Immunization Hub Coordinator
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe Division of CountryHealth Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden ofnon-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic andenvironmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions forhealth through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Itfocuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicablediseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratorydiseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity,unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such astuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropicaldiseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacyfor increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobialresistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, andsupporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universalaccess to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of careis matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventionsusing social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation ofinnovation at national, regional and local levels.Within CHP, the VaccinePreventable Diseases and Immunization Programme (VIF) aims to reduce diseaseand death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases by:strengthening routine immunization programmesby achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage with childhood vaccines;ensuring that all children, adolescents,adults, and women of childbearing age have equal access to safe andhigh-quality immunization services;ensuring that epidemiological surveillance,including laboratory networks, is sufficient to achieve and sustain diseaseelimination targets;supporting the implementation of animmunization week to promote immunization; andfostering appropriate partnerships withgovernmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations andother relevant partners.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESIn the context of the WHO Health EmergenciesIncident Management System (IMS) at the country/territory level, the incumbentwill support subregional efforts (5 Member States and one territory) inresponse to COVID-19 pandemic, through provision of technical assistance ondeployment of COVID-19 vaccine, linking these activities and developedcapacities to existing immunization system and programme, and ultimately aimingfor strengthening of national vaccine-preventable disease control andelimination programmes. The technical assistance is provided within theframework of EU funded project “Strengthening health systems resilience in theWestern Balkans”.Please describe the key duties: Provide technical supportto NPO-Immunization in the countries and territories (Albania, Bosnia andHerzegovina, Kosovo (United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)),Montenegro, North Macedonia) including to the Ministryof Health, public health institute, and/or relevant ministries and other governmentalagencies in deployment of COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination, includingstrengthening of national routine immunization; In line with global and regional guidingdocuments, provide technical support in development and updating of thecountry's/territory's COVID-19 vaccination plan and other documents addressingimmunization in response to COVID19 outbreak, and in implementation ofstrategies outlined in these documents, including (and not limited to)evidence-informed decision making and service delivery modalities as per thevaccine characteristics, vaccine safety, demand and acceptance;Disseminate and facilitate implementation ofSAGE and ETAGE recommendations on deployment of COVID-19 vaccines andvaccination, and provide technical consultation for their adaptation bycounterpartsProvide technical support to implementpreparedness and readiness activities on critical programmatic areas based on newand existing COVID-19 vaccines characteristics;Being located in Belgrade, providedirect support to Ministry of Health and national immunization programme inSerbia on activities related to COVID-19 immunization and general immunizationprogramme strengthening in country;Provide technical support,lead and coordinate activities of NPO-Immunization in countries and territory,under technical supervision and in coordination with VIF technical team in RegionalOffice;Provide technical supportto counterparts on immunization coverage monitoring for COVID-19 vaccinationand facilitate submission of thenational vaccination coverage data to the “COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor” onlineplatform;Providesupport to document implementation of national COVID-19 vaccine deployment planto share lessons learnt and to leverage and integrate the achievements toroutine immunization programme strengthening;Prepareprogress reports as requested by regional and global structures;Inagreement with office in country/territory conduct field visits, collect andanalyze data, undertake periodic reviews;Organizeand facilitate periodic calls for discussion of immunization subjects,including all involved staff in hub and WHO offices in countries and territory;Oversee and coordinate thedevelopment, planning and implementation of short-term and long-term plans ofNational Immunization Programme to operationalize the national and regionalimmunization programme goals and targets;Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and/or relevantministries and governmental agenciesin line with already organizedactivities of WHO office regarding the cooperation with relevant and adequatecounterparts and subnational systems;Facilitate and coordinate multicountymissions of regional staff and high-level immunization partner as appropriate,with staff in countries/territory and counterparts;Undertake any other dutieswhich may be assigned according to the needs of the WHO.
EducationEssential: Advanced University degree (Master's level or above) in public health orepidemiology from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Trainings in immunization and/or emergency response.
ExperienceEssential: Minimum7-years' experience in health sector governance, management, planning, publichealth or immunization;Experiencein developing national policy and planning documents in the area of publichealth, emergency response and immunization;
Desirable: Workexperience with WHO or another international public health organization.Experience or knowledge of epidemiology in thecontext of public health or outbreaks and in the context of immunizationprogramme organization and management for vaccine-preventable diseases.Experience of working with UN cluster systemfor emergency response.Experience with and involvement in COVID19 outbreak/pandemic management and response, including national deployment and vaccination planning and implementation
SkillsKnowledge of WHO guidance and policies in the area ofimmunization, vaccine-preventable diseases, emergency response and/or COVID-19response;Strong analytical skills and ability to review andsynthesize information from multiple sources; Excellent Communication, Facilitation andReport-writing skills;Strong interpersonal skills, able to work acrosscultures and with the capacity to build strong working relationships;Knowledge of Office software applications
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Use of Language SkillsEssential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other WHO language. Expert knowledge of any local language.
REMUNERATIONWHO 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 74,913 (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 2135 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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