EPIDEMIOLOGIST (ZOONOTIC DISEASE) (WPRO/13/TASR19)

29 May 2016
 
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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/TASR19
 
Title: Epidemiologist (Zoonotic Disease)
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
 
Duration of contract:  One year
 
Date: 2 April 2013
 
Application Deadline: 23 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
 
Organization unit: WP/DSE Health Security and Emergencies (WP/DSE) /
WP/ESR Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response (WP/ESR)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To support the efforts of member states to prepare for and handle health emergencies and disasters, by leading inter-sectoral collaboration efforts, and by providing technical support in the areas of program planning, capacity building, risk management and mitigation, and recovery / rehabilitation efforts.
Description of duties:
Under the direction of the Team Leader, Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response (ESR), the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Provide technical advice and guidance to WHO country offices and Member States on the prevention, detection and control of priority emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases within the Region;
2. In collaboration with partners from the animal and human health sectors, provide technical support in the implementation of a comprehensive, multi-sectoral bi-regional strategy to reduce the risk of transmission of priority emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases from animals to humans by strengthening occupational health of animal workers and promoting safer practices for living with animals;
3. In collaboration with partners from the animal and human health sectors, facilitate the establishment of a regional information resource on prevalence of priority emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases in the region as well as the distribution of 'emergence' and 'transmission' risk factors;
4. Support capacity building strategies in countries within the framework of the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases including multi-sectoral technical network(s) within the region to prevent, detect and control priority emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases, and provide assistance to member states as required;
5. Support regional technical advisory group(s) on prevention, detection and control of priority emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases and, as appropriate, identify and contribute to the development of regional centres of excellence to support the research agenda and the dissemination of good practice;
6. Provide effective communication and coordination mechanisms with relevant parties to address food safety, vector control and other environmental health consideration relevant to the prevention, detection and control of priority emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases in the region; and
7. Undertake related duties as required.

Expected specific outputs/outcomes

The incumbent will be expected to interpret and adopt the Guiding Principles for International Outbreak Alert and Response, Control of Communicable Diseases, Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA), Food Safety (FOS) and other programme guidelines, aside from the WHO Staff Rules and WHO Manual, Western Pacific Region (WPR) Policy and Procedure Handbook. Due diplomacy towards and appropriate consultation with governing bodies and agencies must be considered. Political and social consequences must be reviewed prior to action in the context of the application of guidelines. The agreed role of WHO must always be considered.

Direct guidance is provided through regular consultation on technical and policy issues with the Team Leader, ESR, and the Director, Health Security and Emergencies. The incumbent is expected to work with other relevant technical staff at all levels of the Organization and in particular the Division of Health Security and Emergencies in the Regional Office through coordination, consultation, technical guidance and support. He/she will work as a member for the Event Management Team (EMT) when necessary.

The incumbent can, under WHO management, recommend regional capabilities to detect and contain any further outbreaks of avian influenza, any other emerging infectious diseases or infectious diseases of major public health interest that may occur.

Main Achievement: Strengthening of the capacity for surveillance, training assessment and response in the Region; developing a plan of overall preparedness for avian influenza, any other emerging infectious diseases or infectious diseases of major public health interest; regional capabilities to detect and contain any further outbreaks of avian influenza, any other emerging infectious diseases or infectious diseases of major public interest that may occur.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
University degree in Medicine or Veterinary Medicine with advanced university degree in public health, epidemiology or communicable diseases is essential. Additional training in policy/programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in Veterinary Medicine is desirable.
Skills:
Broad knowledge of communicable disease prevention and control, epidemiology and the principles and practices of veterinary medicine or public health. Good management skills. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to deal diplomatically with senior-level national counterparts. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

Other Skills (e.g. IT): Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.

Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Experience:
Minimum of 7 years' international experience in developing and implementing communicable disease control activities, including particular reference to communicable diseases which are transmissible and pathogenic to human and animal is essential. Experience in working with WHO, UN agencies or other non-governmental organizations in a developing country context is desirable. Work experience in Asia is an asset.
Languages:
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 59.1 % 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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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