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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/TA58
Title: Technical Officer (Diagnostics Advisor)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 24 May 2013
Application Deadline: 14 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
HQ/TAC HIV Treatment and Care
The objective of the Department of HIV is to lead an effective, organization wide HIV effort to support Member States in the implementation of the Strategy. The Department of HIV provides technical and strategic leadership in key technical areas, and leverages the capacity of other HQ Departments to contribute to the broader HIV programme. The Department of HIV works closely with Regional Offices to maximize WHO's impact in countries. The immediate strategic objective of the "Treatment and Care" Unit focuses on Strategic Directions 1: "Optimize HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care outcomes" and 2: "Leverage broader health outcomes through HIV responses".

The Unit takes technical leadership in developing normative guidance and improving service delivery in the areas of treatment of HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infections, TB/HIV, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, and development of integrated treatment approaches. The Unit works closely with other Departments to ensure adequate work related to broader HIV relevant treatment and care, including STP and Family, Women's and Chidren's Health (FWC). Laboratory guidance is an essential part of this work, to inform the best approach to making decisions regarding treatment initiation and monitoring the therapeutic response to treatment(monitoring the virological and immunological response, and adverse events associated with treatment). HIV Diagnostics is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field, with a number of new point-of-care technologies becoming available and more in development.
Description of duties:
1. Contribute to the Department programme of work in the area of HIV diagnostics ensuring the achievement of timely and high quality outputs as defined in its work plan and advised by the unit Coordinator.
2. Co-ordinate the development of technical guidance on HIV diagnostic, treatment response and drug toxicity monitoring tools.
3. Co-ordinate the development programmatic guidance for countries on the introduction of new HIV diagnostic technologies, including the strategic positioning of point-of-care (PoC) technology (CD4, HIV RNA PCR (viral load), Early Infant Diagnosis and ART toxicity monitoring) at different levels of the health system.
4. Support and liaise with the Department of Diagnostics and Laboratory Technologies on their technical leadership in the prequalification of new diagnostics, treatment response and drug toxicity monitoring products.
5. Quickly develop and adapt implementation guidance for new Pre-qualified (PQ) products.
6. Provide guidance on priority needs from the developing world in area of diagnostics informing PQ priorities and disseminating results of PQ guidance to inform treatment and dx usage guidelines.
7. Work with Regional Offices in providing targeted assistance to priority countries for the introduction of new point-of-care technologies.
8. Liaise with external groups undertaking country level evaluation of new PoC diagnostic products on field implementation successes and challenges.
9. Support the development of a network of HIV diagnostic experts to support WHO's normative work in this area.
10. Contribute to the development of WHO policy positions and normative products in the above areas of work.
Doctorate in laboratory medicine or Medical degree with specialization in laboratory medicine.

Master in public health (MPH).
Demonstrated knowledge of HIV diagnostic technologies and their application in resource limited settings.
Skills in providing technical assistance to national HIV programmes and in regional capacity building.
Proven ability to adapt, develop or produce normative and operational documents and to support their roll-out in low resource settings.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
Ability to communicate and write in a clear and concise manner.
Tactful, and sensitive to issues and needs of external partners.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Moving forward in a changing environment.
At least seven years' experience, in a national and international context, in laboratory medicine in the area of HIV/AIDS medicine, including expertise in working in resource-limited settings.
Experience in the development of strategies for HIV diagnostics and laboratory quality assurance and support.
Experience in providing technical assistance to HIV national programmes in limited resource countries.
Experience in developing guidelines and training material.

Familiarity and experience with WHO, preferably at country level.
Familiarity and experience with the development and promotion of HIV diagnostic norms and tools.
Experience with international partner coordination and collaboration.
Experience in convening expert groups and in organizing large collaborative development projects.
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.

Priority will be given to internal 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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