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Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/RO/13/FT10
Title: Scientist (Virologist)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 20 June 2013
Application Deadline: 19 July 2013 Vacancy Notice Status in Review
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit:
SEARO Regional Office for the South East Asia / IVD/ FHR
The objectives of the immunization and vaccine development programme in the SEAR are to strengthen immunization delivery systems to achieve and sustain high routine immunization coverage; to eradicate polio and certify the region as being polio-free; to reduce mortality due to measles by 95% by 2015 compared to year 2000 estimates; to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus; to build capacity of the national regulatory authority in all Member States; to ensure vaccine supply of assured quality; to monitor adverse events following immunization and to facilitate introduction of available new and underutilized vaccines for the benefit of all people. A well functioning and quality laboratory service is essential to the process of certifying eradication of polio from the world and to the prevention and control of vaccine preventable diseases. Control of vaccine preventable diseases would thus contribute to the reduction of under five mortality and to the health and well being of all people.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Director Family Health and Research and coordination of the Coordinator, Immunization and Vaccine Development, the incumbent will collaborate and coordinate with relevant WHO technical staff at all levels to provide policy, managerial and supervisory guidance to the focal points of the polio, measles/rubella and other VPD laboratory networks in the South-East Asia Region of WHO. The incumbent will provide advice and guidance to the Member States on quality laboratory services and process of certifying eradication of polio from the SEAR. The incumbent will also assist FHR/Coordinator in monitoring and management of the regional vaccine preventable disease laboratory networks, in particular the SEAR Poliovirus Laboratory Network and the SEAR Measles/rubella Laboratory Network, at the regional and national level, including monitoring laboratory surveillance indicators, quality assurance, equipment and supply needs, shipment of specimens and overseeing poliovirus/measles/rubella data bank and performing analysis of the results to generate updated epidemiological reports.

1. Provide policy guidelines and strategic directions for development and effective management of the laboratory network for polio and measles/rubella. Lead the planning for translating global strategies into regional plans for strengthening laboratory support for surveillance of Polio, Measles/rubella and other vaccine preventable diseases, including those for which new and under-utilized vaccines are available.

2. Provide technical guidelines for Polio laboratory network in support of polio eradication, polio-free certification and preparations for the polio end-game.

3. Develop strategies for integration and coordination of logistic support for collection, transport of specimens, timely reporting and information flow for polio, measles/rubella, and other vaccine preventable diseases in coordination with surveillance and national program managers.

4. Develop laboratory data management systems and reporting formats for vaccine preventable diseases. Monitor information flow between the laboratories and program mangers.

5. Advise and provide technical support to ensure laboratories are implementing the recommended WHO strategies through onsite reviews. Provide technical support to laboratories to meet the requirements of good laboratory practices for polio, measles/rubella and other priority vaccine preventable diseases. Advise the program managers and the government on the complexity of the laboratory activities and enlist support to address specific laboratory issues.

6. Manage the conduct of accreditation review of polio and the measles/rubella laboratory network and take appropriate action to ensure high quality performance. Develop accreditation criteria for new activities.

7. Advise on specifics of equipments and supplies for the laboratories. Supervise the procurement process. Build country capacity to manage the procurement.

8. Assess the laboratory training needs; develop a training plan as per the requirements of the programs and the laboratories. Provide technical inputs in the training and capacity building of the laboratories. Provide orientation and training for surveillance medical officers and program managers on the laboratory aspects of testing and interpretation of results.

9. Lead the development of work plan for the laboratory activities in line with the regional strategies and in coordination with technical units and HQ collaborate with donor agencies for funding and integration of laboratory network activity.

10. Advise the program on specific technical aspects and guidelines to the program for other EPI activities targeted to laboratory aspects of vaccine preventable diseases.

11. Any other duties as assigned.
Essential: University degree in medical or biomedical fields. Advanced Post Graduate degree with specialization in virology.

Desirable: Training in molecular techniques.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Expert knowledge and laboratory bench experience in at least the past ten years in either a polio and/or measles/rubella laboratory for diagnosis and/or research. Expert knowledge in poliovirus diagnosis and using molecular technique for rapid typing of polioviruses and/or expert knowledge in measles/rubella diagnosis and using molecular technique for rapid typing of measles/rubella viruses in support of polio eradication and/or measles/rubella elimination initiatives. Thorough knowledge of clinical and laboratory surveillance and previous experience and understanding of VPDs and work-related experience in developing countries and management of a national laboratory or network of laboratories. Knowledge of diagnosis of communicable diseases control and epidemiology and ability to work with national and international staff as member of the IVD polio eradication team both in the laboratory setting as well as the international advisory and support levels. Previous experience and understanding of VPD diseases and work-related experience in developing countries. Proven track record of successfully acting as an international adviser or consultant.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Moving forward in a changing environment

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in excel spreadsheets, word processing, presentations and database software
Essential: At least 10 years of experience including five years recent experience in running a diagnostic polio and/or measles/rubella virology laboratory at national and/or regional level, including specific work with polioviruses and/or measles/rubella viruses. Considerable international experience in management and coordination of polio and/or measles/rubella laboratory networks at national or regional level.

Desirable: Knowledge of laboratory work on other vaccine preventable diseases.
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 80,734/- at single rate
US$ 86,904/- with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 41 % 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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