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Senior Project Officer- Health System Strengthening

eVIN Project, Agartala, Tripura

 

1. POSITION VACANT: Senior Project Officer- Health System Strengthening, eVIN Project, Agartala, Tripura

2BACKGROUND: Strategic Alliance Management Service P Ltd. (SAMS)is a premier management consultancy that has been exclusively focused on providing recruitment, payrolling and supply chain management services, to the public health and development sectors in India, for the past 21 years.

SAMS’ clients include bilaterals, multilaterals, I/NGOs and both Central and State Government organizations. SAMS has managed drug logistics and health supplies for the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) at CTD, MoHFW for the past 17 years. SAMS has provided similar support to NVBDCP and briefly to NACP.

Routine Immunization (RI) against vaccine preventable diseases (e.g. measles, polio, TB, tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough) is one of the most cost-effective interventions for reducing childhood illness and mortality. Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) is an ambitious programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) that aims to reduce morbidity and mortality due to Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD). Joint Review Missions and Common Review Missions organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on a regular basis have noted that whilst UIP performance in India has improved overtime, there still remain a number of key constraints impacting immunization coverage in the country. Further, there are significant inequities in vaccination coverage in different states based on various factors related to individual (gender, birth order), family area (area of residence, wealth, and parental education), demography (religion, caste) and the society (access to health care, community literacy level) characteristics.

The eVIN Project is one of the efforts of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to improve the quality and level of immunization coverage in India.

Some of the main constraints currently preventing India from achieving a quality immunization programme with universally high coverage rates relate to Cold Chain and Vaccine Logistics Management. There is limited cold chain infrastructure and capacity in many states – even for routine UIP vaccines. Systematic efforts to identify gaps and address issues in cold chain and VLM have been conducted in recent years.  Key constraints identified include:  inadequate and poor infrastructure, HR issues including technical capacities; weak monitoring and MIS issues; and Vaccine Management. These constraints have led to high breakdown rate of equipment, overstocking and stock outs, inadequate monitoring and supervision, poor management thus hampering improved vaccine coverage.

eVIN project will address some of the above-mentioned issues by the development of an integrated and innovative solution that aims to provide real time information of vaccines stocks at the various level of the Routine Immunization Programme as well as have real time information on the temperature at the various levels of storage in the remaining states of the country Starting with Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Karnataka,Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tripura. Moreover, the project will strengthen the evidence base for improved policy-making on programmatic areas through a well developed and implemented national M&E plan and research framework.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Senior Project Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, Health & Development, UNDP.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Project Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:

(A) Programme Planning and Implementation of eVIN in the State:

Provides advice and support to the development and phased implementation of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) that includes vaccine logistics and cold chain management on one single information system platform in the state. This activity will involve a systematic and phased scale up of a system for SMS-enabled real time Management Information system (MIS) for cold chain and Vaccine Logistics Management (VLM) at the respective state level.

(B) Liasoning & Advocacy with the Government & other Development Partners:

Partners with the state and district level health vaccine structures to assess and understand the capacity needs and support required for the effective and timely implementation of the eVIN. This activity will involve working closely State Level Health Officials, coordinating with the all relevant development partners working on immunization, namely UNICEF and WHO

(C) Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government: 

Assists state level government to identify capacity-building needs on eVIN and undertake capacity-building activities. This will include support to the development of training modules for different levels of health professionals and field-level functionaries, facilitate learning exchanges as well as policy influencing and providing technical expertise as required.  

(D) Providing Overall Leadership & Guidance:

Provides guidance and direction to the Project and to the Project team in the State. Able to deals with HR issues including problem solving and conflict management. Discharges administrative and other responsibilities associated with the position. Mentors and supports State and district-based personnel supported by the client. The Senior Project Officers will be direct responsible to the mentoring and supervision of VCCM, trainers and other project staff.

(E) Monitoring and Evaluation of eVIN Delivery in the State:

Facilitates the review of the system and capacities relating to the delivery of eVIN in conjunction with State Health Mission. This will include undertaking field visits to monitor the implementation of the system and providing technical inputs to address gaps and bottlenecks. Documentation to the implementation process and analytical learnings from the implementation to feedback into the effective scale up in all the districts.

(F) Report Writing:

Prepares periodic status reports, annual reports, case studies, etc. in a qualitative and timely manner.

4. FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES:

(A) Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise
(1) Has strong knowledge of project area and keeps abreast with new developments in areas of professional discipline and seeks to develop herself/himself professionally;
(2) Has sound knowledge of project management tools and utilises these regularly in work and assignments.

(B) Results Based Management
(1) Leads and facilitates work planning, alerting those involved of potential obstacles and helping to identify suitable alternatives as needed;
(2) Takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results;
(3) Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision.

(C) Building and Managing Strategic Partnerships
(1) Identifies common interest and goals and carries out join initiatives with partners;
(2) Makes effective use of resources and comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships.

(D) Advocacy
(1) Brings visibility, promotes ideas and develops partnerships to advance the organisation’s work;
(2) Recognises key players in decision making, engaging them and building consensus for final decisions;
(3) Should have analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

(E) Client Orientation
(1) Demonstrates an understanding of client / partner / donor perspective and strives for high quality client-oriented services;
(2) Establishes smooth relationship and enabling environment between clients and service providers.

(F) Leadership and Management
(1) Is results driven and solution oriented, is able to work under pressure;
(2) Uses fair and transparent decision making and calculated risk taking;
(3) Ability to identify problems, propose solutions and take immediate corrective measures.

5. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification:
(1) Applicants must be Bachelors in Medical Sciences (MBBS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BDS and BPT);
(2) Minimum of Post-graduation Public Health/Hospital Management/ Material Management/ Supply Chain Management from a reputed University / Institution.

Experience:
(1) A minimum of seven years of professional work experience at the State level in policy-cum-programme development, monitoring & implementation and of this period, 2-3 years should be in Routine Immunization programme including the vaccine logistics and cold chain mechanisms;
(2) Experience in managing information technology driven projects;
(3) Demonstrated experience in Health Policy analysis and influencing;
(4) Demonstrated experience in managing and scaling large projects preferably in health sector;
(5) Experience of working in the State Government or other international development organization will be an asset.

Skills & Abilities:
(1) Should have computer knowledge in MS Office and other applications;
(2) Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is required. 
(3) A good working knowledge of local language of the duty station will be an asset.

Travel:
The position will require extensive travel to the designated districts.

6. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

Gross compensation budgeted for the position is Rs. 8.40 lacs per annum.

Please note that the SPO shall be on the payroll of SAMS.

7. LOCATION: Agartala, Tripura

8. REFERENCE: SPOHSS-SAMS

9. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612
Email: spohss@sams.co.in

10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position, are requested to apply to spohss@sams.co.in, along with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organization and expected compensation, by or before June 30, 2018.

Applicants are urged to apply immediately, as interviews with the promising candidates will start almost right away.