United Nations Children's Fund Job Vacancy: National Contractor COVID-19 Zonal Coordinator, Medan - North Sumatera


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  • Title: National Contractor: COVID-19 Zonal Coordinator
  • Duty Station: Medan (covering Sumatera Province)
  • Type of Contract: Individual Contractor
  • Duration: June – December 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has eroded recent health and development gains in Indonesia as elsewhere. The introduction of a safe and effective vaccine is top-tier public health, political and economic priority.

The Government of Indonesia (GOI) kicked off the COVID -19 vaccination program on 13 January 2021 with the aim to vaccinate 181.5 million people with multiple vaccines. A network of public and private health facilities and vaccine storage will be used to store and deliver the vaccines. This will include the procurement, distribution, and implementation of a safe and effective vaccine(s) to the adult population with the aim of achieving 80% coverage. Current estimates suggest the procurement of nearly 330 million doses will be required assuming a 2-dose vaccine regimen. Achieving these aims will likely involve procurement of more than one vaccine type, leveraging Indonesia's membership in the global COVAX Facility alongside bilateral procurement arrangements with vaccine manufacturers. Initial priority will be given to 'front-line workers in health, education, social services, and the police/military, as well as those at highest risk of hospitalization and death – particularly the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.

The introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine at scale will pose enormous challenges to fragile health systems that have been further weakened by the pandemic. Concurrent vulnerabilities related to vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, supply chain constraints, the need for sub-national capacity strengthening, and vaccine hesitancy are likely to hinder implementation at scale. Effective national and subnational planning and capacity development are essential.

The GOI has requested UNICEF's support to COVID-19 vaccine introduction across a number of critical areas:
  • Strategy Development and Advocacy: UNICEF is supporting strategy design through staff embedded within the National COVID-19 Recovery Task Force and sub-nationally through its network of seven regional offices.
  • Procurement and Supply-side Readiness: UNICEF Supply Division (Copenhagen) will procure vaccines through the COVAX Facility while responding to regulatory bottlenecks. UNICEF Indonesia will be supporting cold-chain readiness for potential vaccine candidates. UNICEF Indonesia will also support other needed components for readiness such as micro-planning and capacity development of health workers, particularly in remote areas
  • Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE). UNICEF is supporting a national communication strategy and tailored, subnational strategies alongside the design and dissemination of communications materials, digital vaccine deployment plans, media monitoring, and outreach, and community engagement
  • Data & Monitoring. UNICEF is working to facilitate effective monitoring of populations eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Health Sector and Immunization Program: UNICEF provides technical assistance to guidance development, budgeting, and implementation support for COVID-19 vaccine and routine immunization services in the context of wider health system support