15 July 2016

UN Jobs - Accelerated Disease Control - Immunization Services Officer at World Health Organisation (WHO)

Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/16/FT424
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Grade: NO-C
Reports to: WHO Representative

About WHO:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

About WHO Programme:
WHO’s global vision for immunization and vaccines is to support all countries to deliver quality immunization services as part of an integrated, people-centered platform of disease prevention that spans the human life-course. Within this, the objectives are to achieve the control, elimination or eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases as stated in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, thus contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. The delivery of immunization services by any method should happen in concert with other interventions and activities within the national health system.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Management Capacity:
  • Actively promotes establishment of decision-making bodies at national level to facilitate consensus among national players and their external counterparts.
  • Supports the development and implementation of strategies and activities within the cMYP and annual EPI plan.
  • Support MoH to mobilise resources to implement the annual work plans
Project/Programme management
  • Supports the WHO Representative and EPI Team Leader in overall project coordination and resource management in all areas of accelerated disease control including supplementary immunization data.
  • Works closely with the national government to support their implementation and evaluation of immunization projects and to ensure a comprehensive approach to health interventions.
  • Supports national programmes by guiding decision making based on good leadership principles.
  • Builds team work in programme decision making especially with HDPs and Government
Strategic direction - national immunization policies and workplan
  • Support MoH to develop and update national plans for comprehensive immunizations programs, including the planning of objectives, strategies and operational methodologies, as well as budgeting.
  • Guide and promote sound immunization practices within extended primary health care systems in close coordination with all related national programs in the countries
2. Technical Capacity:
Developing evidence-based policy recommendations and guidance:
  • Encourages the national immunization programme to include regional and global immunization policies and strategies in the Country Cooperation Strategy, through nationally relevant evidence and discussions with the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) and the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG)
Monitoring and using data for analytics:
  • Offer support in the review and analysis of available data through national sources
  • Supports the implementation of generating alternative data sources e.g. Coverage Survey.
Support to strengthening routine immunization system:
  • Supports the interventions to strengthening routine immunization e.g. Reaching Every District
  • Supports the implementation of Periodic Intensified Routine Immunization activities
Support to establishing and strengthening surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases:
  • Supports coordinating national and sub-national surveillance systems.
  • Reviews and provides evidence based promotion of alternative surveillance systems e.g Regional EPI/IDSR strategy
Supports accelerated immunization initiative activities and the introduction of new vaccines:
  • Reviews, updates and provides technical support and guidance on the implementation of accelerated immunization initiative (AII) activities within the annual EPI plan as well as establishes and implements a system to monitor AII indicators.
  • Develops new vaccine introduction activities within cMYPs and annual EPI plans and necessary guidelines to ensure smooth introduction at national and sub-national levels.
  • Supports the national government to develop new vaccine applications to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi).

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the World Health Organization (WHO) Accelerated Disease Control - Immunization Services Officer career opportunity should hold a University degree in Public Health or related field, and Masters' Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology or other related field from an internationally recognized university.
  • A post graduate training in public health or epidemiology is desired
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant work experience at the national level in immunization programmes, vaccine preventable diseases surveillance and data management, including demonstrated experience in low-resource environments.
  • Proven exposure and experience in working with development partners on the development, planning, implementation or monitoring and evaluation of immunization strategies and programmes.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques of immunization programmes
  • Excellent capacity in analysing vaccine-preventable diseases and EPI-related data, synthesizing information and presenting clear and concise conclusions to foster decision-making.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of measles and rubella control and elimination strategy and introduction of new vaccines.
  • Familiarity with the UN system, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions. Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and budgets, in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Extensive training/experience in immunization, surveillance and data interpretation is desired
  • Previous experience in resource mobilization and policy development is an added advantage
  • Proficiency in all MS Office applications, spreadsheets and data analysis. Proficiency in epidemiology or statistical software packages would be an asset.
  • Languages: Knowledge of English. Working knowledge of French would be an advantage. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

  • Producing results;
  • Communicating in a credible and effective way;
  • Fostering integration and teamwork

How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) by sending their online applications to enable WHO to store their personal profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-recruitment website below and follow the instructions for online application procedures.

NB: All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Deadline: 27th July 2016

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