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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/IER/FT251
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 12 June 2013
Application Deadline: 3 July 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Technology Transfer Initiative within the office of the ADG on Health Systems and Innovation (HIS) works to: identify where transfer of health-related technologies to developing countries will improve access to these products and lead to improved health; and when appropriate, to promote and facilitate this technology transfer.
Description of duties:
1. Plan and implement the initiative to increase access to affordable and appropriate diagnostics and biosensors in LMICs through approaches such as Research and Development facilitation, technology transfer and local production.
2. Provide the technical leadership that draws scientists from related fields and institutions into an active network of cooperation with WHO for increasing access to affordable and appropriate diagnostics and biosensors in LMICs primarily for ageing populations with non-communicable diseases as well as for emerging infectious diseases.
3. Work very closely with other staff in the Technology Transfer Programme working on technology transfer of vaccines, drugs and other health interventions in order to provide increase access to packages of medical products that include: a) the diagnostic tests; b) the biosensors for treatment monitoring; and c) the drugs or vaccines.
4. Work closely with the PHI department on the implementation of the global strategy and plan of action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, particularly with respect to facilitating local production of health products in developing countries.
5. Working with others in the HIS Cluster and other WHO units, develop external partnerships related to the above areas of work. Support other related activities in the PHI and EMP departments as well as the HIS Cluster as requested.
6. Serve as the main focal point for the HIS Cluster in the area of diagnostics and biosensors.
7. Represent the organization at scientific and other fora.
8. Other duties as assigned by supervisors.
PhD. in biomedical engineering.

Post-doctoral studies in biosensor/diagnostic research and development.
Technical expertise in diagnostics and biosensors for both non-communicable and infectious diseases.
Solid knowledge of Research and Development, and of technology transfer.
Strong understanding of the barriers to access for health technologies in developing countries.
Excellent communication skills and ability to maintain good personal relations with professional colleagues.
Ability to coordinate international project activities.
Computer literacy.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Knowing and managing yourself
3. Moving forward in a changing environment.
A minimum of ten years post-graduate experience (of which at least 5 years at the international level in the UN system or WHO) of working in the fields of diagnostics and biosensors Research and Development both in the areas of non-communicable and infectious diseases.
Experience with technology transfer of health technologies in developing countries.
High level multi-disciplinary project management experience.
Expert knowledge of English and French is required.
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 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 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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