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Advisor, Immunization (CPCP)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)






This requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)


The Special Program on Comprehensive Immunizations (CIM) is responsible for the promotion and coordination of technical cooperation and alliances to support Member States in achieving a sustainable and equitable reduction of morbidity, mortality, and burden of disease from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) through prevention, control, and elimination strategies. CIM seeks to revitalize Member States’ immunization programs through the application of innovative approaches, strategies, and best practices.




Under the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR) and the technical guidance of the Executive Manager, Special Program on Comprehensive Immunizations (CIM), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:


1.    Lead and provide technical advice and support in programming and evaluating national plans and strategies for national immunization programs, with respect to:


·       immunization and VPD surveillance strategies;


·       cold chain and safety equipment and procedures;


·       planning, forecasting and delivery of vaccines and related supplies;


·       training of personnel in all aspects of the immunization program and VPD surveillance management/implementation;


·       development and monitoring of systems for reporting vaccines administered and integration into general reporting systems of maternal and child health;


·       the organization of epidemiological surveillance systems and related information tools to detect, investigate, and control cases of paralytic poliomyelitis, measles, rubella and other vaccine-preventable diseases in the assigned countries;


·       intra and extra-sectoral coordination, coordination at institutional and within the United Nations (UN) system, as well as with the regional level;


·       mobilization of resources from national, and international sources


·       support in building capacity of National Immunization Technical Advisory Group to make evidence-based recommendations;


·       risk communication and social mobilization for immunization programs.


2.    Advise and promote sound immunization practices within extended primary health care systems in close coordination with all related national programs in the countries;


3.    Promote the development and implementation of the Plan of Action of the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI);


4.    Develop and update national plans for comprehensive immunizations programs, including the planning of objectives, strategies and operational methodologies, as well as budgeting, and linkages to the Revolving Fund mechanism for the procurement of vaccines within the context of the primary health care systems, at regional and national levels;


5.    Prepare and coordinate training courses or modules regarding the operational and administrative aspects of immunization programs, and surveillance activities for vaccine-preventable diseases;


6.    Provide support to countries, in coordination with the specialized technical counterparts, to identify and implement successful communication, social participation and behavioral change strategies and actions to increase vaccine uptake by different prioritized target groups;


7.    Provide technical advice to Member States in all aspects of program evaluation, including the development of methodologies for process and impact evaluation;


8.    Develop and promote research programs related to different operational and epidemiological components of immunization programs and related activities at the country level including vaccine impact, effectiveness and socio-economic studies;


9.    Provide technical support to other national institutions, technical or operational officials attached to the program in assigned countries for the development of national immunization programs in the Region;


10. Advise and coordinate with national and international organizations in making optimal use of technical, administrative and economic resources available in the Region or country for the achievement of the overall goals of the IM Program and, in particular, diseases contained in the communicable disease elimination initiative, with emphasis on the maintenance of polio-free status and the eradication of measles, rubella, and the congenital rubella syndrome in the Americas;


11. Collaborate with other Departments and Units to achieve effective coordination of program activities and appropriate utilization and mobilization of resources;


12. Collaborate on and support the introduction of new vaccines;


13. Participate in the formulation and negotiation of, and consultation on, project proposals funded by external agencies; collaborate in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of those projects; contribute to the preparation of the Representation´s Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;


14. When called upon to directly supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities;


15. Perform other related duties, as assigned.






Essential: A university degree in a health-related profession and a master’s degree in epidemiology, public health or in any other field related to the functions of the post, from a recognized institution.


In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position.  WHO, only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, to support the validation process.




Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in disease control programs, with emphasis on the design, implementation and evaluation of immunization programs. Experience should include participation in technical cooperation programs and activities in disease control or in immunization programs in a health-related program or institution.




PAHO Competencies:


·       Overall attitude at work: Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to the Organization’s mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in daily work and behavior; is accountable for work carried out in line with own role and responsibilities; is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues and counterparts.


·       Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Relate well to diversity in others and capitalize on such diversity – Relates well to diversity in others and capitalizes on such diversity. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Relates well to people with different cultures, gender, orientations, backgrounds and/or positions; examines own behavior to avoid stereotypical responses; considers issues from the perspective of others and values their diversity.


·       Teamwork: Collaborate and cooperate with others – Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve and build rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the team’s successes and shortcomings.


·       Communication: Write effectively/Share knowledge – Writes down ideas in a clear, structured, logical and credible way; drafts and supports the development of guidelines, policies and procedures. Shares relevant information openly and ensures that the shared information is understood; considers knowledge sharing as a constructive working method and demonstrates awareness of the Organization.


·       Producing Results: Work efficiently and independently/Deliver quality results – Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs. Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives. Consistently solves own and team’s problems effectively as needed. Proactively engages in projects and initiatives, accepting demanding goals, in line with Organizational Strategies and Program of Work. Demonstrates accountability for work of team and sets an example, while explicitly articulating lessons learnt for own and team’s benefit.


·       Ensuring effective use of resources: Strategize and set clear objectives/Monitor progress and use resources well – Sets specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely objectives for own team and/or the Organization; systematically analyses and anticipates priority projects for own team and allocates necessary resources to achieve them; identifies the cross-Organizational resources needed for large- scale projects in line with key Organizational objectives. Anticipates foreseeable changes and adapts own and team’s projects in the face of unforeseen circumstances and/ or challenges; creates measures and criteria to monitor progress of overall projects against key Organizational objectives; creates cost-effective solutions for the Organization.


·       Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond: Develop networks and partnerships and encourage collaboration – Builds and negotiates strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of key stakeholders to ensure Organizational results and success. Creates innovative opportunities for promoting synergies inside and outside the Organization to improve Organizational success.


Technical Expertise:


·       Extensive knowledge and expertise in the epidemiology of communicable diseases, especially vaccine-preventable diseases; use of epidemiological principles and methods to resolve problems related to vaccine-preventable diseases.


·       Excellent knowledge of the principles and recent developments in epidemiology, surveillance and biostatistics.


·       Demonstrated ability in the application of epidemiological techniques and procedures for analyzing the magnitude of vaccine preventable diseases or conditions affecting the health of the population, determining factors which influence the magnitude of these diseases or conditions; applying and evaluating selected interventions designed to reduce the magnitude of these diseases.


·       Broad knowledge of organization and implementation of public health programs and public health administration.


·       Broad knowledge and skills in the formulation of technical cooperation interventions and in the development of criteria and instruments for evaluating programs intervention.


·       Knowledge and skills in project planning and management, including resource mobilization and grant management.


·       Demonstrated ability to negotiate and coordinate activities with all relevant sectors of government, international agencies, the private sector and organized community groups.


·       Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.




For Spanish-speaking countries:


Very good knowledge of English or Spanish, with a working knowledge of the other language. A working knowledge of Spanish and/or French would be an asset.


For English-speaking countries:


Very good knowledge of English. A working knowledge of Spanish and/or French would be an asset.


IT Skills:


Demonstrated ability to effectively use current technology and software, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and management information systems. Other IT skills and knowledge of software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Teams, SharePoint, and Word are considered essential.




Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)


USD $77,326.00 post adjustment


Post Adjustment: This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.




This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.


Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual. For information on PAHO please visit: PAHO/WHO is an ethical organization that maintains high standards of integrity and accountability. People joining PAHO are required to maintain these standards both in their professional work and personal activities. PAHO/WHO also promotes a work environment that is free from harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other types of abusive behavior. PAHO conducts background checks and will not hire anyone who has a substantiated history of abusive conduct. PAHO/WHO personnel interact frequently with people in the communities we serve. To protect these people, PAHO has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. People who commit serious wrongdoing will be terminated and may also face criminal prosecution. PAHO/WHO is committed to workforce diversity. PAHO/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco. PAHO/WHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary and post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance).  Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan and health insurance scheme. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include home leave, travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, education grant for dependent children, assignment grant and rental subsidy. Candidates appointed to an international post with PAHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. All applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for this post.  Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. A written test and/or interview will be held for this post.  The post description is the official documentation for organization purposes.


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