OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) is to work towards a world in which all people are vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases.
The overall work of the department is distributed in three main areas :
1. Initiative Vaccine Research Team (IVR) that provides leadership on the research activities to develop new or improved vaccines against diseases of public health importance and to facilitate their introduction and use.
2. Immunization policy that provides guidance and norms for vaccine roll-out.
supporting regions and countries in acquiring the necessary skills, competence and infrastructure to implement policies and strategies and achieve disease control / elimination and eradication objectives.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Main responsibilities include : To develop close working partnerships with other health programmes and identify opportunities for integration, particularly related to improving immunization coverage and new vaccine introduction.
To support advocacy for integration through the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) and the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), and engage with key immunization partners UNICEF, GAVI, BMGF, CDC, USAID, and internationally recognized NGOs.
To draft and develop technical and communication materials for integration of immunization services with other technical programmes, services, and interventions.
To establish an effective collaboration across all levels of WHO (HQ, regional and country offices) in order to support the Member States in formulating, implementing and monitoring plans for integrated approaches.
To provide technicalexpertise through the regional and country offices for planning and implementing pilot / demonstration projects.
To compile and document experiences and best practices, including the design and implementation of operational research to strengthen the evidence-
base for integration, particularly related to costing and impact on coverage of immunization and other relevant health interventions coverage.
To raise awareness of integration by disseminating information and experiences through representing WHO at meetings, contributing to publications, and participating in other relevant forums / events.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Essential : Advanced university degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Health Policy, or another related field.
Desirable : PhD level in Public Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases
Essential : At least seven (7) years of relevant work experience including mainly in immunization or other relevant health programme.
Demonstrated experience working on the development, planning, implementation or monitoring of health programmes.
Desirable : Previous experience working in the UN system at country and / or regional level an asset.
Knowledge of vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization systems, and maternal and child health. Excellent oral and written communication skills with proven track record of communicating in a credible and effective way.
Ability to collect and analyze data and communicate to promote decision-making, problem solving and action. Ability to work with and / or coordinate diverse groups of stakeholders and build and promote partnerships.
Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills. Ability to work effectively with colleagues at the national and international level in a multicultural environment.
Ability to work in a team and dedication to collaboration while demonstrating leadership and innovation to accomplish time-
limited objectives. Conscientious, with ability to take initiative and work independently. High sense of responsibility, results oriented, reliable and intuitive.
Proven ability to work to deadline and budget, in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders. Familiarity with the UN system, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions.
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Use of Language Skills
Essential : Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable : Intermediate knowledge of French.
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 72,637 (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 4092 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.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited / recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The list can be accessed through the link : . Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.