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  • Posted: Jun 11, 2024
    Deadline: Jul 1, 2024
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    Medical Officer, Routine Immunization

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent contributes to the following:

    • Provide guidance and technical support to countries for the development and implementation of harmonized, costed multi-year plans and protocols for routine immunization, including:
    • Developing and updating existing guidelines and standard procedures for implementation and monitoring at the regional, sub-regional and national levels;
    • Cooperating closely with the regional and national public health networks, to ensure forecasting and maintenance of vaccine stockpiles, particularly in case of emergency;
    • Promote a health systems / primary health care approach, and specifically encourage integration and close collaboration at the regional, sub-regional and country levels with the other programs within the different clusters of WHO at regional and country levels;
    • Serve as focal point for planning, implementation and strengthening of routine immunization programmes, in close cooperation with, and support of, other team members particularly those responsible for Yellow Fever, measles and meningitis control:
    • Promote joint planning and monitoring of progress along with the teams responsible for vaccine preventable diseases surveillance and laboratory networks
    • Develop, update and evaluate interventions and strategies;
    • Identify programmatic research needs, and promote research to improve routine immunization strategies;
    • Document and disseminate best practices related to immunisation systems
    • Lead and coordinate the development and updating of norms and standards related to routine immunization:
    • Provide expertise and develop/revise guidelines;
    • Proactively facilitate the implementation of norms and standards to facilitate M&E;
    • Develop and implement capacity building for routine immunization through the identification and implementation of operational policies to expand strategies;
    • Provide technical expertise and advice to Member States and partners, as well as regional and sub-regional laboratory networks;
    • Encourage close collaboration at the regional, sub-regional and country levels, including:
    • Promoting information-sharing through video-conferencing, informal consultations and, as required, interregional meetings; ensuring regular reporting on the situation of routine immunization in Africa;
    • Preparing annual progress reports;
    • Developing/collaborating on the development and maintenance of up-to-date regional and national databases for routine immunization as part of the development on new/improved tools and strategies;
    • Within the delegated authority, work in partnership to:
    • Contribute expertise and technical information consistent with the needs of routine immunization with particular attention to critically reviewing existing and new guidelines as regard to vaccines stockpiling handling and processing;
    • Support Member States in the assessment of routine, immunization-financing requirements and the identification of strategies to fulfil these requirements, as part of reporting on epidemiological, financial and programmatic activities;
    • Collaborate in resources’ mobilization and advocacy activities in support of the implementation of WHO/AFRO and global resolutions pertaining to Routine Immunization and PHC at the regional and country levels;
    • Lead/contribute to the development of work-plans and budgetary proposals as required within the framework of WHO staff Rules and Regulations; financial rules and AFRO accepted procedures
    • Strengthen partnership, collaboration with all stakeholders and alliances to harmonize and streamline country support for the management of Routine Immunization and PHC at all levels;
    • Facilitate the back-up of Inter Country Support Teams (ISTs), to provide highly specialized technical assistance to Member States relating to Routine Immunization and PHC;
    • Collaborate with other programmes to promote and support the adoption of innovations, particularly in the optimization of diagnostics, medicines, other health commodities, and service delivery models and the transition to digital health;
    • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: Master’s degree in public health or health policy.
    • Desirable: Post-graduate training in epidemiology, vaccinology, immunology, infectious or communicable diseases

    Experience
    Essential:

    • A minimum of 7 years of national and international management of routine immunization, vaccines logistics management and related activities.
    • Experience in project management, analysis and the development of capacity building tools and databases for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

    Desirable

    • Work experiences that are diverse, incorporating private sector, NGOs, other UN, or governmental Health related agencies
    • Experience in policy formulation and strategic planning
    • Experience in resources mobilization and partnership coordination

    Skills

    • Demonstrated knowledge of routine immunization programmes, vaccine preventable diseases and global health;
    • Proven ability to think independently and strategically, plan, coordinate and implement routine immunization activities, including norms and standards for vaccines stockpiles and related capacity building;
    • Proven ability to monitor and report on results, progress, lessons learnt and obstacles;
    • Proven understanding of immunization systems as related to the control of preventable diseases including case-based surveillance, Integrated Disease surveillance (IDSR) and International Health Regulations (IHR) as well how to achieve universal Health coverage (UHC);
    • Demonstrated ability to strengthening partnerships and in mobilizing resources.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Creating a motivating and empowering environment
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources.

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Excellent knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages

    Other Skills

    • Proven ability to use standard office software packages, Conversant with common IT software including eHealth tools.

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    Technical Officer Communication and Documentation

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

    • Implement a communications strategy, in alignment with the overall Regional Office communications strategy and in the context of the overall vision and mission of the UCN cluster, as outlined in the UCN document: Ending disease in Africa: vision, strategies and special initiatives: 2023-2030.
    • Produce communications products required by the VPD programme and the UCN cluster, including, but not limited to:
    • Repurposing of technical documents/key reports into social media products (tweets, Facebook, Instagram etc.)
    • Repurposing of technical documents/key reports into poster presentations, flyers, banners, website updates, press releases and so on.
    • Produce specific communications products around health days, in collaboration with the appropriate UCN programmes, including press releases, video stories, video interviews, website updates and social media products.
    • Manage social media campaigns around publications in peer reviewed journals (including moderating tweets, Facebook posts etc.)
    • Produce material for meetings including, but not limited to:
    • Generic banners, posters, flyers for the UCN Cluster including the VPD Programme and other programmes.
    • Banners, posters, flyers focused on the specific theme of the meeting in collaboration with the specific programmes
    • Develop regular newsletters, bulletins from the UCN cluster and VPD programme, providing outward facing updates on activities in the cluster and its programmes for dissemination to the wider public health community, partners, donors and other stakeholders in the region.
    • Develop and coordinate regularly updated non-technical disease bulletins from the cluster, in coordination with the VPD team lead and other UCN staff.
    • Review and update the WHO AFRO website, UCN content area, including engaging with web designers as necessary, with a focus on the VPD area, but extending to other, complementary programmes as well.
    • Work closely with graphic designers to develop appropriate UCN/programme branding for all UCN and VPD communication products, in alignment with Regional Office communication policy.
    • Oversee and mentor UN Volunteers and other more junior communications staff as necessary.
    • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: University degree in communication, journalism, internal relations, political or social science, or related field.
    • Desirable: Advanced degree in communications, journalism, internal relations, political or social science, or related field.

    Experience

    • Essential: At least 5 years' experience as a communication officer at national or international level, and/or communication officer in a large non-governmental or international organization, involving information and communications projects and/or strategies on public health subjects.
    • Desirable: Experience in public health communication, experience writing press releases, feature articles, developing newsletters, social media releases, communication materials for meetings etc.

    Skills
    Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques and practices of communications development and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.

    • Strong interpersonal, representational and organizational skills, with proven ability to facilitate and strengthen the role of communications in promoting the work and progress in the UCN cluster and the VPD programme in particular.
    • Excellent analytical and writing skills and the ability to repurpose technical and scientific documents into outward facing communication products for a wide range of audiences.
    • Proven skills in the development and implementation of communication/media products and tactics.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and promote and communicate these.
    • Integrity, tact and discretion and the ability to work and achieve multiple goals under pressure.
    • Sound understanding of the public health impact of VPDs on social and economic development, and their burden on populations.
    • Ability to "think out of the box" and to make innovative proposals as related to communication of VPD priorities, as well as overall UCN cluster priorities.
    • Good knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in the VPD-related area of work and and understanding of VPD control management is an asset.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication in a credible and effective way
    • Producing results
    • Moving forward in a changing environment

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.

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    Technical Officer, Polio and Measles Laboratory

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

    • To provide technical expertise Polio and measles/ rubella laboratory surveillance to countries of the sub-region;
    • To define and implement quality-assurance of WHO endorsed diagnostic technologies with emphasis on quality management systems towards accreditation;
    • To support the development of laboratories work plans, guidelines, standard operating procedures in cooperation with sub-regional, regional and national stakeholders and support their implementation;
    • To build the capacity of national public health or reference laboratories, to perform laboratory surveillance of priority communicable diseases, confirm etiological agents and monitor antimicrobial resistance, through training and supervision of laboratory technicians and improving quality assurance and control.
    • To support the monitoring of laboratories supplies, reagents and resources;
    • Support the laboratory component of polio and measles/rubella certification processes;
    • To coordinate and support the monitoring and evaluation of polio and measles/ rubella laboratories activities in the sub region;
    • To set up functional laboratory services to provide high-level expertise in laboratory diagnostics and quality control including conducting research and training to support these activities.
    • To contribute to the establishment and strengthening of partnerships to fully support the joint regional activities of the Global Laboratory Initiatives (GLI)
    • To promote uptake of WHO/AFRO policy guidance and use of GLI laboratory strengthening, including serving as focal point to coordinate technical assistance and strengthen laboratory capability at the sub-regional, regional and inter-country national levels, in close cooperation with other VPD staff and other clusters as appropriate;
    • To coordinate and support critical reviews and assessments, documenting key achievements; promoting information-sharing on best practices in laboratory technologies
    • To support the development and maintenance of up-to-date sub-regional and national databases.
    • To support close collaboration at regional, sub-regional and country levels laboratories and WHO collaborating centers on databases and information sharing through annual progress reports, meetings, training and feedback.
    • To contribute to resource mobilization and advocacy strategies and reporting on polio and measles/rubella laboratories surveillance projects at regional and/or sub regional level.
    • To support the Team Leader and EPI Focal Points in the development of work plans and budgetary proposals, as required.
    • To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: Master’s degree in biomedical science, in microbiology, virology or related field.
    • Desirable: Post-graduate degree in biomedical science, microbiology, virology or related field. Specialization in tropical/communicable disease control.

    Experience
    Essential:

    • At least seven (7) years’ experience in the field of laboratory methodologies and procedures, complemented by experience in project management of tropical/communicable diseases reference laboratory projects at country level, including project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, quality assurance, research and/or health worker training.

    Desirable

    • Experience in policy formulation, strategic and policy planning implementation and monitoring of laboratory activities, preferably related to immunization and disease surveillance.
    • Experience in health emergencies management and response.

    Skills

    • Within the context of the Global and Regional Vaccine action plans, demonstrated knowledge of and experience in laboratory methodologies, technologies, procedures and biosafety aspects, complemented by ability to plan, coordinate and implement laboratory protocols at sub-regional level; monitoring and reporting on results, progress, lessons learnt and obstacles.
    • Proven track record in the assessment of laboratories surveillance, including but not limited to the development and implementation of norms and standards and effective reporting mechanisms and systems, and/or M&E.
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners in resource-limited contexts; and to participate in resource mobilization and advocacy activities.
    • Proven interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Creating a motivating and empowering environment
    • Moving forward in a changing environment

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.

    Other Skills

    • Proven ability to use standard office software packages, Conversant with common IT software including eHealth tools.

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    Technical Officer Vaccine Safety

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda of the sub-region:

    • Provide expert advice on development of national vaccine safety workplans and monitor their implementation, including formulation of milestones to evaluate performance of vaccine regulation activities.
    • Provide support on vaccine pharmacovigilance activities implementation in each country: setting up functional AEFI review committees, development national AEFI surveillance guidelines and plans, implementation of AEFI investigation and causality assessment, quality management systems (QMS) and standard operating procedures.
    • Facilitate and support countries capacity building on Vaccine safety and Regulation in close collaboration with VPD, QSS/IVB/HQ, countries and other WHO entities and partners.
    • Support countries in serious AEFI cases investigations and causality assessments as and when desired in close cooperation with other VPD staff and other clusters as appropriate.
    • Assist countries in designing AEFI prevention and management components for mass vaccination campaigns with injectable vaccines including training materials.
    • Monitor AEFI data of each country and provide guidance on updating and uploading data on, DHIS2, Vigiflow and eJRF.
    • Collaborate with other programmes to promote and support the adoption of innovations, particularly in the optimization and digitalization on vaccine safety in the Sub region.
    • Developing/collaborating on the development and maintenance of up-to-date sub national databases for vaccine safety bodies and activities as part of the development on new/improved tools and strategies;
    • Perform any other activities as required by the IST/VPD Team Leader and VPD team lead.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: Master’s Degree in medicine or pharmaceutical sciences or related field.
    • Desirable: Post graduate degree in public health or epidemiology.

    Experience

    • Essential: At least seven (7) years of experience in public health service delivery with demonstrated experience in vaccine safety related activities. At least three (3) years of experience in working in immunization programmes and in working with national regulatory authorities and pharmacovigilance centers at international level.

    Desirable

    • Experience with WHO or UN agencies, International NGOs
    • Experience in developing countries
    • Proven experience to work with deadlines and manage budgets, in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders

    Skills

    • Demonstrated track record in knowledge of immunization programmes complemented by an in- depth knowledge of vaccine pharmacovigilance. Exposure in provision of technical assistance to countries towards improving regional/national capacity in the area of vaccine-preventable diseases with particular emphasis to immunization safety, vaccine pharmacovigilance and vaccine regulatory policy and procedures within the domain of ensuring overall vaccine quality and safety. Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner. Ability to provide technical advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners taking into account the political and resource-limited contexts. Track record in resource mobilization as well as diplomacy, tact and courtesy. Strong interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and/or take remedial action in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Creating a motivating and empowering environment
    • Promoting innovation and Organizational learning

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.

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    Technical Officer, Logistics and Supply Chain

    Description Of Duties

    • To lead the area of work aimed to strengthen logistics and supply chain at regional and country levels.
    • To facilitate coordinated approaches on logistics and supply chain.
    • To contribute and support to the development of guidelines, strategies, policies, norms and standards, standards operating procedures (SOP) at all levels.To develop plan and strategies to increase stakeholders and country awareness about the vaccine management and supply chain.
    • To provide technical support to countries logistic and supply chain for trainings as well as capacity building for effective vaccine management and use of comprehensive improvement plan to ensure implementation of activities, and efficiency in vaccine forecasting, procurement, allocation, and supply chain management.
    • To represent WHO in technical/managerial meetings as relevant to the above-mentioned work areas.
    • To develop new effective linkages with other technical groups in IST and across WHO AFRO departments/clusters to support the integration of activities and collaboration towards the achievement of Immunization Agenda 2030 and Regional Strategic Plan.
    • To support the VPD team leader in development of proposals, updating of workplans, budget, financial expenditure projections and resource mobilization for the work area.
    • Strengthen partnership, collaboration with all stakeholders and alliances to harmonize and streamline country support for the logistics and immunization supply chain at all levels.
    • Facilitate the back-up of Inter Country Support Teams (ISTs), to provide highly specialized technical assistance to Member States relating to logistics and immunization supply chain.
    • Collaborate with other programmes to promote and support the adoption of innovations, particularly in the optimization and digitalization of logistics and immunization supply chain.
    • Developing/collaborating on the development and maintenance of up-to-date regional and national databases for logistics and immunization supply chain as part of the development on new/improved tools and strategies.
    • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

    Required Qualifications
    Educational (Qualifications)
    Essential

    • Master’s degree in pharmacy, Logistics, Supply chain management, Engineering or another related field.

    Desirable

    • Post-graduate training in public health, vaccinology or another related filed

    Experience
    Essential

    • At least seven (7) years’ experience at national and international level in logistics, supply chain management in the health sector (either public or private).
    • Experience in immunization logistics and supply chain in low-resource environments.
    • Experience in managing diverse teams.

    Desirable

    • Experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation of Immunization programmes at national or international level.
    • Demonstrated experience of working with and managing data/statistics for analytical and decision-making purposes.
    • Demonstrated experience in working to deadlines and budgets, including in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders.

    Skills

    • Knowledge on immunization supply chain, including vaccine forecasting and familiarity with effective vaccine management initiative and other existing vaccine/ supply chain management tools.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work as a team member and/or coordinate diverse groups of stakeholders. Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.
    • Ability to take the initiative and work independently under general guidance. Familiarity with the UN system and a range of international public/private health partners, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Creating a motivating and empowering environment
    • Producing results
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Excellent knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages

    Other Skills (e.g., IT)

    • Proven ability to use standard office software packages, Conversant with common IT software including eHealth tools. Familiarity with immunization supply chain management tools, relevant data management and visualization tools and other applications is an advantage.

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    Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent is expected to perform the following duties:

    • Coordinate the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Resource Mobilization strategy for the Vaccine Preventable and Diseases Programme within the UCN Cluster
    • Support the development of specific resource mobilization plans in accordance with the UCN Cluster strategy, Regional Strategic Immunization Plan and existing regional and global resources mobilization plans and strategies
    • Lead strategic engagement with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and other donors including the coordination of grant management processes (application, monitoring, funding utilization & grant renewal)
    • Contribute to resource mobilization for the cluster’s programmes, in collaboration with EPG, ORD and WCOs
    • Building and maintaining strong relations with partners and donors
    • Maintain an active database of stakeholders and key partners mapping and optimize networking opportunities
    • organizing bilateral meetings to raise resources for the immunization programme
    • ensuring high quality reporting; and providing support for in-country resource mobilization efforts for immunization and VPD outbreaks as needs arise.
    • ensure the completion of all technical and logistic preparations by WHO to inform AU Heads-of-State on progress in implementing the Addis Ababa Declaration on Immunization Commitments during the biennial AU Summit, in close coordination with the African Union Commission, and other Regional Economic Committees;
    • monitor the performance of member states and partners support on the implementation of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Immunization, the Africa regional strategic plan on Immunization towards the goals of Immunization Agenda-2030, Vaccine Preventable-Diseases surveillance, and support around key immunization moments throughout the year;
    • Coordinate technical and regular inputs from WHO to country applications to GAVI.
    • Guide WCOs in the Targeted Country Assistance and Partners Engagement Framework budgeting process and reporting on milestones in the GAVI portal.
    • Work closely with the health systems and other related teams to ensure the timeliness, quality, and consistency of various process requirements for WHO’s commitment to GAVI.
    • Lead the organization of the WHO Annual Regional Immunization Stakeholders Meeting;
    • Lead the development of related work-plans and budgetary proposals as required within the framework of WHO staff rules and regulations, financial rules and AFRO accepted procedures
    • Undertake donor research, produce, update, and disseminate donor profiles, identifying emerging sources of funding and their potential for the future and provide support on strategic engagement with donors
    • Provide leadership to and manage the staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their performance, continuous development and engagement, promoting a culture of working across boundaries, and integrity in accordance with the Organization’s policies, rules, procedures, and values
    • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: University degree in public health, health economics, public or business administration, social sciences, communication, International Relations, or other relevant fields.

    Experience

    • Essential: A minimum of 5 years of national and/or international experience in project coordination in international development, public health, or comparable experience.
    • Experience in grant management, donor funding, proposal development and resource mobilization.

    Desirable

    • Previous financial and/or grant management experience.
    • Work experiences that are diverse, incorporating private sector, NGOs, other UN, or governmental Health related agencies will be an advantage.
    • Experience working in/with developing countries.
    • Experience contributing to the design, management and reporting of international development programmes or projects;
    • Proven experience in writing resource mobilization, advocacy documents and in the coordination of partners including production of communication materials
    • Working experience with WHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization.

    Skills

    • Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques and practices of partnership development and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment;
    • Strong interpersonal, representational, and organizational skills, with proven ability to facilitate and strengthen the involvement and collaboration of a broad range of internal and external partners;
    • Ability to establish and maintain partnerships at organizational, local, and international levels. Excellent analytical and writing skills;
    • Proven skills in the development and implementation of resource mobilization related communication/media products and tactics;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus;
    • Demonstrated success in resource mobilization complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and promote consensus;
    • Integrity, tack and discretion. to work and achieve goals under pressure;
    • Sound understanding of the impact of VPDs on social and economic development, and its burden on populations;
    • Ability to "think out of the box" and to make innovative proposals as related to mobilization of resources;
    • Good knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in the VPDs related area of work and VPDs control management context is an asset.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

    Use Of Language Skills

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.

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    Technical Officer, Surveillance and Risk Assessment

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent will coordinate the VPDs risk assessment and outbreak preparedness and support to the immunization programmes in sub-region through the following:

    • Support development, update and dissemination of VPD risk assessment WHO guidance, norm and standards, tools and Standard Operating procedures on VPDs outbreak preparedness;
    • Proactively Support the update/review of Countries VPD outbreak risk assessment plans and guidelines;
    • Contribute and support the capacity building of countries teams on VPD risk assessment and Outbreak preparedness;
    • Support countries in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of VPDs outbreaks risk assessment and preparedness plans by conducting desk reviews, drills, simulations exercises;
    • Support the documentation and dissemination of best practices to share documents on performance;
    • Support the accelerated disease control/ elimination team members in the process of validation of elimination/ eradication at country and regional levels.
    • Collaborate with other programmes to promote and support the adoption of innovations, particularly in the optimization and digitalization surveillance system and risk assessment and outbreak preparedness;
    • Developing/collaborating on the development and maintenance of up-to-date sub regional and national databases for VPD surveillance risk assessment and outbreak response as part of the development on new/improved tools and strategies;
    • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health or health policy, health emergencies or related field.
    • Desirable: Specialization in social science, infection diseases, anthropology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, technical expertise in disease control and immunization.

    Experience
    Essential:

    • A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in developing, designing, and implementing public health programmes, especially managing disease surveillance, outbreak investigation and response as well as setting up sentinel surveillance. Planning, implementation and/or M&E of immunization surveillance programmes.
    • Experience in overseeing implementation, review and updating existing surveillance and laboratory guidelines and recommending new initiatives and innovative approaches

    Desirable

    • Experience in capacity building, producing surveillance tools and databases for monitoring and evaluation purposes, experience in surveillance of new vaccines, monitoring of impact of new vaccines
    • International experience in disease surveillance and outbreak response. Experience in implementation of national immunization and surveillance programme would be an asset.
    • A track record of research, with publications in peer reviewed journals.

    Skills

    • Within the context of the immunization agenda 2030 and the Regional strategic plans, the incumbent is expected to have demonstrated knowledge of surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases and global health security. Proven ability to think independently and strategically, plan, coordinate and implement disease surveillance activities, including norms and standards for surveillance of priority diseases and related capacity building, coordination of the data management activities. Proven understanding of VPD surveillance as related to preventable diseases including case-based surveillance, Integrated Disease surveillance (IDSR) and International Health Regulations (IHR) as well as how to achieve universal Health coverage (UHC). Proven track record in the development and implementation of surveillance norms and standards and effective disease reporting mechanisms and systems, and M&E.
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners in resource-limited contexts; and to participate in resource mobilization and advocacy activities. Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics, diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Creating a motivating and empowering environment
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources.

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.

    Other Skills

    • Proven ability to use standard office software packages, Conversant with common IT software including eHealth tools.

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    Technical Officer Monitoring & Evaluation, Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD)

    Description Of Duties
    The incumbent is expected to contribute towards:

    • Lead the M&E team within VPD, including providing technical advice, the development of key reports, team supervision, the development and use of standard M&E approaches, tools and methodologies.
    • Lead the collection of appropriate data, identification of gaps in M&E data, lead production of reports including adequate visuals across UCN.
    • Oversee the development of digital programme reviews, review of M&E systems and provide technical advice, working closely with programmes across the cluster.
    • Lead the preparation of monitoring and progress reports at programme and country levels, case studies, briefings, proposals, disease outlook report for UCN, communications and advocacy documents required for strategic decision making.
    • Prepare training manuals, contribute to and provide training on M&E to cluster teams as well as ISTs and at country levels.
    • Attend and support the convening of various management meetings and guide predictable follow-up on agreed action points with countries, partners and other relevant stakeholders.
    • Contribute to the development of standards, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for M&E with UCN including updated data indicators and frameworks.
    • Perform any other related duties as required or relevant to the functioning of M&E for strategic action.

    Required Qualifications
    Education

    • Essential: Master’s degree in public health informatics or information management, project management, social science, epidemiology, public health or related field.
    • Desirable: Advanced degree or certification in public health, business administration, project management, monitoring and evaluation or information technology.

    Experience
    Essential: At least 7 years of relevant work experience in information management, project management, epidemiology or public health.
    Desirable

    • Experience working in information technology and data management
    • Previous experience supporting evidence to action initiatives in disease control
    • Experience with WHO or other UN agencies or International NGOs

    Skills

    • Knowledge of M&E concepts for application in public health service delivery.
    • Skills in project management implementation.
    • Strong coordination skills and ability to analyse data and synthesize information from multiple sources.
    • Excellent writing skills, production of quality reports, experience in producing public health policy brief.
    • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure.
    • Professional skills in the development of reports and persuasive documents.
    • Knowledge of the functioning of WHO and the UN system is an asset including discretion and diplomacy.

    WHO Competencies

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
    • Moving forward in a changing environment

    Use of Language Skills

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French.
    • Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN official languages.

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