Ended Immunization Officer

The Job

Functional Title:

Immunisation Officer

First Level Supervisor:

Classified Grade:

NOC

Unit:

Type of Contract : SSA

Grade : NOC

 Multiple locations in Yemen

Organizational Setting

The Immunisation Officer works under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative. S/he works fully independently and requires decision-making skills, as well as strategic and complex thinking to reach conclusions and recommendations.

The incumbent coordinates activities in the designated areas and may supervise directly a team of Special Service Agreement holders.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Function 1 (incl. expected results)

Advocates and successfully influences the development and establishment of strategies and plans, achieving results such as:

  • Development of short and long-term strategic planning, including development of work plans in line with WHO and Partner’s global immunization vision and strategies, and global, regional and national goals and objectives..
  • Forecasting and planning of vaccine supply and establishment of vaccine management systems to monitor the vaccine usage and wastage rate at all levels.
  • Creating of systems to monitor indicators for reduction or elimination of cases after vaccination campaigns.
  • In collaboration with emergency staff, ensuring adherence to accountability framework.
  • Analysis and evaluation of quality indicators for supplementary vaccination activities (SIA) and other surveillance data and advice on programme direction.
  • Development of guidelines and other material on vaccine management.
  • Identify areas and reasons for poor coverage and develop a special plan that addresses refusals, inaccessible areas and nomadic population.

Function 2 (incl. expected results)

Acts as an advisor to national counterparts to ensure proper management and monitoring of the implementation of the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI), achieving results such as:

  • Review of regional and global recommendations on vaccine management, decision on those applicable to the designated area and implementation thereof.
  • Monitoring the Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) activities and ensuring that such activities are in line with plan of action.
  • Set up of appropriate mechanisms for as well as supervision of sample collection and transportation following standards and regulations, data collection and entry, regular analysis of collected data and provision of feedback to the respective sites.
  • Following up on the post marketing safety of the vaccines particularly the Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI).
  • Regular supervisory visits to sentinel sites to ensure adequate implementation of activities, depending on the designated area, this may include one or any of the following technical specificities, e.g. implementation of laboratory based surveillance, periodic assessment of cold chain status and designated surveillance reverse cold chain for the purposes of planning for rehabilitation and replacement, etc.
  • Coordination of the work of Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) staff to strengthen routine immunization and surveillance. Technical advice and guidance to the staff for timely submission of data.
  • Adaptation of self-assessment tools, operating procedures and model standards and building capacity of NEPI and Basic Package for Health Services (BPHS) implementing partners to improve and to maintain high global standards, fully protecting vaccine quality in primary, intermediate and service levels vaccine stores.
  • Communicate any security incidence or concerns to the responsible staff and maintain close contact with the Area Field Security Coordination Officer in the zone.

Function 3 (incl. expected results)

Develops donor reporting tools and facilitates funding management, achieving results such as:

  • Development of new funding applications and tools
  • Following up on securing of funds for vaccines from government and partners.
  • Close follow on financial matters related to implementation of WHO supported activities at state level.
  • Preparation and submission of periodic donor reports on immunisation activities in the designated area, e.g. this may involve the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

Work Relations and Partnerships

The Immunisation Officer works in full collaboration with relevant departments, MOH and other ministries, UN agencies and NGOs mainly to provide guidance and advice on various activities ranging from strategic planning, coordination of implementation to monitoring progress of planned activities.  Furthermore, the incumbent will develop donor reporting tools and funding applications, which may involve negotiations and resource mobilisation.

Impact of functions

The overall aim is to reduce or eliminate cases after vaccination campaigns and reduce morbidity and mortality rates from Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) target diseases. The functions have a direct impact on the detection, verification and containment of infectious disease outbreaks or any other public health events of international concern as well as on the strengthening of epidemiological and laboratory surveillance and response capacities of the member states for epidemic forecasting and monitoring.

Qualifications

Educational background

First level university degree in medicine is required.

Desirable: Training in epidemiology of communicable diseases, particularly Vaccine Preventable Diseases as well as in biostatistics and data analysis.

Professional experience and knowledge

  • At least 5 years of experience required communicable diseases prevention and control, immunization programmes, vaccine preventable diseases surveillance and data management.
  • Broad knowledge in Immunization and surveillance systems delivery.
  • Experience in Project management immunization and surveillance systems monitoring and strengthening.
  • Understanding Immunization Issues, constraints and opportunities in introduction of new vaccines in the Country Office.
  • Good knowledge of WHO procedures and policies is highly desirable.
  • Language Skills
  • Excellent knowledge of English and the local language

Competencies

  • Communicating in a credible and effective manner: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared.
  • Ensuring effective use of resources: Identifies priorities in accordance with WHO’s strategic directions. Develops and implements action plans, organizes the necessary resources and monitors outcomes.
  • Driving WHO to a successful future: Demonstrates a broad-based understanding of the growing complexities of health issues and activities. Creates a compelling vision of shared goals, and develops a roadmap for successfully achieving real progress in improving people’s health.
How to Apply

Interested candidates are kindly requested and strongly encouraged to send their CV To: emacoyemvacancies@who.int   please clearly mention in the email subject Name of the position.

Only Short –listed candidates will be contacted

Deadline for application:  COB 14 October 2019


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