The World Health Organisation (WHO) is pleased to launch the Call for applicants for comprehensive training for the promotion of vaccine demand to maintain and restore routine immunization and promote COVID-19 vaccination.
This training, for the first time, ties together the interrelated threads of infodemic management, behavioral insights and social data and intervention design into a training and rostering strategy that addresses country needs now. Trainees will be equipped with the latest tools, resources and expertise to comprehensively promote vaccine demand, supported by expertise from WHO, UNICEF, US CDC, GAVI and partners from the Vaccination Demand Hub.
The training will bridge science with extremely practical applications and best practices across the following:
- Social data and science of vaccine demand
- Immunization program, preparedness & service strengthening
- Behaviourally-informed public health intervention design
- Digital interventions and infodemic management
- Community engagement
- Science, risk and health communication
- Service experience and delivery improvement
Build capacity of participants to address critical health and immunization program needs by:
- Providing diagnostics and socio-behavioral insights into challenges to routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccination uptake, or uptake of PHSM in specific communities
- Developing evidence-based strategies, messages, materials and reports
- Addressing critical immunization program needs, designing and deploying effective interventions that are centered around the needs of communities
- Incorporating M&E and health systems strengthening approaches to support critical immunization program needs and other emerge ncy response efforts.
Applicants will gain skills and receive tools to be able to be effective in the field in vaccine demand promotion and fill acute human resource constraints in their own jobs or other countries. In addition, top-performing trainees will be considered for rostering and assignments in the field depending on specific skillsets needed in countries.
Planned time commitment of trainees and achievement of course completion:
- 25 hours of lectures/discussions over the course of 11 June-07 July 2022 (1 welcome session, 1 hour and 8 class sessions, 3 hours each)
- Sessions will take place on Zoom, in form of lectures and breakout working groups/discussions
- During the training, trainees will work in groups via WhatsApp to discuss and deliver recommendations for actions in a three-week simulation/case study. This will take additional 2 hours per week.
- Trainees need to be present at minimum 80% of sessions, demonstrate active take up of skills and knowledge in a post-training test, and actively contribute to the group work in case study in order to receive a certificate of participation. Additional assessments will be given to top-performing trainees to be considered for rostering and a training certificate.
WHO and partners invite applications from experienced professionals from the fields of:
- Vaccine demand and/or health promotion
- Info emic management
- Health service design and delivery
- Applied behavioral science
- Health data analysis
- Epidemiology, and
- Social and behavior change communication
- Have work experience of 5+ years in one of the above areas at sub/national or international level, or 2+ years and advanced agree
- Previous experience working in multicultural settings and workplaces
- Desirable: previous exposure to implementation science or research, or evaluation of programs
- Desirable: Immunization program-related experience
- Desirable: COVID-19 response-related experience
- Desirable: Working knowledge of both English and French languages.
For more information, visit https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/call-for-applicants-for-comprehensive-training-for-promotion-of-vaccine-demand-to-maintain-and-restore-routine-immunization-and-promote-COVID-19-vaccination