OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
promote innovations including introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines; improve vaccine safety and security and systematize access to immunization services integrated with other child survival interventions
The purpose of this post is to provide technical support with regards to immunization activities, both routine and supplemental, within the WHO-Nigeria EPI Team.
The post holder will support the Nigeria national authorities in the North West Geo-political zone to strengthen immunization activities in order to achieve global and regional routine immunization targets and achieve regional targets for accelerated control vaccine preventable diseases.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Zonal Coordinator will manage the activities of the WHO EPI Zonal office including providing technical, administrative and managerial oversight of all activities of the Zonal Team.
He / she will provide technical and managerial support to the staff based in the states within the zone through the respective State Coordinators.
This position reports directly to the Team Leader, EPI, and liaises with other EPI units and other Clusters as appropriate.
The Zonal Coordinator will be responsible for the following :
1.To provide technical assistance to national authorities in the states of the assigned geo-political zone to adopt National EPI Strategies and programme best practices to state specific situations.
2.To support national authorities in the states in specific Geo-political zones in preparing, reviewing and / or updating annual State immunization plans.
3.To support capacity building activities in support of immunization operations (service delivery, vaccine supply and quality, logistics, surveillance, advocacy and communication), immunization safety and strengthening human and institutional resources
4.To support capacity building activities aimed at the introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines as well as the delivery of immunization activities together with other priority disease control / child survival interventions.
5.To support immunization and surveillance monitoring and evaluation activities
6.To support activities aimed at strengthening partnership and advocacy in support of improving performance of immunization and surveillance activities.
7.Perform other activities as required by the EPI Team Leader and WHO Representative
Essential : Degree in Medicine (MBBS, MBChB, MD)
Desirable : Post graduate degree in Public Health preferably in epidemiology or other related public health fields
Essential : At least Five years of experience in EPI activities after post graduate qualification in government or non-governmental organizations.
Desirable : Experience in an international organization
Computer literate in Microsoft windows applications, analytical soft-wares such as EPIINFO
Fostering integration and teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organisation and beyond
Promoting WHO’s position in health leadership
Use of Language Skills
Essential : Excellent command of English
Desirable : Knowledge of other UN language would be an asset