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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/TA29
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 25 March 2013
Application Deadline: 15 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 (HQ/HTM/STB/LDR)
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 WHO Stop TB Strategy aims to achieve: universal access to quality diagnosis and patient-centred treatment; reduce the human suffering and socioeconomic burden associated with TB; protect vulnerable populations from TB, TB/HIV and drug-resistant TB; support development of new tools and enable their timely and effective use; and protect and promote human rights in TB prevention, care and control. The Laboratories, Diagnostics and Drug Resistance team (LDR) is responsible for:
(a) developing new policies and strategies for universal access to diagnosis, care and treatment of 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 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 USG TB control funding projects; and
(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. To provide management support to GLI projects at global, regional and country level, including activities related to technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, correct action where needed, and impact assessment;
2. To prepare, and edit for technical aspects, WHO policy recommendations and guidance documents on implementation of new TB diagnostics, technical reports, scientific publications and funding proposals;
3. To assist countries with technical support and planning for inclusion of new TB diagnostics in revised diagnostic algorithms within tiered laboratory services, including organization and monitoring of technical assistance by laboratory consultants;
4. To implement and facilitate innovative approaches to TB laboratory strengthening, within a framework of integrated laboratory services and quality management systems;
5. To collaborate in development and coordination of work plans and terms of reference for TB Supranational Reference Laboratories and TB laboratory consultants conducting assessments and technical assistance missions;
6. To provide management support to the GLI secretariat, organize GLI meetings and conference calls, and coordinate GLI processes and procedures;
7. To perform other duties as required.
Essential: Masters degree* in health sciences or equivalent subject area (* for WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220).
Desirable: Degree or training in public health or infectious diseases, preferably tuberculosis.
Solid knowledge of TB diagnostics and contemporary strategies for TB laboratory strengthening. Demonstrated experience in the implementation of WHO endorsed TB diagnostics. Strong quantitative data analysis skills. Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills related to TB diagnostics and laboratory aspects of TB control. Excellent inter-personal skills with ability to cooperate, guide, advise, and negotiate with technical and funding agencies, and to 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. Proactive inclination to problem-solving and ability to work under pressure. Excellent computer literacy, including data base management and web design. Excellent communication and presentation skills. Word, Excel, Access, Power point, Data management software, Internet, web design and management.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources,
3. Fostering integration and teamwork,
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond, and
5. Promoting innovation and organizational learning.
Essential: At least five years' experience working in TB control, including laboratory experience implementing TB diagnostics.; documented experience in quantitative data collection and analysis; documented experience in project management; documented experience in writing of technical reports, scientific publications and funding proposals, experience in multi-agency collaborative projects.
Desirable: Experience in WHO or a sound understanding of its mandate and goals in the field of communicable diseases, or similar experience in another international organization/institution. Experience in development of policy guidance.
Excellent knowledge of English required. 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 to be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56,091 at single rate
US$60,091 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.

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