EPI Technical Officer
World Health Organization, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
WHO's global vision for immunization and vaccines is to support all countries to deliver quality immunization services as part of an integrated, people-centered platform of disease prevention thatspans the human life-course. The Expanded Programme on Immunization in Sierra Leone subscribes to this global vision, and aims to achieve the control, elimination or eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases as stated in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, (GVAP), thus contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the overall supervision of the WHO Country Representative and direct guidance of the Medical Officer EPI, the incumbent will work closely with the EPI team at WCO, government counterparts and partners at different levels in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to support the national EPI programme achieve its goals and objectivesThe NPO EPI will be responsible for the following functions:Planning and implementation:
- technical support for the planning, implementation and monitoring of routine immunization activities to increase coverage
- support the development and implementation of strategies and activities within the cMYP and annual EPI operational work plans
- planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of SIAsTechnical Support to/for:
- improve routine immunization coverage and strengthen routine immunization systems to achieve set key performance indicators for routine immunization, including for the second year of life (2YL)
- develop district micro plans for routine immunization
- improve planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of supplemental immunization activities (other vaccine-preventable diseases, e.g. measles, etc.)
- polio eradication activities
- planning and monitoring of Vaccine preventable disease surveillance activitiesData generation and use, surveillance
- Support the national programme to collect, collate, analyse programmatic and surveillance data as part of routine monitoring of programme indicators
- support improvements in effectiveness of supportive supervision, (tools, reporting, action)
- support strategies to improve the availability quality and use of data at all levels
- support periodic coverage surveys and operations researchCapacity building, training
- Support the development and implementation of the long-term capacity building strategy for the national EPI programme
- Training & refresher training for key staff, (national, DHMT), on key EPI approaches and tools used for planning, supervision and M&EResource mobilization
- Support the national programme to develop and/or reprogramme health systems strengthening applications to GAVI, and to support implementation and monitoring of GAVI HSS activities ensuring that set targets are met
- Participate in identifying and advocating resources for EPI
- Timely compilation and submission of periodic and incidental programme progress reportsPerform other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.
- Essential: Firstuniversity degree in a health-related field of study.
- Desirable: Post-graduate degree in Public Health, preferably in Epidemiology or other related public health fields.
- Essential: Minimum 5 years of experience in EPI/PEI activities or similar roles in a government or non-governmental organization concerned with public health management.
- Desirable: Previous experience working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) or in an international organization.
- Sound knowledge and skills in public health, planning, supervision, monitoring and evaluation
- Familiarity with coordination of multi-agency coordination in mass vaccination campaign exercises.
- Familiarity with vaccine preventable diseases; epidemic prone diseases, diseases targeted for elimination and eradication and their respective control strategies.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Ensuring the effective use of resources
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Use of Language Skills
- Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
- Desirable: Beginners knowledge of French.