The Global Health Training, Advisory and Support Contract (GHTASC) delivers effective global health programming to advance the mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Global Health (GH) through institutional support and workforce development services from junior, mid-level, senior and expert advisory and administrative professionals.
Credence and its partner, the Public Health Institute (PHI), are both employers for GHTASC, and are seeking a Senior Immunization Advisor in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) under GHTASC.
The world has witnessed an extraordinary 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, and a reduction in the burden of child deaths from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 5.2 million in 2019. Maternal deaths are also falling and declines in maternal mortality are currently averaging five percent per year. The COVID-19 pandemic has, however, widened immunity gaps. In 2021, there were 25 million underimmunized children. In 2022, there are increases in vaccine preventable disease outbreaks such as measles, compared to the same period last year, and there are indications that the disruptions in essential services still persist. Significant work remains in order to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, and address equity gaps that are bottlenecks to ending preventable child and maternal deaths. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an excess mortality of millions of people and disrupted access to essential services including immunization and put tens of millions at risk of contracting vaccine preventable diseases. Efforts to develop, distribute and deliver COVID-19 vaccines are a top priority globally.
USAID’s Bureau for Global Health is mobilized to support countries to prevent child and maternal deaths, focusing on 25 countries where 70 percent of these deaths occur (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia).
Seventy-five percent of the world’s unvaccinated children reside in the 25 priority countries. Immunization is a central component of USAID’s strategy to prevent maternal and child deaths. USAID is working with national governments, UNICEF, WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, key donors, civil society, and others to build sustainable health systems able to provide timely and safe universal coverage of life-saving immunizations to all children.
The MCHN Office serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; nutrition; and environmental health, with a focus on preventing child and maternal deaths. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal address private sector partnerships, social and behavior change communication, multilateral partnerships, gender, research, and monitoring and evaluation. The CHI Division provides technical and policy leadership, addressing the leading killers of children in the post-neonatal period. This includes treatment of pneumonia, diarrhea, and other major contributors to death, vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as emerging issues.
Technical Advisor provides technical, policy and programmatic support in routine immunization strengthening and recovery, accelerated disease control and response; and support COVID-19 vaccine rollout and integration with routine immunization. The work will broadly support achievement of the Immunization Agenda 2020 (IA2030) targets, support use of data, innovation and epidemiological analysis in improving program and immunization outcomes across the life course and will include support to USAID’S immunization activities at country, regional, and global levels.
Global Technical Leadership (35%)
Support to Country Programs (40%)
Activity Management Support (25%)
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