SCIENTIST (MALARIA, OTHER VECTORBORNE AND PARASITIC DISEASES) (WPRO/13/FT396)

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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT396
 
Title: Scientist (Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases)
 
Grade: P5
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years
 
Date: 18 September 2013
 
Application Deadline: 9 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 
Organization unit: WP_KHM Cambodia (WP_KHM) /
WP_KH3 Director, Combating Communicable Diseases (WP_KH3)
Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To expand the implementation of the Malaria - Vectorborne and Parasitic (including Dengue and Neglected Tropical Diseases) strategy and strengthen disease control by: applying effective strategies and policies, including those related to drug resistance; increasing the involvement of communities, health-care providers, nongovernmental organizations and corporate partners, through increased country support and strong partnerships; and to strengthen surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance and supervision of the WHO Representative, and with the technical support of the Team Leader (Malaria, Other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases) in the Regional Office provide technical and managerial support to the Ministry of Health and National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) for its programmes on malaria control, supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), as well as programmes on other vectorborne and parasitic diseases. He/She will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
1) Collaborate with the Government of Cambodia and provide advice and technical support to national counterparts and partners in development of appropriate policies, strategies, and guidelines in all aspects of programme planning, organization, implementation, scale-up, and evaluation of activities for the control of malaria in Cambodia and the containment / elimination of drug-resistant parasites in affected areas specifically to:
a) Provide technical support for implementation and any needed revision of the national malaria strategic plan;
b) Provide technical support for the development, implementation and rapid scale-up of an emergency, short- and long-term drug-resistance containment / elimination strategy and workplan;
c) Provide technical support in programme management through working with counterparts on the preparation of work plans, action plans, budgets, and reports as required by the GFATM.
d) Provide technical support for coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of malaria control activities including those supported by GFATM;
e) Gather evidence to fill knowledge gaps regarding an appropriate containment / elimination strategy;
f) Support the review and revision of the current malaria risk stratification;
g) Evaluate, revise and provide guidance for the private sector malaria control strategy;
h) Provide support in malaria vector control, including re-introduction of indoor residual spraying and personal protection, as appropriate.
2) Cooperate with nongovernmental organizations, donors, research institutions and other stakeholders in eliminating malaria and controlling drug-resistant malaria and support the Government of Cambodia in partner coordination for strengthening the national malaria control programme.
3) Collaborate with the Government of Cambodia and provide advice and technical support to national counterparts at various levels as required in all aspects of programme planning, organization, implementation, scale-up, and evaluation of activities for the control or elimination of other parasitic diseases and arboviruses, specifically:
a) to sustain vector control for dengue and chikungunya;
b) to complete the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (post-MDA surveys);
c) to maintain control of schistosomiasis; and
d) to sustain 75% coverage of de-worming in primary school children.
4) Promote cross-border and regional cooperation in the control of malaria and the containment of drug-resistant malaria.
5) Promote, cooperate and participate in the planning, organization and evaluation of applied field research projects in the field of malaria and support the Government in research coordination.
6) Provide support in communication and information sharing, including health promotion, dealing with media, documentation, publications and website.
7) Prepare technical and periodic reports of routine activities and assignments undertaken on special missions.
8) Provide supervision and guidance to the Malaria, other Vectorborne and Parasitic Diseases team in the Country Office.
9) Perform other duties as may be required.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Degree in Science or Medicine with postgraduate degree at the Masters level in public health, tropical medicine, medical parasitology, epidemiology or science from a recognized university are essential. Postgraduate degree or training in programme management and evaluation or communication is desirable.
Skills:
Thorough understanding of malaria and other vectorborne and parasitic diseases and their control / elimination. Extensive knowledge on malaria control and experience working with malaria control programmes or projects in Asia. Knowledge of statistical and GIS software (Arcview) and management of databases (MS Access) is an asset. Skills in health situation analysis, strategic thinking, programme management and evaluation and in promoting national capabilities at all levels. Excellent communication skills. Proven ability to work as part of an international team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Setting an example
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Driving WHO to a successful future
Experience:
Minimum ten years' experience in vectorborne and parasitic diseases control, planning, implementation, management and evaluation, including in an advisory and/or teaching capacity, whereof at least 5 years at an international level is essential. Research experience is desirable. Experience working on proposals and/or GFATM supported programmes and knowledge of GFATM policies and procedures is a definite advantage. Experience working in international health agencies or international nongovernmental organizations and with governments / Ministries of Health is a plus.
Languages:
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD80 734 at single rate
USD86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 28.4 % 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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