CONSULTANT – Medical Officer, Routine Immunization at WHO

World Health Organization (WHO)

JOB DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Programme is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-communicable diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region. The strategic agenda of the cluster is to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding disease control agenda in Africa, and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control.
The specific objectives of the UCN cluster to which the VPD programme contributes, are to: (i) provide leadership on disease control coordination, partnership and resource mobilization; (ii) contribute to the development of WHO disease-control technical products, services and tools including adoption of new technologies and innovations; (iii) support generation and use of strategic information for action and decision making including optimizing investment; and (iv) provide or facilitate provision of technical support in deployment of WHO technical products and services and institutional capacity building, including support to national disease programmes and regulatory authorities.

PURPOSE OF CONSULTANCY

The consultant will be the focal person for routine immunization within the VPD Programme at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, which supports the achievement of universal immunization coverage in the African Region, as part of broader efforts to strengthen primary health care and achieve universal health coverage, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Specifically, the incumbent has first line responsibility for all aspects of routine  immunization activities, guided by the Global Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA 2030), the Regional Strategic plan on Immunization (RSPI), the Addis Ababa Declaration on Immunization targets including but not limited to contribution of expertise and technical information; promotion of PHC approach; development and implementation of norms, guidelines and standard procedures for surveillance and interventions; assessment of financial requirements; and the evaluation, updating and expansion of operational policies and strategies. The consultant also provides guidance and technical support for the implementation of plans and protocols and encourages close cooperation and information sharing.
Under the overall direction of the Team Leader, VPD, the consultant is an organizational specialist who will lead regional initiatives to strengthen health systems and build the capacity of Member States in the development and implementation of all aspects of Routine Immunization and PHC. The incumbent is guided by the resolutions of the Regional Committee, the World Health Assembly, and the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as national priorities and needs of the Member States of the Region. S/he will work with health development partners, WHO collaborating centres, and may represent the Regional Office in all forums within and outside the Organization where Routine Immunization and PHC are strategically discussed. Managerial focus is on the form of general guidance that enables the removal of obstacles, access to communication with key personnel and resolution of problems detrimental to the programme. In keeping with the facilitative approach at this level, broad support to enable coordination of various segments of the functional area, is a primary focus of higher authority.

SCOPE OF WORK 

The consultant 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.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Educational Qualifications:
Essential:
Medical degree with post-graduate degree/training 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 will be an advantage.
·    Experience in policy formulation and strategic planning
·    Experience in resources mobilization and partnership coordination.

Knowledge and 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.

Languages

Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French with Working knowledge of the other.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

The above language requirements are interchangeable.

Location & Travel

On-site consultancy: WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo. The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration

Band level B (P4 level) – USD 8,500 – 9,980 per month.

A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited.

Duration of consultancy 

Three (3) months.

Additional Information:

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.

QUALIFICATIONS

BACKGROUND

The Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD) Programme is part of and contributes to the work of the Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-communicable diseases (UHC/UCN) cluster in the WHO African region. The strategic agenda of the cluster is to reduce disease burden in the WHO African Region, by guiding disease control agenda in Africa, and using analytics to inform strategic investments and tailored interventions for disease control.
The specific objectives of the UCN cluster to which the VPD programme contributes, are to: (i) provide leadership on disease control coordination, partnership and resource mobilization; (ii) contribute to the development of WHO disease-control technical products, services and tools including adoption of new technologies and innovations; (iii) support generation and use of strategic information for action and decision making including optimizing investment; and (iv) provide or facilitate provision of technical support in deployment of WHO technical products and services and institutional capacity building, including support to national disease programmes and regulatory authorities.

PURPOSE OF CONSULTANCY

The consultant will be the focal person for routine immunization within the VPD Programme at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, which supports the achievement of universal immunization coverage in the African Region, as part of broader efforts to strengthen primary health care and achieve universal health coverage, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Specifically, the incumbent has first line responsibility for all aspects of routine  immunization activities, guided by the Global Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA 2030), the Regional Strategic plan on Immunization (RSPI), the Addis Ababa Declaration on Immunization targets including but not limited to contribution of expertise and technical information; promotion of PHC approach; development and implementation of norms, guidelines and standard procedures for surveillance and interventions; assessment of financial requirements; and the evaluation, updating and expansion of operational policies and strategies. The consultant also provides guidance and technical support for the implementation of plans and protocols and encourages close cooperation and information sharing.
Under the overall direction of the Team Leader, VPD, the consultant is an organizational specialist who will lead regional initiatives to strengthen health systems and build the capacity of Member States in the development and implementation of all aspects of Routine Immunization and PHC. The incumbent is guided by the resolutions of the Regional Committee, the World Health Assembly, and the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as national priorities and needs of the Member States of the Region. S/he will work with health development partners, WHO collaborating centres, and may represent the Regional Office in all forums within and outside the Organization where Routine Immunization and PHC are strategically discussed. Managerial focus is on the form of general guidance that enables the removal of obstacles, access to communication with key personnel and resolution of problems detrimental to the programme. In keeping with the facilitative approach at this level, broad support to enable coordination of various segments of the functional area, is a primary focus of higher authority.

SCOPE OF WORK 

The consultant 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.

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
Educational Qualifications:
Essential:
Medical degree with post-graduate degree/training 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 will be an advantage.
·    Experience in policy formulation and strategic planning
·    Experience in resources mobilization and partnership coordination.

Knowledge and 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.

Languages

Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French with Working knowledge of the other.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

The above language requirements are interchangeable.

Location & Travel

On-site consultancy: WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo. The consultant is expected to travel.

Remuneration

Band level B (P4 level) – USD 8,500 – 9,980 per month.

A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited.

Duration of consultancy 

Three (3) months.

Additional Information:

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.

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