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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/16/FT827
Title: Senior Research Assistant (Epidemiological Data Management)
Grade: G5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years - Extra-budgetary position established for a limited duration of two (2) years. Any extension subject to availability of extra-budgetary funding.
Date: 28 December 2016
Application Deadline: 18 January 2017 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP)/Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI)
The goals of the Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI) 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 mostly needed.

Within the framework of studies carried out by PRI, the purpose of the position is to provide technical assistance in the management, analysis, maintenance and harmonization/customization of generated data.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Implementation Scientist and the PRI Group Head, the incumbent is expected to:

1. Receive, back-up, manage and perform quality control of data received/web-based inputted and develop or adapt tools to identify data inconsistencies;

2. Ensure data consistency from different sources by monitoring data flow from collaborating centers and corresponding with collaborators for the validation/correction of data; Contact with Collaborators also involves resolution of data inconsistencies and proposing improvements to reduce future potential issues.

3. Develop or adapt informatics/web tools to be used for specific studies or projects;

4. Regularly document the changes (and reasons for these changes) in databases, in validation strategies and in data processing and analyses;

5. Assist in statistical analyses of epidemiological data using available statistical packages, performing statistical calculations according to instructions, inspecting computer output, preparing graphs and tables based on the analyses for inclusion in scientific documents;

6. Contribute to the on-line dissemination of information concerning PRI studies by:
a. Preparing the material in appropriate format according to specifications,
b. Implementing web-site updates on request,
c. Contributing to group's or section's website development and maintenance;

7. Participate in training of collaborators in the field, as regards standard operating procedures;

8. Assist with design of questionnaires or data input methods;

9. Conduct any other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor and/or the PRI Group Head.
Essential: Completed secondary education or equivalent and additional education in programming, data management, statistics (BTS, DUT or equivalent).

Desirable: An advanced university degree in a related field.
* Thorough knowledge of STATA or an equivalent statistical package that utilizes dynamic data reporting tools to plot graphs and charts.

* Familiarity with data analysis techniques such as the following: manipulation of large datasets, development of macros to automate routine data management tasks and graphical presentation of datasets.

* Ability to maintain, customize and evaluate databases.

* Capacity to manage own workload and set priorities.

* Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team/networks with people of diverse educational and cultural background.

* Good communication skills.
Essential: At least five years of relevant professional experience in data management systems, services and analysis. Significant experience in ACCESS and SQL development. Previous experience of working with epidemiological data.

Desirable: Work experience in the field of health or cancer research at an international level.
Expert knowledge of English or French with an intermediate knowledge of the other language.

Desirable: knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.
Additional Information:
This recruitment is restricted to candidates residing at the time of submitting their application, within a maximum distance of 50 kms from Lyon.

Important Note:
In your application submitted, we ask that you specify all of the statistical packages you have worked with (e.g. Stata, SAS, other...) and your user level of each package.

Online applications can be filled out in English or in French. However, all candidates for this position should include in their online application, a cover letter in English.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for test and interview.

Annual salary: Euros 39870, net of French income tax (before deduction of the employee share of private social insurances applicable at IARC, i.e. staff health and accident insurances and pension fund).

WHO/IARC has its own Staff Health Insurance and Pension plans and is not part of the French Social Security system ("Sécurité Sociale"), the French Pension system or the French unemployment benefit agency("Pôle-Emploi").

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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