WHO Cambodia is inviting applications for a
SPECIAL SERVICES AGREEMENT (SSA) FOR 11 MONTHS TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT ON NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMME, MINISTRY OF HEALTH IN CAMBODIA
The World Health Organization (WHO) as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations system has been providing technical support to National Immunization Programme, Ministry of Health (MoH) of Cambodia. WHO is recruiting an experienced Cambodian professional under Special Service Agreement in supporting some focused activities of National Immunization Programme (NIP) of MoH.
The recruited SSA will work for 10 months (1 March – 31 December 2019) and the duty station is in WHO Country Office, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
This is a re-advertisement. Deadline for applications: 14 February 2019
The National Immunization Programme (NIP) of Ministry of Health (MoH), Cambodia was established in 1986 with six basic vaccines. Over the past decades, NIP introduced six new and underutilized vaccines (Hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenza type B, Rubella, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Inactivated Poliomyelitis Vaccine, and Japanese Encephalitis). As of 2018, 12 vaccines are in national immunization schedule for preventing 11 diseases.
NIP has made great efforts to protect the people from Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) in last two decades in Cambodia. It has made significant progresses including attaining some landmark achievements in the history of public health such as polio eradication, measles elimination and maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination and hepatitis B control goal. Incredible contributions made to reduction of child and maternal mortality and hence supported to achieve Cambodian Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and now contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Cambodia Demographic Health Survey (CDHS) conducted in 2014 indicated that 27% children missed to receive basic vaccines and immunization coverage varied by provinces and wealth quintile. International NIP review conducted in 2017 demonstrated that there are few gaps and recommended to conduct some activities including immunization service delivery assessment; appropriate immunization session plan based on needs or as per service delivery assessment; improve data quality; develop microplan/work plan at HC level; develop health centre catchment area map; appropriate communication and social mobilization activities for targeted groups such as working parents, factories, bordering areas; strengthening vaccine preventable disease surveillance; etc.
Since establishment, WHO has been heavily engaged and supporting NIP for strengthening routine immunization and vaccine preventable disease surveillance system and increasing coverage for all antigens of national schedule. In recent time, WHO also supported to conduct pilot studies on immunization service delivery assessment, session plan, data quality, denominator used at local level in selected provinces. NIP planned to conduct several activities in 2019 including training and workshop at national and Operational District (OD) level to conduct and implement immunization service delivery assessment at HC; development and use of appropriate session plan as per service delivery assessment for each HC; review of denominator for each HC; development and use of HC catchment area map; development and use of microplan/work plan at province/OD/HC level; appropriate use of province/OD/HC data monitoring charts; conduct data quality audit in each OD; development and use of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials and development of mass media communication and airing/broadcasting; strengthening VPD surveillance system.
2.Purpose/specific objectives of the activity
• To strengthen the routine immunization systems by implementing and monitoring of some targeted immunization activities including building human resource capacity, support in creation of demand for increasing immunization coverage;
• To reduce inequities of immunization coverage with special focus by improving immunization • services in urban areas, factories, international border areas.
3.Description of activities to be carried out
1. Conduct, implement and monitor immunization service delivery assessment; development of appropriate session plan at HC; review of denominator for HC; development of HC catchment area map; development of province/OD/HC microplan/work plan; appropriate use of province/OD/HC data monitoring charts; data quality audit by in OD.
2. Prepare, implement and monitor the meeting with volunteers/village chief with HCs in urban provinces/ODs.
3. Ensure quality assurance of quarterly meeting with HC staffs at OD level for monitoring the progress of routine immunization and VPDs surveillance performances.
4. Organize and conduct regular programme review including supportive supervision and monitoring of immunization activities at HC and communities with special focus in urban and international border provinces.
5. Participate and facilitate various capacity building activities of National Immunization Programme.
6. Actively participate in community engagement activities for immunization programme under HC catchment area.
7. Plan and develop IEC materials focusing on urban area, working parents, people/family lives in bordering area and pregnant woman and dissemination of IEC materials to communities.
8. Plan and develop mass media communications and implement airing/broadcasting.
9. Technical support to other areas of National Immunization Programme requested by supervisor.
4.Method to carry out the activities
A SSA holder will be based in Phnom Penh and work under the overall guidance of the Technical Officer, Expanded Programme on Immunization of WHO Country Office, Cambodia. She/he will be working and in collaboration with National Immunization Programme of Ministry of Health for planning, preparing, implementing and monitoring of above mentioned activities including frequent visit to provinces/ODs/HCs.
5.Qualification and experiences
Essential: Medical Doctor or equivalent degree
Desirable: Master’s degree in Public Health
Essential: At least five years of relevant experience and/or experiences in the field of immunization programmes including community engagement.
Desirable: Working experiences in international organization
Technical skills and knoweldge
Sound knowledge in the planning, preparation, implementation and monitoring of various activities in immunization programme. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.
1. Producing results.
2. Fostering integration and teamwork.
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
6. Medical clearance
The selected SSA will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.
Interested applicants are required to send the application and the CV to [email protected] before the deadline. Smoking is not allowed in WHO premises.
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