STOP: Communication Position
The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting qualified Communication staff to participate in STOP teams. Effective program communication and social mobilization are important components of the polio eradication initiative. In September 2006, the STOP program sent its first participants into the field to work specifically in communication. The STOP program coordinates with both UNICEF and WHO in the recruitment, training, and placement of these participants. STOP communication participants will assist WHO, UNICEF, and ministries of health by:
- Providing social mobilization and communication technical expertise at all levels and support to all polio eradication stakeholders to galvanize community demand for child immunization and acceptance of the polio vaccine.
- Undertaking field trips, meetings with influential persons and assessments to develop and implement national and sub-national social mobilization and communication plans.
- Assessing ground situations to develop appropriate messages and materials for community members, influential persons, healthcare providers, vaccinators and the media and support dissemination of the same.
- Serving on committees and forums to ensure effective coordination among various communications partners.
- Supporting communication personnel at national and local levels to develop test and implement strategies and plans for social mobilization and communication.
- Sharing of expertise, information and experience and capacity building of national colleagues and partners for sustainable and community owned and driven polio eradication program.
- Supporting government and partners in advocacy, documentation, monitoring and evaluation, management and dissemination.
While planning, monitoring, and evaluating communication activities for polio supplemental immunization activities (SIAs), STOP communication participants need to be extremely flexible self-starters who work well under difficult conditions with people of different cultures.
STOP is seeking volunteers who are technically savvy in communication program planning and implementation with having relevant experience as mentioned above. Fluency in English is necessary. Fluency in a second language, particularly French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, or Spanish would also be useful.