UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Mar 25, 2020Entry-level
Major duties and responsibilities: 1. Influencing Policy Contributes to situational and programme policy analysis and recommendation for shifts in management, risk allocation and coordination of service delivery related to Immunization service delivery with special focus on capacity building initiative. Establishes and maintains regular contact with government officials, project/Programme implementing institutions at state and district levels; staff of training, academic and research institutions through joint visits, consultations, travel. Supports Government in defining the roadmap for improving routine immunization coverage levels and implementation of other RMNCH+A interventions 2. Building Partnerships Collaborates with the state government, academic institutions, NGO Sector, private sector and other new partners to identify essential interventions and effective approaches necessary for improved planning, implementation, tracking and monitoring of Immunization Programme, with special focus on cold chain management, immunization on demand, out-reach services that effectively reach the unreached children, and effectiveness of Mamta Diwas /VHND sessions and maternal health interventions in selected districts. Provides technical assistance and evidence-based support to implementing partners including private sector . 3. Programme Implementation Supports the establishment/adaptation/refinement of measures for system strengthening and quality improvement to ensure continuity, effectiveness and sustainability of Immunization Programme and RMNCH+A programs with special focus in the low coverage and high priority/Aspirational districts including urban slums. Facilitates timely preparation of results based annual sector-and-project-specific work plans and activities. In the focus districts, support planning, monitoring implementation and review of the main thrusts of health sector programme related to Immunization. Reviews and compiles quarterly and annual progress reports and input-output-outcome statistics and data analysis with specific reference to Immunization services . 4. Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinates with government in conducting routine monitoring, and in strengthening and using MIS in planning and review meetings. Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes inputs (including cash and supply assistance, activities and outputs aiming at increased and more equitable coverage of routine immunization, as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Contributes to the preparation of the situation analysis, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information on RI. Technical assistance to state and districts for monitoring and assessment of cold chain and vaccine logistics including EVM assessment and developing follow-up plans. 5. Capacity Building Promotes intensive focus and innovative programming in select districts to bring about evidence for decision-making, improvements in coverage and quality of Immunization and VHND sessions. Supports community involvement in health care; promotes operations research. Offers assessment of supply needs and management support to Routine immunization services. Provides technical assistance to build capacity of state and districts in planning and implementing quality immunization services and MCH services. Assists government authorities and training institutions, to plan and organize capacity building programmes in Immunization services and launch of newer vaccines. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of Programme/projects. Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing. Planning for the immunization and health services in Aspirational Districts Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on social inclusion in immunization service interventions . 6. Coordination and convergence Acts as a resource person on maternal child health care services, especially immunization to colleagues and also optimize alternative opportunities for promotion of Immunization services. Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate development of Immunization services to enable more effective change in key care behaviors related to logistics, maintenance of cold chain and Vaccine Management .