Individual Consultant: COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction Epidemiologist

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 18 November 2020

Job Description

COVID-19 vaccine introduction Epidemiologist

Reference:WPRO/2020-11/PIC_COVID19/TN118082/lal
Beneficiary country(ies):Fiji
Registration level:Basic
Published on:18-Nov-2020
Deadline on:30-Nov-2020 23:59 (GMT 12.00) Auckland, Wellington, Fiji, Kamchatka

BACKGROUND

In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), the incumbent will focus on COVID-19 vaccine introduction for the Pacific, providing technical support and advice to counterparts in their efforts to prepare for the information management needs associated with new and emergency vaccines.

PURPOSE/SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE OF THE ACTIVITY

The position is to provide support to Member States on the technical and operational matters related to the surveillance and epidemiology of COVID-19 and the information management needs to monitor vaccine uptake, demands and hesitancy, reporting and if required, the investigation of adverse events following immunisation, and support to applied research.

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT

The incumbent’s duties will be focused on providing strategic and programmatic support to decision-making on COVID-19 vaccine introduction(s) across the Pacific, including:

COVID-19 SURVEILLANCE

  • Strengthen syndromic and event-based surveillance systems for COVID-19
  • Develop and adapt WHO global and regional COVID-19 surveillance guidelines for the Pacific
  • Develop and conduct appropriate training as needed regarding core surveillance, alert and response national capacities in accordance with the requirement for International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005) and Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) for COVID-19
  • If required, support the development of investigation guidelines and testing algorithms for COVID-19 cases in vaccinated individuals
  • Perform any other incident-specific related duties as required by the Joint Incident Management Team (JIMT) Health Operations Pillar

COVID-19 VACCINE INTRODUCTION

  • Assist in the prioritisation and targeting of the COVID-19 vaccine(s), including supporting Pacific island countries and areas (PICs) to complete the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) for Immunisation matrix
  • Collaborate with the health information management team to assess minimum data collection and surveillance system requirements for vaccine introduction (such as immunisation registers)
  • Implement and strengthen vaccine safety/adverse events following immunization (AEFI) surveillance systems
  • Monitor vaccination coverage among target populations and, if possible, estimate vaccine effectiveness
  • Develop and conduct appropriate training as needed regarding vaccine-related data collection and surveillance
  • Perform other incident-specific related duties as required by the JIMT Vaccine Pillar

DELIVERABLES

  • Develop a work plan for providing technical assistance through the JIMT Health Operations and Vaccine Pillars
  • Provide monthly progress reports against activities identified in original work plan
  • Produce an end-of-contract report on technical assistance provided including preparedness, response, surveillance activities and trainings conducted

METHODS TO CARRY OUT THE ACTIVITY

The incumbent will work as a member of the Pacific Health Security and Communicable Diseases (PSC) in WHO’s Suva-based Division of Pacific Technical Support. S/he will collaborate closely with PIC Ministries of Health, the Health Operations and Information Management Pillars of the Pacific COVID-19 Joint Incident Management Team, WPRO Health Emergencies Program (WHE), WPRO Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunisation Program (VDI) and UNICEF Pacific, as the two agencies work to support countries to introduce and deliver COVID-19 vaccines under the vaccines pillar of the “ACT-A” initiative, along with Gavi, CEPI and global immunization partners.

The incumbent will report to the Team Coordinator of the PSC team and take guidance from Joint Incident Management Team (JIMT) Pillar Leads – as well as Manila-based colleagues.

Considering COVID-19 border closures there will be flexibility in terms of the incumbent’s physical location when fulfilling the duties set out above, until they can be physically present in Fiji.

While working outside of Fiji, the incumbent will be expected to work during the core working hours of the Division of Pacific Technical Support in Suva, Fiji.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve globally, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of PICs, and progress made under the vaccines pillar of the ACT-A.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

Essential: University degree in health-related field such as public health, epidemiology or medicine.

Desirable: An advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in field epidemiology or public health

EXPERIENCE

Essential:

  • At least 5 years’ experience at the national and international levels, in quantitative epidemiology and the implementation of public health surveillance, evaluation of surveillance systems, outbreak investigation and response in humanitarian settings
  • Experience working with health data collection, management and reporting tools
  • Previous experience working with health and immunization datasets and vaccine preventable diseases including activities related to descriptive data analysis, vaccine effectiveness, adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and vaccination coverage
  • Experience conducting applied epidemiological research

Desirable:

  • At least 2 years’ of humanitarian working experience at field level with WHO/UN, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organization or with an international non-governmental organization with expertise in public health surveillance, outbreak and response
  • Understanding of regional immunization programs
  • Experience working in the Pacific region

TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

  • Demonstrated skills in training of health care workers in low-resource settings during emergency/humanitarian response
  • Ability to work rapidly and efficiently in fast paced, complex environments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to be highly flexible, strong problem-solving skills, and to adapt to various health care settings

LANGUAGES

  • Excellent knowledge of English is essential
  • Working knowledge of French would be an asset

COMPETENCIES

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Promoting WHO’s position in health leadership
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

APPLICATIONS

Qualified and interested specialists should submit their CV {for individual contractors} or Company Profile {for institutional applications} and Expression of Interest {cover letter} to the Supply Officer through WP RO UNGM at < wproungm@who.int > by 30 November 2020.

The cover letter should outline how their experience and qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position and should include their proposed daily consultancy fee and availability.

Please use Tender Notice No. 118082 as subject to all submission. Only successful candidates will be contacted

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