Transitioning the knowledge, lessons learned, and assets/infrastructure that has been developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to address other health goals and priorities is one of the key objectives of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2019. In the last three decades, the GPEI has mobilized and trained millions of volunteers, created networks of social mobilizers, mapped every household to reach and vaccinate every child in in hard to reach communities and established a standardized, real-time global surveillance and response capacity. As the initiative nears completion, GPEI and its partners have initiated a process to mainstream those polio functions that must continue to protect a polio-free world, through the Post-Certification Strategy (PCS). The partnership is also supporting 16 priority countries to develop transition plans that reflect the global polio funding ramp down for 2017-2019, to mainstream essential functions and transition – where appropriate – assets, functions and knowledge of the polio program to benefit other health priorities.
For transition planning to succeed, it is critical to communicate proactively and regularly, and to engage with a broad range of stakeholders at the global level who have long standing investments in polio eradication and who expect some essential functions (like surveillance and immunization) to be maintained and mainstreamed so that the world remains polio-free. In addition, it will equally be critical to engage with other stakeholders whose goals and priorities will be placed at risk with the ramp down of the polio program, or who could benefit from polio knowledge and assets. As a contributing part of the GPEI partnership, the consultant will support the GPEI’s efforts to ensure a smooth transition, including support for implementation of GPEI’s Transition Communications Strategy, which will form the basis for additional advocacy and external relations approaches to be developed moving forward.
Working closely with GPEI partners, and housed inside the GPEI secretariat at WHO, the consultant will provide advocacy and communications support for polio transition efforts, including:
 Angola, Cameroon, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Co-located in the GPEI secretariat at WHO, the consultant will work closely with GPEI partners, including GPEI leadership, the Transition Management Group, the Post-Certification Group and the Polio Advocacy and Communications Team.
For interested candidates, please submit a resume and cover letter to Holly Greb (email@example.com).
This position is located at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland