Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Purpose of the Post:
WHO recommends pilot implementation of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine prior to wide scale use. The purpose of the pilot implementation programme is to answer critical questions related to programmatic feasibility, impact and safety of RTS,S/AS01. This position is established to provide technical support to the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) for the planning and implementation of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP). The Technical officer will serve as the MVIP focal point at the GHS. He/she will work in the EPI Office at the GHS and collaborate with the MOH, PATH, IST, AFRO and HQ colleagues to fulfil the joint Immunization/Global Malaria Programme objectives in facilitating pilot implementation of RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine as described in the WHO position paper.
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity:
The Goal of the MVIP is to provide an updated WHO policy recommendation on the use of the RTS,S 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 3 countries (Malawi, Kenya, and Ghana), and will work with evaluation partners to collect data to answer questions on the feasibility, impact and safety of RTS,S to support the goal.
Under the supervision of the WR, the Technical Officer will serve as the MOH focal point for the MVIP working closely with the WHO focal point and the EPI Programme in Ghana. The Technical Officer will coordinate with the MVIP Focal Point at the WHO Country Office to ensure successful implementation of the RTS,S vaccine through the national EPI programme. The Technical Officer will support the MOH, including the EPI Programme and National Malaria Control Programme to implement the MVIP, and to reach and report on targets and milestones according to the agreed upon timelines. He/she will routinely update the WHO Country Office and notify them if timelines are at risk or if issues arise, while participating in finding solutions. Likewise, the officer will be responsible for reporting to the country office on relevant findings from the pilot implementation.
The Medical/Technical Officer will have a key role in the In-country Malaria Vaccine Technical Working Group (MVTWG) providing support to and ensuring regular meetings of the MVTWG and facilitating frequent interactions between the MVTWG and the MVIP National Safety Committee. The incumbent will assist with coordination of efforts between the Evaluation Partners and the EPI programme. He/she will support the activities of the MVIP work streams: regulatory, ethics, vaccine implementation, pharmacovigilance, evaluation, supplies and communications.
The Technical Officer will maintain good communications with the MVIP team at WCO, HQ, AFRO, and PATH, with the MOH, especially the EPI and NMCP, with Evaluation Partners and other partners in country.
Summary of Assigned Duties:
The incumbent supports the WHO Representative in the following areas:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Essential: First university degree in Public Health or health related courses.
Desirable: Post graduate training of Masters’ Degree in public health
Excellent knowledge of English is required.
Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in all MS Office applications, spreadsheets and data analysis.