Date: Friday June 10, 2022
Position: Life course Immunization Coordinator
Programme: Support vaccination across the life course in Uganda
Number of vacancies: (01)
Duty Stations: AFENET Secretariat-Kampala Uganda
Application Deadline: Friday June 24, 2022
The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is a non-profit organization established in 2005 with a mission to improve human health through the strengthening and expansion of applied epidemiology and laboratory capacity in partnership with Ministries of Health, Non-Governmental Organizations, international agencies, private sector and other public health agencies. AFENET has its headquarters in Kampala, Uganda with operations in more than 30 African Countries.
Uganda is preparing to introduce a routine second dose of measles-containing vaccine (MCV) to be given in the second year of life (2YL). This will be the first vaccine in Uganda’s National Immunization Schedule to routinely target this age group, and one of few vaccines targeting age groups beyond the first year of life.
Experience from many countries, including those in the East African region have shown that establishing and maintaining a routine vaccination contact in 2YL can be challenging, particularly in areas with low coverage or high drop out for infant vaccines.
Uganda has a strong national routine immunization platform, though as with many health systems has gaps, and challenges, including those resulting from COVID-19-related disruptions. The CDC’s Global Immunization Division and the CDC-Uganda country office, in partnership with AFENET and Uganda’s Infection Disease Institute (IDI), is supporting the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) to introduce vaccines to new target age groups (i.e. 2YL) and identify, implement and monitor strategies to strengthen the delivery of and demand for routine immunization services in Uganda, with a focus on those in the second year of life and beyond.
AFENET seeks a candidate for a full-time position to support the UNEPI team and partners to establish routine vaccination in the second year of life in Uganda and strengthen routine immunization systems in the country.
Required Qualifications and experience:
The applicant should hold an MD, MBChB, Nursing, or primary Public Health degree along with a Masters of Public Health or higher post-graduate degree
A least five years of experience in planning, implementation and/or monitoring and evaluation of routine immunization services and systems in Uganda
A track record in project management including coordinating teams, and delivering as required on tasks and projects
Ability to develop written reports, draft manuscripts, prepare and deliver presentations in English
Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills and ability to collaborate with others as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Flexibility to work on a varied and dynamic portfolio of activities
Ability to think critically and analyze findings, as well as recognize emergent situations as they arise
Ability to handle confidential information in a discreet and professional manner
Ability to manage resources effectively to achieve objectives
Competent in the use of Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets), as well as data analysis software (such as R, STATA or SPSS).
Fluency in spoken and written English, and one or more languages spoken in Uganda
How to apply: Submit your resume, application letter, and relevant documentation to:
All interested candidates are encouraged to send their Application Letters detailing their experiences and skills, Curriculum Vitae, copies of relevant academic documents plus Certificates together with complete contact details of three professional references to:
ONLY successful candidates shall be contacted for an interview.
Please note that all applications should be sent online by close of business 5:30 pm (EAT) Friday June 24, 2022.