Reporting to the Health and Care Delegate, the Senior Immunization Officer will lead the development and implementation of social mobilization and community surveillance of immunization activities implemented by the National Societies (NS) in the Cluster, especially in Nigeria.
The Senior Immunization Officer will :
implement the work-plan as outlined in the project document on immunization in Nigeria, primarily funded through the CDC Corporative Agreement (CoAg)
participate in key planning and technical meetings with the Ministry of Health and partners to represent IFRC and the host country NS on issues related to immunization
develop and support immunization projects and activities in collaboration with partners including integration of immunization activities into community-based health programme.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Immunization Officer is responsible for :
Support the NS to improve the performance of immunization coverage in the country in collaboration with MoH, regional / global colleagues, especially in vaccine preventable diseases like measles, polio, meningitis, yellow fever.
Contribute in providing specific technical support to ensure NS are able to effectively 1) support demand creation and social mobilization for routine immunization 2) improve the quality of supplemental immunization campaigns for measles, polio and other diseases 3) provide direct immunization service delivery in settings where government programs do not exist and security assessment indicate the NS can safely provide support.
Compile and share evidence of what works, where and for whom, in strengthening immunization systems and campaigns, with an emphasis on innovation and scalable eHealth solutions.
Support of immunization during emergencies
Support NS capacity to assist government program for early detection and response to outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases including measles, cholera, Ebola virus disease and meningitis.
Ensure NS has capacity to conduct social mobilization and demand creation for routine immunization and supplemental immunization campaigns in complex settings.
Support NS capacity to provide immunization services in settings where the national program is weak to deliver the service.
Support CSO platforms to address the equity gap in immunization in priority countries.
Contribute to delivering quality in operations
Under the direction of the Health Delegate, ensure that tools, guidelines and projects are based on evidence, applicable international standards and follow a resilience based health approach.
Ensure that immunization questions and challenges are addressed by operational research in partnership
with different research institutions and other partners
Ensure that behavioural change components and training are following good standards and are aligned to department wide approaches
As part of quality enhancement programme, contribute to supporting National Societies to develop systems that allow a seamless’ transition from health development to emergency response to recovery, build back better and accelerated development
Perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, validation codification and dissemination of results / lessons learned in the specific thematic area and ensure knowledge sharing and content management with both internal and external stakeholders
Work with knowledge management and communications colleagues to share information, lessons learned and best practices.
Be accountable to the Health Delegate by providing progress reports on results against objectives and risk analysis.
Monitor the activities and budget utilization regularly and suggest reprogramming whenever required in the different immunization projects in the Cluster.
Ensure budget needs are met and program activities are reported in a timely and efficient manner.
Any other work assigned by the Health Delegate or Head of Country Cluster.
Master’s Degree in Public Health, Medicine, or Health management or related discipline
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in health projects in large projects / programmes
Experience working with international non- governmental organization, UN or bi-lateral agencies
Proven evidence of writing report, case studies and M&E
Experience of working with National Societies
Knowledge, skills and languages
Self-supporting in computers, especially Excel.
Very good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
Motivated, self-started personality, sense of responsibility and organization skills
Ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and prioritize workload in order to meet tight deadlines.
Good negotiation skills, good judgment and maturity
Good knowledge of the operational context and area
Flexibility and ability to travel in the operation’s areas
Fluent in written and spoken English
Knowledge of French is preferred
Competencies and values
National Society relations
Communication - Teamwork
Professionalism Integrity - Diversity
Results focus and accountability
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.