Sr Program Officer (HPV/RSV), Center for Vaccine Access and Innovation

Description

 

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

 

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 16 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, donors, international financing and regulatory organizations, and many others.

 

Policy, Access and Introduction (PAI) supports the integration of vaccines for public health impact and disease control in developing countries. We focus on activities that facilitate vaccine introduction and widespread use in national immunization programs, such as determining disease burden, conducting clinical trials, establishing the health economics of vaccine use, raising awareness of disease burden and the impact of vaccination, increasing availability of technologies through licensing and commercialization, and advocating for appropriate policies. In addition, we implement activities that improve the accessibility of high-quality immunization services, including training, supervision, health information systems, and immunization safety, logistics, and communications.

 

PAI is seeking a full-time senior program officer to provide technical, research, and coordination support to two high profile vaccine delivery projects.

 

The HPV 1-Dose Project is a consortium of 12 organizations and external advisors that will collate and summarize the current evidence – as well as new evidence to be generated over the course of this four year project – from clinical trials, observational and post-licensure research, and modeling studies on the efficacy and effectiveness of the use of one dose of HPV vaccine to prevent clinical outcomes from human papillomavirus. The outputs will be used to engage with global policy making bodies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), to develop guidance for country-level implementation of 1-dose or 1-dose extended HPV vaccination schedules. This project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

 

The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine Project accelerates the development of safe, effective, and affordable RSV vaccines to protect the youngest infants from severe disease in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) populations. Vaccine delivery project objectives will be achieved through a PATH-led collaboration with the WHO called Advancing Maternal Immunization (AMI) that will engage key stakeholders across immunization and maternal, newborn, and child health programs to enable efficient and well-informed decisions around the introduction of RSV maternal immunization in LMICs. Key deliverables will be a RSV maternal immunization gap analysis and roadmap that will be used to engage with global policy-making bodies, such as the WHO and Gavi, and partners engaged in generating relevant evidence. This project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Responsibilities:

 

HPV 1Dose Project duties

  • Assist the project director in management of the consortium and its activities.
  • Contribute to writing of systematic summaries of the evidence base and identifying gaps in the evidence base.
  • Participate in global policy and program guidance processes with WHO and Gavi.
  • Collaborate with advocacy and communications staff to generate meaningful outputs for regional and national policy makers, stakeholders, and influencers.
  • Provide scientific and technical inputs into project activities related to generating new evidence of the use of 1-dose HPV vaccine.
  • Provide team support in the collation and distillation of the evidence base for 1-dose HPV vaccine use, in partnership with external stakeholders.
  • Participate in weekly and monthly internal and external team teleconferences and meetings of project updates, problem-solving, and work planning.
  • Represent HPV 1dose project work with key partners, such as the WHO, Gavi, and others, at the direction of the project director.
  • Stay current with latest technical knowledge/experience regarding post-licensure HPV vaccines efficacy and effectiveness, and other new vaccines of strategic interest to PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi.

 

RSV Vaccine Project duties

  • Assist the AMI secretariat in management of the AMI Delivery working group and its activities.
  • Participate as a team member in global policy and program guidance processes with WHO and Gavi.
  • Provide team support in the collation and distillation of the evidence base for RSV maternal immunization introduction, in partnership with external stakeholders.
  • Participate in weekly and monthly internal and external team teleconferences and meetings of project updates, problem-solving, and work planning.
  • Represent AMI project work with key partners, such as the WHO, Gavi, and others, at the direction of the project lead.
  • Stay current with latest technical knowledge/experience regarding maternal vaccine introduction.
  • Contribute to team efforts for on-time implementation of AMI activities and completion of deliverables.

 

Broader PAI departmental and general team duties

  • Provide input to teams on technical matters related to vaccine introduction and system preparedness for vaccine implementation.
  • Assist teams in preparing technical documents, reports, and manuscripts for self-publication, multimedia outlets, and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work with advocacy and communication staff to ensure the technical accuracy of materials in support of communication objectives. Alert staff to new developments in assigned technical fields, including disease burden, vaccine development and vaccine implementation.
  • Participate in phone calls and meetings with other PATH project staff to discuss relevant program and country support activities.
  • Represent the project work at international, regional, and national meetings, where appropriate, and present findings from relevant projects.
  • Travel domestically, regionally and/or internationally, as required, up to 20%.

Required Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology and qualitative and quantitative study design, and vaccine impact studies.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct systematic reviews, operational research and program evaluations in developing country contexts, preferably with vaccination programs.
  • In-depth knowledge of immunization systems and country immunization programs, vaccine introduction decision-making.
  • Experience in country or community-based field work for vaccine delivery, or operational/impact research.
  • Knowledge of global, regional, and country-level processes that influence vaccine decision making and vaccination programs, and the interconnectedness between them.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-country, team-based organizational structure.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing scientific reports and evidence summaries for global or national policy making bodies, governments, stakeholders, and non-technical audiences.
  • Articulate communicator, excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other information processing software.
  • Working knowledge of data analysis software such as SPSS, STATA, Nvivo, Atlas.ti, EPI-Info, or others.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, and to competent track timelines and deliverables with minimal guidance.
  • Knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer epidemiology, HPV vaccines, and reproductive health in developing country contexts.
  • Knowledge of RSV epidemiology and disease control efforts in developing country contexts.
  • Specific knowledge of the structure and operations of the national expanded program on immunization in African or Asian context.
  • Fluency in English required. Competency in French would be advantageous.
  • Advanced degree (PhD or MD preferred) in public health, epidemiology, medicine, or related field with at least 5 years relevant work experience in public health with experience in the field of immunization in developing countries is required.
  • MPH/MSc/MSPH with concomitant 10 years relevant work experience also acceptable.
  • Direct experience working with governments, national policy makers, and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, Gavi, and/or Unicef is required.
  • Track record of publications in relevant areas.
  • Demonstrated experience employing epidemiological and operational research methods and approaches to design, conduct, and evaluate vaccination programs or vaccines in developing countries.
  • Field-based work experience in developing countries desirable but relevant work experience in developed countries with skills and knowledge that transfers to developing country contexts allowable.

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