Senior Technical Officer (Impact Optimization Research)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Departmentof Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals' (IVB) mission is ‘To promote the health and well-being of all people, in allcountries, by advancing the impact of vaccines and immunization programmesthrough partnership and leadership; policies and guidance; evidence andresearch'. Our work is aligned with theWHO 13th Global Programme of Work (GPW13), with a central focus to drive impactin countries, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages. The Strategic Objectives of the IVB Department include:Establishing global immunization agendas,strategies and policies to build and harness commitment to action.Promoting research and innovation to increaseimpact of vaccines, technologies and immunization practices.Advancing evidence-based introduction andaccess to vaccines and immunization innovations.Optimizing immunization delivery to ensurehigh-impact, sustainable and equitable programmes.Harnessing Vaccine Alliances andPartnerships, including collaborations with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and keyWHO partners, towards cross-programme coordination and collaboration in pursuitof universal health coverage.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
-> Provides technical leadership and managerial support within the IVB Department in the area of vaccine and immunization impact optimization research as it promotes the goals of WHO, IVB and the IA2030 agenda including:
- Leading the development of an IVB strategy for vaccine and immunization impact optimization research.
- Assessing the post-introduction performance of vaccines, especially newly introduced vaccines, in real-world settings. This includes evaluation of emerging evidence, landscaping and synthesizing the post-implementation effectiveness and impact evaluations, supporting countries in their assessments of vaccine performance, and providing leadership engagement in this area within and beyond WHO. This work requires convening and setting standards for global, regional and country partners working in this technical area.
- Assessing novel approaches for enhancing coverage and immunization impact through delivery programmes. This work includes landscaping and evaluation of evidence on strategies to improve coverage and enhance equity, to support immunization programme policies.
- Leading IVB efforts on research needed to successfully introduce new vaccines for which unique implementation strategies may be needed. This includes vaccines against high priority pathogens such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Group B Streptococcus (GBS) for which maternal immunization and/or birth dosing is envisioned. This work will require synthesizing the existing evidence, and convening experts to advise on further evidence needed to implement these immunization strategies.
- Advance a learning platform for additional research on how to implement new life-course vaccines in the future that may require similar solutions and partnerships.
- Develop future areas of priority work possibly including optimization of the childhood vaccination schedule to address goals of the IA2030 agenda (e.g. pneumococcal, rotavirus, and measles vaccines), evidence gathering for how best to reach zero-dose children and enhance vaccine coverage equity, and adult vaccine programme optimization. Other areas of focus will likely be identified and prioritized through the strategy development.
-> Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing of financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the IVB strategy and the mandate of the Organization.
-> Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.
-> Represents IVB in this programme area of work at various meetings and international conferences.
-> Serves as a technical resource to the department in reviewing papers,protocols, and guidance documents, as needed.
-> Performs all other related duties as assigned.
Essential: An advanced university degree in Medicine.
Desirable: Masters or PhD in epidemiology, vaccinology, public health, or a related vaccine field.
-> At least10 years of professional experience in undertaking vaccine research, preferablyon more than one vaccine; this includes but is not limited to vaccineeffectiveness studies and impact evaluations.
-> Demonstrated experience managing human andfinancial resources.
-> Demonstrated experience at the international level,including with WHO and/or other relevant multilateral/ UN agencies. -> At least co-investigator level involvement in a vaccine clinical trial orpost-authorization evaluation, with field experience.
-> Demonstrated subject matter expertise and experience in priority vaccine preventable diseases, which include pneumococcus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, novelcoronaviruses, and rotavirus.
-> Proven experience in translating clinical practice into public health policy and guidance. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
-> At least 5 years' experience working in developingcountry settings at the regional or country level, with significantinteractions with ministries of health.
-> Interaction with vaccine policy setting bodies atcountry, regional, or global level.
-> Broadexperience in global health in various settings (e.g., government, academic,public health agencies).
-> Extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals on subjects related to vaccinepreventable diseases, including as first or senior author.
-> Ability to engage, communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partnersincluding ministries of health, donor institutions, Civil Society, and otherstakeholders. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners.
-> Excellent written, oral, presentation skills and politically astute; able to present andexplain complex ideas and information in a succinct, logical way that is easyto understand key decisions and critical information for programme management.
-> Strong capacity to manage multiple competing demands and meeting deadlines andtimelines with efficiency.
-> Highly motivated individual capable of influencing and taking initiative.
-> Ability to motivate staff, lead and manage a global project. Conscientious with abilityto take initiative and work independently. Proven ability to work to deadlineand budget.
-> Expertise in analyzing and interpreting vaccine research evidence and using data for policyand strategic decision-making.
-> Expertise in clinical vaccine research methods and assessments, and using those to drive vaccineand programme development and optimization.
-> Strong skills and knowledge in research on immunization programme approaches to coverage and impact.
-> Strong knowledge of statistics and epidemiological principles.
-> Able to make informed and strategic recommendations to senior management, as well asindependently lead initiatives when asked to do so.
-> Outstanding project management skills, able to implement a proactive, structured and timelyapproach and also able to adapt to organizational or contextual changes.
-> Demonstrated ability to contribute and critically appraise scientific literature, including study methods, on vaccines and immunization.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
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 6229 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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