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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/GMP/TA56
Title: Technical Officer (Entomologist)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 21 May 2013
Application Deadline: 11 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Global Malaria Programme (GMP) is WHO's disease-specific technical department charged with providing guidance to Member States on all aspects of malaria prevention, control and elimination. Its four core roles are:
1) Set, communicate and promote the adoption of evidence-based norms, standards, policies and guidelines;
2) Keep independent score of global progress;
3) Develop approaches for capacity-building, systems strengthening, and surveillance and
4) Identify threats to malaria control and elimination as well as new opportunities for action.

The mission of the Vector Control Unit (VCU) is to maintain and promote up-to-date evidence-based and consensus-based recommendations, norms and standards for malaria vector control, and to stimulate the development of testing of new vector control technologies, tools and guidelines.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Vector Control Unit, Global Malaria Programme (GMP/VCU), the incumbent will:
1. Serve as the focal person in the Vector Control Unit (VCU) on the scaling up of insecticide residual spraying (IRS) as a key intervention for malaria vector control;
2. Coordinate with relevant partners on the implementation of indoor residual spraying for malaria vector control including other appropriate supplementary vector control measures;
3. Help establish, maintain and update the Insecticide Resistance database on behalf of malaria-endemic countries as specified in the GPIRM to provide global direction on insecticide use which is available to stakeholders;
4. Provide regular updates on the status of the implementation of indoor residual spraying in malaria endemic countries - including challenges/constraints and provide updated data to the Strategy, Economics and Elimination (SEE) unit for production of the World Malaria Report;
5. Coordinate the development of guidelines for DDT data collection and reporting and ensure regular communication with key project partners such as UNEP, the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention, FAO and disease endemic countries;
6. Support malaria endemic countries in documenting the quantities of insecticides used and promote their quality use;
7. Promote the use of insecticides for indoor residual spraying as part of the management of insecticide resistance;
8. Liaise with Protection of the Human Environment (PHE) and Vector and Ecology Management Unit, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD/VEM), on matters regarding safety and use of pesticides;
9. Support GMP in providing technical support on malaria entomology and vector control in the framework of the integrated vector management.
Degree in Biology or Medicine in addition to a PhD in entomology and vector control.
Ability to promote consensus and interact in a proactive manner. Ability to work as a member of a team and to maintain working relationships in a multicultural environment. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of vector control, medical entomology, vector ecology, transmission of malaria and a broad understanding of public health issues. Practical skills on the implementation of indoor residual spraying and on database management are essential. Computer literacy. Good writing and presentation skills.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Knowing and managing yourself
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Moving forward in a changing environment.
Knowledge of and experience in epidemiology of malaria transmission dynamics and impact of interventions especially on indoor residual spraying. At least 7 years of experience in planning, implementing, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of vector control programmes at senior management level at national and international levels. Practical and field experience on monitoring and managing insecticide resistance.
Expert knowledge of English is required.
Additional Information:
Priority will be given to internal candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67'395 at single rate
USD 72'373 with primary dependants

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