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:
In April 2018, an outbreak of measles was reported in Libya. The outbreak first stemmed from the arrival of a migrant boy with his father from Niger to Al Gatroun in Libya, who spread the virus to his friends at school, most of the cases have been traced back to this one since then. The first outbreak in Al Gatroun, on April 12 2018, summed up to 9 lab confirmed measles cases. The second outbreak in Zliten, north west of Libya on 23 May 2018, reached 79 lab confirmed cases. Zliten outbreak continues & the area is the most affected, total of 453 cases so far (report of week 35). The third outbreak happened in Obari, in the southwest of Libya on 28 May 2018 with 3 lab confirmed & epidemiologically linked cases. The total number of confirmed measles cases is 453 & rubella 9. About 39 % of the measles confirmed cases reported were un-vaccinated children, a lack of protection which highlights the risk of further spread of the disease.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) & the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) requested UNICEF, WHO, IOM, UNHCR & other partners to support the outbreak response. Several meetings were held & led to the decision to conduct a nationwide measles, rubella & polio vaccination campaign with vitamin a supplementation. As the routine immunization services in Libya are delivered through a fixed strategy, the program is missing a significant proportion of migrants, IDPs & populations living in areas difficult to access. The current scenario of measles outbreak in which the profile of affected children shows a large proportion of un-vaccinated children provides additional evidence of the gaps in immunization services for these specific groups.
Although Libya has not reported any case of polio virus since 1991, the country is considered at risk of polio importation due to large pockets of un-immunized children, migrant populations that are hard to reach, in a context of conflict & overall insecurity. To ensure Libya stays free from polio, the campaign will be used as an opportunity to reach every child with oral polio vaccine & awareness creation on importance of vaccination in preventing diseases.
The purpose of the assignment is to work closely with NCDC (especially the communication team) to develop, implement & monitor a comprehensive measles awareness/social mobilization campaign. The activities are planned to be done in collaboration with all key stakeholders to ensure active participation of communities to contribute in achieving the desired target coverage target of 95% nationwide MR, polio, vitamin a campaign.
- Review the available documents (concept note, post campaign monitoring report 2017 & weekly measles reports) & undertake data analysis to define the reasons why children were missed & risks for the upcoming campaign. Conduct rapid additional qualitative data collection if needed.
- Meet & work with communication & social mobilization working group established by NCDC & other stakeholders regularly, representing UNICEF.
- Review/improve & finalize the communication plan with the communication working group.
- Include communication & behavioral objectives to achieve the desired objective of > 95% coverage nationwide & associated monitoring process.
- Review & finalize the key messages for different audiences in consultation with NCDC/communication working group.
- Develop special communication & engagement tactics to reach migrant children in illegal networks & hard to reach areas, as well as other high risk populations. It may involve working with other relevant UN agencies & national & international partners.
- Develop and implement pre SIA, during SIA & post SIA communication plan including post SIA communication evaluation plan.
- Facilitate the documentation of the communication strategy, lessons learned & good practices.
- Develop key messages & orientation plan for the media to ensure informed & responsible reporting.
- Provide support for planning & implementation of a risk communication strategy around AEFI or rumors to maintain trust in the immunization program.
- This role reports to the Project Manager.
- This role does not have team management responsibilities.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.
- Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable relevant Community Development experience &/or minimum of 3 years of demonstrable relevant Peacekeeping & Peace building experience.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in Africa (essential) &/or Middle East (essential).
- Fluency in English and Arabic are essential.
- A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in Communication for Development, experience in Libya is preferred or MENARO region is an asset.
- A minimum of 2 – 3 years of in social & behavior change programming, outbreak & health emergency response, specifically with experience in communication for vaccination campaigns.
- Very good planning & coordination skills, with proven ability to work with various stakeholders.
- Fluency in English (verbal & written).
- Must be able to speak & write Arabic & should have translation skills.
Other relevant information:
- To be advised.
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