TECHNICAL OFFICER, UNIVERSAL IMMUNIZATION (SEAR/CO/14/FT11)

11 December 2016
 
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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/14/FT11
 
Title: Technical Officer, Universal Immunization
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years
 
Date: 28 August 2014
 
Application Deadline: 18 September 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
 
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
 
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO
All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region 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.

The South -East Asia Region of WHO 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's 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.

As a part of WHO Country Office for India the National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) is a partnership between the Government of India (GoI) and WHO towards eradication of polio, measles mortality reduction (90% by 2013) and measles elimination and strengthening of Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) to substantially reduce the number of an estimated 10 million unimmunized children and enable prevention of the estimated 500,000 annual child deaths in India due to vaccine-preventable diseases. WHO-India NPSP assists GoI in the following main aspects of the country's immunization program:
- conduct, coordination and quality assurance of poliovirus surveillance, including laboratory support;
- tactical planning, quality assurance and monitoring of supplementary polio immunization activities (SIAs);
- coordination of measles and rubella outbreak surveillance with laboratory confirmation;
- strategic planning, quality assurance and monitoring of mass measles catch-up vaccination campaigns;
- collection, analysis, dissemination and strategic use of surveillance and immunization monitoring data;
- overall strategic and policy support for strengthening of UIP, including introduction of new vaccines;
- monitoring of routine immunization activities in low coverage states;
- improvement of routine immunization coverage, especially among high risk populations;
- training and capacity building for the immunization program and vaccine-preventable disease surveillance as well as for surveillance and management of adverse events following immunization (AEFI);
- conduct of research, including vaccine immunogenicity/effectiveness studies and operational research;
- coordination and strategic linkages with other priority WHO programs under the Country Cooperation Strategy.

Purpose of the Position:
The incumbent serves as WHO technical advisor to the Government of India on immunization strengthening, accelerated measles control and elimination of other vaccine-preventable diseases, introduction of new vaccines and vaccine safety and security aspects of the Universal Immunization Program of India.
Description of duties:
Description of Duties: Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative to India the incumbent will perform the following functions:

General Responsibilities:
1. Support development of policies, strategies and plans for control and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and rubella, introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines, disease surveillance and vaccine safety aspects of the Universal Immunization Programme in India.
2. Support the development of the comprehensive Multi-Year Plan for UIP in coordination with the Government of India and partners. Coordinate with national and international partners and stakeholders on disease control, vaccines and immunization related to Universal Immunization Programme in India.
3. Contribute and coordinate strategic planning in the area of Universal Immunization; ensure clear and accountable work plans linked to adequate financial and human resources and monitor their implementation and impact; ensure appropriate budgetary planning for resource mobilization.
4. As a key technical expert of WHO, to support generation of technical evidence for decision making bodies, such as the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and Immunization Action Group on Routine Immunization to guide policy decisions.
5. Assist with the generation of scientific evidence based technical documents and programme updates on various aspects of universal immunization programme and ensure the quality of programme bulletins, surveillance reports and other scientific publications by the Project.
6. Support the monitoring of utilization of donor funding for immunization ensuring that the funding is utilized efficiently and appropriately as per WHO rules and regulations and that reports to donors are produced on time and according to the requirements of the respective donor agreements.
7. Assist in implementing personnel development and learning activities and ensure effective performance management and accountability;
8. Contribute to the WHO-India efforts directed at programmatic and organizational transitions of NPSP (in accordance to WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy 2012-17), which involves expanding WHO support to broader immunization goals and repositioning the project to enable strategic WHO assistance to states in other priority public health programmes while maintaining high quality and effectiveness of the polio eradication programme. A key management aspect of this transition includes assisting the government to take over, in a phased manner, certain functions that are currently being carried out by the project, in parts of the country, while shifting the project focus on building local government capacity and assuring quality and sustainability of operations. The incumbent is expected to contribute to WHO India efforts of integrating relevant NPSP functions into the WCO's India office operations in accordance to the WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India for 2012-17.
9. Develop strategic and technical linkages with other health programmes of WCO-India.
10. Support integration of work on Universal Immunization with the WCO-India office operations in accordance to the Country Cooperation Strategy 2012-17.
11. Undertake additional ad hoc assignments aimed at improving health and health systems in India, as requested by the WR India.

Specific responsibilities:

Strengthening India's Universal Immunization Programme:

1. Providing technical support for development of innovative tactics to rapidly improve immunization coverage particularly among high risk populations, including development of strategies and guidelines for high quality micro planning in priority states with large numbers of unimmunized children.
2. Supporting human resource capacity building through a review of immunization training needs and revision of current training materials, as required, followed by development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of training plans for immunization services in India.
3. Providing technical oversight for intensifying monitoring strategy for universal immunization programme, including development of new monitoring tools and indicators to generate data that guides strategic interventions.
4. Supporting strategic guidance towards the development of laboratory supported surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance and management of adverse events following immunization (AEFI).
5. Support development of guidelines, training materials and operational research protocols for introduction of new and underutilized vaccines in India.
6. Collecting, managing, analyzing and strategically using data on immunization coverage, programme monitoring, disease and AEFI surveillance and organizing the information on vaccines and immunization and translating these streams of information into evidence for programme action and policy making.
7. Contributing to operations research, evaluation and special studies related to best practices in immunization, control of vaccine preventable diseases and effective program strengthening activities.

Measles mortality reduction and rubella control:
1. Providing expert technical input to developing India's rubella vaccine introduction strategy.
2. Providing technical assistance for planning, implementing and monitoring mass measles and rubella vaccination campaigns. Support implementation of tactical interventions that will contribute to achievement of high coverage during these campaigns. Support review of the plans of action, AEFI surveillance and management, monitoring safe injection practices, as well as monitoring and evaluating the performance, safety and impact of campaigns.
3. Assisting with strategic guidance for achievement of high coverage of the second measles vaccine dose in the routine immunization program in India.
4. Providing technical guidance towards development of strategies to enhance measles immunization activities to embark upon measles elimination after the goal of 90% reduction in measles mortality has been achieved.
5. Providing strategic and technical expertise and guidance to expand and strengthen measles and rubella surveillance including the development of operational guidelines for the transition of measles outbreak surveillance to case-based surveillance where appropriate.
6. Coordinating technical and logistical support to the measles/rubella laboratory network.
7. Providing technical support to improve the management and use of measles and rubella
surveillance data, including the development of surveillance performance indicators and the
conceptualization of analytical tools for information feedback.
8. Providing guidance on measles and rubella related activities to WHO-India staff involved with measles and rubella control activities.
9. Assisting with coordination of measles control activities with other WHO-India Programs.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: Medical degree with postgraduate degree/ training in epidemiology or control of communicable diseases.

Desirable: Degree in Public Health or Preventive Medicine
Skills:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
In-depth knowledge and strong technical expertise in surveillance and laboratory testing, immunization, vaccines, epidemiology, control and elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases. Public health leadership skills with ability to work effectively with governments and colleagues in a team setting at national and international level.

Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Creating an Empowering and Motivating Environment
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Capacity to analyze and summarize complex information, strong writing skills and ability to make succinct high quality presentations
Experience:
Essential:
At least 7 years of extensive national and/or international experience in epidemiology and management and control of communicable diseases and all aspects of EPI, including in particular expertise in measles control.

Desirable:
Experience in management and control of measles control in a WHO country or regional office setting.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,611 at single rate
USD 72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 41.40 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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