Job Title: Non-staff – Refugee and Migrant Health Officer (UN Jobs)
Organization: United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Salary: UGX 226,180,000 /=
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO 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.
Job Summary: The Non-staff – Refugee and Migrant Health Officer will support the work of the WHO Country Office in Uganda to plan, coordinate, and implement activities aimed at improving immunization coverage in refugee-hosting districts. Priority work will include ensuring that zero-dose and under-vaccinated refugees and migrants are reached with the recommended vaccines as well as implementing interventions aimed at preparing for and responding to vaccine-preventable diseases outbreaks.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support the establishment of a national multi-stakeholder working group with UN agencies, NGOs, and other partners who will be engaged in the different phases of a research study. This will include mapping potential working group members, coordinating regular meetings, and following up on agreed next steps.
- Liaise with the national and district counterparts and stakeholders including technical working group members in the review/development of the Expanded Programme on Immunization plan for refugee-hosting districts and assist to strengthen the evaluation and monitoring of immunization activities.
- Monitor the implementation of planned activities and ensure the availability of potent vaccines as well as the required equipment and injection materials.
- Coordinate planning, development of protocol and implementation of a research study to identify and analyse barriers and drivers to vaccine uptake among refugees and migrants in Uganda.
- Compile and share the study findings with all relevant stakeholders within the district and submit project proposals for strengthening the existing systems as informed by the research findings.
- Map and engage partners on the ground who will be involved in the task team leading the development of a preparedness and response plan with a focus on vaccine-preventable diseases among refugees and migrants. This will include the coordination of regular task team meetings and compiling and addressing feedback from partners.
- Support the design and roll out of a data collection exercise (e.g., through a survey) focused on gathering health data on refugees and migrants in the country, including information relevant to tailor and strengthen immunization programmes.
- Liaise with the Ministry of Health counterparts or other health related interlocutors in the refugee-hosting district planning and organization of vaccination campaigns.
- Participate in training and capacity building of refugee-hosting districts vaccinators in the area of Immunization and Vaccines, including outbreak preparedness and response.
- Work with the emergency preparedness and response team and health information teams from MOH to strengthen vaccine preventable disease surveillance in the refugee-hosting districts.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Non-staff – Refugee and Migrant Health Officer job should hold a University degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in medicine, epidemiology, public health, health sciences, or a related discipline.
- An advanced university degree, master’s level or above in health (medicine or public health) is desired
- A minimum of five years of relevant experience in the field of immunization, disease surveillance, or prevention and detection of vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Previous experience in conducting research and translating research findings to policy
- Relevant experience working with WHO or with the UN system.
- Relevant experience working on refugee and migrant health and/or cross-border health interventions.
- Communicating in a credible and effective way
- Producing results
- Fosters integration and teamwork
Functional Knowledge and Skills:-
- Knowledge in public health, as well as an understanding of migration dynamics in Uganda.
- Knowledge and understanding of the national health system, service delivery models, immunization programmes and strategies. Knowledge of how to conduct scientific research.
- Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills.
- Ability to synthesize information in a clear and concise manner.
- Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, draw conclusions and make recommendations.
- Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals.
- Knowledge and understanding of national health system, service delivery models, and immunization service delivery.
Remuneration: WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at UGX 226,180,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to apply online through the World Health Organization career portal at the link below.
Deadline: 15th June 2023