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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/RHR/FT214
Title: Scientist
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 18 June 2013
Application Deadline: 25 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) aims to promote and support an expanded global effort to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and reproduction and to have access to and receive health services when needed. To achieve this, the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards, provides technical cooperation, and supports relevant research. 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 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 ethical guidelines, in the field of sexual and reproductive health research. More information about HRP can be found at
Description of duties:
1. Design, manage and implement clinical and biomedical research on medical and surgical abortion including new and existing drugs and devices to be used to improve technologies for pregnancy termination.
2. Provide technical support to collaborative clinical research work with which HRP is involved.
3. Work with other members of the team on synthesizing available evidence and participate in the process of updating clinical care guidelines including revisions of the Safe Abortion Care Guidelines.
4. Represent HRP, as appropriate, at scientific and technical meetings to disseminate results of such studies or evidence synthesis.
Essential: A Master's degree in public health or a related field.
Desirable: A doctorate in public health or a related field, a medical doctors degree with specialization in obstetrics and gynaecology. Additional formal training in basic sciences or research methods.
Experience with clinical/biomedical research and in conducting multi centric studies and randomized controlled trials. Experience in critically reviewing obstetrical and gynaecological literature, and interpreting it independently. Experience in research protocol and systematic review development.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way, and
3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
Essential: Seven years or more clinical research experience including conducting or coordinating multi-centre studies or randomized controlled trials. Relevant experience at the international level, preferably within WHO.
Desirable: Experience in research related to prevention of unsafe abortion. Active involvement in research in low and middle income countries. Knowledge of biostatistics and basic data management and analysis. A proven track record of research publications especially in the area of abortion related research.
Expert knowledge of English required. Expert knowledge of another UN language 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$67,483 at single rate
US$72,467 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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