OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
Malawi is one of the three countries selected to participate in the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP). The goal of the MVIP is to provide key information to inform and update the who policy recommendation on the use of the RTS, S/AS01 malaria vaccine in young children in sub Saharan Africa. The strategic objective is to provide timely availability of pilot implementation evidence on RTS,S feasibility, impact, and safety for submission to the WHO's SAGE/MPAC aiming for final data submission in 2022. To accomplish this, WHO will work closely with PATH in collaboration with the MOH and other partners, to support the introduction of the RTS,S vaccine sub-nationally through EPI programs in the 3 selected countries.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will have the following assigned duties and responsibilities
- Provide support and technical assistance in collaboration with WHO, PATH, GSK, and other in-country stakeholders/partners, to the MoH EPI Manager and working closely with MoH MVIP focal point towards preparations, implementation and advancement of MVIP activities in line with the developed timelines.
- Assist the MoH EPI focal point on MVIP activities to keep timelines on track and anticipate and notify the EPI manager of any threats or obstacles to the planned timeline and facilitating resolution of these threats and obstacles.
- Attend MVIP teleconferences and meetings, providing support to the EPI manager to ensure regular communication and updates on the state of MVIP preparedness.
- Support the National EPI Programme to review and implement a detailed Vaccine introduction plan and budget for the pilot introduction of RTS,S vaccine specifically.
- Assist with the development of the vaccine implementation strategy, as well as, the review and revision of draft plans and budgets to ensure finalization and approval.
- Support the National EPI Programme to organize and facilitate meetings related to RTS,S introduction including technical working group meetings and planning activities.
- Working in partnership with WHO and MVIP collaborators, support EPI Program to draft programme guidelines, training materials and conduct trainings.
- Support EPI Program to identify areas requiring capacity building such as logistics, cold chain, monitoring and evaluation.
- Support preparations and conduct of evaluation on feasibility, impact and safety of malaria vaccine.
- Support the EPI Program and PMPB to strengthen pharmacovigilance activities.
- Perform any other duties as assigned by the WR.
- Essential: First University Degree in Medicine, Nursing, Environmental Health or health related sciences
- Desirable: Postgraduate degree in medicine, or health related sciences or other fields relevant to immunization or malaria control.
- Essential: At least2 years demonstrated experience in implementation ofpublic health programmes at national and subnational levels preferably in immunization or malaria control programmes.
- Desirable: Demonstrated experience in working with National EPI Program on design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national health programmes. Experience in doing costing and budgeting, and working in collaboration with diverse range of stakeholders.
Demonstrated in-depth and excellent knowledge and understanding of immunization and / or malaria control and child health programmesExcellent communication and presentation skills.Demonstrated ability to write technical reports.Experience in using data for decision making.Excellent capacity in programme management, coordination and organization.Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment.