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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/TA125
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 25 November 2013
Application Deadline: 13 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
The WHO Global TB Programme aims to guide the global response to the TB epidemic and provide evidence-based norms, standards and policies; support Member States in adapting and adopting the
Stop TB Strategy within strengthened health systems; measure global progress, monitor and assess
national programme performance, financing and impact; facilitate partnerships; and, enable
progress across the continuum of TB research, linked within a wider health research strategy. The
WHO Stop TB Strategy aims to achieve: universal access to quality diagnosis and patient-centred
treatment; reduce the human suffering and socioeconomic burden associated with TB; protect
vulnerable populations from TB, HIV-associated TB and drug-resistant TB; support development of
new tools and enable their timely and effective use; and protect and promote human rights in TB
prevention, care and control. The TB/HIV andCommunity Engagement (THC) unit leads to
contribute to the development of relevant policies and strategies guidelines and tools to further
advance universal access to TB and HIV prevention and care for TB patients living with HIV and to
enhance the delivery of integrated community-based TB activities with particular engagement of
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society organizations. The unit provides
technical support to regions, initiate new approaches in countries and widely disseminates findings
from analytical and policy-related work and promote the identification of gaps and implementation
of policies on TB/HIV, on integration of TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment into MCH
servicesand community engagement including NGOs for TB prevention and care. The team
collaborates with relevant teams and departments and in particular with HIV and MCH
departments, with UNAIDS, with external partners including Stop TB partnership TB/HIV working group, other UN agencies, ministries of health, bi and multilateral donors and NGOs.
Description of duties:
- Under the general supervision of the THC Coordinator, to conduct high quality analytical work and policy development for accelerated implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities including the management of latent TB infection for HIV negatives and people living with HIV in close collaboration with other key stakeholders.
- To provide technical leadership for the accelerated implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities with particular emphasis on TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV including the promotion of priority research agenda on TB/HI and LTBI.
- Ensure provision of satisfactory technical assistance to Regional Offices and Member States, to improve basic TB control in general, and TB/HIV in particular the convergence of TB/HIV with drug use;
- Carry out other duties and responsibilities to contribute to the leading role of WHO in the global response to the TB/HIV epidemic.
Degree in Medicine with post graduate specialisation in medical sciences or public health.
Training in TB and/or HIV or research methodology.
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Essential knowledge and skills:
Knowledge of public health and infectious disease control policies and health systems preferably in
TB and HIV particularly with the management of latent TB infection in both developed and
developing countries. Demonstrated integrity, diplomatic skills and discretion, and high level of
ability as a team player in international collaborative environment. Proven ability to write clear
strategic and technical health-related documents, and excellent writing skills in English with proven
peer reviewed publications. Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities. Skills in strategic planning, policy development, management of projects, implementation, monitoring, and
evaluation; research; training and network development.
At least 10 years professional experience in the prevention and control of TB and/or HIV/AIDS, including experience in management of TB/HIV, LTBI and international experience in working with UN and/or international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies.
Previous experience of working in TB/HIV research and development of networks.
Expert knowledge of English.
Beginners 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.

Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 80 734 at single rate
US$ 86 904 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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