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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/TA73
Title: Technical Officer, Immunization Programme Operations
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 22 July 2013
Application Deadline: 19 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (HQ/IVB)
HQ/EPI - Expanded Programme on Immunization Plus
The Expanded Programme on Immunization Plus (EPI) team is housed within the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, within the Family, Women's and Children's Health Cluster. EPI itself is divided into three functional groups: Strategic Information, Policy and Strategy and Programme Operations, where the position is situated. EPI's objectives, in the context of the Decade of Vaccines Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) endorsed in 2012 by the World Health Assembly, are to develop policies and strategies for maximizing the use of vaccines of public health importance and their delivery; to support regions and countries in acquiring the necessary skills, competence and infrastructure to implement these policies and strategies and achieve disease control/elimination and eradication of objectives.

The EPI Team works across the three priority areas: 1. Protect: Increasing immunization impact by reaching the unreached, increasing and sustaining coverage and strengthening immunization systems. 2. Innovate: Introduce new vaccines and technologies, promote integrated approaches to disease control, explore alternative delivery methods. 3. Accelerate: Elimination of measles and rubella, control of Meningitis A, monitoring of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination. Polio eradication is a focus across all priority areas.
Description of duties:
Provide technical expertise in support of strengthening routine immunization systems and supporting new vaccine introduction.
Collaborate with Regional Offices, countries and vaccination partners to support achievement by Member States of global immunization programme goals, in alignment with the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), including the introduction of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) and phase out of trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) and monovalent OPV2.
Provide technical assistance into the planning of immunization service delivery, supporting capacity building initiatives, developing strategies to identify and reach under-served populations and in optimizing local approaches to comprehensive disease control.
Participate in coordinating mechanisms at global and regional level addressing routine immunization issues and achievement of the Polio Endgame strategy, identifying synergies in joint efforts with accelerated disease control initiatives and other public health programmes.
Develop upstream guidance on programmatic considerations for the presentation and packaging of new and underused vaccines.
Provide technical leadership for the IPV introduction and OPV2/tOPV withdrawal in the context of existing harmonized country immunization plans and specifically other new vaccine introductions, routine immunization strengthening and disease control activities across Member States.
Lead WHO headquarter's efforts to support assessment of country readiness for new vaccine introduction (with a focus on logistics, cold chain, and training) and capacity building plans.
Contribute to other EPI routine immunization strengthening activities as requested.
Advanced degree in Medicine, Public Health, Global/International Health, Health Policy and Management, Socio-medical Sciences, Epidemiology, or another field relevant to immunization.
Knowledge of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization systems.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with and/or coordinate a diverse group of stakeholders.
Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.
Ability to take initiative and work independently.
Familiarity with the UN system, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions.
Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Producing results
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
At least 7 years' professional work experience in the health sector (either public or private), with demonstrated experience in immunization in low-resource environments.
Demonstrated work experience with local Ministries of Health on the development, planning, implementation or monitoring and evaluation of national health programmes.

Previous experience working in the UN system at country and/or regional level.
Expert knowledge of English with an intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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