at the country level by training and simulation in one country in collaboration with HQ and RO (expected to be Dominican Republic).
  • Develop and test the Vector Control Family Response Kit in close collaboration with Supply Division and write a paper for publishing
  • Review the HEPI guidance based on field trials.

Expected results: (measurable results)

Results expected are: 

  1. successful demonstration of HEPI SOPs for community engagement and advocacy;
  2. a functional VC family response kit;
  3. Piloting of kits for M&E of user behaviour;
  4. Publication and presentation of results.

Duty STATION: NYHQ

Timeframe

Start date: 4 February 2019

End date:  31 August 2019 

Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • Ph.D. degree with Vector Control expertise
  • More than 15 years expertise in Vector control
  • Previous UNICEF consultancy with vector control initiative at senior-level is an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of response kit contents, contacts with suppliers, experience with WHO approval process, and with ability to support the purpose of HEPI and relationship with CO and RO staff engaged.
  • Ability to work in a diverse cultural environment.
  • Fluency in English is required

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

Remarks

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.