Call for new member of the European Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (ETAGE)

The European Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (ETAGE) provides independent review and expert technical input to the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization programme (VPI) of the WHO Regional Office for Europe (Regional Office). The Group aims to facilitate and accelerate achievements of regional disease control targets within the scope of the European Vaccine Action Plan (2015-2020).

ETAGE consists of 6 to 8 experts, who have substantial technical expertise and experience in areas related to immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. epidemiology, public health, vaccinology, immunology, paediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases, programme management, immunization service delivery, health economics, social behavioural science and vaccine quality and safety). In addition to attending the yearly meeting in October, ETAGE members review and comment on strategic documents, and are consulted throughout the year on strategic and technical issues related to VPI’s work. Membership is for a period of 3 years, with an option to extend by a further 2 years at the discretion of the Regional Director.

As ETAGE secretariat, WHO/Europe is looking to expand the current ETAGE membership and areas of expertise with one additional member specialized in vaccine acceptance and demand. The Secretariat is calling for expressions of interest from experts who fulfill the below criteria.

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2019

Qualifications

To be considered for membership, candidates:

  • should be leading scientists or university researchers;
  • must possess expertise in social and behaviour change and in vaccine acceptance and demand;
  • must have a track record of designing and implementing research or other projects focusing on immunization demand and/or of peer-reviewed research publications within related areas;
  • must possess knowledge of and insight into immunization or health systems.

ETAGE members are recommended by the secretariat to, and appointed by, the WHO Regional Director for Europe.  Due consideration is made to achieve balanced representation in terms of areas of expertise, professional affiliation, geographic representation and gender.

Membership is not restricted to persons living in the WHO European Region.

Due to the strict requirement for professional independence and to avoid personal conflicts of interest, ETAGE membership is voluntary and WHO cannot pay salary or consultant fees of any kind. However, WHO will cover all expenses related to travel to ETAGE meetings as well as field visits to Member States, as applicable.

For more information on ETAGE see: http://www.euro.who.int/etage

To apply, please send a letter of interest detailing relevant expertise, experience and motivation for joining to euvaccine@who.int.