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Senior Manager, Vaccine Grant Operations and Information Management
Support grant information processing and country forecasting related activities, including leading efforts to continuously improve vaccine grant related information management systems and tools.
Vaccine Implementation
Head, Vaccine Forecasting and Grant Operations
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 700 million children and the prevention of more than 10 million future deaths.

• Manage vaccine grant data, and lead the team’s contribution to building and operating efficient grant information systems, tools, and processes;
• Advance the effective use of grant information in decision-making, providing access to data and analysis to appropriately influence the allocation of vaccine doses;
• Provide effective grant document processing support to operationalise decisions on Gavi’s vaccine support to countries;
• Contribute to country-level forecasting to improve the robustness of vaccine quantifications in individual immunisation programmes.
Strengthen the management and use of grant information
• Lead the team’s collaboration with Knowledge Management & Technology Solutions (KMTS), Finance, and Country Programmes in large-scale information system and process improvement efforts;
• Proactively ensure the team’s requirements are integrated into longer-term system and process design considerations, and monitor implementations;
• Identify opportunities for continuous process improvements within on-going grant operations, and coordinate across departments to design and implement enhancements;
• Design and implement shorter-term improvements to spreadsheet and database tools used by the team in grant processing and forecasting;
• Engage with external parties, in particular UNICEF supply division, to advance system and process improvements that streamline vaccine grant transactions and increase the effectiveness of data sharing;
• Maintain and provide support for tools hosted by the Vaccine Forecasting and Grant Operations (VFGO) team;
• Provide analytical support on financial and programmatic implications during grant approval and renewal processes, and evolve the management of data to better address changing decision-making needs;
• Document processes and methods, as well as support the response to audit and similar requests for information;
• Contribute to the calculation of KPIs related to the grant processing work area.

Serve as a focal point for managing grant document processing
• Work as the lead within the VFGO team for a designated set of countries for grant processing functions including:
           o Support the production, management, and quality checks of key grant documents, with a focus on the central vaccine-           related programmatic and financial information;
           o Collaborate with Senior Country Managers, Programme Managers, Audit & Investigation officers and
           Finance department staff to ensure efficient and accurate processing of grant documents;
           o Calculate and review estimates of vaccine dose requirements and programme costs;
           o Coordinate with external parties, especially UNICEF Supply Division, on vaccine grants;
           o Develop solutions for cases where grant needs fall outside standard procedures;
• Create and quality control formal grant approval documents periodically required for the full portfolio of Gavi supported programmes;
• Assist with the development of training and briefing materials, and conducting sessions with internal parties on grant processes;
• Represent VFGO in meetings with countries and external partners on topics related to Gavi vaccine grant processes and dose allocations.

Contribute to country-level forecasting support
• Serve as the lead within VFGO team for detailed vaccine forecasting support to a small number of priority countries, including:
           o Identify opportunities for improvement and engagement in each country’s vaccine forecasting, in collaboration 
           with Senior Country Managers and Country Teams;
           o Provide advice and analytical support to strengthen each country’s vaccine forecasts, with emphasis on increasing
           the robustness of annual grant renewal requests;
           o Address senior management and external donor requests for information and analysis on accuracy and
           reasonableness of vaccine dose allocations;
           o Support coordination and information sharing with forecasting-related efforts of external partners working in the country;
• Contribute to efforts for improving the methodology and available data used in estimating vaccine dose requirements.

Support other areas
• Respond to ad-hoc analysis requests, and provide support to other requests as required;
• Act as a backup to other team members in their absence.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.
• Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in the management and improvement of information systems in a similar context involving complex operations and financial data;
• Experienced functioning as a business owner in the design, implementation, and maintenance of large-scale information management systems in a similar context;
• Experience in forecasting, or the management of forecasting-related data and systems;
• Experience interacting with accounting information systems and related data is preferable;
• Process improvement planning in an industrial, consulting, or related setting;
• Vaccine or pharmaceutical knowledge is preferable.
• Skilled at working with programmatic and financial information from multiple sources, including data collection, management, reconciliation, quality control, and analysis;
• Ability to understand, use and improve existing complex spreadsheet tools, as well as excellent skills in the design and implementation of new spreadsheet and database tools;
• Applied skills with programming (e.g. ideally VBA, R, Python or similar) and database usage (e.g. SQL and MS Access) in a similar setting;
• Ability to deal with significant ambiguity in data and needs, and proactively develop options and recommend solutions;
• Excellent oral and written presentation skills, able to communicate across disciplines;
• Familiarity with low and lower middle-income country context: national immunisation; programmes/immunisation service delivery challenges is desirable;
• Team-player and client-oriented;
• Excellent attention to detail;
• Ability to adapt in rapidly evolving environment, and adopt continuous improvement stance;
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the Alliance.
• Advanced English is required;
• French is desirable.
• University degree in engineering, business administration, economics, or similar.
• Primarily Vaccines and Sustainability, Finance, and Country Programmes staff.
• External organisations, particularly partner and procurement agencies (e.g. UNICEF Supply Division).
Gavi is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through our Careers webpage by clicking on "Senior Manager, Vaccine Grant Operations and Information Management". Deadline for applications is 5th May 2019.

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