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Pakistan EPI Technician or Vaccinator Job s 2011
Pakistan EPI Technician or Vaccinator Job
Pakistan EPI Technician or Vaccinator Job
17 Jun 2011
POSITION: Vaccinator/EPI TECHNICIAN
RESPONSIBLE TO: Medical Officer
Merlin International Profile Merlin specialises in health, saving lives in times of crisis and helping to rebuild shattered health services. Each year, Merlin helps more than 15 million people in up to 20 countries. Context and Background Merlin has been operational in Pakistan since 2005, providing life saving activities for the most vulnerable communities in Kashmir, Baluchistan, FATA and KPK Provinces. Merlin first became operational in Pakistan following the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, and has since responded to a number of emergencies including the Yemyin Cyclone in 2007 and Ziarat quake in 2008 in Baluchistan, and the IDP crisis from 2009 onwards, affecting various districts of KPK. Since 2008 Merlin has also been implementing a large-scale development project focussing on malaria control in Baluchistan, FATA and KPK, this has included acting as the procurement agent for Global Fund partners in Pakistan. Merlin is a major health player in Pakistan, working in close coordination and collaboration with all involved stakeholders. Merlins main objective in Pakistan has been to improve the health status of the population most affected by natural disasters, diseases and conflict. Merlin is committed to longer-term programming in Pakistan and plans to continue to operate to meet the health needs of the Pakistani population.
In response to the July monsoon flooding disaster and subsequent health crisis, Merlin mobilised health and medical teams to lead a rapid emergency response to meet escalating health needs of flood-affected and displaced communities. Merlin has continued its regular programmes and extended coverage to communities affected by the flood; currently reaching approximately 2,000,000 people through the provision of essential health services, community management of malnutrition and communicable disease surveillance and management. Merlin is currently operating in Swat, Buner, Nowshera, and Charsadda districts in KPK province and Muzaffargarh in Punjab province. Merlins model of care is based on the provision of an integrated package of health and nutrition services via static and mobile outreach services (currently supporting a total of 38 static health facilities and 26 mobile clinics). Merlin also currently supports seven diarrhoeal treatment units across all operational districts. Merlin has expanded its malaria control operations to six flood affected districts in Baluchistan and KPK provinces. This has been done through the initiation of malaria case management, surveillance and outbreak response in disease endemic parts of the country in partnership with the provincial malaria directorate. Merlins malaria programs are therefore now reaching a total of 11 million people across 16 districts in KPK, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan. Merlin works closely with the Ministry of Health, Health and Nutrition Clusters and Department of Malaria Control, to ensure close coordination and collaboration with all involved stakeholders.
Merlin is currently planning to expand their emergency response, by implementing activities in Sindh Province, in the South of Pakistan. The planned intervention will be operating in two districts Dadu and Thatta, implementing an integrated health and nutrition response for flood affected populations. The provincial office will be based in Hyderabad, and there will also be two district based offices, from which mobile and static health facility support will be coordinated. In order to quickly scale up activities in this new province, Merlin is currently seeking strong candidates with emergency experience to support them in their work.
POSITION OBJECTIVES To provide good quality immunization services
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES, DUTIES AND TASKS
Core Responsibilities & Duties Conducts static vaccination sessions in BHUs as scheduled including holding outreach activities in the field
Administers vaccines correctly in accordance with guidelines, and maintains strict aseptic techniques Reports and record measles cases and conduct ring immunization, mopping up and or any other supplemental immunization activities/campaigns
Liaise closely with LHV, Healthy promoters and other staff in order to avoid missed opportunities (including screening of cards) for immunization of children and women, children to be followed up on due list and defaulter tracing. Also coordinates for proper birth recording/reporting and growth monitoring activities in the facilities with the teams.
Maintains accurate record/chart of monitoring coverage of the target population Maintains accurate EPI records including daily and permanent registers, and additional records on due and defaulters (prepare and update lists on monthly basis) Provides counselling to the care givers on the preventive and primitive health aspects of the vaccines, vaccination schedules, when to return for the other shot of vaccine etc. Receives vaccines from the field office and ensures that the cold chain is correctly maintained to the point of actual immunization in accordance to standardized guidelines Prepares monthly statistical report, vaccine consumption/wastage rates and submits in timely manner. Ensures that used syringes, needles and all vaccinations vials/ampoules are stored and disposed off per protocols.
Occasional Significant Duties
Participates in meeting with community representatives, volunteers and to discuss EPI activities such as defaulters, EPI campaigns etc. Help LHV in growth monitoring activities
Coordination/representation: Co-ordinate with health promoters on regular basis for defaulter tracing and participate in health education session Coordinate with the nutrition wing for the treatment of the identified malnourished children and their follow up
Number of Field visits per schedule Number of defaulters traced and vaccinated
Number of meetings attended with volunteers for propagation of prime messages Updated due and defaulter list available Number of health education sessions conducted in BHUs on immunization to the care givers. Number of children refer for registration in the growth monitoring program and or follow up
Essential Secondary school certificate and certificate for participation in EPI course from recognized institution Minimum of two years of relevant experience
Willing to travel and live within the hard and remote areas
Desirable: Knowledge of local language and in particular Sindhi Previous experience within a humanitarian aid organisation, in particular working in primary health care programs. Strong counselling skills Good organizational skills
Application forms is attached, Kindly send the filled application forms to firstname.lastname@example.org with position clearly mentioned in the subject line. We will not entertain any CVs.
Last date for applications is June 17, 2011. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Due to emergency, we may make selection before closing date