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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT50
Title: Technical Officer, Vaccine Management, Injection Safety and Health Care Waste Management
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year fixed term* See Additional Information below
Date: 6 February 2013
Application Deadline: 26 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
Vaccine-Preventable diseases and Immunization programme (VPI)
The Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) Programme aims to reduce disease and death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases by: (i) strengthening routine immunization programmes by achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage with childhood vaccines; (ii) ensuring that all children, adolescents, adults, and women of childbearing age have equal access to safe and high-quality immunization services; (iii) ensuring that epidemiological surveillance, including laboratory networks, is sufficient to achieve and sustain disease elimination targets; (iv) supporting the implementation of an immunization week to promote immunization; and (v) fostering appropriate partnerships with governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other relevant partners. The VPI Programme is divided into four main strategic areas each with its own scope, goal and set of objectives. These strategic areas are: (i) communication, partnerships, and management; (ii) immunization systems strengthening; (iii) accelerated disease control, including eradication and elimination goals; and (iv) surveillance, laboratories, monitoring and evaluation.
The VPI Programme provides technical input into the implementation of WHO country programmes (Biennial Collaborative Agreements), which are led by the WHO country offices, aimed at prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases through strengthening health systems capacity. It supports Member States in designing and implementing evidence-based operational research and interventions, assessing the burden of disease and monitoring progress towards disease reduction and elimination/eradication goals. These activities are coordinated with management and dissemination of technical knowledge. The VPI Programme develops norms and standards, provides normative guidance in developing regional and national policies to assist countries to implement effective vaccine-preventable disease control programmes, promotes partnerships, and advocates for political commitment towards elimination and eradication goals.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the position
To facilitate the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of technical assistance activities, supporting vaccine management, injection safety and health care waste management (HCWM) in Member States. The focus of responsibility will be to further efforts to achieve stated goals and objectives through improving forecasting, procurement and logistics of vaccines and other immunization supplies (for all routine and newly introduced vaccines, including seasonal and pandemic influenza), cold chain, vaccine management, safe injection and waste management systems for immunization by supporting Member State efforts to strengthen the aforementioned areas within national immunization programmes.

Under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager, Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization, the incumbent will:
  • Ensure provision of technical assistance to Member States towards improving regional and national capacity in the area of communicable diseases with particular emphasis in the area of injection safety and health care waste management and other priorities within the domain of ensuring overall vaccine quality and safety.
  • Support the Programme Manager, Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme, in development and implementation of long term strategies for immunization quality and safety in line with Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and the Medium Term Strategic Planning (MTSP).
  • Provide technical support and advice to countries in developing strategies and plans on vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM, particularly by strengthening forecasting, procurement and logistics of vaccines and other immunization supplies, cold chain, vaccine management, injection safety and waste management.
  • Develop and adapt necessary tools to assess vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM, support the development or revision of training materials.
  • Monitor vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM performance indicators at regional and country level, for most effective/efficient use of immunization resources, and that BCA plans and priorities are met.
  • Ensure integration and coordination of vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM activities at the Regional Office and country level, with all components of immunization services and within the context of health system strengthening.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, environmental science or engineering.
Desirable: Post graduate degree in public health, vaccinology, procurement, logistics, or health administration/management.
Functional skills:
Broad knowledge in public health, epidemiology and particularly in disease control and immunization programmes. In depth knowledge of immunization supply and logistic systems. Ability to design studies, skills on effective planning and policy development, analysing data and writing concise reports. Up to date knowledge of novel technologies pertinent to immunization services.

Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results by positioning oneself as a proactive and committed facilitator of an outcome oriented team. The incumbent produces high-quality results and workable solutions to achieve desired outcomes; monitors personal and team progress towards objectives taking corrective actions when necessary; acts early, independently and effectively to resolve problems and takes responsibility for own work and for team goals and objectives. Proven ability to facilitate activity/project coordination in a multidisciplinary team.
  2. Fostering integration and teamwork: As a team member, the incumbent develops and promotes effective relationships with team members and with other unit and other professional colleagues. Works in a collaborative fashion to achieve results by encouraging co-operation and building a positive rapport among fellow team members. Supports, acts in accordance with team decisions - accepting joint responsibility for both successes and outcomes. Identifies conflict early and supports actions to facilitate its resolution. Takes positive measures to recognize good performance of team and individual members. Proven ability to facilitate activity coordination in a multidisciplinary team.
  3. Creating an empowering and motivating environment: As a team member, the incumbent guides and motivates staff towards meeting challenges and achieving objectives. Promotes ownership and responsibility for desired outcomes at all levels. Provides staff with clear direction and support in meeting their objectives. Ensures roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clearly defined, understood and accepted. Delegates work appropriately within the team, providing members with the necessary support to meet their objectives, Motivates team to achieve individual and team goals and objectives. Provides team members with regular feedback, recognizes good performance and addresses performance issues early and adequately.
  4. Communicating in a credible and effective way: Speaks and writes clearly, adapting communication style and content to the intended audience. Conveys information and opinions in a structured and credible way. Produces effective written communications. Encourages others to share their views; employs good listening skills, and considers other views. Ensures key messages are communicated and understood and keeps others informed of key and relevant activity updates and issues. Possesses strong communication and advocacy skills and excellent presentation skills.
  5. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond: Ability to plan for and build partnerships supporting both technical collaboration and resource mobilization activities. Skills in communication and contributing and/or advancing technical partnerships and resource mobilization activities. Ability to establish harmonious relations with national and international technical counterparts. Ability to negotiate with officials in Member States, of other international organizations/institutions.
Essential: A minimum of seven years experience in public health with experience in programme management, including planning and policy development and demonstrated experience in: a) injection safety for immunization services; and/or b) health care waste management; and/or c) vaccine and other immunization supplies management including cold chain or stock management; and/or d) vaccine procurement, with a minimum of three years' experience at international level.
Desirable: Experience in developing, organizing and delivering training on injection safety, or Health Care Waste Management, or vaccine procurement, management and/or logistics. Experience conducting immunization programme assessments (e.g. EPI reviews, cold chain and logistics reviews, new equipment or procedures evaluations) in multiple national settings. Experience with donor proposal writing and reporting.
Essential: A very good command of the English language and intermediate or higher knowledge of a WHO and/or EURO official language, preferably Russian.
Desirable:Knowledge of other UN languages.
Additional Information:
* Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

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A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 76.4 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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