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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HQ/TA120
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 19 November 2012
Application Deadline: 14 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
HQ/TME TB Monitoring and Evaluation
The WHO Stop TB Department aims to
- guide the global response to the TB epidemic and facilitate partnerships;
- provide evidence-based norms, standards and policies;
- support Member States in adapting and adopting the Stop TB Strategy within strengthened health systems;
- measure global progress, monitor and assess national programme performance, financing and impact;
- and enable progress across the continuum of TB research, linked within a wider health research strategy.
The WHO Stop TB Strategy aims to achieve:
- universal access to quality diagnosis and patient-centred treatment;
- reduce the human suffering and socioeconomic burden associated with TB;
- protect vulnerable populations from TB, TB/HIV and drug-resistant TB;
- support development of new tools and enable their timely and effective use;
- and protect and promote human rights in TB prevention, care and control.
The Tuberculosis Monitoring and Evaluation team (TME) is responsible for three major areas of work. These are
(i) regular monitoring of the global epidemics of TB and drug-resistant TB and progress in the implementation and financing of TB care and control;
(ii) ensuring the best possible measurement of the epidemiological burden of TB and the impact of TB
control via the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement (convened by TME), focusing
on strengthening surveillance in all countries, surveys of the prevalence of TB disease in selected countries and best-practice methods for translating survey and surveillance data into estimates of disease burden;
(iii) economic and financial evaluation relevant to the development, implementation and impact of international policies and strategies for TB control. This work is done in the context of global targets for TB control set within the context of the Millennium Development Goals and by the Stop TB Partnership. The team leads or contributes to the development of relevant policies, guidelines and tools, provides strategic and technical support to regions and countries, manages a global TB database, and widely disseminates findings from annual rounds of global TB data collection and analytical and policy-related work through high-quality written products including annual reports on global TB control and periodic reports on the surveillance of drug-resistant TB. The team collaborates with multiple teams and departments within WHO and with many external partners including other UN agencies, ministries of health, multilateral and bilateral donors and NGOs, particularly technical and financial partners that are members of the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement.
Description of duties:
1) Facilitate the operations of the global project on anti-TB drug resistance surveillance, in
particular by reviewing survey protocols and monitoring the implementation of surveys;
2) Contribute to the global coordination of technical assistance to drug resistance surveillance to
ensure optimal use of resources;
3) Facilitate and contribute to periodic analysis and publication of global data on anti-TB drug resistance;
4) Support field evaluations of innovative methods for drug resistance surveillance;
5) Contribute to the assessment of TB surveillance systems (i.e. notification and vital registration systems) in selected countries;
6) Contribute to major projects or products led by TME, such as the annual global tuberculosis report;
7) Facilitate the development of project proposals on drug resistance surveillance, TB surveillance and/or TB epidemiology, and the implementation and reporting of progress of funded proposals;
8) Contribute to other work in TME, as appropriate.
Masters degree in epidemiology or a Masters degree in public health that included advanced
training in epidemiology.
Good understanding of communicable diseases epidemiology, learned through courses or on-the jobtraining.
*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
Excellent knowledge of principles and methods related to epidemiological analysis and evaluation of health-care programmes. Excellent analytical skills, including a high level of competence in a statistical package (either Stata or R). Excellent coordination skills and capacity to establish effective working relationships within WHO and with technical partners. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proven ability to prepare high-quality presentations and papers for publication. Ability to develop project proposals and to prepare progress reports on funded proposals. Proven ability to work in a wide variety of countries, and to facilitate country missions. Ability to be proactive/take initiative, and to work independently. Excellent at working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
WHO Competencies
*1. Producing results
*2. Fostering integration and teamwork
*3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources.
At least five years of experience working in public health, including analytical work related to
epidemiology. Two to three years of experience of working with colleagues in developing countries.
Experience of working with governmental, academic and international organizations/institutions
Experience within WHO and an excellent knowledge of its mandate. Experience of working in TB and drug-resistant TB prevention and control would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English required, working knowledge of French desirable.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only. Priority to be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56 018 at single rate
USD 60 013 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 99.4 % 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.

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