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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FCH/FT164
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 1 May 2013
Application Deadline: 22 May 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
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 The team working in the area of adolescents and at risk populations is responsible for research and development and setting norms and standards, with a goal of ensuring comprehensive sexual and reproductive health in the areas of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender-based and sexual violence, harmful practices, sexual and reproductive health in emergencies, conflict, humanitarian crises and of other at risk populations. The team accomplishes work on research, evidence and norms, and monitoring and evaluation 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, behavioural, and implementation research to test effectiveness and safety of interventions and implementation strategies to improve sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young people.
(2) Develops a research agenda and strategy to improve young people and adolescents' access to evidence-based reproductive health interventions and programmes.
(3) Takes primary responsibility for the scientific and managerial aspects of 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.
(6)Prepares technical progress reports for RHR's governing and advisory bodies, WHO reporting requirements, and donors.
(7) Provides scientific and technical leadership within WHO and among United Nations agencies for matters relating to adolescents' reproductive health research and development on the basis of the most updated scientific knowledge and considering a human rights-based approach.
(8) Advises Member States, UN agencies, other inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies on matters relating to adolescents' reproductive health, related research and evidence-based interventions, working in close collaboration with RHR teams, other WHO Headquarters departments and WHO Regional and Country Offices.
(9) Contributes to the development of guidelines and tools based on research results, as relevant.
(10) Undertakes fundraising activities for increased financial support for WHO's work in adolescent and young people's sexual and reproductive health research.
(11) Carries out other tasks, as required by the Coordinator and Director.
Essential: PhD in social and behavioural health sciences, epidemiology or a related field.
Desirable: Training in evidence-based medicine, gender, or reproductive rights.
Expert knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and its public health and scientific aspects relating to adolescents and young people. Strong research and research management ability. Communication and diplomatic skills. Knowledge and consideration of reproductive rights. Capacity to translate scientific evidence into health policies and guidelines. Fluency in the use of standard office software programmes.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond, and
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources.
Essential: At least 10 years experience, including at the international level, in research in reproductive health with emphasis on adolescents and young people's sexual and reproductive health, as evidenced by an extensive record of publication in adolescent sexual and reproductive health in peer-reviewed scientific literature. Conduct of research studies as principal investigator.
Desirable: Management of research teams. Relevant experience within WHO and/or other UN agency.
Expert knowledge of English required. Expert knowledge of another UN langauge is desirable.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments) and 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 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 may be used as a form of screening

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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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