Polio Outbreak Deputy Coordinator at UNICEF: Apply Now

The GPEI Outbreak Deputy Coordinator will act according to the NPHCDA’s new blueprint, which focuses on boosting the quality of the Polio campaign, reaching missed children, and increasing community vaccine acceptance.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child
everywhere, and in everything, the organization does — in programs, advocacy,
and operations.

Furthermore, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) seeks to ensure that
future generations of children will be free from the threat of polio paralysis.

Achieving this goal depends on rapid and effective responses to poliovirus
outbreaks in polio-free countries.

Polio Outbreak Deputy Coordinator at UNICEF: Apply Now

This position is a staff contract and requires 10 years of experience, depending on education. The salary for this job should be between 110,869 USD and 138,944 USD.

This position is for Non-Nigeria nationals. You can apply for the national senior executive associate in UNICEF.

Application deadline: Wednesday 15 May 2024

GPEI Deputy Coordinator Core Functions:

  1. Represent the GPEI in-country and liaise between the GPEI and partners at the county and regional level; provide direct feedback to the GPEI about outbreak response progress, challenges, and potential solutions.
  2. Support the UNICEF and WHO representatives with strategic and operational oversight of polio outbreak response operations, ensuring that they address the needs of the population and are aligned with the government/Ministry of Health (MOH) plans and strategies.
  3. Foster close coordination with the EOC MOH, WHO in-country health and other partners, and regional offices and HQs and assist in the organization of regular coordination meetings, teleconferences, and updates.
  4. Work with the EOC/WHO teams to develop a national outbreak response plan, including a budget, chronogram of activities, and human resources (HR) surge plan. Periodically adjust and adapt the plan as needed.
  5. Collaborate with THE EOC/WHO teams to establish outbreak response structures that include all components of outbreak response:
  6. Collaborate with the EOC/WHO teams to produce updates on outbreak response activities (e.g., SITREPS, bulletins, and newsletters) for distribution to relevant partners.


The following minimum requirements:

  • Education: An advanced university degree in Public Health, Pediatric Health, Child Development, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Administration, Social Policy, Social Development, Social and Behavior Change, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines and/or experiences is required.
  • Work Experience: At least 10 years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in polio eradication, planning, programming, implementation monitoring, Social and Behavior Change, and evaluation of Vaccination programs and professional work experience in a technical position related to Immunization and Social and Behavior Change.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others

(8) Nurtures, leads, and manages people

If you meet these criteria, you can apply here

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