Vacancy Notice No: IARC/14/FT241
 
Title: Implementation Scientist
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years. Any extension subject to availability of funding.
 
Date: 15 May 2014
 
Application Deadline: 12 June 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
 
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) / Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
As part of the EDP Section, the goals of the PRI Group are to evaluate new preventive strategies, with particular emphasis on the use of new technologies, including molecular markers; to engage in research on methods to implement existing strategies taking into account the social, economic and cultural differences; to collaborate with decision makers to implement already available preventive interventions against cancer, particularly in developing countries where the need is highest and to foster technology transfer and generate educational processes for clinicians, public health decision makers and the public, to make sure the available technology is put in place where it is needed most.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Position:
1. To play a major role in initiating and supporting new research directions in the Prevention and Implementation (PRI) Group, with particular emphasis on implementation studies.
2. In close collaboration with the PRI Group Head, the incumbent is expected to independently develop the area of implementation research and stimulate synergy across the groups in the Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) Section and with other Sections at the Agency.

Organizational context:
The incumbent is expected to bring in new research directions in implementation research and additional funding and technical resources to the Group as well as to provide guidance to the PRI Group during the absence of the Head of the Group while s/he is on duty travel.

Summary of assigned duties:
Under the overall guidance of the Group Head, PRI, the incumbent is expected to:
1. Develop a research program with the following objectives:
- To identify opportunities to build scientific knowledge about implementation of cancer prevention and control measures globally, with particular emphasis on opportunities arising from IARC's ongoing research programs.
- To design and conduct appropriate implementation research studies in collaboration with other IARC sections, with in-country collaborating partners and with academic experts in the field.
- To achieve field impact as evidenced by standard and newly-developed metrics that describe, explain, and quantify the effects of interventions to cancer-relevant population outcomes.
2. Contribute to the development of the implementation research strategy of the PRI Group and the EDP Section as well as with other Sections at the Agency;
3. Develop key partnerships, internally and externally to enable the research plans of the Group and Section;
4. Plan, design, conduct and evaluate implementation studies using standardized questionnaires and interventions to address the feasibility, safety, acceptability, performance characteristics, efficacy and cost effectiveness, quality of life and behavioural aspects of different interventions in reducing cancer incidence and mortality, particularly in low- and medium-resource countries;
5. Supervise and provide guidance to early career scientists, trainees and other visitors;
6. Attract research funding from competitive sources in order to support studies and to undertake a significant programme of implementation research. To achieve research impact commensurate with the level of funding provided;
7. Monitor and evaluate on-going studies in PRI;
8. Evaluate the impact of national cancer control programmes aimed at reducing cancer burden by planning, conducting and evaluating appropriate implementation studies in collaboration with national investigators, particularly in low- and medium-resource countries;
9. Conduct literature reviews in order to evaluate the efficacy of interventions in countries with different socio-cultural characteristics and levels of development;
10. Prepare and disseminate scientific manuscripts and reviews describing the results of studies and prepare technical and progress reports;
11. Provide training to doctors, nurses, programme managers and health workers in foreign collaborating institutions and teach on project-specific specialised courses;
12. Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or the Director.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
Masters or higher University Degree (Ph.D.) in epidemiology or public health.

Desirable:
MD degree.
Skills:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Knowledge of epidemiological methods, public health and clinical concepts in planning, of conduct and evaluation of cancer prevention interventions. Understanding of the public health and clinical basis of various healthcare interventions and of medical and diagnostic interventions, as applicable to implementation studies of cancer prevention interventions. Strong publication record in international journals and strong record in obtaining competitive funding for cancer research and control activities. Ability to proactively engage and take initiatives in the conduct and evaluation of the studies. Ability to discuss, understand and interpret relevant public health, epidemiological, and clinical issues and linkages in the conduct of implementation studies and other research conducted by the PRI group.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Knowledge of computing and the use of commonly used basic statistical software such as SPSS, STATA, etc.

Required WHO competencies:
1) Producing results.
2) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
3) Fostering integration and team work.
4) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
Experience:
Essential:
At least seven years of combined national and international experience in positions related to the area of cancer prevention and control, preferably in developing countries. Of which, at least five years' experience in research on cancer epidemiology, particularly in relation to the assessment of the impact of cancer prevention interventions and the evaluation of implementation strategies for cancer control. Experience in the supervision of staff and coordination of epidemiological studies or interventions. Evidence of research leadership.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.
Additional Information:
IARC/WHO OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE INCLUDING AN ANNUAL NET SALARY (SUBJECT TO MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS FOR PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS AND HEALTH
INSURANCE), DEPENDENCY BENEFITS, PENSION PLAN, HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME, AND 30 DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE. BENEFITS FOR INTERNATIONALLY RECRUITED STAFF MAY INCLUDE TRAVEL AND REMOVAL EXPENSES ON APPOINTMENT AND SEPARATION, ASSIGNMENT GRANT, RENTAL SUBSIDY, AND HOME LEAVE.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
85,300 euros at single rate
91,601 euros with primary dependants

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