M&E Lead, Immunization

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    1 week ago
  • Category:
    Development, Health / Medical
  • Deadline:
    December 22, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

 

CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.

 

CHAI in partnership with its India affiliate, William J. Clinton Foundation’s (WJCF) has been working in India since 2004 in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the central and state levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently, WJCF programs support government initiatives on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, vector borne diseases, COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, immunization, malnutrition, anemia, childhood diarrhea and pneumonia, oxygen, access to safe drinking water, diagnostics and surveillance, health financing, and digital health.

 

Talent is the fundamental driver of WJCF’s success in helping save lives and reduce the burden of disease. WJCF’s organizational values reflect its relentless endeavour of hiring, nurturing, empowering, and celebrating diverse and high calibre individuals who come together to work as cohesive teams. WJCF places a high premium on providing its staff with an enabling environment that encourages entrepreneurship, humility, respect, equal share of voice and fosters high impact innovation to address some of the most challenging healthcare issues

 

Background:

 

Through the prioritized implementation of high impact public health interventions like immunization, access to safe drinking water, improved neo-natal and infant care and access to effective treatment for pneumonia and diarrhoea, India has reduced its infant mortality rate (IMR) from 89 in 1990 to 32 in 2017 and Under-five Mortality Rate (U5MR) from 126 in 1990 to 39 in 2017 [1]. India’s Universal Immunization Program (UIP) is one of the largest public immunization programs in the world. It caters to 26.3 million infants and 30 million pregnant women annually through 9 million planned sessions. The program provides access to vaccines against 11 Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) [2] at the national level and against two VPDs vaccines at the sub-national level [3].

 

Under the strong leadership of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and state governments, the entire immunization ecosystem has demonstrated proactive commitment for achieving universal immunization coverage in the country in recent years. Strategic projects in this direction include but are not limited to introduction of new vaccines [4], rolling out of data systems [5], strengthening of national immunization centres such as Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU) and National Cold Chain & Vaccines Management Resource Centre (NCCVMRC) and successful piloting of initiatives for bolstering health worker capacity building [6]. Coupled with these initiatives, MoHFW launched Mission Indradhanush (MI) in 2014 and Intensified Mission Indradhanush (iMI) in 2017: catch up and system strengthening campaigns to target underserved, vulnerable, resistant, and inaccessible populations. iMI has resulted in an increase of 6.7% in full immunization coverage (FIC) after the first two phases in prioritized districts [7]. However, the government and partners recognize the need for further efforts in this direction to reduce the 802,000 infant deaths and 989,000 under-five deaths that occur annually in the country [8].

 

[1] UNICEF on behalf of UN IGME (2018). Level and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2018 Estimates developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. New York

[2] diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, rubella, severe form of childhood tuberculosis, rotavirus diarrhoea, hepatitis B, meningitis and pneumonia (caused by hemophilus influenza type B)

[3] pneumococcal pneumonia and Japanese Encephalitis

[4] Rotavirus Vaccine, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, Measles Rubella vaccine, Injectable Polio Vaccine, Tetanus Diphtheria vaccine

[5] electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), National Cold Chain Management Information System (NCCMIS), ANM Online (ANMOL), Surveillance and Action for Events Following Vaccination (SAFE-VAC)

[6] Rapid Immunization Skills Enhancement (RISE)

[7] Gurnani et al (2018). Improving vaccination coverage in India: lessons from Intensified Mission Indradhanush, a cross-sectoral systems strengthening strategy. BMJ 2018; 363; k4782

[8] Ibid1

 

Program Overview:

 

Since 2015, WJCF has been collaborating with partner governments for achieving the national goal of 90% Full Immunization Coverage in priority states and districts to protect children against high burden and debilitating vaccine preventable diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, rubella, polio, hepatitis, TB meningitis, Hib meningitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and Japanese Encephalitis. Under the aegis of the state governments of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh, WJCF helps government stakeholders improve Routine Immunization outcomes through system strengthening initiatives. Additionally, WJCF also supports the Immunization Division, MoHFW on similar initiatives for sustainable coverage and equity improvements.

 

For working towards this coverage and equity vision, WJCF focuses on augmenting governance outcomes by capacitating programme managers, data handlers, and frontline workers to undertake data-driven decision making for identifying and immunizing Zero Dose children in a systematic manner on the one hand and strengthen the running programme’s effectiveness for segments whom the system already reaches on the other hand.  This approach is anchored in tools, frameworks, and operating models that are co-created and contextualised in partnership with the government actors themselves. Alongside data-based decision making for programme management, WJCF also works on strategic planning, demand generation initiatives, and supply chain optimization.

 

Role Overview:

 

We seek a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials and demonstrated experience for the role of M&E Officer. The M&E Officer will report to the Senior Manager of WJCF’s Immunization portfolio and as an integral team member work closely with representatives of the Immunization Division (MoHFW) and state governments for progress monitoring of the immunization program. The M&E Officer will support key government stakeholders to monitor and course correct the immunization programme and evaluate the impact of the interventions by WJCF on immunization outcomes as well as broader public health systems. The M&E Officer must be able to function independently, be comfortable working and coordinating the operations of cross-functional teams, be flexible, and have a strong commitment to excellence. WJCF places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.

Responsibilities

  • Support WJCF’s portfolio team, MoHFW, and state governments in developing and implementing the programme ensuring for supporting improvements in strengthening management and governance, service delivery, supply chain, and other Routine Immunization aspects
  • Craft program management frameworks and optimise existing implementation and reporting mechanisms in alignment with broader immunisation program strategy laid out by MoHFW and WJCF program outcomes to facilitate effective oversight and management, encompassing key input, processes, output, and outcome indicators.
  • Conceptualise effective measurement mechanisms and lead the implementation of the Monitoring & Evaluation framework through the WJCF team.
  • Conceptualize, design, and coordinate program impact and progress evaluation surveys
  • Assimilate and triangulate information from multiple sources such as RMNCHA datasets, other health data sets, other non-health government data sets, localised datasets, and surveys to monitor performance and inform strategy refresh
  • Significantly contribute to internal and external capacity building initiatives by the team for improving data handling and decision-making competencies of target trainee cohorts
  • Significantly contribute to documentation of programme progress through reports, presentations, and templates for effective internal use and dissemination of reports at state and national levels
  • Collaborate with government to ensure skills transfer and government ownership, identify the most critical hurdles to scaling up, and develop innovative strategies to address them
  • Travel on short notice to the various parts of the country
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by the Senior Programme Manager

Qualifications

  • Master’s/Bachelor’s degree in operations research, statistics, economics, or allied areas
  • 6+ years of relevant work experience in public health demographics, M&E, advanced analytics, big data, and related fields
  • Deep understanding of RMNCHA and other health data sets
  • Prior experience in survey design, sampling, and running field assessments
  • Proficiency in advance statistical methods and data analysis using STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, and other statistical packages
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent analytical (qualitative and quantitative) and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set, including ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives
  • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure
  • Fluency in English and Hindi

Preferred

  • Experience of M&E in a public-health context
  • Proficiency in analytical tools such as Tableau, Power BI, Databricks, etc.
  • Strong understanding of immunization/public health context