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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT236
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 4 June 2013
Application Deadline: 25 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Hanoi, Viet Nam
Organization unit: WP_VNM Viet Nam (WP_VNM) /
WP_VN3 Director, Combating Communicable Diseases (WP_VN3)
Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases
To expand the implementation of the Stop TB / Malaria - Vectorborne and Parasitic (including Dengue and Neglected Tropical Diseases) strategy and strengthen disease control by: applying effective strategies and policies, including those related to co-infection and multi-drug resistance; increasing the involvement of communities, health-care providers, nongovernmental organizations and corporate partners, through increased country support and strong partnerships; and to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.
Description of duties:
1. Provide technical and coordination support to the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in Viet Nam to achieve high quality implementation and coverage.
2. Collaborate with the Viet Nam national malaria control programme and other stakeholders and provide technical support and leadership in the planning, organization, capacity development, implementation of surveillance, and monitoring and evaluation of the malaria control and elimination programme, guided by the national strategy and existing regional and global WHO resolutions and guidelines.
3. Provide technical support to the high quality monitoring of the therapeutic efficacy of antimalarial medicines as well as insecticide resistance monitoring, including protocol development, approval by relevant ethical committees, capacity development, field supervision, data management, reporting, dissemination, and promoting the use of these data for programme decisions.
4. Collaborate with relevant authorities in research priority setting, protocol development, ethical approval, implementation of field research, reporting, dissemination and use of results.
5. As part of the regional initiative "Coordination of the emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion", participate in regional activities and closely coordinate with the Regional Coordinator based in Cambodia, and the various components of the programme.
6. Actively engage in resource mobilization, advocacy, partnerships as well as interprogrammatic and intersectoral collaboration, and contribute to the enhanced visibility of the programme.
7. Bring to the attention of WHO, government, and cooperating agencies issues affecting (both positively and negatively) the achievement of programme objectives, and provide constructive recommendations.
8. Participate in meetings, project assessments, internal and external evaluation missions and other appraisals as needed, and prepare relevant technical documents and reports.
9. Carry out related duties as required or assigned by supervisors.

Expected specific outputs/outcomes:
 Plasmodium falciparum parasites, in the locations of most immediate concern, substantially reduced as measured against the 2011 baseline, through coordinated field activities;
 National malaria control and elimination programme strengthened;
 High quality antimalarial drug efficacy and insecticide resistance monitoring data annually updated, disseminated and utilized;
 Research priorities defined and implementation of key research commenced;
 Good coordination with the regional initiative "Coordination of the emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion" as well as with partners and stakeholders;
 Technical and financial gaps identified and resources mobilized;
 Periodic reports (including recommendations) prepared and disseminated.
University degree in medicine from a recognized university with postgraduate degree in public health, tropical medicine, medical parasitology or epidemiology is essential. Postgraduate degree or training in medical parasitology, communicable disease epidemiology or clinical trials is desirable.
 Expertise and experience in the prevention, control and elimination of malaria.
 Skills in planning, training, monitoring, and evaluation.
 Experience in research and field studies.
 Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.
 Experience in working in multi- cultural teams and within other cultures.
 Good communication and interpersonal skills.
 Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Minimum of seven years of experience in malaria control, including three years of malaria control experience at international level (which may include research) is essential. Experience in health systems development, clinical trials and operational research is a plus. Previous experience with Global Fund an advantage. Work experience in developing countries highly desirable.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD67 483 at single rate
USD72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 34.7 % 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.

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