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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/TA32
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 2 April 2013
Application Deadline: 23 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
HQ/LDR Laboratories, Diagnostics and Drug-Resistance
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 Laboratories, Diagnostics and Drug Resistance Unit (LDR) is responsible for:
(a) developing new policies and strategies for universal access to diagnosis, care and treatment of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the context of national TB control programmes and their local and international partners;
(b) developing new policies on TB diagnostics and laboratory procedures, norms and standards;
(c) coordinating the technical assistance to Member States for the diagnosis, care and treatment of MDR-TB through partner agencies using the Global Laboratory Initiative (GLI) platform, the Global Green Light Committee (gGLC) mechanism, the TBTEAM coordination platform, and WHO regional networks;
(d) monitoring progress in scale-up of laboratory capacity and the MDR-TB response in countries in collaboration with TB Monitoring and Evaluation (TME), and publishing regular reports;
(e) mobilizing resources for laboratory strengthening and MDR-TB control activities, including establishing and maintaining strong partnerships with major funding partners such as USAID, UNITAID, The Global Fund and the Stop TB Partnership, and managing the WHO component of major United States Government TB control funding projects;
(f) acting as the Secretariat for the Stop TB Partnership MDR-TB Working Group and the Global Laboratory Initiative and their sub-groups.
Description of duties:
1. Assist in the preparation and running of Expert Group meetings related to MDR-TB policy development.
2. Develop and implement strategies, to effectively disseminate (including regular update of relevant websites and use of social media channels), monitor and evaluate the adoption of WHO policies and standards on MDR-TB treatment.
3. Support technical assistance, capacity building, and external oversight for countries implementing short MDR-TB treatment regimens according to WHO recommendations.
4. Assist in developing the yearly plan of sub-team activities including any analytical work related to PMDT (Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB) policy development, monitoring the implementation of team activities, writing of proposals, and reporting to donors.
5.Perform other duties as needed.
Advanced university degree in public health, health sciences, health management, or equivalent.*

Degree or training in pubic health or infectious diseases, preferably tuberculosis.

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
Extensive knowledge of and experience in infectious diseases control, and experience in working in public health.
Excellent inter-personal skills with ability to cooperate and negotiate with technical and funding agencies, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels.
Proven skills in writing technical reports, scientific publications and funding proposals and to effectively present complex technical information to different target audiences through social media channels.
Proactive inclination and ability to work in a complex environment and under pressure.
Proven ability to adapt to fast-pace change, monitoring emerging trends and to adapt to new interventions.
Strong communication and writing skills.
Computer literacy.
Demonstrated ability to provide technical support in TB.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
At least 5 years of experience in the operational management of health-related international projects, 3 of which include technical support in TB control.

Field experience in TB and drug-resistant TB management.
Experience in WHO or a sound understanding of its mandate and goals in the field communicable disease, notably TB.
Operational research experience with publication of results in peer-reviewed journals.
Training or experience in the GRADE system for systematic reviews and analysis.
Expert knowledge of English is required.
Intermediate 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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