Understanding Behavioral and Social Drivers of Vaccination Uptake
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Many countries in the African region have encountered challenges in achieving high uptake of COVID-19 vaccination despite adequate supply of vaccines. To increase national vaccination coverage, it is crucial to understand behavioral and social drivers (BeSD) of low vaccination within communities. Traditional methodology for collecting BeSD data require expensive and often time-consuming surveys that are typically conducted nationally and only conducted periodically. Routine monitoring of core BeSD indicators at the community level will offer insights into how to continually improve vaccination program implementation by generating timely and localized insights on vaccine demand. These insights will enable national and subnational immunization staff to monitor drivers and barriers of vaccination, track trends, and examine the impact of potential interventions to address demand gaps, and ultimately increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake. In addition, global partners, including WHO and GAVI, have expressed a need for regular collection, analysis, and use of BeSD drivers and barriers to COVID-19 vaccination at the country-level, both nationally and subnationally. This US-CDC funded pilot project will look to leverage existing data collection modalities while introducing enabling technologies such as SMS, WhatsApp and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) to generate key BeSD indicators that will feed into aggregate information systems such as DHIS2. This project will be implemented in Zambia along with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Health in Zambia, HISP Zambia, and WHO. The target timeline to implement this pilot is from January 2023 to December 2023.
We are looking for a skilled, technical program manager (PM) to work with and support field-based implementation teams, understand field needs, and translate those needs into planning and implementation system design and modifications. The PM will independently establish close working relationships with the relevant Ministry of Health teams, will spearhead coordination with stakeholders and implementing partners, and will maintain a strong understanding of all aspects of the project, managing and tracking tasks against timelines. Best candidates will be ready to jump in and work with our technical teams to configure and deploy digital platforms for data collection and intervention planning, to swiftly meet client needs.
Term, Location and Payment
This position will start in February 2023 ending in December 2023 with potential for continued employment based on performance and continued project activities. Salary will be dependent on experience. The position will be located in Lusaka Zambia with an estimated 30% local travel.
Candidates are encouraged to apply early. To apply, please email a cover letter and CV with references, and with “Application: HIS Project Manager and Informatics Specialist” as the email’s subject line.