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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/FT29
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
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/NTD Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/NTD)
The Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) is working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases and provides evidence that many of these diseases can be controlled and even eliminated using existing interventions that include the administration of safe, simple and effective medicines. Embedded in NTD are some of the zoonotic diseases that includes diseases such as foodborne trematodiasis, hydatidosis/echinococcosis, rabies, and taeniasis/cysticercosis. These diseases are called "neglected" because they are not adequately addressed nationally and internationally and affect mostly poor people without a voice living in remote areas. Successful prevention and control rests on three key requirements:
- assessing the needs of communities and their livestock and pets affected by zoonotic NTDs;
- using integrated approaches to cure, prevent and control disease at the human-animal interface;
- using evidence-based advocacy to leverage resources and commitment for control from the national and international community.
Description of duties:
1. Provide strategic direction to support scale-up interventions for control of zoonotic NTDs, by establishing or strengthening intersectoral collaboration, communication and interaction, promoting control of the zoonosis at source, adoption of multi-disease and host/reservoir approaches, promoting community-based approaches and interventions and monitor implementation of the NTD roadmap;
2. Develop national capacities, new concepts and tools for the prevention and control of zoonotic NTDs, working with international partners and other stakeholders in public, private, and non-profit organizations;
3. Support regional and country offices with technical information and advocacy on zoonotic NTD prevention and control including evaluation of outcomes and impact programmes and activities (grass-root level to global);
4. Contribute to the estimation of the global burden of specific zoonotic NTDs and assess their local, regional and global societal burdens including the assessment of the cost-benefits and cost effectiveness intervention strategies including short-term and longer-term research goals to improve and sustain control of these specific NTD;
5. Build awareness, political ownership and strengthen advocacy about the societal burden of the zoonotic NTDs at local, regional and global levels to better inform all stakeholders, including funding agencies;
6. Contribute to the development and implementation of a fundraising strategy for the zoonotic NTDs by identifying and contacting potential donors, and inputting into the preparation of funding proposals;
7. Any other duties as required.
Advanced university degree in veterinary science, postgraduate degree (MSc) in epidemiology, public health or related field.
Training/experience in epidemiology of communicable diseases.
Excellent knowledge of zoonotic diseases prevention and control particularly those of public health importance within the list of NTDs; Ability to function effectively in a team and in culturally diverse settings. Excellent information technology and computer skills with full command of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint as well as knowledge of a database and data analysis software.
WHO Competencies
*1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
*2. Fostering integration and teamwork
*3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
At least 10 years of experience at national and international level in planning and coordinating activities related to the control of zoonotic diseases at the human-animal-ecosystems interface.
Experience in WHO or other UN Agencies or with NGOs and bilateral agencies would be an asset. Demonstrated international experience. Demonstrated ability to manage and deliver projects involving multiple partners, analysis, and interaction in complex technical, political and cross-cultural situations. Experience in epidemiological investigations. Understanding of food safety. Extensive knowledge and skills in the public health aspects of zoonotic diseases and their prevention and control.
Excellent knowledge of English required. A working knowledge of another UN language an asset.
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. The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80'629 at single rate
USD 86'791 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.

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