Position Title: Vaccinator Nurse
Activation Date: 15 July, 2021 Announced Date: 15 July, 2021 Expire Date: 07 August, 2021
Afghanistan is one of the most devastated war-torn countries in the world. Recent estimates suggest that more than 7 million people have no or limited access to essential health services due to insufficient coverage by the public health sector and direct interruption due to on-going conflict and insecurity. Each year hundreds of thousand Afghan migrants and refugees return from Iran and Pakistan, which puts on extra loads on the already stretched health system.
As of 7 July 2021, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has reported over 130,000 COVID-19 cases with over 5,000 fatalities where the country is presently experiencing a third wave with cases of the Delta strain from India now present in the population. The true overall infection rate is believed to be many times higher, as indicated by several nationwide assessments. In the midst of widespread stigma associated with vaccine, MoPH is putting all efforts to roll out COVID-19 vaccines equitably within its limited resources and capacities.
IOM’s Migration Health programme with over 120 staff is actively supporting the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen health service capacity at Points of Entry, in affected communities and through additional support to other response areas such as health facilities and laboratories to effectively prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19 and other public health threats. IOM provides; integrated surveillance and disease control training for frontline health staff, necessary medical and health commodities, analyses and reports on population mobility trends in priority health zones to inform preparedness efforts, as well as risk communication to sensitize impacted areas.
Under the overall guidance of the Emergency Health National Programme Officer and direct supervision of the Medical Officer/MHU Team Leader, the Vaccinator will actively engage in community and facility-based immunization activities inclusive of COVID-19 vaccination, risk communication and community engagement activities. He/she is expected to carry out his/her duties in accordance with strictest ethical standards and with due respect for gender and socio-cultural sensitivities
- Provide individual and group health education and awareness raising sessions on predetermined health promotion topics including, but not limited to prevention of malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases such as (COVID-19, polio, TB, HBS, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, H-influenza, pneumonia, Rota, measles), malnutrition, maternal child health and WASH (Safe drinking water, hygiene, sanitation for those attending health facilities.
- Ensure delivery of routine immunization activities based on MoPH/WHO immunization policy strategy. Develop immunization micro plan for outreach and mobile team in consultation with project health assistant/PEMT on monthly/quarterly basis.
- To maintain an update list of the EPI and MCH dropouts to follow them in outreach and mobile sessions.
- To provide COVID-19 vaccines to migrants, IDPs and host community population in target provinces as available.
- Ensure safety of vaccines (observing VVMs), prevent vaccine wastage, regular record vaccine storage temperature, and strictly maintain cold chain system at all times.
- To respond immediately to any cold chain irregularity using local resources including transferring Vaccines to other closest health facility with cold chain system and report to project Health Assistant.
- Timely prepare vaccines need request to PEMT, strictly maintain Infection Prevention protocols and attend the national EPI events as appropriate.
- Actively seek out communities in need of C-19 vaccines and other activities, including regular disease outbreak monitoring, collect statistical information, take part in the health awareness campaign, etc.
- To mobilize the community to immunize their children and women of reproductive age.
- Contribute to the consistent and accurate collection of data into the KOBO system—vaccinations and mobile clinic activities.
- Assist medical doctor in identification, reviewing of the medical history, and reviewing of examination results during mobile clinic outreach and static border facility consultations
- Participate in the preparation of the monthly and daily schedule of the mobile clinic in collaboration with local government stakeholders and the health cluster and partners.
- Maintain a daily checklist of all medical and delivery equipment and medicines to ensure that all medical kits are prepared and fully stocked, with all medical supplies organized, listed, and within the expiration period
- Assist in the overall management of medicine stocks— record-keeping, standard reporting, and prepare medicine requisitions
- Contribute to weekly MHT staff meetings for program development and problem solving.
- Provide complete accurate and on time monthly activity reports, entered daily into Kobo.
- To ensure safe and dignified treatment of all beneficiaries.
- All other duties as assigned.
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3
- Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
- Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Internal candidates of the organization as well as external female candidates, will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is also open to second-tier candidates.
The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
- Ability to work effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments.
- Strong communication and facilitation skills
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with implementing partners.
- Willingness to work long hours and weekends when necessary
- Diploma in Nursing from an accredited academic institution; and recognized & registered by Afghan Medical and Dental Council.
- At least one year’s experience in relevant clinical fields and outreach health promotive and preventive activities
- Previous experience in international organization is an advantage. Knowledge and experience with working in the field and medical emergency department and Trauma management will be considered an advantage.
- Effectively applies knowledge on clinical skills, bedside manner, infection control, administering medication, phlebotomy, maintenance, surveillance data collection, Health Education etc.
- Previous practical authentic experience on providing Psychosocial First Aid will be advantageous.
- Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, and beneficiaries
- Working in emergency and development project
- English and Pashto required
- Dari is desirable
VI. METHOD OF APPLICATION:
Interested applicants are invited to send curriculum vitae through ACBAR website by Close of Business (CoB) 31 July 2021 latest, we do not accept hard copies.
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