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Immunization Campaign Officer (National Level) – (2309172)
Grade: No grade
Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year (Extension depends upon need of function, performance and availability of fund)
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 Immunization Campaign Officer will provide technical assistance for full and timely preparation, implementation, and follow-up of nation-wide MR campaign at national and sub-national level. Such technical assistance includes but is not limited to capacity building and sensitization of government and health sectors personnel in quality implementation of MR campaign along with catch-up vaccination of zero dose and under immunized children. The Immunization Campaign officer will also provide technical assistance for HPV Multi Age Cohort (MAC) vaccination and introduction in routine immunization at national and sub-national levels.
Description of Duties:
Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to Nepal, Medical Officer and Team Lead IPD, direct supervision of the Immunization Cluster Lead and in close coordination with all clusters of WHO-IPD, the Immunization Campaign Officer performs following functions:
1.Technical support for MR campaign and HPV campaign planning, preparedness, implementation, and follow-up.
- Provide technical support in development of vaccination campaign program guideline, communication materials, education, and training materials, etc
- Provide support and facilitate meetings related to MR and HPV vaccination campaign at federal and province levels (Technical Working Group, Interagency Coordination Committee, national Immunization Committees, Immunization Coordination Committees etc).
- Development of required readiness assessment checklists/tracking sheet/Gantt chart for pre-campaign assessment (trainings, vaccines, logistics & IEC materials distribution) and dashboard to monitor the readiness of sub-national level for the conduction of campaign
- Development of required recording and reporting forms and formats.
- Facilitate Federal and Provincial Level Training of Trainers (ToT) on MR and HPV vaccination campaign, micro-planning, and mapping of high-risk areas to provincial/district immunization teams.
- Support in monitoring through development of monitoring plan with prioritization of high-risk areas and deployment of monitors (IPD main office, SMOs, TAs & Committee members)
- Provide support in preparation and conduction of joint monitoring with Family Welfare Division/Provincial officials and partner agencies for monitoring in high risk/priority districts.
2.Monitor and analyze data and reasons for low coverages, identify gaps, challenges, and bottle necks to achieve high coverage in high risk and low performing districts.
- Provide support in training of independent monitors for Rapid Convenience Monitoring during vaccination campaign
- Provide support in collecting, analysis and reporting and monitoring of vaccination coverage.
- Provide support in collecting, analysis and reporting and monitoring of un and under-immunized children vaccinated during the MR campaign.
- Provide necessary feedback at national and sub-national level for improvement in data quality and reporting
3.Liaison and Coordination
- Develop and maintain close working relationships with Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health, and Population, Family Welfare Division, relevant government authorities at all levels, SMOs, and Immunization Campaign Officers at WHO-IPD Field Offices, WHO-IPD Central Offices and partners (UNICEF, Water-Aid, Red-Cross, Lions Clubs International) to support the MR campaign and HPV campaign.
4.Submit periodic activity report and detailed achievement report and final report of vaccination campaign 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: Post graduate qualification in any of the following disciplines or allied disciplines: Public Health / Epidemiology / Community Medicine / Global or International Health.
Desirable: Medical graduate from an institution recognized by Nepal Medical Council with valid registration in the Nepal Medical Council.
Essential: Over four years’ experience in public health programs, preferably in Immunization and/or Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Surveillance.
- Experience of working with national or international immunization programs and/or vaccine preventable disease surveillance program.
- Prior experience of working with WHO/UN agencies.
- Prior experience of working in the government public health system
- Prior experience of working with NGO and/or INGO sector agencies.
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.
- Ability to write program and technical guidelines, training materials and IEC materials.
Other Skills (eg IT):
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office: word processors, spreadsheets and other data processing, presentation programmes, Outlook and Internet and email is essential.
- Proficiency in Statistical / Epidemiological Analysis software desired.
- 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 239,245.00 (Grade: SSA Level 9) at single rate (taxable as per Nepal Government laws and appointment will be through Special Services Agreement (SSA)
Grade: SSA Level 9
Duty Station: Kathmandu, WHO-IPD Teku office with frequent visit at sub-national level
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