EPI Technical Officer
World Health Organization, Damascus, Syria
Closing Date for Applications:
To reduce morbidity and mortality attributable to vaccine preventable diseases by implementing routine immunization, supplemental immunization activities and introduction of new vaccines in accordance with established technical guidelines and in line with the Global and regional VaccineAction Plans
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
- Contribute to the development and follow up on the progress of comprehensive EPI Multi Year plan for Syria
- Availing Gavi support (through submitting specific applications to Gavi) and implementation the related activities necessitate significant amount of technical support that's always provided by Gavi alliance partners.
- Participate in the development and follow up on the Health System Strengthening HSS under the Gavi through the Program Support Rational (PSR) proposal.
- To coordinate with, and support WHO regional office and country office counterparts, and partners to ensure transition plans are developed and implemented in ways that strengthen the sustainability of immunization programmes. This includes supporting the monitoring of transition plans and participation in the development of the Annual GAVI Joint Appraisal
- Follow-up plans of action for supplemental immunization including, Maternal Neonatal Tetanus (MNT)campaigns, measles SIAs and surge activities including localized campaigns to boost routine immunization (RI).
- Monitor the implementation of planned activities and ensure the availability of potent vaccines as well as the required equipment and injection materials. Support technical investigations and response to outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.
- Co-develop the Expanded Programme on Immunization plan in Syria through the provision of technically sound advice to strengthen the evaluation and monitoring of immunization activities.
- Analyze data and information on Expanded Programme on Immunization and provide feedback to stakeholders. Contribute to the development and dissemination of guidelines for evaluation of the impact of newly introduced vaccines in the national immunization schedule of the country and submit project proposals for the extension of existing health-care networks and the strengthening the existing systems.
Essential: First university degree in Public Health or equivalent with specialization in immunization - or vaccine relevantareasEXPERIENCE
Essential: At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of immunization and vaccine development programmes
Desirable: Firsthand working experience in a developing nation.
- Sound knowledge WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting
- Excellent knowledge of disease burden and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases.
- Sound knowledge of immunization programmes, disease burden and surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases and in-depth knowledge of measles control, new vaccines introduction as immunization agenda 2030
- Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities.
- Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
- Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Creating an empowering and motivating environment
USE OF LANGUAGE SKILLS
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.