National Immunization Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.We are recruiting to fill the position of:Job Title: National Immunization OfficerVacancy Notice No: AFRO/16/TASR126Location: Abuja, NigeriaGrade: NO-BContract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4Duration of contract:  12 MonthsOrganization unit: AF_NGA Nigeria (AF_NGA) / AF_NG3 Technical Units (AF_NG3) Objectives of the ProgrammeThe objective of the EPI programme is to support national authorities to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to:The reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccinesThe strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.Description of DutiesUnder the overall guidance of the WHO Country Representative and direct supervision from the EPI Team Leader, the incumbent will be working closely with the government counterparts at different levels in the Ministry of Health in support of the following specific EPI activities:Support in planning, implementation and monitoring of immunization activities to increase coverageProvide technical support in identification of barriers to immunization through regular in-depth analysis of reasons for non-compliance and identify enablers to improve uptake of immunization servicesDevelop and integrate communication plans into High Risk Operational Plans to promote polio eradication initiative, routine immunization and non-polio supplemental immunization activities to generate stronger community demand.Build partnerships with community networks for immunization through local influencers such as local traditional and religious leadersSupport efforts to strengthen partnership and advocacy as well as mobilize resources aimed at improving performance of immunization activitiesProvide technical support in planning and developing information and communications products related to immunization activitiesPromote WHO's work by enhancing its visibility through development and implementation of creative communications strategiesAssist with donor relations and resource mobilization efforts by packaging and disseminating key messages through appropriate media to showcase value for donors' contributionsSupport the implementation of polio end-game strategies and Polio Legacy transition planning processPerform other activities as required by the supervisor 

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