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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/FT128
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 4 April 2013
Application Deadline: 25 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/RHR - Reproductive Health and Research (HQ/RHR)
HQ/PFP - Promoting Family Planning
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) works to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and reproduction and to receive quality health care in matters related to sexual and reproductive health. To achieve this, the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards, engages in technical cooperation activities, and supports research. RHR's overall strategic framework is provided by the WHO Global Reproductive Health Strategy approved by the 57th World Health Assembly in 2004. More information about RHR can be found at RHR includes the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive health; for collaborating with countries in enhancing national capacities to conduct this research; for promoting and facilitating the use of research results in policy-making and planning for sexual and reproductive health care; and for the setting of standards and guidelines, including technical and ethical guidelines, in the field of sexual and reproductive health research. More information about HRP can be found at Human Reproduction Team within RHR is responsible for research and development and setting norms and standards, with the goal of ensuring comprehensive sexual and reproductive health in the areas of contraception, infertility and sub-fertility, sexually transmitted infections and women's and sexual health. The team accomplishes work on research, evidence and norms in collaboration with the other department's teams and other WHO departments and external partners, international partnerships and civil society.
Description of duties:
(1) Identifies opportunities and establishes priorities in clinical, epidemiological and implementation research to test effectiveness and safety of interventions and implementation strategies to improve sexual and reproductive health with emphasis on contraception and expansion of method mix;
(2) Develops a research agenda and strategy to expand the method mix for family planning within reproductive health programmes;
(3) Takes primary responsibility for the scientific and managerial aspects of designing and implementing the research described in the strategy (formulation of research questions, development and implementation of research protocols, communicating effectively results of research);
(4) Establishes and manages collaborations with relevant organizations and institutions, including WHO Collaborating Centres in order to develop and implement the research protocols and achieve the objectives of the Team and Department;
(5) Assures publication of results in the scientific literature and identifies means by which to widely disseminate research findings and their implications for policy and programmes. Prepares technical progress reports for RHR's governing and advisory bodies, WHO reporting requirements, and donors;
(6) Provides scientific and technical leadership within WHO and among United Nations agencies for matters relating to contraceptive and reproductive health research and development on the basis of the most updated scientific knowledge and considering a human right approach;
(7) Advises Member States, UN agencies, other inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies on matters relating to contraceptive and reproductive health research and development, working in close collaboration with RHR Teams, other WHO Headquarters Departments and WHO Regional and Country Offices;
(8) Contributes to the development of guidelines and tools based on research results, as relevant;
(9) Undertakes fundraising activities for increased financial support for WHO's work in contraceptive and reproductive health research and development;
(10) Carries out other tasks, as required by the Team Coordinator and Director RHR.
MD, with specialization in obstetrics/gynaecology or a postgraduate degree in family planning.
Degree in social sciences with evidence of training in sexual and reproductive health rights and medical ethics. Training in evidence based medicine.
Expert knowledge of reproductive health and its public health and scientific aspects with emphasis on contraception and expansion of contraceptive method mix. Proven research and research management skills. Communication skills. Diplomatic skills. Knowledge and consideration of reproductive rights. Capacity to translate scientific evidence in health policies and guidelines.
WHO Competencies:
*1. Producing results
*2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
*3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
At least 10 years experience in research in reproductive health with emphasis on contraception. Substantial experience in the design and implementation of research in contraceptive research. An extensive record of publication in contraceptive research and development in peer-review scientific journals.
Conduct of research studies as principal investigator. Management of research teams. Experience in conducting research in adolescent and postpartum contraception in order to assure integration with the other two departmental teams.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Intermediate knowledge of French and beginner's knowledge of another UN language are desirable.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only. 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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80'629 at single rate
USD 86'791 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.

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