Background and Justification
Immunization program in South Africa while providing a comprehensive package of antigens to all its citizens through routine primary health care services, the coverage rates among children are far from satisfactory level of achieving 90 percent coverage of all antigens recommended by WHO. The third dose of Diphtheria containing vaccine reached less than 80 percent of children under one year in South Africa during the last 5 years according to the WHO UNICEF estimates of national immunization coverage, 2019.
UNICEF South Africa has prioritized district health systems strengthening in the current country program 2020-2025 including the immunization program in close coordination with the Department of Health and development With the technical assistance of UNICEF and WHO, the National Department of Health has identified low performing districts especially metropolitan municipalities as priority district to focus on in 2019/20 to close the immunization gap and improve immunization service delivery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on the provision of routine mother, new-born, and child health across South Africa. The pandemic has disrupted the utilization of primary health care services including the routine immunization services, especially during the stricter lockdowns period. The District Health Information Systems (DHIS) shows that many districts experienced a decline in coverage between the data for April –July 2019 compared to the same period in 2020. This could worsen the already existed immunity coverage gaps in South Africa as EPI coverage declined in many districts before the COVID-19 pandemic. It is against this background that the Department of Health is supporting the implementation and monitoring of catch up drives to vaccinate children who missed eligible doses during the lockdown restrictions as well as those who did not complete the full dose of immunization schedule.
UNICEF’s Health and Nutrition programme contributes to national efforts to ensure every child is fully immunized. This includes supporting Government with the development, implementation, monitoring and of the EPI turnaround strategy; coverage and equity analysis, reviews, planning and implementation and the planning immunization catch up plans and drive.
The catch-up drives require more intensive efforts and support to the low performing districts where the pandemic continues to take up significant time of all staff, a key gap remains the human resources to ensure timely implementation of catch up drives. In this regard, UNICEF is seeking a national consultant to work as an Immunization consultant to support the implementation of quality catch up drives, strengthen the EPI programme and overall child health and nutrition programme.
The consultancy will also help close the gap in the SACO team when the health specialist leaves on 31 December 2020. The consultancy is expected to strengthen UNICEF support in planning, implementation and monitoring of immunization/child health programme, district health systems strengthening. Moreover, the support will be extended to include the identification of marginalized population who has never received or completing immunization doses, other child health inventions such as Vitamin A, deworming, nutrition screening, HIV testing and treatment appropriate to their age through data analysis, capacity building and mentoring of health staff, use of public private partnership in reaching more children.
Scope of Work
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How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=535938 by 12 November 2020.
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