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Job Title: Technical Assistant to NPHCDA and NAFDAC on MPOX Vaccine Deployment Strategy and Operationalization

Location: Nigeria


  • JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. JSI manages the USAID-funded MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity project.
  • The project is working in 18 countries with the overarching goal of strengthening routine immunization (RI) programs to overcome the entrenched obstacles contributing to stagnating and declining immunization rates and barriers to reaching zero-dose and under-immunized children with life-saving vaccines.
  • The project works with countries to implement COVID-19 vaccination, including supporting strategies to reach hard-to-reach and priority populations.  The project also provides country, regional, and global technical support for routine immunization of children and older populations.


  • To provide support to the Government of Nigeria (NPHCDA and NCDC) to develop and / or review MPOX policies, implementation plans, training tools, IEC materials, and reporting tools and mechanisms
  • Support the Government with overall coordination arrangements to facilitate the implementation of the National MPOX vaccination roll out
  • Support the Gov of Nigeria in oversight and monitoring of the plan implementation, contribute to exploring bottleneck and provide TA for remedial actions where feasible

USAID funded support for the MPOX vaccination in Nigeria, centers around two main objectives:

  • Support vaccine access for Nigeria that will receive 10,000 USAID funded doses, and
  • Targeted support for country readiness and delivery of USAID funded doses in Nigeria.

Scope of Work

  • Proposed activities to meet Nigeria’s country readiness and delivery objective should take into account and utilize  the existing health care infrastructure, and particularly those developed for deployment of COVID-19 and routine immunization vaccines. Nigeria will likely receive limited quantities of the JYNNEOS™ vaccine (at most 10, 000 doses)  and as such, existing structures and systems should be generally adequate to support the rollout and administration of this vaccine.
  • Care should be taken not to displace essential health services, such as routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccination and care. Technical support will be provided in close coordination and oversight by the USAID/Nigeria POC and the scope will be shaped by requests for assistance from the GoN.  Technical assistance for policy, planning, coordination, can include:

Technical Resource for Immunization:

  • Support strategic, programmatic, operational  and micro-planning for MPOX vaccination program that target contacts and high-risk groups based on the country epidemiology;
  • Support demand generation activity planning/risk communication and community engagement plans and implementation plans;
  • Support development of a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning plan for the MPOX response;
  • If necessary, support the national coordination for MPOX vaccine response, including National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGS), Immunization Interagency Coordination Committee (ICCs). National Vaccine Deployment Plan (NVDP) Committees and National Technical Working Groups and support periodic implementation review and monitoring including evidence based decision making and align with current epidemiology;
  • Collaborate with the Government of Nigeria immunization team members to develop and implement strategies to improve USAID support for MPOX vaccination;
  • Participate in interagency, domestic, and global meetings, consultations, working groups, and negotiations related to MPOX vaccine technical assistance in coordination with USAID/Nigeria;
  • Prepare and present technical presentations at meetings and workshops as appropriate; and
  • Monitor and analyze equity trends and issues related to MPOX vaccination

Program Management Support:

  • Through MRITE Sr. Immunization Technical Advisor will provide state of the art technical and programmatic expertise to the NPHCDA, NCDC and USAID
  • Serve to advance project management of USAID’s MPOX immunization programming, as well as immunization-related research and evaluation activities.
  • Assist in monitoring the MPOX implementation technical performance; and
  • Support site visits to monitor MPOX immunization field activities, as needed.
  • Provide regular progress reports and a final report with a slide deck

Professional Skills Required of MRITEs Consultant

  • Master’s Degree and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in the field of global public health, Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), Global Health Security (GHS) or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years direct experience managing or advising on routine immunization programs, reactive vaccination campaigns for outbreaks or targeted vaccination of priority populations for EIDs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of RI vaccination efforts and routine immunization systems strengthening best practices; and familiarity with global immunization policies and strategies
  • Experience working with an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) preferred
  • Experience in evaluation design and iterative learning, using data and predictive analysis for design, performance monitoring and decision making
  • Prior experience working in Nigeria and with NPHCDA and/or NCDC and FMOH is an advantage
  • International immunization experience required
  • Understanding of health systems in LMICs.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills–demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff, clients, and consultants
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks concurrently, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality
  • Excellent written, oral communication, computer and emotional intelligence skills
  • Fluent spoken and written English preferred
  • Willingness to travel in country up to 40% of the time

Performance and Period of Performance:

  • The period of performance will be for 12 months, beginning March 1, 2024 and February 28, 2025 and at 100% level of effort. This TA will be provided primarily in Abuja with possible travel of the consultant to other parts of Nigeria. The period of performance may be adjusted depending on the vaccine donation and the roll out timeline.

Relationship and Responsibilities:

  • The Senior Immunization Technical Advisor will maintain close working relationships with USAID and US interagency staff, host government counterparts, implementing partners, donor groups, and other partners as directed.

Application Closing Date
20th February, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Technical proposal and financial quotes in English with list of at least three (3) Referees with their contact details to: recruiting@ng.jsi.com using “Technical Assistance to NPHCDA, NCDC and NAFDAC ” as the subject of the email


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • JSI is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity.
  • We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information, political affiliation, or protected veteran status in any employment decisions.
  • Women are encouraged to apply.
  • Application will be considered on rolling basis.





Title: Request for Quotations (RFQ) to Support the Development of Integrated Reaching Every Ward Microplans in MRITE-Focused States

Location: Nigeria
Employment Type: Contract


  • Immunization has made some significant strides in Nigeria from 33% in 2017  to 57% in 2021, however attaining high immunization coverage has remained a problem, with routine immunization (RI) coverage rates for penta3 at 57% for all 3 doses.
  • To expedite progress and focuson implementing strategic interventions towards improving immunization coverage, Nigeria launched the Strategy for Immunization and Primary Healthcare System Strengthening in 2018. This outlines a lot of strategies geared towards increasing immunization services especially targeting zero dose children.
  • Nigeria accounts for 2.2 million zero-dose children (ZD) in the West Africa region and one of the highest in the world. NPHCDA conducted a prioritization exercise and identified 100 LGAs in 18 states with unimmunized children and has been implementing some strategies such as the RI intensification, however, the plan of reducing ZD children by at least 15% annually has not been reached.
  • To achieve this, strategies customized to different settings are required to address context specific immunization issues relating to zero dose and underserved communities.

Project Background

  • John Snow Incorporated (JSI) is a US based not for profit organization that supports Nigeria to strengthen health systems. MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity (MRITE) is a subsidiary of the John Snow Incorporated. MRITE project is part of a suite of innovative awards funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to holistically improve family planning and maternal and child health in partner countries around the world.
  • The project applies best practices and explores innovations to increase equitable immunization coverage in USAID-supported countries around the world. MRITE has improved immunization coverage across various states in the country including Lagos.
  • MRITE has been strengthening immunization in some states across the country including Lagos and Imo states as access to routine immunization services is crucial for safeguarding the health of children and preventing the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Lagos is one of the states that experienced Diptheria outbreaks recently and also has an LGA with the highest number of Zero-dose children in the country.
  • To ensure that all children are fully vaccinated, strategies must be put in place to ensure every child is reached with immunization services.
  • A key strategy is to develop clear microplans and/or update already existing ones that reach every ward to improve immunization coverage.
  • In the MRITE-focused states, the catchment area population used for the integrated REW micro plan is derived from the projected 2006 census which stops at ward level.
  • Each facility and settlement is then allocated an arbitrary population data for micro-planning purposes. Under this approach, hand-drawn maps are used, which can be inaccurate and have the potential for missed settlements.
  • MRITE, will support its facilities, using GIS for micro-planning process, which will help improve access to RI/PHC services as the accuracy in determining fixed, outreach and mobile strategies will be enhanced.
  • This will consequently improve integrated micro plans with better population estimate developed, that will improve RI coverage and provision of other PHC services.


  • The overall goal is to support the states develop a Reaching Every Ward (REW) microplan for Primary Health Care facilities in the states.


  • The firm will be responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring strategies to ensure settlements are adequately mapped and walkthrough microplans to improve immunization coverage in the states.

The specific objectives include:

  • Identify and map all settlements based on their populations within select LGAs in the states
  • Develop clear microplans integrating all components needed for strong routine immunization service delivery and PHC.

Scope of Work

  • Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current immunization status in Lagos and Imo states, identifying areas with the high concentrations of zero dose and underserved children to prioritize for microplan development/update
  • Identify key stakeholders and their roles  to enable effective involvement and include local community organizations to ensure community-level input in the immunization process
  • Review existing policies, guidelines, and data related to immunization in both states
  • Conduct meetings with relevant health authorities, government officials, community leaders, and healthcare workers to gather insights
  • Facilitate workshops to ensure active participation and collaboration among stakeholders
  • Implement awareness campaigns to address myths and misconceptions about immunization
  • Utilize GIS mapping to identify high-risk areas and optimize resource allocation
  • Train staff to conduct walkthrough microplanning in the 2 states
  • Develop a comprehensive microplan for each ward, outlining strategies for immunization coverage improvement.
  • Include details on targeted interventions, community mobilization, and communication strategies
  • Ensure the sustainability of the microplan through ongoing training and support
  • Establish a robust monitoring, evaluation and supportive supervision to track the progress of work

The specific responsibilities of the firm include:

  • Review the status of GIS mapping in the states (information gathering and reconciliation assessment preparation and planning)
  • Stakeholder and community consultation
  • Surveying, capture and data processing and geospatial analysis
  • Production of standardized GIS maps and population estimates for MRITE supported health facilities in the 5 states
  • Dissemination of developed maps and GIS data
  • Build capacity of State/LGA program officers on the use of GIS mapping for micro planning
  • Write and submit the technical report of all processes to MEAL Director.

Project Deliverables:

  • A completed GIS report showing mapped areas
  • A comprehensive report on the processes employed during microplan development
  • Insightful PowerPoint presentations of findings from assessment and analysis
  • Well-developed/updated RI/PHC REW microplan
  • A monitoring, evaluation and learning reports.


  • Prepare a budget estimate covering all aspects of the microplan development and implementation.
  • Clearly outline the allocation of funds for training, communication materials, and other necessary resources.

Project Workplace:

  • The primary focus area will be select LGAs in the 5 states. However, coordination and collaboration may extend to neighbouring LGAs.

Expected Duration of Assignment:

  • The assignment is expected to be completed within two months.

Payment Terms and Conditions

  • Payment will be structured based on the achievement of predefined milestones. An advance will be provided upon project commencement, followed by subsequent payments tied to the successful completion of key deliverables.

Application closing Date
To be Decided (TBD).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Proposals, including a detailed Workplan and Budget to the Technical Manager via: recruiting@ng.jsi.com using “Firm to Develop / Update Reaching Every Ward Microplans in Stated State” as the subject of the mail.

Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply for this job email your details to recruiting@ng.jsi.com

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