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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PEC/FT514
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 19 November 2013
Application Deadline: 10 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/SAC Surveillance, Data and Certification
The overall objectives of the Polio Eradication Initiative are to lead the global eradication efforts of national governments and the global polio eradication partnership to interrupt the transmission of poliovirus worldwide, certify eradication, eventually stop the use of oral poliovirus vaccine, and help establish the legacy of the polio eradication initiative. The immediate strategic objective is to implement WHO's polio emergency plans and coordinate those of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership in support of national emergency eradication efforts in polio-infected countries and areas.
Description of duties:
1. Serve as the lead technical resource for managing geospatial mapping and analysis within the polio data group, including development, maintenance and update of the polio geodatabase and geographic codes and their integration within the polio data system, including within the new POLIS computerized polio data platform.
2. Coordinate the development of database applications that facilitate functionality and usability of the polio surveillance and immunization information systems, specifically of applications which facilitate geospatial mapping and analysis of polio data.
3. Provide technical expertise and support to polio eradication teams at regional and country offices to build capacity, strengthen data management and use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools, and improve the quality of overall polio data and of applying GIS to visualize and map results.
4. Coordinate polio data and GIS / mapping support for ad-hoc requests ( e.g. preparations for major meetings, such as meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) and the Independent Monitoring Board of the GPEI) and for routine publications, such as the weekly polio update, the Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance report for the Weekly Epidemiological Record, the World Health Report and various polio eradication program publications.
5. Promptly develop maps with layered data displaying affected populations, camps, conflict and security situation in polio outbreaks and other polio affected areas.
6. Support the information needs of Global Polio Eradication Initiative through expert management of the global polio data system, analysis and preparation of routine and ad-hoc reports, and presentations of results.
7. Provide database management to maintain and improve the global polio database system including database content, structure, relational integrity, file location, backup, and documentation.
8. Centrally coordinate the proper management of polio data coming in from country and regional level by the data management/ information system group, in terms of cleaning, verification, logging, data entry and data processing.
9. Contribute to the vision and application of geospatial science and technology within other departments of the Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (PEC) cluster and WHO HQ by networking with GIS professionals across the Organization.
10. Perform other duties as assigned.
Advanced University degree (Master's level) in geographic sciences (or related degree that involves geospatial analysis), computing, science, statistics, or mathematics.

Formal training (certificate or course) in geographic information systems.
Skilled in all aspects of the development and operation of health information systems.
Ability to design, manage, analyse and coordinate complex information system projects, computer-based applications and databases including databases required by geographic information systems and mapping applications/systems.
Good inter-personal communication skills and ability to interact effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
The successful candidate will require demonstrated and extensive hands-on experience with Microsoft Access and Excel, the ESRI GIS software stack including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server and coding against ArcGIS Server's JavaScript/REST interface and ArcObjects.
Experience with Microsoft SQL Server, Python, Google Earth, the Google Maps API, and image editing software such as Adobe Illustrator.

WHO Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Producing results
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Moving forward in a changing environment.
At least 7 years' work experience in data management and use of advanced geographic information systems; of these, at least 2 years' experience working with UN agencies in an international setting (i.e. in countries other than the home country).

Experience in providing technical support and advanced training on the use of GIS in developing countries, specifically in countries affected by conflict.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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