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TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: Immunization Specialist (Vaccine Management), (P3), Lilongwe, Malawi #121769, 364 days, (Open to Non-Malawian nationals)

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Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Lilongwe
Level: P-3
Location: Malawi
Categories: Health

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, health

UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’.  The programme focuses on life cycle and multi-sectoral approach, including maternal, newborn, early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication.  The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

Every year, children are born and require immunization. UNICEF Malawi Country Office, and the Health Section in particular, plays a pivotal role in the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, procurement and administration of the cold chain and overall vaccine management, to sustain routine immunization as well as to accommodate the introduction of new vaccines.

How can you make a difference?

The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic team in the Health section where you will largely be responsible for supporting the Immunization Supply Chain Management system in the country, which will in turn contribute to a more stable immunization supply chain, while preparing the existing Cold Chain and Vaccine Management system to be more resilient, sustainable, and future-ready for any external threats and various emergencies, for example COVID-19 Pandemic, Polio Virus Outbreak, Cholera, and Measles Outbreak as well as other emergencies.

In your role as Immunization Specialist (Vaccine Management), you will be under the supervision and overall guidance of the Health Specialist (Community Health). 

This job therefore presents a unique and significant opportunity for a qualified, vibrant, motivated and committed person to be to contribute to the overall achievement of transformative results for children by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to (you are however encouraged to read the attached and detailed job description Download File JD- TA P3 Immunization Specialist (Vaccine Management)_Aug 2022_FG_GS_CLEAN.pdf in order to view the full role and its requirements)

  1. Support the forecasting, quantification, procurement, distribution and stock management of bundled vaccines and cold chain equipment.
  2. Contribute to the development and implementation of cold chain, vaccine management and logistics planning and approaches through participation and collaboration with internal and external partnership.
  3. Support training, coaching and mentoring of service providers and cold chain technicians on cold chain issues, including Ultra Cold Chain (UCC) and Vaccine Management focusing on COVID-19, Polio (bivalent and novel), Cholera , Measles and other newer vaccines.
  4. Support Government authorities at national and district levels to plan and organize COVID-19, Cholera, Measles and other emergency response interventions.
  5. Support strengthening of Vaccine and Cold Chain Management Information Systems, including updated and new data management tools related to UCC.
  6. Support the Ministry of Health (MOH)-National Immunization Programme, in effective implementation of Health Management Information System (HMIS), including RapidPro implementation and relevant coverage assessments, surveys and evaluations for COVID-19, Oral Polio Virus (OPV) vaccination and Routine Immunization (RI).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education:

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Supply Chain Management, Cold Chain and Logistics, Engineering, or related areas is an asset.
  • A first university degree from a recognized academic institution in one or more of the following areas in Medicine, Engineering, Cold Chain operations and maintenance with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advance degree.

Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required in supply management, vaccines programming including cold chain and vaccine management including Polio Outbreak Response management; or 7 years of relevant professional work experience in the same in case of a university degree.
  • Work experience managing large-scale projects related to immunization programme, working with governments, working in resource-limited settings, monitoring and evaluating supply chains, and risk management and mitigation will be essential.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset.

Technical expertise and knowledge:

  • Product knowledge on cold chain equipment, new cold chain technologies and understanding of the principles of vaccine management, development of National Deployment Vaccination Plan (NDVP) knowledge and experience with data collection, data management analysis and reporting is required.
  • Knowledge of procurement processes and good distribution practice is important.

Language:

  • Fluency in English – both written and verbal is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

 

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

The position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable females are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID).

Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF.

UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

UNICEF 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 at http://www.whed.net/.

The vacancy announcement is open to all candidates – both internal UNICEF and external candidates.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF Malawi is seeking individuals who are motivated to make a real difference and serve the children of Malawi with resourcefulness, resilience, creativity, and professional excellence. 

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