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Data Assistant – (2309157)
Grade: No grade
Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 Year
Closing Date: Nov 9, 2023, 4:44:00 AM
Primary Location: Nepal
Organization: SE_NEP WR Office, Nepal
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Objectives of the Programme:
The Immunization Preventable Disease Programme of WHO Nepal (WHO-IPD) has been providing continuous technical assistance to the Government of Nepal (GON) mainly in areas of vaccine preventable disease (VPD) surveillance and immunization including various supplementary immunization activities, for more than 25 years. WHO-IPD operates nationwide through 10 field offices managed by a central coordinating office. WHO-IPD has also provided technical assistance in informing immunization policy through operational research and has provided pivotal support to the National Immunization Programme (NIP) of Nepal in achieving polio free status and eliminating neonatal tetanus and in controlling measles, rubella, diphtheria, hepatitis-B, Rota virus, Japanese encephalitis and other VPDs. WHO-IPD has also provided technical support in introduction of new and underutilized vaccines such as rota virus vaccine and TCV. The government of Nepal also plans to introduce HPV Vaccine in routine immunization in the coming year.
Measles and Rubella (MR) Elimination is the regional flagship program of WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region. Recently the target date for MR elimination has been revised from 2023 to 2026 based on regional consultation of the WHO SEA Region. Nepal has demonstrated full commitment on MR elimination goal by 2026. NIP has been advocating with all levels of government and key stakeholders to accelerate MR elimination activities. As per MR Elimination Roadmap and to accelerate progress towards MR elimination, Nepal plans to conduct a nationwide MR campaign in early 2024. Differentiated strategies will be implemented in 24 high risk district (21 districts from Terai region and Kathmandu Valley) in recognition of immunity gaps and clusters of un and under-immunized children. The MR campaign will be complemented across the country by catch-up vaccination (multi-antigen campaign) with DTP-HepB-Hib, PCV and IPV (based on availability) to integrate un- and under-vaccinated children into the routine system and generate the demand for a full course of vaccines.
Purpose of the position
The Data Assistant will support to capture data, assess data quality, tool development, analyze available programme data for evidence-based decision making in MR/IPV/HPV vaccination campaigns.
Description of Duties:
Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to Nepal, Medical Officer and Team Lead IPD, direct supervision of the Data Cluster Lead and in close coordination with all clusters of WHO-IPD, Data Assistant performs following functions:
1.Provide support for overall management of MR, IPV and HPV campaign data.
- Provide support in design and development of tools including readiness assessment tools, tracking sheet of vaccination campaign activities, vaccines, and logistics supply.
- Support in design and development of dashboard and perform necessary analysis and visualization.
- Provide onsite coaching and mentoring of field supervisors and data collectors/independent monitors if needed
- Provide technical support in preparation and update of daily vaccination coverage and vaccination campaign bulletin.
2.Monitor and analyze vaccination campaign data on a regular basis
- Review the campaign coverage data at regular intervals for potential errors, including inconsistencies, odd results etc.
- Provide support in orientation and trainings on data collection tools to supervisors and enumerators including training of independent monitors for Rapid Convenience Monitoring during vaccination campaign.
- Provide support in collecting, analysis and reporting and monitoring of vaccination campaign coverage.
- Provide support in collecting, analysis and reporting and monitoring of un and under-immunized children vaccinated during the vaccination campaign.
- Provide support in development of feedback report to sub-national level for improvement in data quality and reporting
3.Liaison and Coordination
- Develop and maintain close working relationships with Family Welfare Division, Management Division, relevant government authorities at all levels, SMOs, and Immunization Campaign Officers at field offices, WHO-IPD central units to support the MR/IPV/HPV campaign.
4. Submit periodic activity report and detailed achievement report on end of assignment.
5. Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisors. This includes duty travel or duty-station reassignment on short notice as per the program requirements.
Essential: Bachelor’s degree or higher in statistics, public health and/or biostatistics, information technology and related field.
Over two years’ experience in public health programs, preferably in Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Surveillance.
Experience of working with national or international immunization programs, vaccine preventable disease surveillance programs, NGO/INGO sector or UN would be an asset.
Functional Knowledge and Skills
- Good interpersonal skills, able to work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment.
- Ability to travel within the country and to perform practical hands-on field work.
- Ability to participate actively and cooperatively in knowledge sharing and policy forums at various levels and to coordinate with the GoN agencies.
- Good knowledge in vaccine, immunization, and surveillance sector.
- Very good analytical skills including ability to collect and analyse technical data and information and to draw and present conclusions in written and spoken form.
- Very good writing skills in English, including ability to write clear and concise progress reports, analytical reports, plans and proposals.
Other Skills (eg IT):
- Experience in surveys, survey tools development
- Previous involvement in data collection, data review, data analysis in public health research projects
- Working knowledge in GIS, Statistical package, and Microsoft office package
- Able to follow instruction and work independently would be an asset.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results
- Ensuring the effective use of resources
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English and Nepali
Monthly Salary: (Net of tax) NPR 81,066.00 at single rate (taxable as per Nepal Government laws and appointment will be through Special Services Agreement (SSA))
Grade: SSA Level 4
Duty Station: Kathmandu, WHO-IPD Teku office
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