Save the Children Vacancy for a Routine Immunization Officer

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in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United
States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats
children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives
by improving their health,
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everywhere.

Save the Children is recruiting to fill the vacant job position below:


Job Title: Routine Immunization Officer
Location:
Katsina, Nigeria
Job Role

  • To support the (Child Care Core Group -CGPP), Katsina team in
    developing, implementing and maintaining effective and appropriate
    Immunization programme (Routine Immunization and Supplementary
    Immunization) activities in coordination with other team members, and in
    line with SCI guidelines and best practices.

Main Responsibilities

  • Responsible for direct implementation of  all the Immunization
    (Routine Immunization and SIAs) support activities in 4 Save the
    Children supported LGAs
  • Monitor the delivery of vaccines from LGA cold store to all the
    wards / HFs in the LGA and ensure that the LGA / wards have vaccine
    distribution plans based on their REW micro plans.
  • Monitor the REW micro plans developed for supported LGA and
    health facilities and monitor the proportion of planned RI sessions
    (fixed, outreach and mobile) that have been conducted in SCI
    intervention LGAs, wards and health facilities.
  • Observe immunization sessions (if found taking place and fill the abridged checklist).
  • Support the HFs to update RI monitoring charts and ensure that they are displayed.
  • Ensure all HFs have updated Routine Immunization registers regularly.
  • Coordinate RI Focal Persons Meeting as an avenue for experience
    sharing, dissemination of best Practices and use the avenue for RI data
    validation.
  • Ensure that all Immunization tools are practical to use and
    provide necessary support to all RI Service providers on the effective
    use of Immunization tools.
  • Based on the project proposal, implementation plan, and donor
    requirements, Implement high Quality SIAs and Routine Immunization
    activities which is feasible, practical and will obtain valid and
    reliable information.
  • Monitor the delivery of Vaccines to the LGAs by reviewing the
    vaccine distribution plan prepared by the cold chain officer. He or She
    should have a copy of vaccine distribution plan.
  • Coordinate the development of REW Micro – Plan and its Implementation in SCI intervention LGAs, Wards and Health facilities.
  • Monitor availability of the bundled vaccines at the LGAs and HFs.
  • Work with partners, VWS and LGA team to strengthen reporting
    processes to ensure that all information and data is collected,
    documented, and collated in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Create a system for ensuring that Immunization data obtained is
    also shared with communities, children, and other stakeholders through a
    regular feedback mechanism.
  • Work with the project M&E officer to analyse information
    about the programme (Non – Compliant families, Number of new born, Zero
    dose, etc) and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Preparation of monthly reports for Save the Children Nigeria and
    other partners involved in the project (including the donor) ensuring
    utmost quality.
  • Training – Capacity development of relevant stakeholders at the field level.
  • Provide ongoing support to LGA teams, Partners, and Communities to maintain High Immunization Coverage.
  • Work with LGA team to identify skill gaps that can be addressed in subsequent refresher trainings.
  • Work with the CGPP Program Manager, LGA team and Other Partners
    to ensure that the Katsina CGPP Project is well linked and/or integrated
    with overall CGPP Immunization activities.
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Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Help shape broader sector strategies, ensuring the specific
    needs of children are being addressed, through engaging with partners
    (UN/NGO – eg through actively participating in inter-agency coordination
    forums), keeping informed on the activities of immunization and other
    agencies.
  • Document lessons learned, best practice and case studies to
    shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to
    broader sector learning.
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities which link with
    wider organisational strategic objectives, and work to mobilise these
    into action.

General:

  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies
    and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health
    and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and
    procedures
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of health are maintained in accordance with the immunization Codes of Conduct.

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:

  • Advanced training in Child Health and immunization activities
  • Minimum of 3 years practical experience working in an immunization programme.
  • Fluency in English and Hausa (Spoken and Written) – this is a Community-based Position
  • Proven ability to coordinate effective resource allocation to ensure quality Immunization programmes.
  • Experience of working within budget constraints.
  • Commitment to support cross organisational initiatives.
  • Commitment to team working and understanding of how to contribute.
  • Ability to operate within a predominantly administratively self-servicing environment.
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability
    to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work
    plans and evaluate progress.
  • Strong analytic skills and an understanding of a range of methods use for resolving Non – Compliance
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement Social
    Mobilization/BCC Interventions to educate mothers and other caregivers
    on Immunization and its benefits.
  • Good understanding of Immunization Indicators
  • Ability to build support from staff across teams and across members, and to build the capacity of others.
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal). The
    ability to analyse complex data and summarise it for a range of
    different audiences.
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Desirable / Qualifications:

  • Professional Qualification at Bachelors level, HND or Equivalent
    in Public Health; Registered Nurse / Midwife, Community Health
    specialist.
  • Ability to work in partnership with Government and Development partners
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a culturally diverse sitting
  • Independence, adaptability and flexibility
  • 2 – 3 years’ experience with working in Immunization or Child Health related Project with local and or International NGOs
  • Familiar with Immunization Indicators
  • Advanced computer literacy (MS Office applications, Excel and Power Point, etc)


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidate should:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline  2nd October, 2016.

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