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Background: Since 2011, the support from GAVI is defined according to the GNI per capita of each country. Therefore, as countries’ GNI grows, countries lose eligibility to GAVI support. In November 2013, the GAVI Board agreed to institutionalize a comprehensive graduation assessment for all currently and soon graduating countries, including the development of a costed graduation plan. Comprehensive assessments are meant to build on previous surveys, reviews and available analyses, and to be completed during one-week missions in graduating countries. The assessments cover all immunization related areas: immunization programme performance (immunization policy, coverage, routine immunization results and new vaccine introduction); immunization financing and co-financing; and institutional capacities (procurement management, human resources for health, regulation authorities mechanisms, NITAG and advocacy capacities and information systems). Objectives of the work to be performed: Under supervision of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) unit in the Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB), and in consultation with the WHO regional offices, the consultant is expected to conduct the assessment of the vaccine procurement mechanisms of the country as part of the broader graduation assessment. The aim is to support countries setting in place an efficient and effective procurement system prior to graduation from GAVI support. Especially, the consultant is expected to provide support on the three following outputs: [list] Desk review: prior to the mission, a desk review of available data, surveys, national policies and documents will be conducted in order to identify the main areas of the national immunization programme to focus on during the mission. The consultant will be asked to review documents regarding the vaccine procurement mechanisms/procedures/regulations of the selected country. Graduation assessment report: the consultant will provide support on the Graduation assessment report regarding the different sections related to the Vaccine procurement area. Costed graduation plan: The consultant will provide support in the identification and costing of the Vaccine procurement-related priority activities to be implemented by the country prior to graduation. The consultant will also provide support after the mission to ensure the completeness and validation of the different outputs, regarding his/her area of expertise in vaccine procurement. Timeframe: The consultant will be selected to provide support to country missions as the need arises, between September 2014 and June 2015. Approximately 5 missions are likely to require this type of support over the indicated timeframe. For each country, the consultant will work remotely on the desk review (for 2 working days), will participate in the in-country mission (for 7 working days), and will provide support for the post-mission follow-up (for 2 working days). Travel expenses will be covered by WHO/EPI. Qualifications/Requirements: At least 10 years of worldwide experience on vaccine procurement and related field work. Strong presentation and analytical skills and ability to manage multiple sources of data. Ability to work in a team. Advanced university degree in Public Health, Pharmacy, Health Economics, Development or related fields. Remuneration: Pay rate will be defined according to the level of expertise of the selected candidate. Should you wish to apply, kindly send your CV and a short cover letter at

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