Graduate Research Assistant – Decision-making for immunization delivery strategies to reach zero-dose children

About IVAC:

IVAC’s mission is to accelerate equitable and sustainable access to life-saving vaccines through the generation, synthesis, and use of evidence to inform decision-making and action. Our work focuses on disease epidemiology, vaccine economics, and advocacy and communications activities. We support global, regional, and country-level advocacy and immunization policy efforts, translating evidence to facilitate policy decision-making and support advocacy that advances national priorities in low- and middle-income countries.

About the Immunization Decision Making Landscape Analysis Project

Many countries use nationwide non-selective SIAs as the primary strategy to close measles and rubella immunity gaps. The World Health Organization measles vaccine position paper recommends that countries conduct periodic SIAs until routine immunization coverage with two doses of measles-containing vaccine are >90% for three consecutive years. However, SIAs are resource-intensive, nationwide campaigns that provide vaccines to children within a specified age range regardless of prior vaccination or disease status. Often a large proportion of children reached by these campaigns previously received at least one or two doses of MCV. In countries with high performing vaccination programs, supplemental delivery strategies tailored to identify and fill immunity gaps could be a more efficient and effective way to reach zero-dose children. Through this work, we seek to understand the decision-making processes to shift from non-selective, nationwide SIAs to other supplemental delivery strategies to reach measles zero-dose children.

Responsibilities:

The student will support efforts to collect information on immunization decision making approaches, primarily in Zambia. Specific activities will include:

  • Conduct literature review on what targeted and tailored immunization strategies have been used
  • Read and summarize relevant sources
  • Develop ethical review submission, interview guides, and other data collection tools
  • Support key informant interviews and qualitative data analysis as needed
  • Summarize perspectives from interviewees
  • Support development of slides and report to support Gavi strategies
  • Provide additional support as needed
Expected start to end date:

Available immediately and will run for approximately 1 year with possibility of extension

Time Commitment and Compensation
  • 10-20 hours per week
  • For credit (practicum) or paid
Location

IVAC’s office (415 N Washington St, Baltimore, MD) or remotely

Qualifications:
  • Current enrollment in a JHU graduate degree program in public health (Master’s level or Doctoral level)
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaborative groups
  • Experience conducting literature reviews
  • Knowledge of immunization decision making and/or programs
  • Familiarity with low- and middle-income country challenges
  • Preferred qualifications
  • Previous experience in advocacy or policy analysis
  • Previous experience conducting, coding, or working on qualitative data analysis

To Apply: Submit the following to Andrea Carcelen (acarcel1@jh.edu) with the subject line: “IVAC Decision Making Student RA Application”

  • Cover letter (<300 words) highlighting experience of greatest relevance to this position
  • Current CV or résumé