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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/POL/FT395
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 5 October 2012
Application Deadline: 26 October 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
To eradicate poliomyelitis by providing laboratory support to virological surveillance activities. Laboratory support for surveillance of other vaccines preventable diseases may be added, where applicable. Major emphasis will be placed on polio eradication activities.
Description of duties:
1. To conduct in-country reviews of the performance of virology laboratories in the context of a WHO laboratory accreditation programme;
2. To supervise the procurement of supplies, reagents and equipment for the WHO supported and accredited laboratories in the GPLN;
3. To assist in monitoring milestones for specific projects and technical upgrades in the laboratories of the GPLN;
4. To collaborate with the GPEI information management systems to ensure maintenance of laboratory data management systems that are fully integrated with the clinical, environmental and virological surveillance for polioviruses;
5. To facilitate and participate in global and regional trainings and other capacity building activities for the members of the GPLN;
6. To perform other tasks as specified by the first and second-level supervisors.
Essential: Doctoral degree in Microbiology.
Desirable: Specialization in virology
Formal training in virology at post-graduate level and experience in molecular biology. Experience in managing and assessing virology laboratories. Proven ability in data management. Knowledge and experience in laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. Excellent inter-personal skills in a multi-cultural environment. Strong ability to write and communicate effectively. Microsoft office softwares (Word, Excel, Access, Power-point) and statistical software.
WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
2. Producing results,
3. Fostering integration and teamwork, and
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond.
Essential: At least seven years of experience, including several years of international experience, in microbiology, biomedical research or public health, of which at least five should be in a reputable national institution or an international organization. Experience in collaboration with scientists from polio endemic countries, developing countries, government and non-government organizations. Proven track record in writing, editing and producing biomedical publications and web pages.
Desirable: Experience in working with a global or regional laboratory network on infectious diseases. Experience in managing or working in a GPLN laboratory would be a strong asset.
Excellent knowledge of English required. A working knowledge of French is 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) and 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$67,483 at single rate
US$72,467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 97.7 % 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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