SCIENTIST (HQ/13/HSE/FT326)

26 August 2016
 
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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSE/FT326
 
Title: Scientist
 
Grade: P5
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  One year
 
Date: 12 August 2013
 
Application Deadline: 28 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
 
Organization unit: HQ/HSE Health Security and Environment (HQ/HSE) /
HQ/PED Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (HQ/PED)
HQ/CED Control of Epidemic Diseases
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The main aims of the Department of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (PED) are to: 1) make available to others expert knowledge and guidance based on scientific and public health experience related to the prevention and control of epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases and related risks such as antimicrobial drug resistance; 2) to develop, implement, facilitate or coordinate the mechanisms, activities, public health research and initiatives needed by countries and the international community to prevent, detect, assess, notify and respond to acute and longer term public health risks related to epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases; 3) to strengthen, support and promote important measures such as research, vaccination and infection control that are critical for mitigating the impact of infectious diseases; and 4) to provide programmatic support during outbreaks and other urgent health security events.

The department covers influenza and other respiratory diseases, cholera, hepatitis, meningitis, yellow fever, and numerous other dangerous pathogens as well as the management of specific related systems, networks and groups. This list may change over time.
Description of duties:
To lead the PED's work area on viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) and emerging zoonoses, with emphasis on Ebola, Marburg, Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever, Rift Valley Fever, Lassa Fever and Monkeypox.
Within PED, in coordination with senior technical staff in the other work areas of clinical and laboratory response, to develop a strategic programme for laboratory, epidemiological and behavioural tools to respond to and control VHFs and emerging zoonotic diseases.
To supervise technical staff implementing this programme.
In close collaboration with other HSE Departments, guide the technical component of field responses to these pathogens to define and support operational research for improving epidemic disease control for targeted diseases.
To contribute to field responses as technical expert and, when appropriate, as field team leader.

OBJECTIVE 1: Programmes and protocols to improve the existing surveillance and control activities for viral haemorrhagic fevers and other emerging zoonoses at the national, regional and international levels:
Update the WHO surveillance and investigation manual for the target diseases.
In collaboration with WHO Regional Offices, develop a training programme for the detection and management of VHFs in known and potential zones of emergence.
Establish a surveillance programme with the goal of identifying and preparing field sites for clinical studies.
Promote the development and field testing of new serologic and virologic field tests, including non-invasive methods.
Investigate promising candidate vaccines and therapeutics for prevention and treatment of VHFs and other emerging zoonotic diseases, and contribute to preparation of protocols for clinical trials.

OBJECTIVE 2: A programme for social mobilisation and behavioural change for the control of VHFs and emerging zoonotic diseases:
Develop training for the Global Capabilities of Alert and Response (GCR)/ Global Outbreak and Alert Response Networks (GOARN) response teams on effective social mobilisation for outbreak control, and on devising culturally accepted interventions for outbreak control.
Convene and expand the network of anthropologists working on social aspects of VHFs and other zoonotic diseases outbreaks, and participate in field responses to these outbreaks.
Develop guidelines on social management of VHFs and outbreaks of other zoonotic diseases for the use of field response teams (Information, Education, Communication).

OBJECTIVE 3: Inter-sectoral liaison with relevant partners in Veterinary, Agriculture, and Environmental Health for control of VHFs and emerging zoonotic disease:
Establish an interdisciplinary working partnership with agencies, scientists, NGOs and relevant governmental departments in countries in the zones of emergence of VHFs, and work with these colleagues for enhanced preparedness and response to VHFs and Emerging zoonotic outbreaks.
Encourage new approaches to ecological studies to better understand VHFs and emerging zoonotic diseases in order to develop new control strategy and methodology.

OBJECTIVE 4: Provision of technical support to outbreak response:
Support the GOARN response to outbreaks of communicable diseases and particularly of Filoviruses, RVF, CCHF, Lassa Fever and monkeypox, by providing technical guidance for such responses, and leading or participating in field teams responding to such outbreaks.
As requested by Senior Management, assume additional responsibilities including that of leading the team; welcome opportunities to support multi-disciplinary, cross cutting approaches to work and facilitate participation in such approaches.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential
Advanced university degree in life science (MD, DVM*, PhD).
Post-graduate training in medical virology and applied epidemiology.
* (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine)

Desirable
Training in zoology.
Training in biosafety and biosecurity while working with P4 pathogens.
Skills:
Excellent knowledge in applied epidemiology and public health and of medical and veterinary virology.
Knowledge of management of VHFs and dangerous infections, especially Filoviruses.
Theoretical and practical experience in designing and performing in-depth ecological studies on emerging diseases.
Management and motivational skills.
Communication skills to liaise with government officials and other relevant partners.
Ability to plan, lead and evaluate interventions for epidemic control.
Excellent knowledge of epidemiological and laboratory public health surveillance.

WHO Competencies:
1. Driving WHO to a successful future
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
5. Setting an example.
Experience:
Essential
At least 5 years' experience at the national level, plus at least 5 years' experience at the international level.
Experience with laboratory and field aspects of virological studies.
Considerable experience with participation in, and coordination of WHO international outbreak response.
In-depth experience designing and performing ecological studies of emerging diseases.
Experience with disease surveillance programmes in both human and animal health.

Desirable
Knowledge of WHO procedures in Alert and Response.
Familiarity with WHO and/or the UN system.
Management experience supervising technical/scientific staff.
Knowledge in organizing wild animal captures and in handling and sampling wild and domestic animals.
Languages:
Expert knowledge of English or French with an intermediate knowledge the other language are 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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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