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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT520
Title: Scientist (HIV Care and Treatment)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 25 November 2013
Application Deadline: 23 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
Organization unit:
To develop highly functional and multi-faceted programmes that will provide support to Member States in their efforts to prevent and treat HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and viral hepatitis by: guiding national strategies and policies towards increasing access to prevention, treatment and care; coordinating and leading efforts of partner agencies in order to achieve mutual goals; and ensure effective surveillance and information dissemination to inform programme and service improvement.

- The WHA 63.18 resolution on viral hepatitis proposes a context where new tools for primary (e.g., vaccination and injection safety) and secondary viral hepatitis prevention (e.g., diagnostics, treatment) can be adopted and integrated into existing systems. Collaborations at the global, regional and national level will be key for implementation of the four components: 1) Raising awareness, promoting partnerships and mobilizing resource; 2) Evidence-based policy and data for action; 3) Prevention of transmission; and 4) Screening, care and treatment.
Description of duties:
1. Coordinate, facilitate and support Member States, key stakeholders, development partners and civil society in optimizing drug regimens, provision of access to point-of-care diagnostics, reducing costs and adapting service delivery systems at country level. These include analyzing and addressing bottlenecks in the treatment cascade for adults and children, including newborns.

2. Facilitate, convene and support Member States in review, early adaption and roll-out of national guidelines to reflect new WHO guidelines in the area of HIV testing and counseling, linkages to care and treatment for adults, pregnant women, adolescents and children, HIV/TB and other co-infections.

3. Facilitate and convene support to Member States in applying continuous quality improvement approaches to increase uptake of HIV testing, linkages to care and treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission services, early infant diagnosis and pediatric treatment, and help design and conduct implementation research.

4. Work with the WHO health systems units, UNICEF and other key partners in strengthening human resources development for health and HIV, financing sustainable HIV care and treatment, including treatment for children, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, procurement supply management of HIV drugs and diagnostics and strengthening HIV laboratory.

5. Facilitate and maintain communication with networks working on HIV care and treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission within WHO, with UNICEF and other development partners, research organizations, Member States and civil society.

6. Facilitate and support the validation of elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and viral hepatitis, and operationalize it through existing regional mechanisms such as the United Nations Asia-Pacific Prevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission Task Force.

7. Perform other duties as requested.
Medical degree or advanced university degree in biomedical or pharmaceutical sciences. Postgraduate degree in public health or epidemiology is desirable.
- Sound knowledge of principles, practices, and methodologies in public health and HIV programmes.
- Skill in health situation analysis, proposal development, project management and promoting national capabilities.
- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain high standards of personal conduct.
- Proficient in standard MS Office software applications. Presentation skills.


1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
At least seven years' experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation of operational and technical HIV care and treatment programmes, prevention of mother-to-child transmission and in HIV service delivery, at national and international level, with experience in low- and middle-income countries. Experience working in Asia and experience in research are an advantage.
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. Selected candidate is targeted to start as soon as possible.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
67 483 at single rate
72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 59.1 % 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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