Senior Immunization Advisor

Credence Management Solutions
  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 13

Position description

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.

 

Summary Statement

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. 

Job Requirements

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.

Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate with the immunization team members to develop and implement strategies to improve USAID support for routine immunization, disease control and contribute to global goals of IA2030, Gavi 5.0 and GPEI.
  • Work closely with members of the Immunization Team to develop and implement strategies to strengthen GPEI and Gavi engagement and support USAID missions to improve coordination and complementary programming with Gavi for improved immunization outcomes.
  • Participate with and contribute to production of analysis, communications materials, talking points, briefers, and reports.

Global Technical Leadership (35%)

  • Participate in interagency, domestic and global meetings, consultations, working groups, and negotiations related to routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccine technical assistance.
  • Provide technical assistance for the Global Health Bureau in global discussions related to routine immunization with international partners.
  • Prepare briefers or other documents to summarize progress in routine immunization; conduct regular data review and trend analysis for USG focal countries; contribute to advance global priorities such as COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Prepare and present technical presentations at regional USAID health officers meetings and workshops as appropriate; and
  • Monitor and analyze equity trends and issues related to routine immunization and apply these analyses to global, regional and country level programs supported by USAID.

Support to Country Programs (40%)

  • Provide state-of-the-art technical and program expertise, assistance and support to the GH Bureau, regional bureaus and USAID field Missions in the development and evaluation of immunization-related strategies, programs, and policies, including recovery of immunization programs, on COVID-19 vaccine rollout and integration.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to effectively monitor, evaluate and analyze USAID immunization program progress; participating in country-level activities as required; and
  • Facilitate the gathering and analysis of immunization data for reporting and improving program design and monitoring.

Activity Management Support (25%)

  • As directed by project managers, monitor cooperating agencies’ implementation of strategies for routine immunization, including monitoring of work plans and budgets, supporting site visits to monitor performance, and reviewing reports and accomplishment of milestones.

Qualifications 

  • Minimum requirements equivalent to PhD with 8 years of relevant experience; Master’s degree with 10 years of experience, Bachelor’s degree with 12 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in the field of global public health or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years direct experience managing or advising routine immunization programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of routine immunization systems strengthening best practices; knowledge of IA2030, Gavi 5. 0 and familiarity with global immunization policies and strategies
  • Experience in evaluation design and iterative learning, using data and predictive analysis for design, performance monitoring and decision making
  • US citizenship or permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain facility access required
  • Prior experience working in countries is an advantage
  • Fluent spoken and written English; fluency in French or Portuguese preferred.
  • Willingness to travel up to 30 % of the time

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