McKing is currently recruiting a Regional Polio Advocacy and Communication Advisor to work as part of a Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership, regional Afghanistan and Pakistan Hub. This position will be a core part of the Hub team, based in Amman, Jordan and one of the leads handling the bodies of work identified below.
Overview Launched in 1988 after the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) works to complete the eradication and containment of all wild, vaccine-related and Sabin polioviruses, such that no child ever again suffers paralytic poliomyelitis. Thanks to the GPEI, donors, partners and countless health workers, global case counts of polio have been reduced by 99.9% since 1988 and an estimated 18 million people today are walking who would otherwise have been paralyzed by the disease.
Active transmission of wild poliovirus is now only found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. To help the countries end transmission and provide coordination and technical support to both country programs, the GPEI partnership is establishing a regional Afghanistan and Pakistan Hub with the goal of ensuring the full implementation of GPEI's 2019-2023 Strategy in these countries. The Hub’s primary role is to help address country- identified challenges by facilitating and assisting strategic and operational planning and implementation across the epidemiologic block within the context of the concurrent GPEI and national goals of polio eradication. The Hub will build on support currently provided by GPEI partners at the regional and global levels and expand as necessary to consolidate and coordinate inputs through areas of work identified by the Afghanistan and Pakistan Country Office polio team leads – including advocacy and communications.
Develop and lead the execution of sub- national, national and regional political advocacy strategies to end polio transmission in Afghanistan and Pakistan • Coordinate with Afghanistan and Pakistan country teams to identify gaps where additional advocacy efforts are needed to remove barriers to eradication • Develop political advocacy strategies in Afghanistan in coordination with Hub team and global-level polio advocacy partners (e.g., BMGF polio team, PACT political advocacy group and others), identifying global, regional and national level institutions and individuals key to removing specific barriers and driving progress • Develop political advocacy strategies in Pakistan in coordination with Hub team and global-level polio advocacy partners (e.g., BMGF polio team, PACT political advocacy group and others), identifying global, regional and national level institutions and individuals key to removing specific barriers and driving progress • Coordinate the execution of political advocacy strategies with GPEI partners and identified third party organizations/individuals (governments, Islamic Advisory Group, non-state actors, etc.) at global, regional and national levels • Support country teams in implementation of key sub-national advocacy activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan (e.g., engagement of medical professionals)
Coordinate with country teams, GPEI partners and third-party agencies to support in-country access negotiations as needed • Work with country, regional and global-level partners, as well as third party agencies, to ensure situational awareness around access issues in Afghanistan/Pakistan
Support polio external communications needs and strategies across traditional and social media in Afghanistan and Pakistan • Develop proactive and reactive external communications strategy for Afghanistan in coordination with WHO regional communications team, based on needs identified by country team, including existing mechanisms and tactics that are working well and incorporating new ideas and frameworks to help overcome the new challenges currently faced by the program. • Coordinate with country team to ensure alignment across communications and advocacy strategies, and provide support to country comms team around acute needs as identified (e.g., crisis communications) • Provide additional support for development of external communications strategy in Pakistan as needed, in coordination with WHO regional communications team. • Coordinate with country team to ensure alignment across communications and advocacy strategies, and provide support to country comms team around acute needs as identified (e.g., crisis communications) • Work with BMGF polio team to oversee third-party agency work in Pakistan, which will – in partnership with NEOC communications team – develop proactive traditional media and social media strategies to help manage perception of polio program in-country and reduce vaccine refusals by promoting a positive narrative and combating disinformation about polio. • Work with EMRO and ROSA polio communications teams to support strengthened coordination on polio communications across the partnership and country borders • Act as external communications coordinator with PACT Comms group to ensure key country-level information and storylines are reflected in global, donor- facing messaging (e.g., global GPEI narrative)