Senior Program Officer

Site Path

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing heath challenges.

PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access (CVIA) brings together our expertise across every stage of the long and complex process of vaccine research, development, and delivery to make lifesaving vaccines widely available to children and communities across the world. CVIA’s current portfolio encompasses more than two dozen vaccines either in development or already in use to protect against 15 different diseases. Our focus is on vaccines to address the leading diseases that claim children’s lives worldwide: pneumonia, diarrheal disease, cervical cancer, and malaria; as well as other global health priorities, such as polio and meningitis. We work in partnership with national health ministries, pharmaceutical manufacturers, donors, international financing and regulatory organizations, and many others.

This senior staff position is based in Senegal and will work within Policy, Access, and Introduction (PAI) functional area of CVIA and be managed by the Director of HPV Vaccine Programs or their designee. In addition, this person will have a “dotted line” of reporting to the Senegal Country Director or designee to ensure effective integration into PATH’s regional presence in West Africa. In general, this person will focus on supporting West African countries with new vaccine planning and introduction, and post-introduction activities.

Responsibilities

New vaccine introduction or switching

  • Facilitate country decision making processes on new vaccine introduction and switch decisions (e.g. two-dose schedule to one-dose schedule) through the gathering and dissemination of relevant data, evidence, learnings, and policies, and other information in collaboration with national coordinating mechanisms such as NITAGs and TWGs, and global stakeholders such as WHO.
  • Coordinate, plan, and provide key stakeholders with technical support, training, and guidance for new vaccine introduction. Support MOH in evaluating introduction activities and progress.
  • Assist as requested by MOH or other stakeholders for completing funding applications to Gavi and/or other donors.
  • Develop curricula and provide training and education of health care workers, community-based organizations, and other partners to support vaccine service delivery.

Communications and stakeholder relations

  • Represent and serve as a primary technical liaison with MOH National Vaccines and Immunization Program (NVIP) staff, relevant global stakeholders (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, Gavi), other international organizations and professional, research and academic institutions in Burkina Faso and other West African countries.
  • Collect and disseminate scientific and public health information on new vaccines, through presentations to congresses, scientific sessions, groups of medical professionals, and various advisory groups.

Required skills and experience

  • Doctoral-level training in medicine, epidemiology, or public health with 5-year experience or MPH or its equivalent with 10-year experience in medical affairs or public health aspects of vaccine delivery.
  • Significant experience working with MOH NVIP, Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other international organizations promoting vaccination
  • Experience with new vaccine introduction preferred.
  • Ability to engage MOH with key stakeholders in other West African countries especially within the Francophone zone.
  • A team player with the capacity to multi-task
  • Proficiency in both French and English required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Senegal.

Key Competencies

  • Strong technical skills and knowledge on vaccines and immunization, immunization delivery systems (e.g. planning, service delivery, data systems, cold chain, supply/logistics etc.).
  • Knowledge of new vaccine introduction process and the various measurement of success of an immunization program.
  • Knowledge of new vaccines preferred (HPV, malaria, etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Collaborative and able to build effective partnerships (internally and externally)
  • Experience in coverage surveys and post introduction evaluations (PIE) is highly desirable.
  • Strong networks with MOHs in West Africa with the ability to gather intelligence and effectively inform and support decision making at Ministry levels.
  • Experience working with global partners.
  • Management and supervision
  • Vaccine program planning and evaluation
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment.PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing heath challenges.

PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access (CVIA) brings together our expertise across every stage of the long and complex process of vaccine research, development, and delivery to make lifesaving vaccines widely available to children and communities across the world. CVIA’s current portfolio encompasses more than two dozen vaccines either in development or already in use to protect against 15 different diseases. Our focus is on vaccines to address the leading diseases that claim children’s lives worldwide: pneumonia, diarrheal disease, cervical cancer, and malaria; as well as other global health priorities, such as polio and meningitis. We work in partnership with national health ministries, pharmaceutical manufacturers, donors, international financing and regulatory organizations, and many others.

This senior staff position is based in Senegal and will work within Policy, Access, and Introduction (PAI) functional area of CVIA and be managed by the Director of HPV Vaccine Programs or their designee. In addition, this person will have a “dotted line” of reporting to the Senegal Country Director or designee to ensure effective integration into PATH’s regional presence in West Africa. In general, this person will focus on supporting West African countries with new vaccine planning and introduction, and post-introduction activities.

Responsibilities

New vaccine introduction or switching

  • Facilitate country decision making processes on new vaccine introduction and switch decisions (e.g. two-dose schedule to one-dose schedule) through the gathering and dissemination of relevant data, evidence, learnings, and policies, and other information in collaboration with national coordinating mechanisms such as NITAGs and TWGs, and global stakeholders such as WHO.
  • Coordinate, plan, and provide key stakeholders with technical support, training, and guidance for new vaccine introduction. Support MOH in evaluating introduction activities and progress.
  • Assist as requested by MOH or other stakeholders for completing funding applications to Gavi and/or other donors.
  • Develop curricula and provide training and education of health care workers, community-based organizations, and other partners to support vaccine service delivery.

Communications and stakeholder relations

  • Represent and serve as a primary technical liaison with MOH National Vaccines and Immunization Program (NVIP) staff, relevant global stakeholders (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, Gavi), other international organizations and professional, research and academic institutions in Burkina Faso and other West African countries.
  • Collect and disseminate scientific and public health information on new vaccines, through presentations to congresses, scientific sessions, groups of medical professionals, and various advisory groups.

Required skills and experience

  • Doctoral-level training in medicine, epidemiology, or public health with 5-year experience or MPH or its equivalent with 10-year experience in medical affairs or public health aspects of vaccine delivery.
  • Significant experience working with MOH NVIP, Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other international organizations promoting vaccination
  • Experience with new vaccine introduction preferred.
  • Ability to engage MOH with key stakeholders in other West African countries especially within the Francophone zone.
  • A team player with the capacity to multi-task
  • Proficiency in both French and English required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Senegal.

Key Competencies

  • Strong technical skills and knowledge on vaccines and immunization, immunization delivery systems (e.g. planning, service delivery, data systems, cold chain, supply/logistics etc.).
  • Knowledge of new vaccine introduction process and the various measurement of success of an immunization program.
  • Knowledge of new vaccines preferred (HPV, malaria, etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Collaborative and able to build effective partnerships (internally and externally)
  • Experience in coverage surveys and post introduction evaluations (PIE) is highly desirable.
  • Strong networks with MOHs in West Africa with the ability to gather intelligence and effectively inform and support decision making at Ministry levels.
  • Experience working with global partners.
  • Management and supervision
  • Vaccine program planning and evaluation
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment.

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