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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WRO/VN/2013/20
Title: National Professional Officer (Immunization)
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 5 November 2013
Application Deadline: 2 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
Objective of the Programme:
WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans aiming at promoting access to and utilization of affordable and quality health services and improving the financial protection against health related risks.

The WCO-India programme of work supports the GOI in :

1. Strategic planning and national vaccination policy formulation, tactics to rapidly improve immunization coverage particularly among high risk populations, building human resource and programme monitoring and management capacity, development of laboratory supported surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases.

2. analyzing and strategically using data on immunization coverage and translating this into evidence for programme action and policy making.

3. coordinating operations research, evaluation and special studies related to best practices in immunization, control of vaccine preventable diseases and effective programme strengthening activities.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO
All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region (SEAR) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO- SEAR is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India
Within the framework of WHO Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

Purpose of the Position
Contribute to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with the Government of India by supporting the work of the WHO Country Office for India in the area of immunization with a view to help the Government of India further develop appropriate policies, strategies and interventions for control and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases within the framework of Universal Immunization Programme and move towards Universal Health Coverage.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India, the direct supervision of Deputy Project Manager-Technical, with a view to help achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), as part of a broader WCO-India team working on Universal Health Coverage goals the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

1. Provide technical oversight and strategic guidance for development of tactics to rapidly improve immunization coverage by building human resource and monitoring capacity, development of laboratory supported surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases, and surveillance and management of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) in India;

2. Provide strategic oversight for using the experience of polio eradication to strengthen universal immunization so that benefits of polio eradication can be used for broader immunization coverage improvements through health system strengthening at primary health care settings.

3. Provide strategic guidance for the development of post eradication policy for polio eradication as a part of the polio end game strategy including introduction of Injectable Polio Vaccine.

4. Support in collecting, managing, analyzing and strategically using data on immunization coverage, programme monitoring, disease and AEFI surveillance and organizing state of the art knowledge and information on vaccines and immunization and translating these streams of information into evidence for programme action and policy making;

5. Contribute to operations research, evaluation and special studies related to best practices in immunization, control of vaccine preventable diseases and effective program strengthening activities;

6. Coordinating and supervising WHO activities related to capacity building for immunization, monitoring for immunization, AEFI surveillance, and introduction of new vaccines, underserved strategy and GAVI issues.

7. Coordinate and working closely with WCO-India Health Systems and Communicable Diseases teams as well as with all the partner agencies including UNICEF, Rotary and other relevant agencies on strengthening immunization activities as part of a broader Universal Health Coverage goals. This includes assistance in planning, training and improving social mobilization and IEC activities;

8. Develop policy documents, guidelines, annual work plans and budgets for the immunization activities in the country; Provide technical assistance and support in the development and adaptation to the country context of the relevant WHO normative materials and guidelines.

9. Write and review reports on the quality of immunization for internal WHO review as well as for sharing with government and partners;

10. Develop proposals for donor funding of immunization activities in India;

11. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

12. Represent WHO-India (NPSP), as a designate member, in technical programme and performance reviews to ensure successful implementation of immunization strategies;

13. Contribute to the external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO-India aimed at improving health system transparency and accountability.

14. Perform any other tasks as required by the supervisors.
University Degree in Medicine.

Postgraduate degree or training in Public Health/Epidemiology/Public Health Administration/Organization of health services or control of Communicable Diseases.
Knowledge and Skills

1. The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

2. Thorough knowledge of the situation in India with regard to universal immunization with good understanding of country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies in various aspects of control of vaccine-preventable diseases and health systems organisation. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.

3. Sound technical and policy advisory skills, based on evidence. Leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.

4. Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc). Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.

5. Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

1. Producing results
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Building and Promoting Partnerships Across the Organization and Beyond

Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Excellent knowledge of computer applications; ability to make oral and written presentations on technical issues; and ability to write detailed, coherent, and concise briefing documents.
At least 5 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of health programmes at national / state level in the area of epidemiology and control of communicable diseases with particular expertise and experience in immunization.

Experience of work in UN and/or other international organizations.

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of Hindi.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
INR 25,59,470/- at single rate

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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Vacancy Filled

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