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Abt Associates Social Inclusion and Gender Officer in Apia, Samoa

  • Seeking a Social Inclusion and Gender Officer to support the Samoan health sector

  • Based in Ministry of Health Samoa, full time, part time and/or contract flexible work arrangements available for the right candidate

  • Contribute to the introduction of three new vaccines into Samoa’s routine immunization schedule, and support the public health response to COVID-19

About the Program

Abt Associates is supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) 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 been expanded to include COVID-19 responses.

The introduction of the three new vaccines into Samoa’s routine immunisation strategy is an important move in preventing disease and promoting health in the Samoan population, as well as supporting Samoa’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 Social Inclusion and Gender Officer (SIG), Immunisation Data Management Officer and Project Officer in the Integrated Project Management (IPM) team in Samoa. 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 Samoa.

The Social Inclusion and Gender Officer (SIG), 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, including:

  • diagnostic analyses, partnership mapping and baseline assessments to identify key bottlenecks and constraints to equality and access for GESI;

  • support the development and implementation of the Gender Action Plan (GAP), relevant guidance notes and capacity development approaches for GESI in line with national policies in health, gender and social inclusion;

  • 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 reports 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.

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 English and Samoan

  • 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 Samoa

How to Apply

Please submit your application online, attach your CV and a cover letter (as a single PDF document) addressing how you meet the requirements of this role.

Closing Date: Thursday, 7 July 2022 – midnight (Brisbane time)


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. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at


Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity and inclusion. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, skills and knowledge, so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.


We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity.