22 December, 2021

Gender and Social Inclusion Officer (Vanuatu)

Abt Associates


Port Vila


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Organisation Description: 

Abt Associates a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries.


Job Desctiption:

About the Program 

Abt Associates is supporting the Ministry of Health to implement the ADB-funded Systems Strengthening for Effective Coverage of New Vaccines in the Pacific project. The project is introducing three new vaccines: HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) to prevent pneumonia and other diseases caused by the pneumococcal bacteria, and RV vaccine to prevent diarrhoea caused by rotavirus (RV). The Project has recently been expanded to include COVID-19 responses.

The introduction of the three new vaccines into Vanuatu's routine immunisation strategy is an important move in preventing disease and promoting health in the Ni-Vanuatu population, as well as supporting Vanuatu's public health response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The position will be located within the Ministry of Health, working closely with counterparts in the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and UNICEF/WHO.

About the Opportunity

Abt has opportunities available for a Gender and Social Inclusion Officer (GESI), Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Officer and Project Officer in the Integrated Project Management (IPM) team in Vanuatu. The positions are available for an immediate start through to November 2023, with a likely extension to 2025. The positions will be locally employed, therefore applicants must have working rights in Vanuatu. Requests for part-time, consultant options will be considered.

The Gender and Social Inclusion Officer (GESI), will be responsible for supporting government in meeting the targets of the Gender Action Plan (GAP) for the Systems Strengthening for Effective Coverage of New Vaccines in the Pacific project. This work will align with the Vanuatu Health Sector Strategy Inclusive Health approach.  Responsibilities will include:

diagnostic analyses, partnership mapping and baseline assessments to identify key bottlenecks and constraints to equality and access for GESI in systems related to the project;
support the development and implementation of the GAP, relevant guidance notes and capacity development approaches for GESI in line with the Vanuatu Health Sector Strategy Inclusive Health objectives.
design strategies, activities, and outputs to be implemented across the various workstreams of the GAP with an explicit focus on improving equality in vaccine and health systems and service delivery;
support the microplanning at health facility levels to ensure gender equality in outreach and immunisation activities
support the MOH in gender and social inclusion mainstreaming, particularly with vaccine hesitancy awareness
support the MOH in the development, operationalisation and reporting against the GAP
produce progress reports and report to the IPM team on program progress and implementation issues including monitoring budget utilisation, program deliverables, associated risks, issues, gaps and opportunities.
contribute to ensuring that gender considerations are included in all IEC materials, communication plans and other key documents
coordinate national and local activities, briefings, reports and workshops related to the project GESI team
develop and maintain working relationships and engagement with key stakeholders, NGOs including government (national and subnational) to progress the objectives of the GAP.


Selection Criteria:

About You

We are seeking an individual who will bring:
At least 5 years' experience in gender/disability/social work
Experience in leading activities or programs in GEDSI
Ability to communicate and write well in Bislama and English, and good command of French
Experience in the health system or Government
Experience in training or capacity building is an advantage
Familiarity with working on ADB projects will be an advantage
Working rights in Vanuatu




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Fleur Jackson


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