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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT342
Title: Scientist, Special Advisor to the Director
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years, any extension subject to funding availability.
Date: 16 August 2013
Application Deadline: 12 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) / Screening Group (SCR)
IARC has an excellent opportunity to translate its research into cancer control strategies and to participate with WHO and other international partners in advising countries on the development of national plans. To draw maximum benefit from its research the Agency needs a focal person who will act as a liaison and representative at a high-level with external partners. This role complements and is a natural extension of the objectives of the Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP), namely to identify and evaluate approaches to cancer control through the avoidance of exposures and to facilitate the early detection of cancer through screening and other methods. The Section also investigates the implementation of established prevention and early detection strategies into health services, with a particular focus on low and middle-income countries. The Section thus provides an important bridge from research through to cancer control.
Objectives of the Screening Group (SCR) within EDP are to provide data on the accuracy, reproducibility, efficacy, cost-effectiveness, benefits and harmful effects of different screening/early detection interventions for breast, cervical, oral, colorectal, and other cancers, in reducing deaths and in improving quality of life; to evaluate and assess emerging screening/early detection technologies; to undertake modelling and cost-benefit analyses for screening approaches; to guide the development of public health policies in implementing screening and early detection in a range of health care settings; and to catalyse the rational utilization of health care resources in designing, implementation of, monitoring and evaluation of screening programmes.
Description of duties:
Organizational context:
The post requires two areas of scientific leadership, one on cancer control and the second on the early detection and prevention of cancer.
Cancer control is receiving increased priority globally as governments recognize and respond to the non-communicable disease (NCD) agenda, led by the WHO. As an international Agency and part of the WHO, IARC has to evaluate and adapt its own future in relation to the evolving focus on cancer control and build on its own research activities such that they provide the evidence-base for national cancer control planning and implementation. IARC needs a strengthened capacity to be represented at the highest levels within inter-organizational and multi-national meetings and other contexts to ensure that the expertise of the Agency is translated to effective country-level actions and to provide feedback to shape the Agency's own research agenda, particularly in the areas of prevention, early detection and implementation research. The incumbent will dedicate 30% of his/her time advising and representing the Director in positioning the Agency on this vital strategic area, with specific delegation to negotiate the Agency position accordingly, and in helping develop the Agency research strategy in the associated areas.
In keeping with the overall priorities of the Agency, the incumbent will be expected to maintain a strong research focus alongside the representational duties. The post-holder will dedicate 70% of his/her time as Section Head of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) and Head of the Screening Group (SCR) in order to develop and implement the strategy of this part of the Agency's research portfolio. The Section has the task to identify and evaluate approaches to cancer control through primary and secondary prevention. Increasingly the Section will incorporate implementation research as a part of its activities. The incumbent will be a member of the IARC Senior Leadership Team.
The incumbent will report to the Director on both the strategic external role on cancer control and as Head of the EDP Section. The post-holder is required to represent the Agency, on behalf of the Director in high-level meetings with WHO, UICC, IAEA-PACT, NCI Centre for Global Health etc., in relation to international cancer control and in ensuring that the Agency's research is effectively translated through to national cancer control planning. As Head of the SCR Group, the post-holder provides leadership to several research projects worldwide, in collaboration with national institutions and investigators. The incumbent is expected to manage financial and human resources available to the Section. The Section has a strong programme of training and in this context liaises closely with the Education and Training Group at IARC.

The incumbent will:
A. Advise and represent the Director at high-level meetings to position IARC within the cancer control agenda:
1. Advise the Director on cancer control issues, including the direction of the relevant part of the IARC research strategy, with a particular focus on low and middle-income countries.
2. Liaise with WHO (HQ, across different Clusters and with Regional offices as required) , IAEA-PACT, UICC and other international and national partners on behalf of the Director as the focal person for cancer control; be point of contact for receipt and distribution of cancer control related documents from WHO and other partners.
3. Negotiate, on behalf of the Director, IARC positioning within the inter-Agency and multi-national context.
4. Attend country visits, participate in joint country missions, local and regional meetings and consultations with the purpose of providing advice and support on national cancer control planning and implementation.
5. Co-ordinate internal meetings on cancer control-related topics and solicit contributions from staff across the Agency as required.

B. Lead the EDP Section and SCR Group to develop original research aimed at establishing an evidence-base for the early detection and prevention of cancer:
1. To be responsible for the conceptualization and development of a programme of research on the early detection and prevention of cancer as a part of the overall IARC Medium-Term Strategy. Approaches will include primary prevention, screening, alternative early detection methods such as awareness and early diagnosis and will comprise analysis of the efficacy, cost-effectiveness and keys to implementation of the various strategies and technologies, with particular reference to low- and middle-income settings.
2. To improve the range and quality of data on the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of cancer screening and early detection programmes in low- and middle-income countries by the acquisition, validation and use of routine data from information systems like screening databases, cancer registries and death registration systems.
3. To develop implementation research at the Agency and to advise the Director on strategic developments in this area.
4. To organize and teach in training courses on cancer screening and early diagnosis as applicable to low- and middle-income countries; to teach in other courses organized by the IARC as required.
5. Attract research funding from competitive sources.
6. To be a member of the IARC Senior Leadership Team.
7. To carry out other related duties as assigned by the Director including attending scientific meetings and undertaking duty travel as appropriate.
Essential: Medical degree with postdoctoral qualification in epidemiology or public health.

Desirable: Post-graduate medical qualification in oncology-related disciplines.
Required skills:
Proven ability to direct research activities including the epidemiological design, organization and evaluation of screening and early detection intervention and observational studies and to write reports and grant proposals.
- Strong publication record in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
- Strong record in obtaining competitive research funding.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a scientific team/group including budgetary aspects.
- Ability to negotiate and reach consensus in a collaborative international setting.
- Good knowledge of the functional aspects of public health services; ability to interact, discuss and collaborate with a wide range health care professionals including clinicians, public health personnel and policy makers.
- Ability to develop a vision and to lead others to meet challenges and achieve objectives.

Required WHO competencies:
1) Ability to produce and deliver high quality results.
2) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and externally.
3) Ensuring the effective use of resources.
4) Respect and promote individual and cultural differences. and work constructively with people of all backgrounds and orientations.
5) Ability to move forward in a changing environment.
6) Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Essential: Over 10 years' relevant professional experience at the national or international level, with experience in conducting international collaborative studies including in cancer screening.
Demonstrated achievement in terms of representational duties, scientific publications, project management and supervision. Experience in collaborating with low and middle-income countries, including on cancer control strategies.

Desirable: Experience in implementation cancer research in low and middle-income countries.
Excellent knowledge of English and a working knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Please note that a list of publications is compulsory. To add this list, please go to your profile under additional documents. Candidates called for interview may be expected to give a seminar.
The mentioned annual salary rates can be subject to slight variations as they include components (post adjustment, exchange rate) that are reviewed on a monthly basis. For more details on employment conditions, including annual leave, education grant, pension scheme, etc., visit:

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
121,053 euros at single rate
130,964 euros with primary dependants

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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