Technical Officer

  • Full Time
  • Germany

World Health Organization

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Technical Officer (Vaccine Supply & Management) – (2304012)

Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 years (subject to 1st year probation period)
Job Posting: Apr 28, 2023, 5:11:42 AM
Closing Date: May 19, 2023, 3:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Denmark-Copenhagen
Organization: EU/CHP Division of Country Health Programmes
Schedule: Full-time

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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels.

The Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization unit, a flagship initiative through the implementation of 2030 European regional immunization agenda, will set a course for everyone in the WHO European Region to enjoy the full benefits of vaccines, including Covid-19 vaccine, across their life-course. It will focus on addressing immunization inequities between and within countries, based on local data and evidence, through innovative local level programming and tailored interventions for a demonstrable impact. Within the domain of addressing immunization inequity in the Region, the agenda will support building a resilient immunization system in “Middle-Income Countries” by strengthening critical components of national immunization programmes. The unit will bring existing partners, WHO Collaborating Centres, sub regional platforms, community-based and civil-society organizations and non-traditional immunization partners to forge renewed partnerships and harness the available technical expertise of academic institutions in the Region towards making the 2030 European regional immunization agenda a reality.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

To facilitate the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of technical assistance activities, supporting vaccine management, injection safety and health care waste management (HCWM) in Member States. The focus of responsibility will be to further efforts to achieve stated goals and objectives through improving forecasting, procurement and logistics of vaccines and other immunization supplies (for all routine and newly introduced vaccines, including seasonal and pandemic influenza), cold chain, vaccine management, safe injection and waste management systems for immunization by supporting Member State efforts to strengthen the aforementioned areas within national immunization programmes.

Under the supervision of Regional Technical Officer, IPS and overall guidance of the Regional Adviser, Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization, the incumbent will:

  1. Ensure provision of technical assistance to Member States towards improving regional and national capacity in the area of communicable diseases with particular emphasis in the area of injection safety and health care waste management and other priorities within the domain of ensuring overall vaccine quality and safety.
  2. Support the Regional Technical Officer, IPS and the Regional Adviser, Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme, in development and implementation of long-term strategies for immunization quality and safety in line with Global and Regional immunization plans and the Medium Term Strategic Planning (MTSP).Provide technical support and advice to countries in developing strategies and plans on vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM, particularly by strengthening forecasting, procurement and logistics of vaccines and other immunization supplies, cold chain, vaccine management, injection safety and waste management.
  3. Develop and adapt necessary tools to assess vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM, support the development or revision of training materials.
  4. Monitor vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM performance indicators at regional and country level, for most effective/efficient use of immunization resources, and that BCA plans and priorities are met.
  5. Ensure integration and coordination of vaccine management, injection safety and HCWM activities at the Regional Office and country level, with all components of immunization services and within the context of the health system strengthening.
  6. Performs other duties as requested by the supervisors.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education

Essential: University degree (Master`s level) in medicine, public health, epidemiology, environmental science, health policy or administration of business administration.
Desirable: Additional university degree in any of the above fields.

Experience

Essential: At least seven years’ public health experience in programme management, planning and policy development. Demonstrated experience at national and international level in injection safety for immunization services, health care waste management, vaccine and other immunization supplies management including cold chain, stock management or vaccine procurement
Desirable: Experience in developing, organizing and delivering training on injection safety, HCWM, vaccine procurement, management and logistics. Experience conducting immunization programme assessments (e.g., EPI reviews, cold chain and logistics reviews, new equipment or procedures evaluations) in multiple national settings. Experience with donor proposal writing and reporting. Relevant experience with(in) WHO and / or the UN system.

Skills

Broad knowledge in public health, epidemiology and particularly in disease control and immunization programmes. In depth knowledge of immunization supply and logistic systems. Ability to design studies, skills on effective planning and policy development, analysing data and writing concise reports. Up to date knowledge of novel technologies pertinent to immunization services Emotional awareness; the ability to identify and harness one’s emotions and apply them to tasks; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same

WHO Competencies

Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French, Russian, German.

REMUNERATION

WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 77,326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4846 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

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