full-time position with Health Systems; 37. 5 hours per week; Monday - Friday
Support implementation of program activities related to translating evidence and developing the public health investment case for IVAC's work to scale up access to new and under-utilized vaccines. Primarily support RAVIN (see below) activities, for at least 70% FTE, and other IVAC new and under-utilized vaccine introduction program management activities for up to 30% FTE. Work under the supervision of the Project Director to support project-specific objectives and activities. Overall responsibilities include activities in project management; monitoring and evaluation; operations support; knowledge management; and contributions to vaccine-preventable disease technical and advocacy activities and materials.
The Rotavirus Accelerated Vaccine Introduction Network (RAVIN) is a partnership between the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (lead institution), JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RAVIN identifies gaps in capacity and resources of countries and their long-standing partners, tailoring advocacy and technical support to ongoing efforts for timely and equitable rotavirus vaccine introduction. RAVIN is focused in regions of the world where there is considerable opportunity to build momentum in vaccine introduction. Introducing rotavirus vaccine allows countries to prevent severe rotavirus-related diarrhea morbidity and hospitalizations, and contributes to global reductions in diarrhea mortality.
Lead and participate in regular project team meetings and conference calls with partners, country teams, and funder(s). Supervise Administrative Coordinator(s) to draft and finalize agendas and meeting materials, and to create team accountability for specific action items that arise from project meetings and activities. Create, track and regularly revise project timelines/work plans, and communicate challenges, requirements and deadlines to project team. Oversee coordination efforts of team and other staff members for project events such as conferences, retreats, meetings or workshops. Coordinate and support the activities and strategies of country teams and technical experts. Work with the Project Director and policy, advocacy, communications and technical staff to support project implementation strategy.
Provide oversight of in-country staff to facilitate coordination with IVAC operations team activities, including human resource management, financial management, and compliance with IVAC and JHU systems and procedures. Support Project Director(s) and Operations Team in financial reviews and budget tracking to ensure that programmatic goals are met with the financial resources available. In collaboration with the Finance and Operations Manager, ensure that funder regulations as outlined in grants and contracts are followed for all aspects of project operations. Oversee and coordinate submission of project reports to IVAC from subcontractors, as well as, submission of IVAC reports to primary contractors, as necessary.
Monitor and Evaluation:
Coordinate and oversee monitoring and evaluation functions to assess impact and progress toward grant/contract deliverables. Set, manage and monitor deadlines to ensure project deliverables are met. Collect, manage and analyze data to inform program management and to contribute to literature base in the field. Track upcoming deliverables and key activities on an overall project and more frequently recurring basis, to ensure accountability and accomplishment of key milestones. Collaborate with and support technical staff and Project Director(s) in assessing, documenting, compiling and reporting on project results and deliverables. Draft project annual report(s) to funder, incorporate revisions from project leadership, work with cross-cutting IVAC staff to revise and finalize, and disseminate to project partners within project reporting deadlines.
Communications, Knowledge Management & Advocacy:
As needed, work with in-country consultants and/or global community to package evidence for advocacy, policy decisions and monitoring of ongoing programs. Support development, implementation and evaluation of impact of advocacy strategy for global, regional and in-country stakeholders. Support development of project materials for activities and deliverables. Support activities to engage stakeholders and to identify and address their project-responsible needs. Communicate progress on deliverables to funder and other key stakeholders through written and verbal communication. Set up and maintain shared platforms for organization of project materials (e.g. technical briefs, communications materials). Coordinate with Project Director(s) and Principal Investigator(s) to translate lessons learned and conclusions from project results into future activities.
Additional responsibilities may include:
Conducting and synthesizing focused literature review to inform the development of IVAC technical and project-related material and to support data-driven decisions and activities.
Supporting project management and logistics of other IVAC projects and reports.
Contributing to development of scientific manuscripts and abstracts for publication and dissemination.
Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
Five years related experience. Demonstrated supervisory or lead responsibilities. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Demonstrated understanding of the operational and day-to-day context of implementing a project in a low or middle income country setting, including working with funders. Proven project management and organizational skills. Understanding of health decision making and/or program implementation process in low and middle income countries. Demonstrated appreciation and understanding of advocacy to drive policy & action. Experience writing reports. Experience preparing and delivering short project presentations. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, to balance competing priorities, and to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality of deliverable. Excellent interpersonal and team skills, and demonstrated ability to interact on a professional level with stakeholders from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Strong oral and written communication skills. Fluent spoken and written English.
**JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.**
Related Masters degree preferred.
Knowledge of vaccines and health systems in low and middle income countries. Urdu or French language skills. Experience in advocacy or health policy. Strong analytic skills. Knowledge of maternal and child health in low and middle-income countries. Interest or experience in traveling to countries in the Middle East / Western Asia (e.g. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India). Data visualization skills. Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time.
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