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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/TA7
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 23 January 2013
Application Deadline: 13 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
HQ/THC TB/HIV and Community Engagement
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 TB/HIV and Community Engagement (THC) team is responsible for two major areas of work: a) TB/HIV collaborative activities and b) engagement with nongovernmental organizations and other civil society organizations to advance universal access to TB prevention, treatment and care. The team leads to contribute to the development of relevant policies and strategies guidelines and tools to further advance universal access to TB and HIV prevention and care. The team provides technical support to regions, initiates new approaches in countries and widely disseminates findings from analytical and policy-related work and promotes the implementation of policies on TB/HIV, nongovernmental organizations and community engagement for TB prevention and care. The team collaborates with relevant teams and departments and in particular, with HIV and MCH departments, with UNAIDS, with external partners including an active Stop TB partnership TB/HIV working group, other UN agencies, ministries of health, bi and multilateral donors and NGOs.
Description of duties:
Under the close supervision of the THC coordinator:

To lead high quality analytical work and policy development for the accelerated implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities with particular emphasis on TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV and the interaction between drug resistant TB, HIV and drug use.
To further global advocacy for TB/HIV through communicating and networking with members of the TB and HIV communities including the coordination of the Global TB/HIV Working Group.
Undertake the review of the evidence and the identification of gaps and models of service delivery for TB, HIV and harm reduction services and design innovative ways for scientific and implementation advocacy in wide consultation with partners.
Ensure provision of satisfactory technical assistance to Regional Offices and Member States, to improve basic TB control in general, and TB/HIV in particular, the convergence of TB/HIV with drug use.
Carry out other duties and responsibilities to contribute to the leading role of WHO in the global response to the TB/HIV epidemic.
Masters degree in Public Health.

Training in TB and/or HIV/AIDS control.
Knowledge of public health and infectious disease control policies and health systems, preferably in TB and HIV particularly with people using drug.
Demonstrated integrity, diplomatic skills and discretion, and high level of ability as a team player in international, multi-agency collaborative environment.
Proven ability to write clear strategic and technical health-related documents, and excellent writing skills in English.
Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities.
Skills in strategic planning, policy development, management of projects, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; research; training and network development.
Computer literacy.
Excellent presentation skills.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
At least 7 years' professional experience in the prevention and control of TB or HIV/AIDS, including experience of management of TB/HIV and international experience in working with UN and/or international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Previous experience of working in global TB/HIV advocacy and networking including on harm reduction services.
Excellent knowledge of English and a working knowledge of French are essential. A working knowledge of Russian would be an asset.
Additional Information:
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 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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.

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

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