Director, Vaccines and Immunizations Non-profit Careers – PATH

Organisation: PATH
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
PATH is an international non-profit organization that drives
transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among
women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines,
drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness
our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and
passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take
innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia
to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results
that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
Job Summary: The Director,
Vaccines and Immunizations will provide overall strategic direction and
technical advice in Uganda and across countries and multiple geographies in
areas of, designing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of
vaccines and immunizations programs. This person will sit within the Uganda
Country Program office and work as a member of a multi-country team of experts
with strong focus  in design,
implementation and evaluation of vaccine delivery programs, especially those
supported by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (www.gavi.org). The work will focus
initially on human papillomavirus (HPV) and typhoid conjugate vaccines and
expand to other priority vaccines of PATH, such as inactivated poliovirus,
rotavirus, malaria, etc.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Advisor Responsibilities;
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Provides overall strategic direction and
technical advice in Uganda and across countries and multiple geographies in
areas of, designing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of
vaccines and immunizations programs.
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Responsible for building and managing high-level
critical relationships with national, regional and global level stakeholders.
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Serves as the subject matter expert in vaccines
and immunization to other projects as required.
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Represents PATH at country, regional and global
level technical working groups.
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Drives intentional collaboration with PATH’s
Product Development and Public Health Impact teams.
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Guides countries in work planning, budgeting and
applications for bilateral and multilateral funding for specific programs.
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Supports countries to ensure compliance with
donor rules, regulations, and protocols as well as applicable governments and
PATH regulations and policies.
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Performs a responsible project management (RPM)
role for ensuring the successful implementation of projects in relation to
project deliverables and success criteria.
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Provides technical backstopping to ensure
quality and efficiency in project implementation of project.
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Identifies and secures new funding and
participates in proposal development aimed at strengthening national and global
PATH programs.
HPV vaccine responsibilities;
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Offer technical assistance to the Uganda
National Expanded Program on Immunization for the planning, preparation, and
implementation of the national rollout of HPV vaccination.
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Provide technical assistance to Gavi-eligible
countries in the preparation and completion of successful applications for HPV
vaccine support for national introductions
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Act as country liaison for PATH’s HPV
vaccine-related work in designated countries, at the direction of the project
director/team lead.
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Work collaboratively with other international
and country-level partners providing support for HPV vaccine delivery or
evaluation.
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Provide team support in the collation and
distillation of country reports and experiences of HPV vaccine delivery, in
partnership with external stakeholders.
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Participate in weekly and monthly internal and
external team teleconferences and meetings of project and country updates,
problem solving, and work planning.
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Stay current with latest technical
knowledge/experience regarding HPV vaccine introduction, and other new vaccines
of the investment portfolio of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (e.g., Japanese
encephalitis, malaria, IPV, etc.).
TCV vaccine responsibilities;
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Carry out assessments of acceptability and
feasibility of TCV vaccines in selected countries in east or southern Africa,
as a part of a global multi-country assessment.
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Work closely with country EPI programs and
stakeholders to understand, map, and contribute information to the new vaccine
decision-making process for TCV vaccines, including briefings with national
immunization technical advisory group.
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Work closely with other international and
country-level partners in broader activities of the project, such as vaccine
effectiveness studies, advocacy & communications, and health economics,
ensuring data generated from these activities are collated with other
information used in the decision making process.
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Support coordination of PATH-led TCV vaccine
activities in east or southern Africa.
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Actively participate in weekly and monthly
internal and external team teleconferences and meetings of project and country
updates, problem solving, and work planning.
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Stay current with latest technical
knowledge/experience regarding TCV vaccines and epidemiology, and other new vaccines
of the investment portfolio of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Broader PAI departmental and general team duties;
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Provide input to teams on technical matters
related to vaccine introduction and system preparedness for vaccine
implementation.
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Participate in phone calls and meetings with
other PATH project staff to discuss relevant program and country support
activities.
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Represent the project work at international,
regional, and national meetings, where appropriate, and present findings from
relevant projects.
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Travel domestically, regionally and/or
internationally, as required, up to 20%.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
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The ideal candidate for the PATH International
Director, Vaccines and Immunizations career placement should hold an advanced
degree (MD or PhD highly preferred) in public health, epidemiology, medicine,
or related field.
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At least six years’ work experience in public
health with experience in the field of immunization in developing countries is
preferred.
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Significant exposure and experience employing
epidemiological and operational research methods and approaches to design,
conduct, and evaluate vaccination programs or vaccines in developing countries.
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Experience working on formative research and
vaccine demonstration projects design and implementation in developing
countries desirable.
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Field-based work experience in developing
countries desirable but relevant work experience in developed countries with
skills and knowledge that transfers to developing country contexts allowable.
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Knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer
epidemiology, HPV vaccines, and reproductive health in developing country
contexts.
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Knowledge of typhoid epidemiology and disease
control efforts in developing country contexts.
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In-depth knowledge of immunization systems and country
immunization programs. Specific knowledge of the structure and operations of
the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization desirable.
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Extensive knowledge of vaccine-preventable
disease epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative study design, and program
evaluation of vaccine delivery.
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Demonstrated ability to conduct operational
research and program evaluations in developing country contexts, preferably
with vaccination programs.
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Proven ability to work in a multi-country,
team-based organizational structure.
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Strong experience in country or community-based
field experience with vaccine delivery.
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Demonstrated skills in writing scientific
reports for governments, stakeholders, and non-technical audiences.
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Articulate communicator, excellent written and
verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
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Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other information processing software.
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Working knowledge of data analysis software such
as SPSS, STATA, Nvivo, Atlas.ti, EPI-Info, or others.
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Strong organizational skills, ability to work
independently, and to competent track timelines and deliverables with minimal
guidance.
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Flexibility to work within multiple time zones
and multiple teams across the globe.
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Must have legal authorization to work in Uganda.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join PATH
in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to apply online by clicking the
link below.
Deadline: 27th
October 2017
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