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    TECHNET21 E-FORUM Technical network for strengthening immunization services Contributions to: mailto:technet21@ccisd.org or use your reply button! ... POST
    Message 1 of 1 , May 9, 2002

      Technical network for strengthening immunization services

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      8 May 2002

      Vance Shaw (mailto:vance_shaw@...) is informing us that BASICS wants to
      fill urgently the following position.





      BASICS II is a worldwide United States Agency for International Development
      (USAID) contract, awarded in July, 1999 to the Partnership for Child Health
      Care, Inc. (a joint venture between Management Sciences for Health, John
      Snow, Inc., and the Academy for Educational Development) and six partner
      organizations: Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), Johns
      Hopkins University, Emory University, Save the Children Federation - USA,
      The Manoff Group, and TSL.

      USAID created BASICS II to help USAID missions, bureaus and host countries
      achieve maximum impact in the core areas of child survival - immunization,
      integrated management of childhood illness, nutrition, and peri/neonatal
      health. BASICS II develops and supports country, regional and global
      initiatives and provides technical leadership through direct consultations,
      operations research, and the transfer of information and experiences
      between countries and regions. BASICS II works in close collaboration with
      ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and the commercial
      private sector, as well as in strategic partnership with bilateral and
      multilateral organizations, including WHO, PAHO, UNICEF, DIFD, the World
      Bank, and others.


      The Technical Officer for Immunization will provide technical expertise
      towards interventions leading to sustainable high-quality increased
      immunization coverage. The Technical Officer will provide technical input
      on improving the planning, managing, implementing, coordinating, training,
      monitoring and evaluation of immunization services in developing
      countries. The primary geographic focus is Africa.


      The specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the
      following assigned duties:

      · Participate in defining and implementing the technical agenda and
      direction of BASICS II and provide guidance to USAID Bureaus in their
      technical investment strategies in the areas of immunization and
      vaccine-preventable disease control;

      · Identify the needs and provide technical support and backstopping for
      regional and country interventions on immunization, vaccine-preventable
      disease control, introduction of new vaccines, and improved service quality
      including injection safety;

      · Advise and collaborate with USAID Bureaus and Missions, Ministries of
      Health, international agencies (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, CDC, World Bank, SCF,
      Children's Vaccine Program, other USAID projects, etc.), and with BASICS
      staff in developing local capacity for planning, implementing and
      evaluating sustainable immunization and vaccine-preventable disease control
      programs at national and sub-national levels;

      · Provide technical oversight, direction, and follow-up for BASICS
      country, regional and counterpart staff and consultants;

      · Serve as technical representative and liaison on immunization and
      vaccine-preventable disease control to BASICS country results teams and in
      meetings with technical staff within and outside of BASICS;

      · Provide direct on-site technical assistance to country programs and
      other field activities;

      · Participate in the development and monitoring of annual work plans,
      budgets, reports, and performance reviews and requirements;

      · Contribute to the development of approaches to improve the use of data
      at national and sub-national levels to strengthen capacity to plan, manage
      and monitor progress towards achievement of strategic objectives and
      intermediate results;

      · Prepare issues papers, technical documents, presentations and
      peer-reviewed articles on program strategies, findings and research results;

      · Conduct other commensurate technical duties as assigned by Immunization
      Team Leader.


      · Graduate degree in public health, community development, or other
      related advanced training or equivalent;

      · Experience in developing countries working within Ministry of Health,
      international agency or NGO public health programs and strengthening
      on-the-job capacity of health workers is required;

      · Minimum of 5 years experience working with immunization services at
      national and sub-national levels in developing countries, particularly in
      Africa, is preferred. Additional experience in community health, child
      survival or related areas is desirable;

      · Ability to work independently to plan, coordinate, and implement
      activities covering a broad range of topics including designing, planning,
      managing, capacity-building, monitoring and evaluation of immunization and
      disease control programs in developing countries;

      · Experience with planning and implementing policies and
      community-oriented strategies to increase immunization coverage and sustain
      high-quality immunization services is desired;
      · Familiarity with immunization and vaccine-preventable disease control
      programs is desired;

      · Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and meet deadlines with
      attention to detail and quality in a fast-paced environment with other
      individuals and as part of teams in a multi-disciplinary project;

      · Demonstrated ability to plan and monitor project technical, managerial
      and financial inputs, particularly with USAID-supported or similar
      projects, is highly desirable;

      · Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact
      professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff, clients,
      and consultants;

      · Excellent written and oral communication, organizational, management,
      and computer skills are required;

      · Fluent spoken and written English is required and good spoken and
      written French is highly desired;

      · Ability to travel, primarily in Africa, up to 30% of time (negotiable)
      is required

      Send cover letter and resume to: mailto:vshaw@...


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