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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/FT276
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 8 July 2013
Application Deadline: 29 July 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
HQ/NTD Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/NTD)
Within the HIV, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM) Cluster, the objectives of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are to reduce the negative impact of endemic tropical diseases through the prevention, control, elimination and eradication of selected endemic tropical diseases, as specified in the WHO NTD Road Map 'Accelerating work to overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases: a roadmap for implementation' (2012). Within the PCT Unit, preventive chemotherapy aims at optimizing the large-scale use of safe, single-dose medicines as a major public health strategy for the control or elimination of selected NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminthiases). Additionally, a key component of the SAFE strategy against trachoma " the large-scale administration of azithromycin" is amenable to close coordination with preventive chemotherapy interventions targeted at helminthiases.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1) To assume responsibility for managing and coordinating the WHO Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) by 2020.
2) To provide technical support in LF elimination to Member States through Regional and Country Offices, to strengthen policy formulation, strategy development, programming capability, resource mobilization and implementation capacities at national level in large scale Preventive Chemotherapy, Transmission Assessment Survey (TAS), surveillance, Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) and Vector Control.
3) To develop and implement normative guidelines with a set of criteria for elimination; define global mechanisms and processes for the verification of lymphatic filariasis elimination; and guide national programmes towards verification of the elimination goal.
4) In collaboration with the PCT data manager, to maintain and update LF data in the PCT database, systematically monitor progress towards the global elimination goal, analyze, and report regional and country progress in view of corrective action.
5) To advocate for preventive chemotherapy and lymphatic filariasis elimination among governments and partners, and engage in partner networking and in resource mobilization to reach the targets set for the implementation of preventive chemotherapy interventions.
6) To contribute to development of research priorities to adjust implementation strategies and accelerate progress towards the global elimination goal.
7) In collaboration with the PCT logistical team, to ensure and coordinate the global supply of donated and procured drugs for lymphatic filariasis.
8) To collaborate closely with other programmes within WHO, international organizations and partners providing support to countries that will enable them to include NTD control in their public health agenda.
9) To participate in meetings, evaluation missions, and prepare relevant technical documents.
10) To perform other related tasks as required by his/her supervisors.
Decision-making: The incumbent is expected to work and take decisions independently but in close contact with his unit's colleagues responsible for other NTDs and his supervisors.
Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine, or parasitology and public health. Postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD level) in disease control, epidemiology or parasitology.
Desirable: Additional qualifications specifically related to the control/elimination of tropical diseases.
Extensive disease-specific and programmatic knowledge of LF elimination. Good programmatic knowledge of large scale public health programmes, and how to include disease-specific components in them. Good knowledge of other diseases targeted by preventive chemotherapy, and integrated programmatic and M&E approaches towards their control and elimination, with special emphasis on onchocerciasis. Demonstrated managerial, supervisory and leadership ability, networking capacities, negotiation skills and ability to be a good team player. Integrity, tact and discretion in dealing with numerous contacts. Ability to guide, support and encourage colleagues to work towards common goals. Writing, editorial and oral presentation skills. Ability to plan and organize large-scale meetings, high level of judgement, responsibility and initiative, adaptable and able to work effectively at all levels of organizational complexity. Extensive computer skills with experience in the use of PowerPoint, Word, Excel and other common softwares.
WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership,
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond, and
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
Essential: Extensive (at least 10 years) professional experience in the management, implementation and research of large scale parasitic disease control/elimination programmes at national and international levels, of which at least 4 years specifically related to the elimination of lymphatic filariasis. Good academic record with at least 3 scientific publications as first author in international, peer-reviewed journals.
Desirable: Experience in onchocerciasis control/elimination is an additional asset.
Expert knowlege of English required. Intermediate knowlege of French and/or beginners knowledge of Spanish desirable.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), and 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 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.

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