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Vacancy Notice No: IARC/13/FT386
Title: Project Assistant 50% - LOCAL RECRUITMENT
Grade: G4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year. Any extension subject to availability of funding.
Date: 16 September 2013
Application Deadline: 3 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Lyons, France
Organization unit: IARC (IARC)
Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) / Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI)
The Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI) within the Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) conducts international research studies to evaluate innovative cancer prevention strategies (e.g., vaccination, screening, treatment of predisposing conditions), particularly but not restricted to HPV and H pylori related cancers. PRI aims to expand its studies with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries. The main objectives of PRI are 1) To evaluate new preventive strategies, with particular emphasis on the use of new technologies, including molecular markers, 2) To engage in research on methods to implement existing strategies taking into account the social, economic and cultural differences, 3) To collaborate with decision makers to implement already available preventive interventions against cancer, particularly in developing countries where the need is highest and 4) To foster technology transfer and generate educational processes for clinicians, public health decision makers and the public, to make sure the available technology is put in place where it is mostly needed.
Description of duties:
A major focus of the activities of the Prevention and Implementation Group (PRI) is to conduct a large and complex multi-centric study of cervical cancer in Latin America. In this context, the Group needs a Spanish-speaking person to provide assistance to professional staff at IARC as well as to external collaborators in the coordination of the technical facets of the study.

A series of additional molecular epidemiologic projects are envisioned in the future, thus requiring the incumbent to coordinate, train and standardize study procedures of these efforts.

Duties and responsibilities:

Within the Section of Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) and under the supervision of the Group Head, Prevention and Implementation (PRI), the incumbent's duties include:

1) Assisting IARC investigators in the development of laboratory methods for specimen collection, handling and storage in PRI epidemiologic studies.

2) Assisting IARC investigators in the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures and quality assurance systems for data collection and laboratory procedures in the context of PRI studies.

3) Assisting in development and translation of study documents.

4) Keeping documentation, protocols and training records for the studies.

5) Liaising with the Supplies Group and facilitating the purchase of consumables needed for the PRI epidemiologic studies and the delivery of the consumables to study sites.

6) Interacting with study sites on a daily basis on the progress of the studies.

7) Assisting investigators in the design of training materials on study procedures.

8) Training local collaborators on study procedures, including processing, storage and transportation of biological specimens.

9) Assuring standardization of laboratory and data collection methods within the studies conducted by PRI.

10) Assisting in bibliographic searches and other tasks in relation to the assigned projects.

11) Monitoring progress and data management in the projects to be assigned by the supervisor.

12) Performing any other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Essential: Graduation from secondary school with scientific orientation or equivalent, plus specialized training as a laboratory technician or equivalent, recognized by a diploma (BTS, DUT or equivalent).

Desirable: Post-secondary academic training in a field related to laboratory sciences and research.
Knowledge and skills:
- Proven organizational skills.
- Familiarity with relevant Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access).
- Ability to communicate in a timely and courteous manner with internal and external partners.
- Good team worker and good interpersonal skills.
- Good knowledge of routine laboratory operations in the field of assignment.

Essential: At least four years of professional experience in laboratory practices, preferably in the area of cancer research. Experience in organizing projects in a scientific setting at technical and administrative level.

Desirable: Experience in training and monitoring laboratory processes.
Fluency in English, French and Spanish.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex.
WHO/IARC has its own Staff Health Insurance and Pension plans and is not part of the French Health Insurance ("SÚcuritÚ Sociale"), the French Pension system or the French unemployment benefit agency ("Assedic").
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
17,049 euros at single rate
17,049 euros with primary dependants

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

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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