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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/12/FT462
Title: Medical Officer/Virologist
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two (2) years
Date: 18 December 2012
Application Deadline: 10 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Brazzaville, Congo
Organization unit:
To support countries in the WHO African Region to provide high quality immunization services that will contribute to: (a) the reduction of mortality, morbidity and disability from vaccine preventable diseases through the optimum use of available and new vaccines and (b) the strengthening of national health systems as well as efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the PEI Programme Area Coordinator and the overall guidance of the IVD Director, the incumbent will coordinate the polio, measles, yellow fever and HPV Laboratory Networks in the African Region, while ensuring integration with other public health laboratory networks, by:

1) Coordinating quality assurance and control programmes in the Polio, Measles, Yellow Fever and Human Papillomavirus laboratory networks including laboratory accreditation and environmental surveillance;
2) Working with the global reference laboratories, contribute to the development and introduction of new laboratory technologies in the African Region;
3) Coordinating the generation of laboratory data for use by the IVD programme and national authorities for decision-making and action;
4) Coordinating the observance of bio-safety and bio-containment of infectious materials in Polio, Measles, Yellow Fever and Human Papillomavirus laboratory networks in African Region Member States;
5) Providing expert advice to the IVD programme on scientific issues related to Polio, Measles, Yellow Fever and HPV;
6) Coordinating human resource capacity building in all the network laboratories;
7) Supporting resource mobilization for laboratory network activities;
8) Any other duties assigned by the supervisors.

Essential: Degree in human or veterinary medicine and post-graduate training in Virology/Microbiology (MSc/PhD level) or a scientist with Ph.D. in virology or microbiology.

Desirable: Laboratory bench experience and evidence of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals on the subject of virology/microbiology.

1) Must have a clear understanding and good knowledge of virology/microbiology laboratory management;
2) Must have bench experience and training in virology/microbiology;
3) Must be able to transfer his/her knowledge to others through workshops or bench training;
4) Must be able to clearly write scientific presentation/publications for the programme use;
5) Must be an effective team player at both national and international levels;
6) Must be an efficient and effective communicator.

Word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, and at least one data management system (e.g. EPI INFO or Access)
Essential: At least 7 years' experience working in virology/microbiology laboratory at national/international level.

Desirable: Experience in training, laboratory management and setting up laboratory quality systems.

Fluency in English or French with a working knowledge of other languages.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 65.3 % 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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Vacancy Filled

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