District Polio Officer

Overview of CTG:

  • CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have the ability to act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.

Overview of the position:

  • The polio program has a significant footprint in our clients African, Eastern Mediterranean & South East Asia Regions. In many countries the polio program has staff both at the national & sub national level, performing a broad range of functions beyond polio eradication (e.g. broader disease surveillance, support for essential & supplementary immunization activities, outbreak preparedness, detection & response, response to other emergencies such as natural disasters & humanitarian crises, health systems strengthening & health promotion activities). The extensive polio HR & operational infrastructure constitutes the backbone of our clients technical & operational support to countries, especially those prioritized for polio transition, where the polio program has the largest footprint.
  • Polio staff have a long track record of supporting emergency response, immunization & surveillance functions in many high risk & fragile countries. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, polio staff (e.g. Surveillance Medical Officers, Data Managers, Community Volunteers, Drivers & Administrative assistants) have been largely channeled to support COVID-19 response. They are currently spending 25 – 75 % of their time on response related activities.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic once again demonstrates that polio staff constitute an essential public health workforce that can be quickly mobilized in support of member states to help the world’s most vulnerable communities. Working in most hard to reach areas, the polio workforce has developed diverse competencies over the years as a resilient health workforce with strong accountability, conducting ground field work, especially in fragile countries where national health workforce capacity is low or limited.
  • The ultimate objective of polio transition is for national govt’s to take over the functions so far supported through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) network, with domestic funding, thereby shifting the responsibility from our client to the relevant MoH.
  • Until govt’s, typically MOH, are in a position to take over, our client will have to maintain the capacity to support some core functions (e.g. surveillance, immunization, emergency preparedness, detection & response) & also to build the capacity of national teams fulfilling these functions. The scope & duration of our clients support will vary, depending on country capacity.

Role objective:

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Polio Eradication Officer, the District Polio Officer will undertake the following duties:

  • To support the selection process of FLWs.
  • To develop micro plan of the area.
  • To conduct the trainings for all FLWs levels (DCs, CSs, volunteers, ICMs & PCMs).
  • To monitor the SIAs & active surveillance activities.
  • To monitor the RI activities.
  • To play active role in improving the coordination among partners.
  • To report his / her activities regularly the supervisor.
  • To provide feedback to the FLWs on their activities.
  • To attend the meetings of the partners at their level.
  • To keep record & documents properly.
  • Assist stakeholders in volunteer selection, training, micro planning, supervision & monitoring.
  • Negotiate access through local channels & ensure all under targeted population is reached in the assigned area.
  • Strengthen coordination on PEI activities through regular meetings of various partners at district level.
  • Facilitate selection of supervisors & volunteers.
  • Facilitate trainings of Cluster Supervisors & volunteers.
  • Supervise & monitor PEI activities in the assigned district.
  • Carry out basic AFP surveillance sensitization of the reporting volunteer network in the assigned district as directed by the Medical Officer.
  • Submit monthly plan & report to Regional Polio Eradication Officer.
  • Assist in strengthening routine EPI in the assigned district.
  • Assist implementing partners in training, micro planning, supervision & monitoring of routine EPI in their assigned areas.
  • Assist the implementing partners on vaccine preventable disease surveillance & reporting AEFI.
  • Assist the Regional Polio Eradication Officer on any other related tasks assigned.

Project reporting:

  • This role works under the direct supervision of the Regional Polio Eradication Officer.

Team management:

  • This role has no team management responsibility.

Geographical experience:

  • Minimum of 2 year of experience in Africa (essential).

Qualifications skills:

  • Bachelor Degree / Medical Doctor would be preferred.
  • Producing results.
  • Fostering integration & team work.
  • Communicating in a credible & effective way.
  • Moving forward in a changing environment.
  • Effective use of resources.
  • Training skills.
  • Monitoring skills.
  • Reporting skills.
  • Management skills.
  • Communication skills.
  • 1 to 3 years of related experience in public health.
  • Relevant experience in the UN & NGO system is desirable.
  • Very good knowledge of English & Somali.
  • Good knowledge of MS applications (Word, Excel & Power point).
  • Internet skills.

Other relevant information:

  • Since these roles are based in remote location’s candidate from the below regions will only be considered for these roles – Awdal, Bakol, Banadir, Bari, Bay, Galbeed, Galgadud, Gedo, Hiran, Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle, Middle Jubba, Middle Shabelle, Mudug, Nugal, Sahil, Sanag, Sool, Togdheer

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