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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/FT159
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 23 April 2013
Application Deadline: 12 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
Organization unit:
To establish and leverage the impact of an effective prevention and control program that targets the reduction of morbidity and mortality resulting from diseases, through a comprehensive approach to immunization, that is made timely and responsive through ground level surveillance and the promotion of related health interventions.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Work with Team Leader and Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) colleagues to support the development/maintenance of national and regional laboratory capacity to support surveillance for new and underutilized vaccines (e.g. Japanese Encephalitis, rotavirus, bacterial vaccine-preventable diseases, and other vaccine preventable diseases).
Based on assessments of national and regional needs, this includes arranging quality assurance, training activities, evaluation of the network laboratories and preparation of reports and documentation as required.

2. Support network laboratories by:
(a) providing technical direction in the area of development of national and regional laboratory networks to support surveillance for diseases targeted by new and underutilized vaccines and other vaccine preventable diseases;
(b) collaborating with the countries to evaluate and review the laboratory performance to efficiently support the programmes and make recommendations on improvements, if required;
(c) ensuring the quality of laboratory testing and laboratory reporting, as required;
(d) making recommendations on the procurement of supplies and equipment needed for the vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) laboratory network.

3. Organize and attend meetings or training workshops to strengthen laboratory networks. Collaborate in the exchange of information for laboratory staff and plan/manage workshops, as required.

4. Prepare reports and documentation.

5. Perform other related tasks as may be required.
Master's degree in biological or laboratory science from a recognized university and postgraduate training in microbiology, preferably bacteriology is essential. Degree in medicine and/or a Ph.D. in a related field is desirable.
Expertise in laboratory work and methods, skills in organization and management of laboratory services and laboratory diagnosis of communicable diseases and implementation of communicable diseases programme is essetial. Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct is required. Familiarity with governmental and WHO channels and procedures is desirable.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
At least seven years' experience in practical and operational application of management of laboratory services, laboratory diagnosis of communicable diseases and control of communicable diseases is essential. Work experience in developing countries is highly desirable.
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 and is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not re-apply.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 57.2 % 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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