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NPO (Immunization)

Kinshasa

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Kinshasa
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: Closed

OBJECTIVES OF THE 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 should happen in concert with other interventions and activities within the national health system.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Management CapacityStrategic direction - national immunization policies and workplan- 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 for strengthening service delivery and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases.Project/Programme management- Supports the WHO Representative and EPI Team Leader in overall project coordination and resource management in all areas of the immunization programme, monitors programme indicators and analyses programmatic and surveillance data for use in programme management.- Works closely with the national government to support their implementation and evaluation of immunization projects and to ensure a comprehensive approach to health interventions.- Technical Capacity Developing evidence-based policy recommendations and guidance:- Conducts analytical studies and implementation research as needed and collaboratively develops guidelines and recommends solutions to programme concerns.- 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.Monitoring and using data for analytics:- Monitors and evaluates national immunization policies and programmes, supporting the national immunization programme to collect, collate, analyse and use high quality data for action.- 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.- Support the national EPI programme to provide regular feedback for immunization and vaccine preventable diseases surveillance. Support to strengthening routine immunization system:- Provides technical support to improve routine immunization coverage and strengthen routine immunization systems, by designing appropriate regular routine vaccination services though fixed, outreach and mobile sites, and including period intensification of routine immunization, child health days and integrated child health intervention according to the EPI antenna approach.- Supports the management skills development of the national immunization programme team through capacity building and training.- Provides technical support to strengthen immunization data quality. - Assists with the development of strategic comprehensive multi-year plans (cMYPs), as well as annual operational workplans, and supports the on-going monitoring of these plans.- Supports the national government to develop Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) applications to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi).- Develops and implements a strategy and plan of action to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation system of the immunization programme and to improve the immunization programme at all levels.- Supports the national government to document best practices of immunization activities.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.- Reviews and provides technical support to strengthen vaccine preventable diseases surveillance data and indicators.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. - Supports the national government to develop new vaccine applications to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) and in the implementation of new vaccine introduction activities.- 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 in implementation of new vaccine introduction activities

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: University degree in Medicine or Public Health or related field. and.
Desirable: Post graduate training in public health or epidemiology. Masters' Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology or other related field from an internationally recognized university

Experience

Essential: At least 5 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.- Demonstrated 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.
Desirable: Extensive training/experience in immunization, surveillance and data interpretation.Experience in resource mobilization and policy development.

Skills

1. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques of immunization programmes2. Excellent capacity in analysing vaccine-preventable diseases and EPI-related data, synthesizing information and presenting clear and concise conclusions to foster decision-making.3. Excellent understanding of measles and rubella control and elimination strategy and introduction of new vaccines.4. 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.

WHO Competencies

Producing results
Communication
Teamwork

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of English.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.

REMUNERATION

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 68,513 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.
  • Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to reasonableaccommodation@who.int
  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
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  • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
  • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
  • Please note that WHO's contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at shws@who.int.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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