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Forecasting Analyst, Strategic Vaccine Supply

Location: Ferney Voltaire, France relocates to Geneva in late 2011)
Last Date: August 20, 2011

Forecasting Analyst, Strategic Vaccine Supply

Tracking Code: 4718

This position will be temporarily located in the Ferney Voltaire PATH office until the Strategic Vaccine Supply (SVS) Team relocates to Geneva in late 2011. Must have legal authority to work in France or Switzerland.

PATH is an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. PATH's mission is to improve the health of people around the word by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging health behaviors. 

The primary goal of PATH’s Vaccine Development Global Program is to accelerate the development of new and lifesaving vaccines through a range of initiatives that are designed in collaboration with public- and private-sector partners.

Vaccine Access & Delivery (VAD) is currently recruiting for a Forecasting Analyst, Strategic Vaccine Supply (SVS), for the Accelerated Vaccine Introduction (AVI) Initiative. The primary goal of this effort is to support the accelerated introduction of vaccines against rotavirus and pneumococcal disease into the routine immunization practices of GAVI-eligible countries. This project will work in close partnership with a variety of stakeholders, including GAVI, WHO, UNICEF, universities, vaccine manufacturers, other NGOs, as well as directly with countries themselves, to develop and implement the necessary strategies, policies, protocols, and infrastructure to accelerate introduction and uptake of these lifesaving vaccines. 

This post will support the generation of strategic demand and supply forecasts for rotavirus, pneumococcal, and other GAVI portfolio vaccines in developing countries, using a broad-range of inputs including market research, dynamic modeling, and product landscape scanning.   The Forecasting Analyst  will be a member of a highly focused team with a common goal to support and trigger evidence-based decisions that increase effectiveness and efficiency of introduction activities of the AVI project by providing high-quality, consistent, timely and transparent strategic demand forecasts for Pneumococcal and Rotavirus vaccines, ensuring seamless interface with UNICEF procurement plans and providing single point of contact for all strategic forecasting information.  As a member of the team he/she will be expected to meet timelines and address any challenges arising during fulfilling the scope of work. Job responsibilites include:

  • Develop and maintain complex forecast models for vaccines market and products, incorporating input from different functions that correctly portray future market dynamics and highlight the areas of variability.
  • Perform analyses on previous strategic demand forecast versions to identify opportunities to improve overall forecast accuracy.
  • Analyze key forecast drivers and make recommendations for methodological refinements of the forecast model.
  • Assist SVS with expansion of strategic demand forecasts to include other markets beyond the GAVI-eligible countries.
  • Perform vaccine market research inorder to create and maintain supply landscape analyses.
  • Support Forecasting Managers in preparation of presentations relevant to the SVS area of work. 

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated experience operating sophisticated modeling and performing quantitative analyses
  • Experience in demand forecasting desirable, but not required.
  • Strong command of MS Office suite, ability to organize and analyze data in Excel.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently and as an active, engaged team member.

Required Experience

Master's Degree in related field of study plus 1 year related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience and/or knowledge in global health and development, preferably with a special interest in vaccine preventable diseases.

Job Location: Ferney-Voltaire, FRANCE

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular 

To apply: please visit our employment website,, click on the career site link, search for job code 4718, and apply online. PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.


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