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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT375
Title: Project Assistant - Local recruitment
Grade: G5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years - Extra-budgetary position expressly established for a limited duration of two years. Any extension subject to availability of extra-budgetary funding.
Date: 9 September 2013
Application Deadline: 30 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Molecular Pathology (MPA)
One of the objectives of the Molecular Pathology Section is to edit and publish the WHO Classification of Tumours series (WHO Blue Books), the objectives of which are to establish a pathological and genetic classification and grading human tumours that is accepted and used worldwide.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the MPA Section Head, and in close collaboration with the Communications Group (COM), the incumbent supports the WHO Blue Book projects (print, e-book, database, websites) by providing timely support and reporting to ensure compliance with work schedules and project deadlines.
More specifically, the incumbent provides:

1/ Administrative / technical assistance
- Assist the Section Head in the planning and tracking of the status of several volumes of the WHO Blue Books which are in various stages of development.

- Assist the Section Head to coordinate with series editors, volume editors, and contributors.

- Draft and finalize correspondence with series editors, volume editors, and contributors.

- Autonomously write and prepare routine correspondence documents for signature.

- Revise text for correct language, proper form, appropriate format and content.

- Assist the Section Head with organizing consensus and editorial meetings and related meetings. Take meeting notes and drafting and finalise reports and documents.

- Provide administrative support for collaborations with other Sections (in particular with the Communications Group (COM)) and outsourcing partners.

- Ensure that all correspondence is dealt with in a timely fashion and filed.

- Assist the Section Head in preparing administrative documents for all MPA projects, including grant applications.

- Copy edit in English for the Section and Blue Books documents, with input from the Section Head and volume editors.

- Support volume editors in updating the 4th edition of WHO Blue Book series in PubCan according to instructions by the Section Head and on own initiative.

2/ Assist/replace colleagues in the team to meet with urgent deadlines.

3/ Perform other related duties as required by the Section Head.

Essential: Graduation from secondary school (DUT, BTS or equivalent) or equivalent school and specialized training in fields relevant to the position.

Desirable: Certificate in project management or professional training in publication.
Knowledge in fields relevant to the WHO Blue Books (English language copy editing, project management, preparation of administrative reports and correspondence); fluency in the use of modern office technologies. The incumbent is responsible for the efficient organization of time and priorities, and is expected to work in a proactive manner.
Essential: At least 5 years relevant work experience as a project assistant in an international scientific environment. Experience in English language copy editing of scientific manuscripts.

Desirable: Exposure to a broad range of organizational duties and responsibilities. Experience of WHO/IARC procedures would be a definite asset.
English mother tongue and good working knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
This recruitment is restricted to candidates residing up to a maximum of 50 kms from Lyons.

Salary: per annum Euro 37,825, net of tax.

This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex.
WHO/IARC is committed to workforce diversity.
WHO/IARC has its own Staff Health Insurance and Pension plans and is not part of the French HealthInsurance ("SÚcuritÚ Sociale"), the French Pension system or the French unemployment benefit agency("Assedic").
Any appointment/extension is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and WHO Manual.
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for interview and test.

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

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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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