Position Title : Medical Officer
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
To reduce childhood morbidity and mortality attributable to vaccine preventable diseases by implementing routine and supplemental immunization activities for all people along the life-course, in order to achieve high coverage and equity in routine immunization, achieve measles elimination and introduce underutilized and new lifesaving vaccines, in accordance with the global and regional vaccine action plans
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Take lead in the provision of technical advice to the country for strengthening routine immunization system and improving routine immunization coverage and equity including development and implementation of the following:--> Comprehensive multi-year plan (cMYP) and annual EPI plan. --> District microplans addressing the bottle necks for ensuring equitable high vaccination coverage at district level.--> Strategy and plan of action to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation system including data quality improvement plans at federal and provincial levels.
2. Oversee planning and implementation of Measles/Rubella control/elimination activities from WHO side including:--> Plan and implement measles/rubella supplementary immunization activities. --> Implement measles case-based laboratory surveillance according to regional and national guidelines. --> Establish a system to monitor measles elimination indicators. 3. Coordinate activities related to introduction of new vaccines, including:--> Develop applications to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for introduction of new vaccines.--> Develop new vaccine introduction plan and necessary guide/ instructions.--> Review EPI registration and reporting system to reflect the new vaccine--> Conduct necessary training for introduction of new vaccines and ensuring smooth introduction nation-wide.
4. Coordinate the development and implementation of polio transition plan.
5. Oversee the ongoing laboratory based surveillance of Rotavirus gastroenteritis and invasive bacterial vaccine preventable diseases, as part of the regional surveillance networks.
6. Serve as a technical advisor to the public concerning investigation and response to outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.
7. Supervise and guide other EPI field staff at federal, provincial and districts' levels.
8. Monitor resource mobilization for EPI related activities, timely utilization of funds and periodical reporting in GSM as required.
9. Develop EPI biannual plan/s in coordination with the government authorities.
Essential: Master's degree in medicine, epidemiology or public health with a specialization on immune-or vaccine relevant areas.
Desirable: Certificate in operational research, data management in EPI-related fields.
Essential: At least 10 years of extensive and practical experience in the field immunization programmes and control of vaccine-preventable diseases at high managerial levels at national and international levels with focus on policy, planning and strategic actions for improving performance of immunization programmes
Desirable: Experience in control of communicable diseases in general and surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases.Experience with resource mobilization and policy development. Experience in developing and low coverage countries
1. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques of immunization programmes.
2. Excellent knowledge in analyzing vaccine preventable diseases and EPI-related data, synthesizing information and presenting clear and concise conclusions and recommendations for decision making.
3. Excellent capacity in developing strategies and plans related to immunization programmes
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Enhanced WHO global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf?ua=1
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.
WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 89,837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2695 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
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