United Nations UN EPI Team Leader Jobs - World Health Organisation (WHO)

Job Title:       NPO/EPI Team Leader
Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/16/FT425
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:
Strategic direction - national immunization policies and work plan:
  • Actively promotes establishment of decision-making bodies at national level to facilitate consensus among national players and their external counterparts.
  • Offers technical support in the development and implementation of strategies and activities within the cMYP and annual EPI plan strengthening service delivery and surveillance of new vaccine sentinel sites.
Project/Programme management
  • Supports the WHO Representative in overall project coordination and resource management for new vaccine introduction, monitors programme indicators for NVI and analyses programmatic and new vaccine surveillance data for use in programme management.
  • The incumbent will co-ordinate, prepare and submit technical and financial progress reports to donors as required, in particular for GAVI.
As a team leader
  • Promote coordination between partners and national authorities to ensure achievement of GVAP indicators and milestones.
  • Actively participate in developing, implementing effective and sustainable strategies for routine immunization, supplementary immunization activities, disease surveillance activities. Identify priorities and needs in close collaboration with the EPI team for changes in national policies and strategies, assist in developing or revising national plans of action and promote coordination between donor agencies to ensure adequate resource utilization.
  • Support preparations and timely submission of all technical and financial reports including donor supported activities.
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)
  • Solicits feedback from national technical experts on global and regional policies to strengthen recommendations made at global and regional level and ensure feasibility of implementation at national level.
  • Supports UNEPI to get evidence to justify new vaccine introduction in the country
  • Support national authorities to conduct PIEs
Monitoring and using data for analytics:
  • Keenly monitors and evaluates national immunization policies and programmes, supporting the national immunization programme to collect, collate, analyse and use high quality data for action.
  • Regularly monitors and evaluates performance of new vaccine sentinel surveillance sites to collect, collate, analyse and ensure use high quality data for action/decision making
  • Supports the national authority to strengthen the AEFI surveillance system
  • Develop and promote research programs related to different operational and epidemiological components of immunization programs and related activities at the country level
  • Supports the country to investigate opportunities for internal and external information sharing and strengthen the capacity of national authorities to build and sustain national health observatories ensuring immunization data is integrated within.
  • Facilitates innovation by promoting new ideas and technologies (including ICT) to make data collection, analysis and use more effective and efficient.
  • Monitor new vaccine coverage to ensure by 2nd year of introduction coverage is above 80%
Support to strengthening routine immunization system:
  • Supports the national government to develop Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) applications to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
  • Support the government in submitting new vaccine applications to GAVI
  • Offer technical advice and support in mobilization of resources from national, and international sources
  • As a team leader, the incumbent will coordinate, provide technical support and lead WCO EPI team. Under the supervision of the WHO CO representative will provide strategic direction, management and supervision of WCO EPI team and ensure coordination with other partners. Oversee preparations and finalization of strategic technical and financial reports
Support to establishing and strengthening surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases:
  • Implements, monitors and evaluates regional networks for laboratory-based surveillance of disease preventable by new vaccines, including, bacterial meningitis, other invasive bacterial diseases (bacterial pneumonia and Sepsis) and rotavirus gastroenteritis surveillance.
  • Keenly reviews and provides technical support to strengthen vaccine preventable diseases surveillance data and indicators.
  • Collaborate in the introduction of new vaccines, including against rotavirus, YF, Men A, MCV2 and others

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the World Health Organization (WHO) NPO/EPI Team Leader job opportunity should hold a University degree in Medicine or Public Health or related field, and Masters' Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology or other related field from an internationally recognized university.
  • Possession of a Post graduate training in public health or epidemiology.
  • A minimum of seven 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.
  • Significant experience in working with development partners on the development, planning, implementation or monitoring and evaluation of immunization strategies and programmes.
  • Proven experience 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
  • Detailed 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.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office applications, spreadsheets and data analysis. Proficiency in epidemiology or statistical software packages would be an asset.
  • Languages: Excellent knowledge of English. A good working knowledge of French is 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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