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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/IVB/TA76
Title: Technical Officer, Immunization Strategic Information
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 26 July 2013
Application Deadline: 16 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (HQ/IVB) /
HQ/EPI - Expanded Programme on Immunization Plus (HQ/EPI)
The EPI team is housed within the Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals, within the Family, Women and Children Health cluster. EPI itself is divided into three functional groups: Programme Operations, Policies and Strategies, and the Strategic Information group, where the position is situated. EPI objectives, in the context of the 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: Protect: Increasing immunization impact by reaching the unreached, increasing and sustaining coverage and strengthening immunization systems. Innovate: Introduce new vaccines and technologies, promote integrated approaches to disease control, explore alternative delivery methods. 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:
As a Technical Officer, the incumbent will provide technical expertise in monitoring the demand of countries for new vaccine introductions, with a focus on IPV. In collaboration with partners forecast vaccine supply needs, share information with relevant stakeholders, provide guidance to support strengthening immunization information systems and surveillance activities. Responsibilities include: Coordinate the supply and demand forecasts for IPV introduction across all member states in collaboration with UNICEF, GAVI and Global Polio Programme and other key immunization partners. Contribute to the collection analysis and interpretation of global programmatic data relating to immunization systems and services and its impact of vaccine demand forecast. Under the guidance of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) in respect to programme monitoring, and in the context of support to other global initiatives, support improvements in the collection and analysis of monitoring and evaluation of data for routine immunization, new vaccine introduction and accelerated disease control initiatives. In collaboration with regions, countries and other stakeholders, augment, provide support and insight into their routine vaccination data collection systems and their quality. Support the strengthening of monitoring and surveillance programmes and initiatives across immunization systems, with a focus on IPV. Contribute to other EPI routine immunization strengthening activities as requested.
University degree in Public Health, Economics, Business, Epidemiology, Statistics or another field relevant to strategic information for immunization.

For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
Knowledge of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization systems. Excellent analytical skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work with and/or coordinate a diverse groups of stakeholders. Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills. Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently Familiarity with the UN system, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions. Ability to collate, analyse, synthesize data, and communicate the results to a non-technical audience is essential. Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment. Proven ability to work to deadline and budget, in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders.

WHO competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Knowing and managing yourself
4. Producing results
At least 5 years professional work experience in either the public or private sector, including with partners in developing countries and direct experience in immunization or forecasting. Experience developing supply and demand forecasts for new vaccine (or other health care commodity) introduction. Experience working on information systems, data quality and/or surveillance in public health at the country or regional level.

Experience working in the UN system at country and/or regional level.
Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56,091 at single rate
USD 60,091 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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