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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/IVB/TA11
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P2
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 25 January 2013
Application Deadline: 15 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The mission of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicials (IVB) is to work towards a world in which all people at risk are protected against vaccine preventable diseases, through work in three major areas: accelerating innovation, ensuring quality and safety, and maximizing access and linking with other programmes. The objective of the Expanded Programme on Immunization Team (EPI) is to maximize access to high quality immunization services, strengthen surveillance systems, and establish links to other interventions. This is done through: developing policies, strategies and tools and providing standardized resource materials and expertise in relation to immunization activities, surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases and links to other interventions; gathering, analyzing and disseminating evidence and information to guide policies and strategies to monitoring progress and impact, and to communicate the value of immunization, providing global oversight of demand of vaccines, supplies and equipment; and establishing and participating in global partnerships to support national programmes.
Description of duties:
Working as part of the EPI Strategic Information group with a close collaboration with the respective vaccine surveillance officers, the incumbent will have the following specific duties:
1. Assist with the day-to-day management of the vaccines surveillance databases (including measles, rotavirus, invasive bacterial diseases) housed in EPI.
a. Assisting the team in developing and conducting standardized methodologies to manage, collect, process, and ensure a high quality of data for the strategic information database.
b. Assisting with the development and refinement of IVB guidelines, methods and tools for collecting, analyzing and reporting new vaccine surveillance related data for public domain usage.
c. Liaising and interacting with national, regional and global counterparts to coordinate the effort to develop a standardized case based data system that would link laboratory and clinical data.
2. Assist in generating the annual updates of burden of disease estimates for measles, rubella/congenital rubella syndrome, rotavirus diarrhoea, Haemophilus influenzae type b disease, and pneumococcal disease and provide support for the country consultation process related to these estimates.
3. Perform routine and exploratory analyses and contribute to the dissemination of surveillance information; produce summary tables, graphs and maps based on the analysis of the data, and sharing the data via the WHO website.
4. Provide technical inputs and respond to ad hoc requests for data, analysis, presentations and information from own and other WHO units and partners.
Essential: University degree* with strong quantitative and analytical content (e.g. biostatistics, computing, statistical analysis, mathematics or epidemiology). (* For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.)
Excellent and meticulous data management skills, including analysis and synthesis of data. Ability to work with large sets of data and multiple indicators. Advanced command and proficient knowledge of MS Office and related applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.). Advanced knowledge of statistical software (R or stata). Understanding of public health programs is required, particularly immunization programs desirable. Strong oral and written communication skills, good inter-personal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment. High sense of responsibility, efficient, reliable, result-oriented and intuitive. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work in a team and dedication to collaboration.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
3. Knowing and managing yourself, and
4. Fostering integration and teamwork.
Essential: Over 2 years' experience in data management or related fields. Experience with collation and analysis of large datasets from multiple sources. Experience in data analysis. Desirable: Familiarity with epidemiology. Familiarity with GIS.
Excellent knowledge of English and/or French required.
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)
US$46,730 at single rate
US$49,821 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 may be used as a form of screening

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