Immunization and Outbreaks Officer
Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
Immunization and Outbreaks Officer
Objective of the programme
The objective of the programme is to deliver WHO Core functions at the country level with a particular focus on the Organization’s directing and coordinating role for international health as expressed in the Constitution. The immediate objective is to develop and sustain WHO as a flexible, learning Organization, enabling it to carry out its mandate more efficiently and effectively. To support the MOHFW coordination office to fulfill its mandate as well as strengthening coordination of health interventions to Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) including host community in Cox’s Bazar through ensuring the continuous engagement of the Government health authorities in the planning and implementation of the humanitarian response.
This individual will support the programme by providing technical and administrative services.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of Deputy Representative, WHO BAN and the direct supervision of the Head of sub-office and Chief Coordinator (CC), MOHFW Coordination Centre, the signatory will be assigned to the Upazila Health Complex, Ukhiya or Teknaf and will have the following job responsibilities:
1. Provide support to develop an effective Micro-plan for routine immunization and Measles-Rubella campaign to ensure capacity building to field level staff during routine Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and campaigns;
2. Guide health authorities in planning and implementation of vaccine-preventable diseases control activities and EPI as per WHO quality health standards and best practices for FDMNs;
3. Monitor the quality of measles elimination and rubella control activities including surveillance of suspected measles cases, identity areas with low immunization coverage, and susceptibility to measles and rubella outbreaks and initiate appropriate immunization response;
4. Develop the capacity of camps health staff to collect timely and complete data on programme performance and data analysis to ensure timely corrective action. Support assessments and operational research agenda linked to Immunization;
5. Guide and assist in the appropriate response to vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, including further investigation, disease control, and feedback to all levels involved in data collection;
6. Support ongoing Immunization activities, effective vaccine management (EVM) assessment, and Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs) in FDMN camps with ensuring cold chain maintenance during storage, transportation, and in the session;
7. Provide support to prepare different reports and timely reports to the Ministry of Health (MOHFW), WHO and other relevant authorities;
8. Provide support to assess the requirement of EPI Vaccine, Logistics, and Printing Materials and monitor the supply process to ensure uninterrupted supply of vaccine and logistic for routine immunization program and SIAs. Supervise and monitor immunization activities using a supervision checklist;
9. Data quality self-assessment (DQSA), and operational research agenda linked to Immunization and assist field coordinators, maintain working relationships with all stakeholders;
10. Assist in monitor dropout coverage penta 1- Penta 3 and measles 1 to measles 2 with do supervise and ensure mechanisms are in place to track estimation of beneficiaries and their Immunization coverage;
11. Provide technical assistance to district health authorities in planning, implementation, and monitoring of maternal and child health activities including implementation and monitoring at community clinics;
12. Provide technical support to district health authorities during emergencies such as flood, cyclones, and other natural disasters and disease outbreaks in planning and monitoring of health relief activities in affected areas and for investigation of emerging disease outbreaks;
13. Provide support for detection, reporting, and investigation of Vaccine-preventable diseases and AEFI; compile and analyze data and share monthly report to the DGHS Coordination Cell and WHO;
14. Perform such other duties that may be assigned by the Supervisors.
Essential: Bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MBBS) or equivalent from an accredited academic institution.
Desirable: Master’s in Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology or any relevant field would be an advantage.
Essential: At least three years of experience in public health programmes, preferably with international/national organizations;
- Experience in UN agency, International Organization, and NGOs etc.
- Working experience in Cox’s Bazar district and/or knowledge on coordination and management of the FDMNs/Rohingya refugees will be a plus;
- Previous work in Government health system under MOHFW will add value the position.
Additional Functional Knowledge and Skills:
- Knowledge and experience of working in public health sector in humanitarian crisis situation will be an added advantage;
- Communicating in effective and credible way
- Moving forward in a changing environment
- Fostering integration and teamwork
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.
- Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power point.
Salary & others benefits:
WHO offers locally competitive packages such as:
- Monthly salary: BDT 112,711.00 (SSA – 7, Step I)
- Health Insurance; Accident and illness insurance;
- Annual Leave (18 days per year); Sick leave (12 days per year) to be prorated for the duration of the SSA
- Applicable holidays as per WHO rules
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