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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/IVB/TA83
Title: Technical Officer (Immunization Programme Operations)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 7 August 2013
Application Deadline: 29 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization Plus) team is housed in the Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB), within the Family, Women and Children's Health cluster. EPI itself is divided into three functional groups: Strategic Information, Policy and Strategy group 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 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 support of strengthening routine immunization systems and new vaccine introduction. Responsibilities include:
- Provide support to Regional Offices, countries and partners to achieve global immunization programme goals, in alignment with the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), including the introduction of IPV and phase out of trivalent OPV and monovalent OPV2;
- 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;
- Participate in supporting 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;
- Provide support to the organization of meetings, including drafting of regional memos, developing agendas and creating meeting reports and summaries;
- Support the development of guidance and publications developed by the Programme Operations team, working with external consultants and internal experts to formulate content;
- Contribute to other EPI routine immunization strengthening activities as requested.
University degree in medicine, public health, global/international health, health policy and management, socio-medical sciences, epidemiology, or another field relevant to immunization.
Advanced level degree in any of the above mentioned fields.
Proven ability to work to deadline and budget, in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders. Knowledge of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization systems. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong English writing and editing skills. Ability to work with and/or coordinate a diverse groups of stakeholders. Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills. Conscientiousness with 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. 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 of relevant professional work experience in the health sector (either public or private), with demonstrated experience in the area of immunization in low-resource or complex environments. Demonstrated experience in working with local Ministries of Health on the development, planning, implementation or monitoring and evaluation of national health programmes.
Previous experience turning policies into training materials for field level guidance. Previous experience working in the UN system at country and/or regional level.
Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Priority will be given to internal candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56'018 at single rate
USD 60'013 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.

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