South Sudan

Community Evaluation of COVID-19 Response Activities

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Back ground

WHO declared the COVID-19 as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020. Two months later, South Sudan confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on 5 April 2020. Since then, 10,638 confirmed cases an11 death were recorded as of 8 may 2021. South Sudan immediately established a national Steering committee and state task forces to accelerate response activities that were organized under 9 pillars.

16 POE were prioritized for implementation of COVID-19 screening country wide. IOM supported the Ministry of health of the government of the republic of South Sudan by Co-leading the Point of Entry(POE) technical working group(TWG), provision of integrated point of entry response including surveillance and screening at the land and air point of entries, flow monitoring of people, provision of WASH supplies and services, RCSMCE, and supporting immigration personnel and border health facilities through capacity building, provision of supplies, pharmaceuticals and improving surveillance and IPC in the health facilities. IOM South Sudan supported screening at 5 of the POEs (Abyei, Renk, and Nimule land crossings, and, Juba and Wau airports) and 3 health facilities that are nearby the Nimule and Renk POEs throughout 2020.

However, since the beginning of the 2021, IOM support focused on the Nimule land point of entry. Therefore, this project will assess the COVID-19 response activities at Nimule Point of entry in Magwi county.,

Magwi county has an estimated total population of 258,402. This assessment will focus on the Nimule town of the Magwi county (not the entire Magwi county). On average 27,542 travellers are screened each month at the Nimule Land crossing POE. In 2020, IOM screened a total of 275,474travellers at Nimule POE.Through this project, under the direct supervision of the IOM South Sudan Migration Health Program coordinator and support from the Monitoring and evaluation team the successful candidate will be accountable for developing the protocol and conducting the implementation of the community evaluation of the South Sudan COVID-19 response at the Nimule land crossing point of entry and Magwi county..

Overall Objective

The overall objective of the survey is to assess current knowledge, attitude and practices of the target POE community in relation to the COVID-19 response and the perception of stakeholders (MOH, Immigration authorities, RRT team, laboratory etc) on the implementation of the different pillar activities.

Specific Objectives

  1. To identify the current Knowledge, Attitude and Practices with regard to COVID-19 response activities at the point of entry and among cross border communities in Nimule.

  2. To Assess the perception of the Border communities, travelers, County health department, Immigration, and other stake holders on selected parameters of the Key COVID-19 public health response strategies/interventions.

  3. To assess the degree of integration of COVID-19 response intervention and coordination with the County health department responses.

Main Tasks related to the job

  1. Develop the community assessment/survey protocol (methodology, questionnaires, tools, and guidelines) at the time of application

  2. Incorporate feedback and present the protocol to partners/stakeholders including CDC and IOM different units, NSC, Clusters, UN Agencies, etc.)

  3. Develop implementation Plan and timeline

  4. Provide technical and managerial support to the direct implementation of the survey/assessment.

  5. Recruit and train enumerators and necessary staffs for the survey/assessment.

  6. Conduct the KII

  7. Oversee each stage of the survey/assessment process and ensure that the protocols and standards are followed, more specifically during training and field supervision visits.

  8. Communicate regularly with the IOM MHU Programme Coordinator, responding to all survey/assessment related issues in a timely manner.

  9. Provide progress reports on survey/assessment activities to the IOM MHU office on a monthly basis.

  10. Ensure that survey/assessment data are entered and analyzed timely.

  11. Share preliminary report for comments by IOM Juba and RO, and CDC before submitting the final report.

  12. Ensure that all survey/assessment related documents and deliverables (questionnaires, manuals, expert reports, final report, datasets, etc.) are properly archived throughout the survey process.

  13. Ensure that lessons learned, problems, and good practices are documented throughout the survey/assessment process and rapidly shared with the IOM Programme Coordinator through all means available.

  14. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Tangible and measurable output of the work assignment

  1. Survey/assessment protocol at the time of application

  2. Weekly written progress update of activities to IOM.

  3. Weekly compiled data Preliminary survey/assessment report and presentation to the CDC and IOM Juba and regional office for comment.

  4. PPT presentation of findings to the NSC and other relevant forums

  5. Final report.

Soft and/or hard copy of raw data.
Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered:

  1. Share survey/assessment protocol, including draft questionnaires as part of the recruitment process

  2. Finalize questionnaire, translate and back translate and field test questionnaire -within two weeks of start date

  3. conduct survey and finalize data collection at all sites- within 6 weeks of the start date

  4. Data cleaning and first draft report submission- within 9 weeks of start date

  5. Presentation of findings to stake holders and final report submission afterwards- within 12 weeks of start date

  6. Presentation of survey findings to different clusters and stakeholders and submit final report- within 12 weeks of start date.

Performance indicators for evaluation of results (value of services rendered in relation to their cost).

  1. Protocol developed and field tested- 20%

  2. Conduct survey and finalize data collection at all sites- 40%

  3. Data cleaning and first preliminary report submission- 15%

  4. Presentation to stake holders and final report submission=25%

Qualifications and Competencies Education:

· University degree in Social Sciences, Public health Demography, Statistics, Epidemiology or any other related technical field from an accredited academic institution is required.

· Over 5 years’ proven experience-undertaking Health, WASH and and other evaluation analysis and reporting.

· Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software.

· Training experience and ability to organize and facilitate training and presentation

· Experience in data analysis and survey report writing.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

· Familiarity and previous experience of working in South-Sudan and/or in the region is highly desirable.

· Ability and willingness to travel to Nimule

How to apply

Interested candidates are required to submit their application and curriculum vitae marked "Community Evaluation of COVID-19 Response Activities" to e-mail: vss@iom.int. Application need to reflect the Position Title and vacancy number on the subject line