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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/12/FT434
Title: Technical Officer (Regional Entomologist)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 12 November 2012
Application Deadline: 10 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
Organization unit:
To expand the implementation of the Stop TB / Malaria - Vectorborne and Parasitic (including Dengue and Neglected Tropical Diseases) strategy and strengthen disease control by: applying effective strategies and policies, including those related to co-infection and multi-drug resistance; increasing the involvement of communities, health-care providers, nongovernmental organizations and corporate partners, through increased country support and strong partnerships; and to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.
Description of duties:
1. To collaborate with Member States, partners and concerned WHO programmes in the planning, organization, implementation and assessment of the vector control and social mobilization components of dengue and other vectorborne disease control programmes, guided by existing World Health Assembly (WHA) or regional resolutions and strategic plans;
2. To collaborate with the Member States, partners, the Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response unit of the Health Security and Emergencies Division in Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO), and other concerned WHO programmes in the planning and implementation of vectorborne diseases outbreak response measures, especially for dengue and chikungunya, with emphasis on vector control and social mobilization;
3. To provide country support for vector control field operations to achieve high quality standards of interventions;
4. To provide technical support for the planning, organization and conduct of national and regional training activities on vector surveillance and control and social mobilization;
5. To provide technical support in the collection and analysis of vector surveillance data as well as the monitoring of the insecticide resistance of disease vectors, and disseminate data through WHO websites and the regional insecticide resistance network;
6. To support the development of a regional strategy on Integrated Vector Management and its endorsement and implementation by Member States;
7. To provide technical support to Member States to strengthen the management and judicious use of public health pesticides, in collaboration with WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) and other relevant partners;
8. To mobilize resources to fill financial gaps of country programmes and to support regional coordination and capacity building for vector control;
9. To participate in research priority setting, and promote, cooperate and participate in the planning, organization and evaluation of applied field research projects on vector control;
10. To coordinate and harmonize across all levels of WHO, other health programmes and ministries and relevant organizations in the planning and implementation of vector control;
11. To participate in meetings, project assessments, internal and external evaluation missions and other appraisals as needed, and to prepare relevant technical documents and reports;
12. To carry out related duties as required or assigned by the supervisors.

Expected specific outputs/outcomes:
o Member States are supported to reduce the burden of major vectorborne diseases including malaria, dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever, chikungunya, lymphatic filariasis and other emerging or neglected tropical diseases, or eliminate them where feasible, through planning and implementation of appropriate vector control and prevention measures;
o Vector control including social mobilization activities are coordinated and supported by development partners including UN agencies, bilateral partners, NGOs, WHO Collaborating Centers and other organizations;
o Resources for the control of vectorborne diseases are mobilized;
o Insecticide resistance data for the major disease vectors are available;
o A regional strategy on integrated vector management is endorsed and implemented by Member States;
o Member States are supported in the implementation of the judicious use of insecticides;
o Relevant operational research priorities are identified and key research is supported.
University degree from a recognized university in biological sciences, medicine or other related area, with postgraduate degree in medical entomology and/or public health vector control is essential. Postgraduate degree in public health, molecular entomology, or vector biology is desirable.
o Knowledge of the specific or technical area of public health;
o Ability to develop norms and standards, as well as training materials;
o Capacity to plan and conduct operational activities with political and technical elements;
o Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.
o Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
o Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to Member States.

1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Setting an example
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Minimum of 10 years experience in vectorborne diseases control, including at least 3 years at international level (which may include research) is essential; working experiences in dengue vector control is required. Experiences in implementation of public health programmes, project management, monitoring and evaluation is desirable. Track record in collaborating with social mobilization/communication/COMBI (Communication for Behavioral Impact) experts is an advantage. Working experience in developing countries, research experience, and working experience with international collaboration are all desirable.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD80 734 at single rate
USD86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 55.8 % 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.

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