National Technical Officer (Mentors for Ethnic Health Organization)
World Health Organization (WHO)
SE_MMR WR Office, Myanmar
Close on 20 Jul 2020
Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
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Job Description


Organizational Setting

Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative to Myanmar, direct supervision of Technical Officer -Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and close coordination with central Expanded Programme on Immunization (cEPI), MoHS, the National Technical Officer (NTO) will provide technical support to ethnic health organizations to build the capacity of EHO staff to perform immunization services at their areas and to increase immunization coverage at ethnic areas by strengthening technical capacity on immunization and VPD surveillance; and to strengthen the collaborative work on primary health care services including immunization and VPD surveillance activities between MoHS and Ethnic Health Organizations. The candidate will provide support to ethnic communities mainly for immunization services in line with WHO Myanmar Country Cooperative Strategy (CCS 2019-2023) and Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (2018-2030).  Overall supervision is focused on the successful delivery of client oriented and efficient implementation of operational services.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The National Technical Officer will work under the direct supervision of Technical Officer (EPI), WHO and Program Manager (cEPI), MoHS, the incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Assist cEPI, MoHS, respective state/regional health department and EHO for the smooth implementation of immunization services to all eligible children at ethnic areas by strengthening coordination within these parties.

  • Assist cEPI and state/regional health department in building the capacity of ethnic health staff for immunization services and VPD surveillance at their ethnic controlled areas according to the MoHS guidelines and under the guidance of cEPI.

  • Assist vaccinators from ethnic health organization in the development and preparation for the vaccination (routine immunization as well as campaign and outbreak response immunization) such as preparation of eligible children list (due list), microplan, session plan and immunization post.

  • Assist EHO for the estimation of vaccine needs, logistics forecasting and cold chain requirement for the immunization services.

  • To provide hands on trainings to vaccinators from ethnic health organization during immunization session by quality and effective supervision. (skills transfer)

  • To assist and guide EHO for the quality report on immunization data, coverage and VPD surveillance data to cEPI, State/Region and WHO timely.

  • To assist the activities for the increased coverage of immunization particularly among peri-urban and migrant population, in line with WHO Myanmar Country Cooperative Strategy (CCS 2019-2023).

  • To participate in the strengthening of health service systems to enable the provision of universal health care, in line with Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (2018-2030).

  • Perform any other additional duty that may be assigned by WR Myanmar. 

  • To submit assignment report quarterly

Work Relations and Partnerships

The National Technical Officer (NTO), EHO mentor constantly provides technical support to EHOs in planning, implementation and evaluation of the immunization activities. The NTO has to collaborate with respective ethnic organization for the smooth implementation of immunization services. NTO also has to collaborate with other partners such as UNICEF, PATH and others for the quality trainings, supervision and monitoring.

Impact of functions

Reduced the vaccine preventable morbidity and mortality and increased immunization coverage at previously low immunization coverage areas. Enhanced capacities and processes for monitoring and management of the national immunization program within the context of a broader, well-coordinated monitoring and management structure fully owned and managed by the MoHS.

Educational background
  •  Post graduate degree in Public Health and/ or related fields.

Professional experience and knowledge

  • At least 2 years professional experience in the field of health care services at sub-national and township level with government or non-government organization.
  • Extensive knowledge of immunization program, especially in experience in training, planning, monitoring and implementation of the program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program management and partnership coordination.
  • Advanced organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments
  • Strong communication skills – especially with local ethnic leaders and ethnic health organization
  • Knowledge and good overview of peace and security issues as well as other key policy issues relevant to the health services.
  • Established relationships with major service providers (ethnic, government, civil) operating in ethnic areas preferred
Language Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources.
 - Cultural sensitivity essential
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and no smoking policy
  • Duty Station
  • (1) Kayin State (KDHW area), 2 posts
    (2) Shan North (Wa/Pansan Area) 2 posts
    (3) Shan North (Kokant Area), 1 post
    (4) Shan East (SR4 Monglar area), 2 posts
    (5) Shan South (Ethnics area), 1 post

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