Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has issued a Request for Proposals for Partnerships in support of Gavi's 2021-2025 Strategy (Gavi 5.0) to reach zero-dose children (children who do not receive any routine vaccine) with immunization services in selected countries in fragile and conflict settings. The RFP focuses on 12 countries across the Sahel region and the Horn of Africa. Of the 4.6 million zero-dose children who live in these 12 selected countries, 1.3 million are estimated to live in conflict-affected areas.
In order to improve routine childhood vaccinations, Gavi is seeking to develop new partnerships to effectively reach systematically missed communities and zero-dose children by focusing on 1) populations and displaced communities living in areas outside government control, in fragile and conflict settings and along borders and 2) mobile populations, including refugees, residing and moving across borders in areas not reached by governments. An enhanced understanding of these settings, new approaches to reach the target populations, and a commitment to evaluation and learning will be required to achieve the project's objectives.
CARE seeks to lead a consortium of partners, including local health-focused civil society organizations, to support this work in 9 countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan.
The Chief of Party (COP) will serve as the senior member of the Horn of Africa Consortium and provide technical and management leadership for the project. The primary responsibility of the COP is to provide oversight and leadership to ensure the successful progression of the project to meet the project objectives. The COP coordinates the development and oversight of detailed work plans, facilitates communication, coordination, and learning across technical and administrative staff and partners, and ensures the provision of high-quality technical support. S/he serves as the primary point of contact for the project for information on the progress of all activities under the agreement and establishes/maintains effective mechanisms to ensure that progress and implementation concerns are regularly and promptly addressed and reported. Finally, the COP manages the preparation and presentation of all implementation plans and reports.