Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 217665

Category: Health Care, Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain
Location: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
Career Level: Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type: Contract

Job Description

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. We take an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines and devices to collaborative programs with communities.

Through our work in more than 70 countries, PATH and our partners empower people to achieve their full potential.
Thanks to global live oral polio vaccination efforts, wild poliovirus has been nearly eradicated.

However, circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus is an ongoing issue that requires improved and vigilant vaccine vial management during outbreak control vaccination campaigns where monovalent oral poliovirus vaccine type 2 (mOPV2) is administered.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, PATH will develop a vaccine vial management aid intended to ensure that all mOPV2 vaccine vials are accounted for and returned between distribution and outreach levels. In tandem, PATH will develop training materials and protocols for the intended vial management system.

User-centered design principles will drive design while incorporating feedback from in-country stakeholders and users.

PATH will facilitate a user-centered design session to gather feedback on systems, assumptions, designs, and features from actual users, experts, and campaign staff in Ethiopia.

PATH experts in user-centered design and product design will iteratively assess concepts and evaluate designs through collaboration with polio campaign and national Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) staff, in addition to relevant partners associated with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

Job Description

PATH is seeking a consultant to support the “mOPV2 vial tracking” project. The consultant will be responsible for managing relationships with key decision makers who are involved in polio eradication and mOPV2 vaccine campaign strategies across the health system at the national and sub national level in Ethiopia.

Working with the PATH headquarters project team, this person will organize and facilitate the user-centered design session in Ethiopia. This position will be based in PATH’s Addis Ababa office.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

Through close collaboration with the PATH project team, the consultant will support the PATH in the execution of the user-centered design review session and will be responsible for:

  • Developing a work plan for stakeholder engagement and serving as project manager to plan, budget, oversee, and document all aspects of project activities in Ethiopia.

  • Identifying, engaging, and serving as the local point of contact for key stakeholders for PATH’s Ethiopia mOPV2 vial tracking project activities. Examples of key stakeholders include representatives from the ministry of health, program managers, and EPI staff as well as relevant non-governmental and private sector organizations working in mOPV2 campaign activities (Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI), UNICEF, WHO, GAVI, GPEI, BMGF, etc.).

  • Contacting key stakeholders to understand their roles related to mOPV2 vaccine vial handling and supply chain logistics management, to gain approvals (as
    necessary) to conduct the user-centered design session, and to secure their participation in the user design session.

  • Identifying actual users, experts, and campaign staff from mOPV2 campaign sites to gather feedback on design concepts and/or participate in the user design session

  • Planning and organizing all logistics for the user design session in October 2019 to which up to three PATH staff from the US will attend. This includes transport, travel arrangements, meeting materials, and meeting venues that will be needed to host the user design session in Ethiopia.

  • Providing or identifying translation support services of project materials into the local language as necessary.
  • Assisting PATH in the implementation of the user-centered design review session in October 2019, including facilitating discussions with key decision makers, campaign staff, and vaccinators to gather feedback on systems, assumptions, designs, and features for an mOPV2 vaccine vial management aid.

  • Summarizing the user design review outcomes in a written report.

  • Providing local context and background to the PATH project team, including conducting formative research to contribute to an improved understanding of national and subnational guidelines, practices, and immunization supply chain and logistics perspectives on use of mOPV2 vaccines in Ethiopia, as needed.

  • Contributing technical insight and recommendations for improving mOPV2 vial tracking in Ethiopia.

  • Presenting findings of the user design session to national and international audiences as needed.

    Level of effort:

  • 50 days LOE over 4 months (September – December 2019).

    Job Requirements

    Required Experience

  • Master degree in public health, pharmacy, immunization supply chain management, supply and logistics management, or related field, and at least 10 years of relevant, professional experience. Experience working with polio eradication initiatives and/or immunization supply chain logistics programs highly desired, but not required.

  • Experience in managing client relationships, developing project work plans and budgets, and managing project implementation.

  • Exceptional managerial and operational experience, preferably in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple project stakeholders and partner institutions.

  • Effective working relationships with country level Ministries of Health and national and sub national program managers, and non-governmental and private sector organizations in Ethiopia.

  • Proven ability to negotiate and influence policy and project decisions with senior government and donor officials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Ethiopia’s health system at the national and sub national level pertaining to immunization supply chain logistics policies and practices.

  • Skilled in successfully working with geographically dispersed teams and working in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Strong leadership, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong oral and written English language skills.

  • Ability to travel up to 50% during the period of performance to campaign sites and health facilities in Ethiopia.

    How to Apply

    Send copy of your credentials using the below address to PATH office in Ethiopia.
    PATH Office in Ethiopia,

    P.O. Box 493 Code 1110

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    Application deadline is August 16, 2019. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

    PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

    Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

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