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National Technical Officer (Routine Immunization)

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Date Posted: Jan 6, 2022
Reference: WHOAFG-2022-01-02
Closing Date: Jan 25, 2022
Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1
Gender: Any
Functional Area: Health/Medical
Nationality: Afghan
Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Years of Experience: 5 Years
Contract Duration: 1 year(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type: LICA
Probation Period: 3 months
Required Languages: Dari,Pashto,English

About World Health Organization: Founded: The World Health Organization (WHO) is the technical and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership in global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical and implementation support and monitoring and assessing health trends. In Afghanistan, WHO works to improve the health and well-being of all Afghans by preventing and reducing mortality, morbidity and disability and strengthening health services in close coordination with national and international partners.

Job Summary:

In the context of WHO, Expanded Program on Immunization and concurrent COVID-19 pandemic in the country are priority to extend WHO support for reducing mortality, morbidity and disability due to vaccine preventable diseases including COVID 19. the incumbent will support and contribute to early detection, investigation, and response to of vaccine preventable diseases and response, The incumbent will provide technical guidance to MOPH national and sub-national provincial public health surveillance of MOPH focusing on vaccine preventable diseases and diseases under control and elimination (of Measles, Rubella, CRS and MNT). The incumbent will provide technical support to MOPH, BPHS and EPHS NGOs in planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation acceleration, and supplementary activities towards achieving the goals of disease control, elimination, and eradication. The incumbent will also provide technical and operation support to public health laboratories dealing with the diagnosis of vaccine preventable diseases and COVID 19.

Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the programme):

– The mission of WHO’s Expanded Immunization Programs is to provide technical and financial support for reduction burden of the vaccine preventable diseases, reducing child and maternal mortality and assist to render WHO support in disease control and elimination.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment):

 

– Under the direct supervision of the VPI Program Manger overall guidance of the WHO Representative.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):

–   Develop/revision of HFs/district micro-plan for improving routine immunization coverage, including periodic intensification of routine immunization activities and integrated child health interventions.

–   Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Reach Every District (RED) approach at health facility /district level.

–   Conducting health facility / district micro planning with focus on left out areas to reach populations with immunization services.

–   Monitoring of vaccination coverage at district, provincial and national levels and suggesting appropriate strategies to correct the problems.

–   Implementation of activities for improvement of accountability and quality of routine immunization data under GAVI data quality improvement project

–   Providing technical support in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of new vaccines introduction activities.

–   Developing/revision of national EPI guidelines jointly with partners for the current and future needs of national immunization.

–   Support and collaborate with partners on the issues related to vaccine forecast, advocacy and effective communication for new vaccines introduction.

–   Development of necessary guidelines, tools and plan for new vaccine introduction

–   Conducting training for introduction of new vaccine/s and ensure introduction nationwide

–   Assisting in Routine immunization reviews and coverage survey evaluation

–   Revision/updating measles SIAs guideline and conducting planning workshop for developing bottom up micro planning at the district and provincial level.

–   Developing of measles SIAs proposal to the donor for fund raising.

–   Develop EPI annual activity plan and strategy as part of the integrated PHC.

–   Assist in developing the national plan of action and timetable for activities in EPI as part of the national, regional and provincial work – plans.

–   Developing guideline and activity plan for implementation of acceleration immunization activity for improving routine immunization coverage in high-risk district as well as in those areas that there is no Hfs, outreach and mobile activities.

–   Providing technical guidance for planning and implementation of measles (SIAs), including, preparation for the SIAs through using the country readiness tool, conducting intra SIAs monitoring and follow up and conducting post SIAs evaluation and vaccination coverage survey.

A.   Key responsibilities of this role are included, but not limited, to the following:

Function 2 (incl. expected results)

Strengthens local capacities in preparedness against disease outbreaks, achieving results such as:

•   Identification of training needs for respective target audiences and development of comprehensive plans for capacity building.

•   Preparation of training material tailored to the specific needs.

•   Planning and implementation of surveillance training workshops within the designated area for Ministry of Health staff, private sector health care practitioners, NGOs and local Surveillance Officers 

•   Development of detailed plans for LQAS activities and conduct respective training to programme staff in the designated area.

•   Conduct adequate training on Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Communicable Disease, Outbreak Investigation or similar areas for health personnel.

•   Briefing and training of new surveillance officers/staff.

Function 3 (incl. expected results)

Ensures planning, development and implementation of appropriate preparedness and emergency activities in the designated area, achieving results such as:

•   Coordination with local health teams, vertical programmes, emergency and other partners to assign proper preparedness activities, including stockpiling supplies, training of response teams, and relevant assessments.

•   Establishment of proposals in emergencies and disease outbreaks situations and communicate with MoH counterparts for resource allocations.

•   Participate in meetings of relevant committees to review outbreak cases, requiring expert review.

•   Provide technical inputs for the planning and implementation of high risk and transit point immunization as well as migrant population strategies.

•   Collaboration with routine EPI programme staff in developing plans to ensure that supplemental campaign activities facilitate improvements in the routine EPI programme

Job Requirement:

Competencies:

1) Producing results

2) Fostering Integration and Team work

3) Communicating in a credible and effective way

4) Moving forward in a changing environment.

5) Effective use of resources

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

1.   Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic preparedness and response;

2.   Managerial skills for the development, implementation, monitoring, analysis and report writing of public health programs for infectious diseases

3.   Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals or experience in UN Organizations, international institutions or NGOs.

Educations:

Essential: First level university degree is required in medicine and/or public health planning and administration, complemented by a degree or studies in epidemiology, surveillance or monitoring.

Desirable: Master of Public Health is preferred. Training in surveillance and epidemiology will be an asset

Experience:

Essential: At least 5 year of experience required in health sector coordination with emphasis on emergency response relief and/or the management of epidemic-prone diseases.

Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals or experience in UN Organizations, international institutions or NGOs is considered an asset.

Desirable: Working experience with WHO/ UN or international nongovernmental organization with expertise in surveillance and response

Languages: Very good knowledge of English and the local language.

IT Skills:

– Good knowledge of Microsoft applications.

– Knowledge of ERP/Oracle applications is an asset

Criteria

   Screening of the candidates;

   Long List – The candidates shall be longlisted base on the minimum qualifications and relevant experience to the Vacancy Notice (VN).

   Short List – Further shortlist shall be done base on years of relevant experience, higher education and required skills.

   Assessment method:

   WHO may conduct written/presentation and interview or combination of the mentioned mediums to select the most qualified candidate.

   WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidate will be given preference.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG-2022-01-02) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. ONLY CANDIDATES UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEW AND TEST.

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