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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PEC/FT226
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 29 May 2013
Application Deadline: 19 June 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/RAP Research, Policy and Product Development
To eradicate poliomyelitis and to support reduction in morbidity and mortality from other vaccine preventable and communicable diseases. Major emphasis will be placed on implementation of the Global Polio Eradication and End game Strategic Plan 2013-2018.
Description of duties:
1. Manage Sabin IPV and alternate IPV strain projects:
Monitor the implementation of projects, ensure the adherence to the project timelines, and timely financial disbursements.
Prepare project progress reports and deliver presentations to the technical oversight committees and scientific meetings.

2. Lead research collaboration with external institutions:
Manage collaborative efforts with external institutions, especially in the areas of product development, as assigned by the team lead.
Develop research proposals jointly with the principal investigators, facilitate negotiation of contracts, and oversee the financial and technical aspects of project implementation.

3. Facilitate policy making on Oral Poliovirus Vaccine (OPV) type 2 withdrawal and IPV introduction:
Support the activities of the SAGE Polio WG and other technical oversight bodies.
In collaboration with other units within WHO and partner organizations, develop the RAP work plan of different work streams, review progress on the pre-requisites for the Type 2 OPV withdrawal and revise the work plan regularly.
Organize cross-functional meetings to discuss outstanding issues.

4. Lead scientific writing:
Provide high quality written input for journal manuscripts, presentations for scientific meetings, and other RAP technical documents.

5. Other duties as may be assigned by the team lead.
Advanced degrees in both areas: 1. science or medicine and 2. public health or business administration.
Experience in project management, especially in the area of vaccine development.
Excellent qualitative and quantitative problem solving skills.
Demonstrated scientific editorial skills.
Demonstrated scientific writing skills.
Ability to function effectively in a team setting in a cross-cultural environment.
Knowledge of WHO operations would be desirable.

WHO Competencies:
1. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
Over 7 years of experience in project management in research and product development, some of which in an international context, preferably in a vaccine or pharmaceutical research and development area of work.

Experience in supporting WHO advisory groups is an asset.
Expert knowledge of English is required.
Intermediate 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.

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 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 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 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.

Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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