PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access (CVIA) brings together our expertise across every stage of the long and complex process of vaccine research, development, and delivery to make lifesaving vaccines widely available to children and communities across the world. CVIA’s current portfolio encompasses more than two dozen vaccines either in development or already in use to protect against 15 different diseases. Our focus is on vaccines to address the leading diseases that claim children’s lives worldwide: pneumonia, diarrheal disease, and malaria; as well as other global health priorities, such as COVID-19, HPV, polio, and meningitis. We work in partnership with national health ministries, pharmaceutical manufacturers, donors, international financing and regulatory organizations, and many others.
PATH seeks a Vaccines and Immunizations Lead to be based in Kenya. This senior staff position in East Africa will work within Policy, Access, and Introduction (PAI) functional area of CVIA and will report to the Africa Team Lead for Vaccine Implementation. In addition, in keeping with PATH’s collaborative matrix structure, the Vaccines and Immunizations Lead will have a “dotted line” of reporting to the East Africa Regional Hub and Kenya Country Director to ensure effective integration into PATH’s regional presence in Kenya and throughout East Africa. The Vaccines and Immunizations Lead will focus on new vaccine introduction, system strengthening for routine immunization, technical assistance, post- vaccine introduction evaluations, and strategic planning. To be successful the person will need strong communication and collaboration skills, with connections to key stakeholders including the Kenya Ministry of Health (especially NVIP/EPI), UN agencies (e.g. WHO, UNICEF), other INGOs working on vaccines and immunizations, and local implementing organizations.
The current needs of this position are to lead or support projects related to the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations, malaria vaccine introduction, Typhoid vaccine introduction, adoption of new immunization data systems, and technical assistance to strengthen national and county routine immunization programs.
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.
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.