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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HIV/FT371
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 21 September 2012
Application Deadline: 12 October 2012 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HIV HIV/AIDS (HQ/HIV) /
HQ/TCO HIV Technologies and Commodities (HQ/TCO)
The WHO Programme on HIV is guided by the Global Health Strategy for HIV 2011 - 2015. Its goals, consistent with Getting to Zero: UNAIDS Strategy 2011 - 2015 and international commitments, are to achieve universal access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care interventions for all in need, and to contribute to achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their associated targets by 2015. The objective of the Department of HIV is to lead an effective organization -wide HIV effort to support Member States in the implementation of the above Strategy. The Department of HIV provides technical and strategic leadership in key technical areas, and leverages the capacity of other HQ Departments to contribute to the broader HIV programme. The Department of HIV works closely with Regional Offices to maximize WHO's impact in countries. The immediate strategic objective of the "HIV Technologies & Commodities" Unit focuses on Strategic Direction 3: "Build strong and sustainable systems". In this area, it takes technical leadership on increasing access to essential medical products and technologies, and on issues related to the application of existing treatment technologies, including drug resistance and pharmacovigilance. The Unit will work closely with other Departments to ensure adequate linkages to related areas of work, such as essential medicines, prequalification, and essential health technologies.
Description of duties:
As a technical lead on HIV Drug Resistance Issues, he/she works for ensuring the achievement of timely and high quality outputs as defined in its work plan and advised by the unit Coordinator. These include:
- To organize the assessment of the functionality of the WHO HIVDR database, and coordinate its further development, including linkage of the different types of data files, their quality control, and development of report generators.
- To organize the technical assessment of the quality of sequences transmitted to the global HIVDR database by national and regional laboratories accredited by WHO, including organization of a panel to resolve the interpretation of apparently conflicting data and decide on the exclusion of suspect data.
- To organize and act as a provider of last resort technical support to regions and countries developing HIV Drug Resistance strategies.
- To identify and convene a group of public health decision makers and advocates so as to increase to coverage of the Global HIV Drug Resistance Network and impact of the WHO HIV Drug Resistance strategy.
- To support the WHO HIV Drug Resistance laboratory accreditation system, including organization of assessment of laboratories applying for WHO HIVDR accreditation, re-accreditation, and organization of its external quality assurance system.
- To collaborate in the preparation of the normative tools and procedures applying to the HIVDR assessment and prevention strategy.
- To develop and edit training materials of the HIVDR prevention and assessment strategy.
- Follow, analyse and communicate evolving evidence and best practice in the above mentioned areas and provide strategic advice on their relevance and applicability in the context of achieving goals of the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV.
- Contribute to the development of WHO policy positions and normative products in the above areas of work.
Essential: Advanced degree in Medicine, and/or a relevant advanced university degree in science or public health.
Desirable: Formal training in virology or epidemiology.
Sound knowledge of HIV Drug Resistance genotype analysis and interpretation, and understanding of the public health significance of HIV Drug Resistance. Excellent interpersonal skills with sensitivity to cultural differences and ability to work in a multicultural environment. Ability to work as a member of a team and to produce results under pressure. Sound understanding of HIV/AIDS and HIV Drug Resistance issues in resource limited settings. Computer literacy.
WHO Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork,
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond,
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
4. Moving forward in a changing environment, and
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources.
Essential: A minimum of 10 years experience in the field of health at national and international levels, including at least seven years experience in HIV and at least 3 years working experience in HIV virology.
Desirable: Experience in WHO, UN and/or international institutions is an advantage. Experience convening public health decision makers, advocates, and technical specialists around technical health issues, preferably in HIV Drug Resistance. Hands-on experience in implementing the HIV Drug resistance strategy.
Excellent knowledge of English required. A working knowledge of French desirable.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 94.2 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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