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Programme Manager (Immunization Specialist)

Yangon (Myanmar)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-27

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Background Information - Myanmar

Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS also provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Access to Health Fund aims to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar. The Fund works with health stakeholders to increase people’s access to health-services (maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, SRHR, drug use and health consequences, tuberculosis and malaria) and to strengthen health systems. The Access to Health Fund is supported by four donors – the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States and Switzerland.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Directors of Programme and Strategy, and in close collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, bilateral donors, and other partners, the Programme Manager (Immunization Specialist) supports Access to Health Fund’s activities related to immunization in Myanmar, including support to the roll out of COVID-19 vaccination in conflict-affected areas. Such support may include technical and operational oversight for the development, planning, implementation, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and oversight management of these activities.

Programme Management
● Liaise closely with UNICEF, WHO, and all other relevant actors on all technical aspects related to deployment of COVID vaccines and contribute to shared coordinated deployment of the vaccine in select locations; support full alignment with UN-wide plans.
● Support situational analyses and feasibility assessments before and during the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.
● Support the design process of deploying COVID-19 vaccines in select locations.
● Lead grant contracting processes with support from UNOPS Programme Management Office’s Grants team.
● Maintain a clear understanding of grant outcomes, in particular as they relate to the strengthening of health systems and the improved health situation of vulnerable populations in conflict affected areas. Regularly communicate on these outcomes with partners and stakeholders.
● Work together with the Procurement Unit to ensure implementing partners have timely and adequate supplies for the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination.
● Critically analyse, jointly with the Conflict Advisor, risks to the Fund’s support to COVID-19 vaccine deployments. Develop, implement and update mitigation plan(s) for identified risks. ● Conduct regular programme field visits (if feasible) and share findings and inputs with partners and stakeholders; document best practices and lessons learned.
● Assist M&E team in developing indicators for oversight, impact and learning of immunisation activities

Technical and operational oversight
● Liaise closely with WHO, UNICEF, and other relevant partners to provide technical support to the planning, development, and implementation stages of the COVID 19 vaccine deployment in select locations ● Identify training needs, and in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and other technical agencies, plan, organize, and conduct training and orientation activities for relevant stakeholders.
● Support the establishment of recording and reporting systems for COVID-19 vaccination applicable and integratable to the existing monitoring and reporting platforms.
● Support the surveillance, referral and response mechanism for AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization).
● Help produce periodic reports and learning papers throughout the process of implementing the COVID-19 vaccination.
● Support the development of risk communication strategies and materials relating to COVID-19 vaccination.
● Coordinate with technical agencies to support implementing partners in procuring cold-chain equipment, setting up temperature monitoring systems and reinforcing safe disposal practices.
● Support the design and implementation of capacity-building plans for field health workers for vaccination, vaccine handling, cold-chain management and AEFI.

Networking and Partner Management
● Build and maintain relationships with all programme stakeholders.
● Represent the Fund, as delegated, in consultations and meetings with development partners and donors.

 Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor or the Fund Director.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a. Education
● A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (for example: public health, international development, public administration)
● A Bachelor’s degree with 7 years of relevant experience is considered as equivalent.
b. Work Experience
● At least 5 years of relevant experience in the management of public health or development programs ● At least 3 years of experience managing and working for immunization programmes
● Experience working for public health programmes in ethnic areas is highly preferable.
● Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision in a complex environment is an asset
● Advanced writing and analytical skills
● Competent in the usage of computers and office software packages
c. Languages
● Fluency in both written and spoken English and Myanmar

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement  Contract level: LICA10/ICS10
Contract duration:  Open ended (subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance)


For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Note that this is a Local position and only Myanmar Nationals are eligible to apply.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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