United States Pharmacopeial Convention
National AEFI Coordinator
United States Pharmacopeial Convention
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Posted date 13th July, 2021 Last date to apply 27th July, 2021
Country Pakistan Locations Islamabad
Category INGO
Type Full Time Positions 1
Status Closed

ABOUT US 

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed, and consumed worldwide. USP's drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries. USP's focus on global public health extends to lower and middle-income countries with work in over 20 countries through donor-funded programs. Our programs are focused on building the capacity of regulatory authorities and manufacturers in ensuring patient access to quality-assured essential medicines by providing: 1) Technical assistance to manufacturers to increase the supply of quality-assured priority medicines for malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) products; and 2) capacity-building activities to regulatory authorities to fulfill their function in ensuring the supply of quality-assured medical products.

PQM+

The Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program[1] is a five-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded cooperative agreement with a goal to sustainably strengthen medical product quality assurance systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). PQM+ provides technical assistance to Medicines Regulatory Authorities in a number of countries in Asia. This cooperative relationship supports the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) for regulatory reforms, quality assurance systems, and strengthening the quality control laboratories in Pakistan. Moreover, PQM+ also provides technical capacity building in close coordination with DRAP and provincial health authorities. 

ACTIVITY OBJECTIVE

As PQM+ supported countries are preparing for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination, PQM+ plans to support them in strengthening the vaccine safety surveillance system. The goal is to contribute to strengthening the system for detecting, investigating, and analyzing the adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) and adverse events of special interest (AESIs) to ensure an appropriate and rapid response. PQM+ Pakistan is seeking National AEFI Coordinator for the implementation of the AEFI approved workplan and provide corresponding technical assistance. National AEFI Coordinator will be responsible for performing the following activities;

  • Assess the existing AEFI surveillance system (including National AEFI Action plan) to identify key gaps and ability to expand capacity needed to take on additional safety activities in coordination with WHO and National Taskforce
  • Assist the national task force in organizing and facilitating a consultative meeting with all relevant stakeholders on the national action plan for AEFI surveillance for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Finalize and disseminate revised National Action Plan on AEFI surveillance of COVID-19 vaccines
  • In collaboration with WHO, provide technical support to strengthen national committees for COVID-19 vaccine safety data review, including the revision of terms of reference, the inclusion of clinical experts, and the provision of additional technical resources to support their work as needed.
  • Support establishment of coordination mechanisms at the Federal and provincial level among key stakeholders in the AEFI surveillance systems (e.g., Ministry of Health, provincial health departments, EPI (Federal and Provincial), DRAP, Vaccine EUA Holders, Healthcare Commission & Healthcare facilities), including information sharing and flow among stakeholders, roles & responsibilities for required actions
  • In collaboration with stakeholders (GoP, WHO, UNICEF), develop/revise AEFI surveillance tools, including procedures for vaccine safety data review (e.g., causality assessment of serious AEFI, clusters of AEFI, emerging safety concerns)
  • Prepare for the training on identification and reporting of AEFI for health care workers
  • Review and adapt processes for timely reporting, reviewing and data sharing nationally, regionally, and globally. 
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for coordination between the DRAP, EPI, and other institutions with responsibilities for AEFI surveillance. 
  • Coordinate with national and provincial AEFI committees
  • Prepare investigation teams and train them on AEFI investigation activities that are relevant to the population being vaccinated.
  • Train on causality assessment processes using WHO causality assessment guidelines for members of the National AEFI committee, including the development of a guidance manual
  • Provide assistance to the national counterparts in identifying AESI to be monitored through active surveillance and setting sentinel sites for active surveillance of the AESI, including the development of an action plan
  • Prepare comprehensive plans to respond rapidly to all COVID-19 vaccine-related events
  • Review reports from national and provincial AEFI Committees
  • Provide technical assistance for the development of an Online web Application for AEFI reporting from EUA holders and Health establishments
  • Any other tasks related to strengthening systems for vaccine safety as assigned

MANDATORY DELIVERABLES 

  • Revised National Action Plan on AEFI surveillance of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Country AEFI surveillance system gap assessment Report with recommendations
  • Proposed changes in AEFI reporting system as WHO guidelines
  • Training need assessment and prepared training plans on identification and reporting of AEFI for healthcare workers involved in AEFI reporting
  • SOPs for coordination between the stakeholder (DRAP, EPI, Health departments) and other institutions with responsibilities for AEFI surveillance
  • Proposed changes in Terms of Reference (TORs) for National AEFI committees as per WHO guidelines
  • Comprehensive plans to respond rapidly to all COVID-19 vaccine-related events
  • Medical or Pharmaceutical degree and or an advanced degree in public health
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in dealing vaccine immunization program 
  • Experience in strengthening vaccine safety surveillance system
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate effectively with staff and consultants and key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in conducting assessments, trainings, performing document review, and developing reports
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with cross-cultural and cross-functional teams.
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong communication and writing skills

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS 

  • Medical or Pharmaceutical degree and or an advanced degree in public health
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in dealing vaccine immunization program 
  • Experience in strengthening vaccine safety surveillance system
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate effectively with staff and consultants and key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in conducting assessments, trainings, performing document review, and developing reports
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with cross-cultural and cross-functional teams.
  • Willingness to travel
  • Strong communication and writing skills

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE 

The scope of the work defined herein should be implemented before March 2022 and the services expected to provide at least 40 hours of Level of Effort (LOE) per week.

GEOGRAPHIC AREA 

The selected individual will work in consultation with the USP Pakistan and will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan, and travel for delivering the scope of work whereas required.

REPORTING

The selected individual will report to the PQM+ Chief of Party.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  1. Previous Experience - 35%
  2. Qualification and Education - 40% 
  3. Financial Proposal- 25% 

IMPORTANT NOTE

The Applicant is required to have the aforementioned professional and technical qualifications. Only the applicants who hold these qualifications will be shortlisted and contacted.

Please send CV/Profile, 3-References, and Daily Rate by downloading the following ANNEX – D (Template):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SNQftPHB25vpRZTcznnsDrFRB8d2r7d1/view?usp=sharing

The Quoted Per Day Rate should be inclusive of all applicable taxes.

Kindly send all Technical and Financial Proposals to ATTN:  USP Pakistan Procurement at [email protected] before the closing date (July 27th, 2021). When submitting your application, write "National AEFI Coordinator" in the email Subject Line.