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Vaccines and Immunizations Lead

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

New vaccine introduction:

  • Coordinate, plan, and provide key stakeholders with technical support, training, and guidance for new vaccine introduction, including COVID-19, Typhoid, and malaria. Support MOH in evaluating introduction activities and progress.
  • Provide assistance as requested by MOH or other stakeholders for completing funding applications to Gavi and/or other donors.
  • Develop curricula and provide training and education of health care workers, community-based organizations, and other partners to support vaccine service delivery.

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Routine immunization system strengthening

  • At national and subnational levels, contribute to strengthening national and county-level capacity for planning (especially microplanning), developing, and implementing programs to increase vaccine coverage, and to assure equitable distribution of vaccines.
  • Work with PATH colleagues, MOH, and other partners to integrate where possible routine immunization into primary health care services.
  • Support the demonstration, evaluation, and scale-up of digital health tools and platforms.

Communications and stakeholder relations

  • Represent and serve as a primary technical liaison with MOH NVIP staff, relevant global stakeholders (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, Gavi) and other professional, research and academic institutions in Kenya and other East Africa countries. Collect and disseminate scientific and public health information on vaccines, through presentations to congresses, scientific sessions, groups of medical professionals, and various advisory groups.

Required Experience

  • Masters in Public Health with extensive experience in immunizations, epidemiology, or public health
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in medical affairs or public health aspects of vaccine delivery
  • Significant experience working with MOH NVIP, Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other international organizations promoting vaccination
  • Experience with new vaccine introduction is a must
  • Proficiency in English and regionally appropriate languages
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Collaborative and able to build effective partnerships (internally and externally)
  • Strong networks with the MOH with the ability to gather intelligence and effectively inform and support decision making at Ministry level
  • Management and supervision
  • Vaccine program planning and evaluation
  • Business development capabilities in the immunization space.
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills.


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