Japan to send Junior Professional Officers to work at Gavi

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Japanese government will fund placements for talented young professionals at the Vaccine Alliance.

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Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley (right) and H.E. Ambassador Ken Okaniwa, Japan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, during the signing. Credit: Gavi/2018/Isaac Griberg.

Geneva, 14 December 2018 – Highly competent young professionals from Japan will have the opportunity to work at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance following the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Government of Japan and Gavi in Geneva today.

Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley and H.E. Ambassador Ken Okaniwa, Japan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, signed the Memorandum of Cooperation at Gavi’s headquarters at the Global Health Campus, Geneva.

“Since 2011 Japan has been a key supporter of the Vaccine Alliance, providing funding that has helped to save millions of lives through vaccination,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. “I’m delighted to sign this memorandum, which will take our relationship even further, and look forward to welcoming more Japanese staff to the Gavi family.”

“I congratulate Gavi on its successful 18-year journey and its completion of a fruitful mid-term review in Abu-Dhabi. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped the world’s poorest countries to immunize over 700 million children and prevented over 10 million deaths,” said H.E. Ambassador Ken Okaniwa. “With this MOC, a new window is now open for Japanese young professionals to work with Gavi.  I hope that this cooperative framework will provide further impetus for Gavi and Japan towards the next stage of innovative collaboration.”

The Japanese government will recommend candidates to Gavi for the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme. Candidates must be 35 years old or under, be fluent in English and have an advanced university degree in a relevant discipline as well as relevant experience. The first Japanese JPOs are expected to be in place at Gavi before the end of 2019.

 

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