WHO REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE FOR RWANDA
Tel.: (+250) 280 300 507, Mobile (+250) 78 830 78 70
P.O. Box 1324, Kigali, Rwanda
Position Title: SSA/ Immunization Coverage Survey (ICS)
Type of Appointment: Special Service Agreement (SSA)
Duration of contract: 2 months
Duty Station: WHO/Kigali
Background and Justification
The universal immunization programs have considerably contributed to the decreasing of the burden of infectious diseases. Since the Expanded Program of Immunization started in 1974, immunization coverage for the major vaccine preventable diseases such as diphtheria, pertussis, tuberculosis, polio, tetanus and measles increased significantly and the infant mortality has been decreasing considerably. Countries in the African Region have been working towards various goals including the eradication of polio, the elimination of measles, the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. These initiatives rely on the provision of vaccination services in routine immunization, in supplementary immunization activities and outbreak response campaigns, as well as the efforts put in conducting intensive diseases surveillance to monitor the progress and determine the impact of the interventions.
Rwanda EPI program is stronger with persistently high administrative coverage of >94% for all antigens. 99% of children received the BCG vaccination and 90% are vaccinated against MCV2 while MCV1 coverage is 99%.
According to last immunization coverage survey conducted in 2013, 94% of Rwandan children are fully vaccinated, 98% of surving infants have received the 3rd dose of DPT-containing vaccine and 97% surving infants have received measles containing vaccine.
Results from 2012 national census showed that the proportion of less than one year children growth rate is 2.9%. According to administrative data collected from health facilities, some districts are reported immunization coverage above 100% while others are underestimated their coverage because the population used as denominator to calculate coverage is not well known. It is the reason why Rwanda MOH with support from partners mainly WHO and UNICEF use to organize periodically the national immunization survey in order to get more reliable immunization coverage which will allow country to assess the level of Global Vaccine Action Plan(GVAP) achievements. It is in this line WCO is committed to support MOH to conduct national immunization coverage by recruiting a SSA staff to provide technical support.
General objective of the survey:
To support MOH Rwanda in coordination and implementation of the national immunization
coverage survey (NICS) in Rwanda.
Specific Objectives of the Survey:
To get National and district wide estimates for vaccine coverage and various interventions
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the WHO Rwanda guidance, the SSA staff will:
- Support the planning, implementation and coordination of national immunization coverage survey in Rwanda using the WHO EPI Cluster Survey methodology; the Consultant is expected to work in collaboration with MOH, WHO Rwanda team and other Partners and communicate with IST ESA (for consultation purposes);
- Support the coordination and training of surveyors;
- Support the coordination and implementation of the survey;
- Support and coordinate the data entry and cleaning of the survey;
- Support the development of report from the survey;
- Provide debriefing on the result from the survey;
- Perform any other activities required by the WR including support on HIV and TUB programme.
Essential: Medical degree with Master degree in Epidemiology or Public health.
Desirable: (i) Master Degree in Public Health or Health planning, who previously conducted Immunization coverage survey.
Essential: 5 years of professional experience in the health sector with at least 3 years in
conducting Post Introduction Survey Evaluation.
Desirable: (i) Experience in capacity building, planning and monitoring and evaluation of health
programs; (ii) Experience working at operational as well as policy levels of the health system.
(iii) experience working with UN agencies or other international organizations
Excellent knowledge of English, French and Kinyarwanda is required.
Functional skills & Competencies:
- Technical expertise in public health and epidemiology, planning and conducting survey especially on Immunization survey and Vaccine Post Introduction Evaluation with ability to work effectively with colleagues;
- Familiarity with key health sector especially on Immunization interventions;
- Familiarity with WHO procedures and practices is also required;
- Ability to work under pressure;
- Excellent oral and written communication (report writing), computer and data analysis skills with ability to use Epi Info, STATA, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Word programs.
How to apply:
Written application accompanied by a detailed CV including three referees should be sent by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, not later than 9 May 2017 before 5:00 pm.
- Motivation Letter,
- Detailed CV,
- Copies of Education qualification,
- Copy of ID card.
Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Applications without all the above requirements will not be considered. All application materials will not be returned.
This application is open only to Rwandan Nationals.
The deadline for application is 9 May 2017 before 5:00 pm
Dr Olushayo OLU