Technical Officer (Immunization)

  • Contract
  • Kyiv
  • Posted 2 months ago

WHO - World Health Organization


The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels.Within CHP, the Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Programme (VPI) aims to reduce disease and death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases by:•strengthening routine immunization programmes by achieving and maintaining high vaccination coverage with childhood vaccines;•ensuring that all children, adolescents, adults, and women of childbearing age have equal access to safe and high-quality immunization services;•ensuring that epidemiological surveillance, including laboratory networks, is sufficient to achieve and sustain disease elimination targets;•supporting the implementation of an immunization week to promote immunization; and•(v) fostering appropriate partnerships with governmental and intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other relevant partners.


In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS) at the country level, the incumbent will support sub-national efforts in response to COVID-19 pandemic, through provision of technical assistance on strengthening the sub-national public health capacities in coordination & management and training & supervision within the COVID-19 vaccine and routine immunization. The technical assistance is provided within the framework of EU COVID-19 Vaccination and Vaccine Preparedness and Deployment Programme for the Eastern Partnership.

Assigned key duties:

  • Provide technical support to Ministry of Health to establish and operationally maintain regional coordination and management hubs for sub-national deployment of COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination response fully aligned with National Deployment and Vaccination Plan and global and national overarching principles.
  • Provide technical support to Ministry of Health to establish and sustain training and supportive supervision hubs in regions, equipped with trainers, required supplies and materials to support both delivery of COVID-19 vaccination response and routine immunization services.
  • Provide technical assistance to procurement of equipment and supplies for sub-national coordination & management hubs and training & supervision hubs.
  • Assist regions with implementation of country consolidated capacity building and supervision plan under COVID-19 vaccination and routine immunization, monitor sub-national implementation and report progress on regular basis.
  • Assist development of national and sub-national training materials, including by adopting global and regional online courses and technical content of guidance documents on COVID-19 vaccination and routine immunization.
  • Conduct periodic training and development needs assessment at sub-national level and adapt training and supervision program to address identified gaps.
  • Facilitate timely and complete submission of the sub-national reports including on vaccine coverage to the national level – and regular feedback to regions.
  • Provide support to document sub-national level implementation of COVID-19 vaccine deployment, including lessons learnt and best practices and contribute to sharing experience between regions, including through workshops, round tables, meetings, information bulletins.
  • Conduct field visits, collect, verify and compile sub-national data, undertake periodic reviews at sub-national and community levels.
  • Support to development of and/or prepare progress reports as requested by country, regional and global structures.
  • Facilitate and coordinate country staff and immunization partner missions as appropriate.
  • Undertake any other duties which may be assigned according to the needs of the WHO.



Essential: First university degree (Bachelor’s level) in public health, health management, epidemiology or relevant social/public health areas.
Desirable: Advanced University degree (Master’s level or above) in public health, health management, epidemiology or relevant social/public health areas.


Essential: At least 2 years’ experience in planning and management of public health or immunization programmes; Experience in developing national policy and planning documents in the area of public health, immunization, emergency response and learning and development.
Desirable: Work experience with WHO or another international public health organization


Knowledge of WHO guidance and policies in the area of immunization, emergency response and/or COVID-19 response;Strong analytical skills and ability to review and synthesize information from multiple sources; Excellent Communication, Facilitation and Report-writing skills;Strong interpersonal skills, able to work across cultures and with the capacity to build strong working relationships;Knowledge of Office software applications.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Ukrainian.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other WHO/EURO lang.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 38,776 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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