Consultant – Immunization Devices (IMD) assessment
( 2302746 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 11 months (60 days during 11 months)
Job Posting: Mar 30, 2023, 11:37:44 AM
Purpose of consultancy
To contribute to the key activities contributing to the evaluation of products for Prequalification (PQ) and post-PQ monitoring activities of IMD, in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) IMD Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) 2019-2023 Strategy.
To provide technical expertise to the Post-market Monitoring (PMM) PQ Cold Chain Equipment (CCE) monitoring activities.
The Prequalification Unit (PQT), within the Regulation and Prequalification (RPQ) department, promotes and facilitates access to safe and appropriate diagnostics/medical devices, medicines and vaccines of assured quality through advocacy and policy, prequalification, quality assurance systems and strengthening national regulatory and laboratory programmes. PQT’s global activities aim to ensure health products are accessible, available at reasonable cost, used appropriately and are provided within an adequate regulatory framework and a sustainable health care system.
Embedded within PQT/VAX, the IMD team is the global norms and standards setter for the quality, safety, performance and programmatic suitability of devices for Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). The IMD team specifies and prequalifies all the equipment and devices required for the transport, storage and monitoring of a vaccine.
The objective of the WHO RPQ Department is to contribute to saving lives and improving health by developing global guidance, and by collaborating with countries to provide:
- Equity of access to essential medicines and health products.
- Rational use of medicines and health products.
- Medicines and health products quality, safety and efficacy/performance.
There is currently no systematic and central PMM mechanism for CCE deployed. There are several ad-hoc channels and some formal mechanisms, such as UNICEF Supply Division Complaints reporting and WHO PQS annual review. However, only a limited amount of actionable information on equipment performance is successfully collected and shared across all stakeholders.
Following a successful CCE PMM pilot, the VAX IMD team plans to expand the initiative to three to five countries in 2023.
- Deliverable 1: PMM initiative implementation in three to five countries, according to the WHO PMM guidance.Expected by: June 2023
- Work with WHO HQ and Regional/Country Offices to identify three to five target countries and implementers for PMM in 2023.
- Once identified, share guidance documentation and conduct information/training sessions with country implementers.
- Schedule monthly coordination/supportive supervision calls with country implementers.
- Deliverable 2: PMM data tracking and reporting system in the selected countries, according to the WHO PMM guidance.Expected by: May 2023 to December 2023
- Ensure countries manage, review and report the PMM data generated by the initiative.
- Ensure countries are set up to report PMM data to WHO PQS on a monthly basis through the ODK-X data collection application.
- Review the data for completeness and provide monthly feedback to countries.
- Deliverable 3: PMM Annual Report & Lessons Learned.Expected by: November 2023
- Prepare and provide a template to implementing countries for an end-of-year report, capturing key findings and lessons learned.
- Collect and summarize lessons learned from across all implementing countries and reflect these lessons in an updated version of the WHO PMM guidance.
- Deliverable 4: IT Strategic document and roadmap for target countries.Expected by: April 2023 to December 2023
- Liaise with PMM IT technical support group for the target countries.
- Identify IT support needs for countries to set up and use the ODK-X data collection tool and ensure the necessary IT support is available in a timely manner.
- Schedule regular coordination calls with IRD.
- Deliverable 5: Strategy and Implementation report summary for NGO engagement.
- Reach out to Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) / Not-for-profits that use prequalified vaccine refrigerators to solicit their participation in PMM.
- Provide guidance to five NGOs on implementing and reporting PMM.
Qualifications, experience, skills and languages
- Advanced degree in public health.
- Over 10 years of relevant experience in public health.
- Experience with immunization project management at the global level.
- Experience working in an international environment with collaborators/partners from multiple countries, disciplines and cultures.
- Grant management experience/supporting projects in LMICs.
- Experience in producing operational tools and guidelines.
- Deliver clear, concise and coherent messages – written and verbally – which are adapted to the intended audience.
- Strong time management and project management skills.
- Ability to multitask and work efficiently to meet programme needs.
- Ability to work as a team member, while managing competing interests and priorities.
- Project/Programme management skills.
- Knowledge of WHO immunization equipment Prequalification.
- Expert knowledge of English.
Off-site – Home based.
The consultant is expected to travel.
Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):
Band level C
625 per day.
Living expenses (A living expense is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited):
Expected duration of contract:
11 months (part-time, 60 days during 11 months).
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