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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/TA26
Title: Scientist
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 6 March 2013
Application Deadline: 27 March 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (HQ/IVB)
HQ/HVI - WHO-UNAIDS HIV Vaccine Initiative
The mission of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) is to achieve a world in which all people are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. To this end, the objective of the Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) is to facilitate the development and optimal use of safe and effective vaccines against diseases of public health importance, with a specific emphasis on serving the needs of developing countries. Within the IVR unit, the Vaccine Research and Development (RPD) group aims to accelerate the development of new or improved priority vaccines, by guiding the research agenda, facilitating non-clinical and clinical evaluation, and providing evidence to inform vaccination policy.
Description of duties:
Serve as day-to-day focal point for dengue vaccines in IVR, and liaise with IVB staff and disease focal points in other departments on issues related to dengue vaccines and their future use.
Serve as secretariat to the WHO Advisory Committee on Dengue and other Flavivirus Vaccines.
Manage the process to review data from dengue vaccine trials for public health relevance and to define data needs for future immunization recommendations.
Serve as secretariat to a dedicated advisory group of experts, and interact with sponsors of vaccine trials to obtain relevant data.
Monitor progress on the dengue vaccines pipeline.
Contribute to assessing research needs and innovation opportunities, as well as possible regulatory pathways.
Manage related technical reviews or consultations as needed.
Manage the review technical information on dengue and related vaccines (e.g., Japanese Encephalitis) to inform evidence-based policy recommendations.
Prepare related sessions of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), including the compilation of technical background documents.
Contribute to activities of IVR to facilitate the development of improved second-generation vaccines against other diseases of public health importance, such as scientific consensus building and guidance development on non-clinical and clinical evaluation of new vaccines.
Contribute to fundraising, grant implementation and reporting as related to the technical area of work.
University degree in biological sciences or medicine.*

Doctoral degree in biological sciences.
Post-graduate training in public health.

* (For WHO staff please see manual III.4.1, para 220)
Ability to review, evaluate and synthesize scientific publications and other complex technical documents. Excellent drafting skills in relation to technical reports, scientific publications and policy documents.
Capacity to interact with technical experts and vaccine developers in the public and private sector.
Thorough knowledge of issues related to the development and evaluation of vaccines against dengue or another disease of public health importance to developing countries.
Solid computer literacy with standard software packages.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Knowing and managing yourself.

At least five years of public-health relevant work experience, with at least half of the time related to vaccines and their evaluation, and with at least 6 months at the international level.
Experience in evidence review and grading of evidence.

Peer-reviewed publications.
Biomedical research experience in academia or the private sector.
Excellent knowledge of English is essential. A working knowledge of French is desirable.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56091 at single rate
USD 60091 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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