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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/IVB/FT86
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 6 March 2013
Application Deadline: 27 March 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (HQ/IVB) /
HQ/IVR - Initiative for Vaccine Research (HQ/IVR)
The mission of the Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) is to accelerate the development and optimal use of safe and effective vaccines and related technologies, especially in developing countries. IVR focuses on projects of potential high impact for infectious diseases control in accordance with the Organization disease control priorities, and with the goal of enabling Member States to take an increasing share in disease control efforts. IVR works according to four strategic functions, including 1. research prioritization, 2. capacity building, 3. development of standards and 4. translational research. The position is particularly related to strategic functions 1, 3 and 4.
Description of duties:
Provide leadership on influenza vaccination and vaccine development and serve as departmental focal-point on the subject. Serve as technical lead on immunization strategies for seasonal influenza. Conduct regular reviews on progress towards the development of influenza vaccines conferring broadly protective and long-lasting immunity and formulate agendas to accelerate their development. Gather evidence on composition and formulation of influenza vaccines that could provide increased protection in special target groups, such as the elderly. In collaboration with Health Systems & Innovations/Essential Medicines & Health Products/ Quality, Safety and Standards (HIS/EMP/QSS), review the evidence and support the development of guidelines on the measurement of immune responses to influenza vaccines, and in particular those that may be associated with broadened protection. Identify, in consultation with other experts, in particular the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) working group on influenza vaccines, critical data gaps for the development of vaccination policies for seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines and develop strategies to address those, which includes the design and commissioning of studies, project evaluation, and technical/managerial support to their implementation. Assist Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals/Expanded Programme on Immunization (IVB/EPI) in the implementation of WHO policies for seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines. Proactively coordinate with other WHO clusters/departments and WHO regions in the areas of cross-cutting influenza-related activities, e.g. the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), the pandemic influenza preparedness (PIP) framework, and the Global Action Plan for Influenza Vaccine (GAP) including technology transfer for influenza vaccine production. Establish and maintain high-level working relationships with governmental and non-governmental organizations and agencies, academia and private sector in this area of work. Represent WHO in technical and policy-making fora as required, and contribute to resource mobilization for this technical area of work. Perform any other duty, as requested by the supervisor.
Medical Degree and/or Doctoral degree invirology or immunology.

Professional training in relation to vaccine development and vaccination.
Ability to synthesize, structure and prioritize large bodies of technical information; competency in leading cross-functional teams, and coordinating with multiple internal and external stakeholders. Technical ability to design studies, and to monitor their implementation.

WHO Comptencies:
- Producing results
- Fostering integration and teamwork
- Communicating in a credible and effective way
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Moving forward in a changing environment
At least 10 years working experience related to vaccine development and/or implementation.
Practical experience in the clinical evaluation of vaccines. Work experience in an international context.

Working experience with influenza vaccine development and/or implementation.
Excellent knowledge of English required.
Additional Information:
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.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86,904 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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