Immunization Officer (EPI), NOB/TA, Karachi, Pakistan # 101887 Req. No. 506479 (Pakistan Nationals O

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N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
1
Job Type:
Temporary Appointment
Department:
UNICEF
Apply By:
Aug 23, 2017
Posted On:
Aug 9, 2017
Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, a vaccine

How can you make a difference? 

Pakistan is one of three polio endemic countries in the world harbouring the wild poliovirus (WPV). Despite the efforts of
the Pakistan programme, the virus remains in the core reservoirs that have sustained the infection for many years, and
periodically reseed the virus across the country. In the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP), the main objective is to
stop transmission in these core Reservoirs and maintain or increase population immunity against polio in the rest of the
country. To achieve this, the programme has set up a multi-pronged strategy to ensure all children are vaccinated and
any circulating virus is detected quickly and responded to immediately. The goal is simple and ambitious. Stop
transmission in Pakistan by the end of 2016 and sustain gains made until the 2019 certification goal. UNICEF contributes
to the national Polio Eradication Programme in Social Mobilization, Communications, vaccine supply and procurement,
and Operations (Community Based Vaccination).
 
The programme will continue to collaborate with the Pakistan Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) to identify and
exploit synergies in surveillance, social mobilization and service delivery across the country. Specifically. the programme
will work closely with EPI to improve routine immunization service delivery in areas implementing CBV strategy. The intent
is to support routine immunisation outreach activities for one week per month aligned with the SIA schedule through the
CBV workforce which assists with the identification and tracking of children and the selection of optimal outreach sites.
The goal is to achieve at least 80% coverage in all antigens for children
Pentavalent-3 routine immunization coverage will be monitored.
 
Accountable for professional technical contribution to project design, planning, implementation, monitoring. evaluation and
administration of Immunization (EPl)/Polio Eradication Initiative programme/project activities, including data analysis,
programme support, delivery, progress reporting, and commitment for expansion of immunization coverage, as well as
enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan,
aligned with country programme goals, objectives and strategy. 

To make a difference you will be accountable for the following key duties & tasks

  1. Accurate, complete and up-to-date Programme/project management information is available for effective budget preparation, programme/project design, implementation, management and evaluation.
  • Ensures the availability of accurate and up-to-date information required for effective Immunization programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation. Drafts sound immunization programme budgets for review by the supervisor, ensuring accuracy and appropriateness of data and coding. Drafts updated project status reports.
  • Assembles and provides updated data and information on national immunization programme and on financial/administrative status for monitoring and analysis. Analyzes the programme status and recommends appropriate adjustments as necessary.
  1. Project efficiency, effectiveness and vaccination coverage are enhanced through effective implementation follow-on.
  • Enhances project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation follow-on, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance and Immunization project status.
  • Undertakes field visits to disctrics and sub-districts for monitoring and supervision of project activitis and to improve immunization coverage. Supervises the implementation of the routine EPI activities and the work of the Polio Officer, district field assistants, etc; as required.
  • Prepares reports on the results of the field visits and progress of vaccination coverage.
  1. Progress reports and project work plans are timely prepared, and effective technical support is provided in the drafting of donor, annual and other reports/project documentation related to EPI.
  • Analyses collected data and information and prepare progress reports; drafts changes in Immunization project work plans and in identification of required supplies and equipment. Drafts sections of donor, annual and other project documentation related to EPI, ensuring accuracy and consistency with established rules regulations and plans of action. 
  1. Appropriateness and completeness of financial and supply documentation as well as adherence to established allotments are ensured.
  • Monitors flow of supply and non-supply assistance to local authorities. Records supply and non-supply inventory and quarterly update on cold chain equipment, distribution and utilization.

  • Ensures the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verifies that Immunization project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database (e.g., FLS, ProMS). Follows up on queries or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.

  1. The capacities of Country Office staff and team work are strengthened through effective capacity building activities in the development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme.
  • Supports a staff training/development programme to upgrade the capacity of the Country Office staff in the programme development, implementation and management of the Immunization Programme. Conducts relevant orientation, workshop, team work facilitation and staff learning/development activities: ensures that vaccination teams (acceleration) are properly trained on the various aspect of EPI; uses the appropriate training guidelines; participates in the Mid level management training of vaccinators, cold chain managers, mid-level managers; participates in training activities and micro-planning workshops; participates in the training of district field assistants for community sensitization and awareness seminars.

  1. Knowledge sharing with donors and media is promoted.
  • Compiles Immunization project implementation training and orientation materials, and shares useful and appropriate information to promote knowledge sharing with donors and media.

  1. Effective communication, networking and collaboration are achieved with internal and external partners.
  • Ensures the effective communication, networking and working relationships are developed and maintained.

  • Collaborates with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management.
  • Teams with local government counterparts to exchange detail information on Immunization project implementation and status as well as movement and distribution of supplies. Provides technical support in the planning of district EPI micro-plan. Recommends courses of action to supervisor, as necessary.

  • Arranges field visits to project sites for government and other partner, providing necessary information for briefing on the project. Participates in the study of the project status and evaluation as required.
  • Collaborates with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to Immunization sector.  

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have

Education:

University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Social Sciences, Medicine, Health, Public Health, Family Health, Child Development, Nursing, or a field relevant to international development assistance in Immunization and Child Survival & Health Care. 

Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Experience:

Two years of relevant professional work experience. Field work experience (for NO).

Experience in knowledge management.

Training and experience in social welfare, or Immunization/health care.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station. 

For every Child, you demonstrate

Our Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (I)
  • Working with people (I)
  • Drive for results (I)

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (I)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (I)
  • Learning & Researching (I)
  • Planning & Organizing (I)

To view our competency framework, please click here

Interested in finding out more?  

You will have a rewarding experience working with a dynamic, diverse and committed staff who are making a difference in saving lives and building a better future for Every Child in Pakistan.   

To know more about UNICEFs work in Pakistan, visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan

Videos from Pakistan can be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.  

NOTE:

HEC Attested degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present HEC attested degrees.

Please note that this is a re-advertisement of this post (Req 504488). Those who have applied before to the same position, need not re-apply. 

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