Monday, June 9, 2014

Project Officer (Varanasi - Uttar Pradesh) - UNDP (Apply by: 22 June 2014)



Location : Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA

Application Deadline : 22-Jun-14

Additional Category : Poverty Reduction

Type of Contract :  Service Contract

Post Level :  SB-4

Languages Required : English 
Duration of Initial Contract : One Year (Initially)

Background

Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) is an ambitious programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) that aims to reduce morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPD). Joint Review Missions and Common Review Missions organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on a regular basis) have noted that whilst UIP performance in India has improved overtime, there still remain a number of key constraints impacting immunization coverage in the country. Further, there are significant inequities in vaccination coverage in different states based on various factors related to individual (gender, birth order), family area (area of residence, wealth, and parental education), demography (religion, caste) and the society (access to health care, community literacy level) characteristics.

Some of the main constraints currently preventing India from achieving a quality immunization programme with universally high coverage rates relate to Cold Chain and Vaccine Logistics Management (VLM).
There is limited cold chain infrastructure and capacity in many states – even for routine UIP vaccines. Systematic efforts to identify gaps and address issues in cold chain and VLM have been conducted in recent years.  Key constraints identified include: inadequate and poor infrastructure, HR issues including technical capacities; weak monitoring and MIS issues; and Vaccine management. 

These constraints have led to high breakdown rate of equipment, overstocking and stock outs, inadequate monitoring and supervision, poor management thus hampering improved vaccine coverage.

UNDP under the GAVI HSS grant 2014 – 2016 will address some of the above mentioned issues by the development of an integrated and innovative solution that aims to provide real time information of vaccines stocks at the various level of the Routine Immunization Programme as well as have real time information on the temperature at the various levels of storage in two state of the country namely Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

For the specific purpose above UNDP intends to recruit 7 Project Officers (Vaccine Logistic and Cold Chain Management) to be based at the district level. Each project officer will be responsible for approximately 10 districts. The position will require extensive travel to the designated districts. The Project Officer will work under the direct supervision of Senior Project Officer, Lucknow.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Officer will be responsible for:

Programme Planning and Implementation:

Provides advice and support to the development and phased implementation of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) that includes vaccine logistics and cold chain management on one single information system platform in the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This activity will involve a systematic and phased scale up of a system for SMS-enabled real time Management Information system (MIS) for cold chain and vaccine logistics management (VLM) at the respective district level.

Building Partnerships:

Partners with the state and district level health vaccine structures to assess and understand the capacity needs and support required for the effective and timely implementation of the eVIN in select states. This activity will involve working closely State Level Health officials, coordinating with the GAVI- HSS partners namely UNICEF and WHO and other development partners working on immunization.

Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government: 

Assists the Senior Project Officer to identify capacity-building needs on eVIN and undertake capacity-building activities at the district level.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Facilitates the review of the system and capacities relating to the delivery of eVIN in conjunction with State Rural Health Mission. This will include
  • Undertake extensive field visits to monitor the implementation of the system and providing technical inputs to address gaps and bottlenecks;
  • The project officers will be required to carefully monitor the eVIN system and alert designated authorities the district level with regards to vaccine inventory and cold chain management;
  • The project officer will assist, support and monitor the identified implementing agency in the implementation of the system at the district and sub district level. This includes the capacity building initiatives at the district level;
  • Document to the implementation process and analytical learnings from the implementation to feedback into the effective scale up in all the districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Report Writing:

Prepares periodic status reports, annual reports, case studies, etc. in a qualitative and timely manner.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Functional Competencies: 
  • Identifies problems and proposes solutions;
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrates ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills;
  • Ability to manage stakeholder relationships, perform status reporting, and managing / resolving project issues;
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and requirements, and multitask as needed;
  • Ability to work independently with limited instruction;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Aptitude for technical innovations and data analytics.
Required Skills and Experience

Education:

A minimum of Post graduation in Business Administration/Public Health/ Hospital Management/ Social Sciences /Material Management/Supply Chain Management from a reputed University / Institution.

Experience:
  • A minimum of 5 Years of professional work experience at the State level in policy-cum-programme development, monitoring & implementation and of this period, 2-3 years preferably in  Routine Immunization programme including the vaccine logistics and cold chain mechanisms;
  • Experience in managing information technology driven projects;
  • Should have analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills;
  • Should have computer knowledge in MS Office and other applications;
  • Demonstrated experience in Health Policy analysis and influencing is mandatory;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and scaling large technology driven projects preferably in health sector;
  • Experience of working in the State Government or other international development organization will be an asset.
Language:

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is required;
A good working knowledge of local language of the duty station will be an asset.

Travel: 

The position will require extensive travel to the designated districts.

Remuneration package is Rs. 89,560/- per month (taxable).

For Apply: Click Here

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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