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National Officer for Polio Programme – (2309146)
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 programme for Immunization Preventable Disease (IPD) of WHO Nepal has been providing continuous technical assistance to the Government of Nepal (GON) mainly in areas of vaccine preventable disease (VPD) surveillance and immunization, for over past two decades. In addition, WHO-IPD has also supported the government in various emergency responses including the 2015 earthquake, COVID-19 surveillance and response and introduction of new vaccines and national immunization campaign. WHO-IPD operates through a nationwide network of 15 Surveillance Medical Officers (SMO) working 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, eliminating neonatal tetanus and in controlling measles, rubella, diphtheria, hepatitis-B, Rota, Japanese encephalitis and other VPDs.
Purpose of the position
Nepal along with other countries of Southeast Asia Region was certified polio free in 2014. Nepal has been maintaining polio-free status through high immunization coverage and sensitive polio surveillance. Government of Nepal introduced IPV vaccine in 2014. Globally, IPV using countries faced supply constrains in 2016. There was stock out of IPV vaccine in Nepal from May 2016 to Aug 2018. To address this, fractional inactivated polio vaccine (fIPV) was introduced in October 2018. The 14th meeting of the WHO Southeast Asia Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication (RCCPE)- 2021 recommended Nepal to identify areas with missed children and draw a tailored mitigation plan to vaccinate them. The National certification committee for Polio eradication (NCCPE) has also recommended National Immunization Programme (NIP) to vaccinate missed cohort.
The National Officer-IPV provides technical assistance to Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and Family Welfare Division (FWD) in all matters related to Polio Program. Such technical assistance includes but is not limited to development of guideline and protocol for implementation of selective campaign, develop campaign preparedness plan, conduct a risk mapping to identify vulnerable populations, build capacity and sensitize government and private health sectors personnel in IPV campaign, data analysis and reporting, other support as needed including polio surveillance.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to Nepal, Team Lead IPD and direct supervision of the Surveillance Officer- VPD, with technical line of reporting to Immunization, Surveillance and Data clusters lead, the National Officer- Polio Program will perform following functions:
1.Develop IPV Campaign guidelines and protocols for the implementation of Selective IPV Campaign.
- The National Officer will work in close coordination with Family Welfare Division (FWD), Management Division, National Health Education and Information Communication Center (NHEICC) and other relevant division of Department of Health Services (DoHS), Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to provide technical assistance in drafting IPV campaign guidelines, protocols, communication messages other IEC materials for high-quality selective IPV campaign.
- The National officer will conduct coordination meeting with program division, relevant professional and academic organizations, polio partners (e.g., UNICEF, Rotary etc.) and civil society organizations to provide progress update on IPV campaign and to track campaign progress and readiness assessment.
- Develop implementation/operation campaign plan, supervision and monitoring plan with checklists.
2.Conduct preliminary planning meetings for key decisions on
- Determining time, duration, place of campaign, high-risk groups, and appropriate strategy to achieve high vaccination coverage.
- Estimating resource requirements.
- Establishing coordination with other line ministries, stakeholders, partners, and civil society organizations
3.Conduct a risk mapping to identify vulnerable populations
- Coordinate with IPD field offices and subnational IPV consultants to map a risk area based on updated routine immunization micro-plan and available local knowledge and information.
- Coordinate with IPD field offices to collect information on actual target of IPV campaign for adequate distribution of IPV vaccines and logistics.
- Collaborate with other line ministries (Ministry of Education Science and Technology and religious schools) to advocate on IPV selective campaign and obtain cooperation and support during campaign including estimation of target population at school.
4.Develop IPV Campaign readiness assessment plan
- In collaboration with the Family Welfare Division (FWD), the National Officer will develop IPV campaign readiness plan with checklist by province, district, municipalities.
- Train subnational officers and coordinate with Surveillance Medical Officers (SMO) and other relevant staffs on campaign readiness assessment.
- National Officer will review monthly progress update on readiness assessment plan.
5. Review microplanning and logistics requirements in coordination FWD and Management Division of Department of Health Services (DoHS).
- Estimate vaccine and supplies, cold-chain requirements
- Estimate personnel requirement, transportation requirements and costs,
- Estimate costs for planning and training sessions
- Estimate costs for communication and social mobilization activities
- Estimate costs of mop-up activities and other contingencies.
6.Provide technical assistance on campaign advocacy, social mobilization, and communication in coordination with National Health Education Information and Communication Center (NHEICC).
7.Coordinate with Family Welfare Division on AEFI monitoring and preparing for crisis communication.
8.Ensure IPV campaign provides an opportunity to strengthen routine immunization and other health programmes.
9.Coordinate with subnational IPV officers on campaign coverage data collection and analysis.
- Coordinate with IPD field offices for completeness and accurate campaign data collection and work in close coordination with central data team on analysis of coverage data.
10.Administrative & supervisory
- Coordinate and supervise Subnational Officer.
- Perform other administrative duties according to established WHO guidelines.
11.Perform other assigned duties as per needs of the IPD programme including those activities as needed for polio surveillance.
12.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: First University degree in Medicine (MBBS) or equivalent education from an institution recognized by Nepal Medical Council with valid registration in the Nepal Medical Council
Desirable: Post graduate qualification in one or more of the following disciplines or allied disciplines: Public Health / Epidemiology / Global or International Health / Community Medicine.
Essential: At least four years’ experience in Public Health or related work at Provincial / National Level.
1. Experience of working with national or international immunization programs
2. Experience of working in national or international disease surveillance programmes
3. Demonstrated experience in Public Health data analysis and related software.
4. Demonstrated experience in public health emergency response
5. Experience of working in the NGO/INGO sector or UN would be an asset
Functional Knowledge and Skills:
1. Good interpersonal skills, able to work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment.
2. Ability to travel within the country and to perform practical hands-on field work.
3. Ability to participate actively and cooperatively in knowledge sharing and policy forums at various levels and also to coordinate with the GoN agencies.
4. Good knowledge in vaccine, immunization and surveillance sector.
5. 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.
6. Very good writing skills in English and Nepali, including ability to write clear and concise progress reports, analytical reports, plans and proposals.
1. Proficiency in Microsoft Office: word processors, spreadsheets and other data processing, presentation programmes, Outlook and Internet and email is essential.
2. Proficiency in Statistical / Epidemiological Analysis software desired.
3. Able to follow instruction and work independently would be an asset.
2. Respecting and promoting individuals and cultural differences
3. Communication in credible and effective way
4. Producing Results
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
Use of Language Skills: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken language skills in 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 functional modality will be through Special Services Agreement)
Grade: SSA Level 9
Duty Station: WHO-IPD Central Offices, Teku Kathmandu
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