TECHNICAL OFFICER (HQ/13/HQ/TA122)

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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/HQ/TA122
 
Title: Technical Officer
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Temporary appointment
 
Duration of contract:  1 year
 
Date: 18 November 2013
 
Application Deadline: 9 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
 
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
HQ/HIV HIV/AIDS
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The World Health Organization Programme on HIV (WHO/HIV) is guided by the Global Health Strategy for HIV 2011 - 2015 (GHSS). Its goals, consistent with Getting to Zero: UNAIDS Strategy 2011 - 2015 and international commitments, are to achieve universal access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care interventions for all in need, and to contribute to achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their associated targets by 2015. The objective of the Department of HIV is to lead an effective, organization-wide HIV effort to support Member States in the implementation of the GHSS. The four GHSS strategic objectives are:
Strategic Direction 1: Optimize HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care outcomes;
Strategic Direction 2: Leverage broader health outcomes through HIV responses;
Strategic Direction 3: Build Strong and Sustainable systems; and
Strategic Direction 4: Reduce vulnerability and remove structural barriers to accessing services.

WHO/HIV and UNICEF co-lead the UN programme support for PMTCT and co-convene the PMTCT Interagency Task Team (IATT), which has been reconfigured and strengthened to support the Global Plan and the GSG and to deliver on 3 key functions:
1) support for normative guidance;
2) monitoring and progress tracking of Global Plan targets, and
3) provision of technical assistance.

Description of duties:
The incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to the following assigned duties:

- Participate as core member of IATT secretariat (while based in Geneva): participate in IATT annual meeting (including planning); participate in regular teleconferences and regular (at least twice a year) face-to-face meetings with the IATT secretariat and the IATT Executive Committee; and support program management activities related to WHO- IATT activities, such as preparing work plans and budgets as requested by the PMTCT team

- Support dissemination of the 2013 Consolidated ARV Guidelines and related technical updates through regional workshops, satellite meetings, engaging IATT and other partners: engage key EMTCT partners within the IATT and beyond in support of 2013 guidelines dissemination; support dissemination of these guidelines at regional and country level through development of and participation in regional workshops, satellite meetings, and other events; support and participate in country-level consultations, particularly in priority countries; support the development of policy assessment and tracking tools, additional toolkits and job aides (together with IATT) to support new recommendations; monitor progress on guidelines adaptation and implementation; work with IATT to assess early impact and lessons learned of the new guidelines, and flag key issues to address; and support planning, coordination, communication and budgeting related to guidelines dissemination.

- Support development and dissemination of IATT tools: together with IATT, support ongoing dissemination efforts of the ARV Toolkit (Option B/B+ Toolkit) and related key tools; promote synergies with the Consolidated ARV Guidelines and other guidelines and assess additional needs related to the toolkit; identify and develop new tools to support EMTCT (with IATT); and support communication and coordination with IATT and partners on IATT tools.

- Support the development and dissemination of new policies and guidance related to EMTCT: participate as part of the WHO technical team to support additional key guidance planned for the next 1-2 years (eg. EID, co-trimoxazole); ensure IATT (secretariat and members) collaborations and input; and assist with planning, communication, budgeting and coordination of new guidelines activities; including the review of evidence, communication with research partners and evaluation of implementation science research and outcomes; support the process of mapping new evidence required for subsequent guidelines and help shape research questions to fill the evidence gap.

- Capacity building at country and regional level to interpret, adapt and implement new EMTCT guidelines: participate in country missions to support EMTCT, B+ scale up, EID, and pediatric care and treatment issues; support evaluation of uptake of 2013 guidelines and other normative guidance related to EMTCT and related pediatrics care and treatment; and support planning, budgeting, communication and coordination related to country missions.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Advanced university degree in medicine and/or public health.

Desirable
Any specialization in maternal and child health, HIV, pediatrics, PMTCT or infectious diseases.
Skills:
This position requires technical knowledge of EMTCT and pediatric care and treatment, in particular of the health sector response related to EMTCT, including current treatment regimens, diagnosis and operational and programmatic considerations. Familiarity with the 2013 Consolidated ARV Guidelines and their application is essential. As this position will support WHO in role in assessing, developing, and supporting the development of normative guidance, experience with guidelines development, with the GRADE process and with systematic reviews is a plus. Experience working at country level on activities related to EMTCT and pediatric HIV is desirable, as this position will liaise with regional and country- level WHO and IATT staff working on EMTCT and pediatrics. Strong communication skills, both in writing and speaking, are also essential.

WHO Competencies
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Fostering integration and teamwork.
Experience:
Essential
At least seven years of relevant work experience in HIV and maternal and/or child health, with at least three years of this experience in research and/or normative work in PMTCT and/or pediatric HIV. Some work experience on HIV in developing countries, preferably in a technical assistance role.

Desirable
Experience in developing normative guidance. Familiarity with EMTCT Global Plan targets and country support.
Languages:
Expert knowledge of English is required, intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Priority will be given to internal candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67'483 at single rate
USD 72'467 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.

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