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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/13/FT558
Title: Epidemiologist
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 17 December 2013
Application Deadline: 7 January 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Organization unit: WPCO Countries (WP_ACO) /
WP_LAO Lao People's Democratic Republic (WP_LAO)
Emergency Disease Surveillance and Response
To provide technical assistance to the Government, partners and national counterparts in strengthening the capacity building programme for communicable disease surveillance and response on avian influenza and other emerging threats, in line with the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED) and in compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005).

Coordinate responses to communicable disease outbreaks/epidemics with various focuses at regional and country level as appropriate. Participate in training for and monitoring epidemiological services.
Description of duties:
In collaboration with Ministry of Health (MOH), the WHO Representative and the WHO/WPRO team:

1. To identify needs for technical assistance in order to strengthen core capacity in communicable disease surveillance and response and to assist the MOH along APSED in meeting its requirements under International Health Regulations (2005); to monitor and support the implementation of IHR;

2. To strengthen the communicable disease surveillance system for general communicable diseases including coordination of responses to communicable disease outbreaks/epidemics with various focuses at regional and country levels as appropriate, participation in outbreak investigations, organization of training in field epidemiology, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological information, and participation in monitoring epidemiological services;

3. To assist in the WHO response to communicable disease outbreaks or issues in Lao PDR as the need arises, including response to public health emergencies of international concern;

4. To work with the Ministry of Health and other concerned parties on issues of human health aspects of avian influenza, rapid containment protocol of possible pandemic influenza virus, and influenza pandemic preparedness;

5. To liaise closely with other concerned agencies in this technical area under the supervision of the WHO office in Lao People's Democratic Republic;

6. To provide technical support on issues of influenza pandemic preparedness, human health aspects of avian influenza, and general strengthening of disease surveillance and response systems;

7. To assist in any other tasks assigned by the WHO Representative.
University degree in medicine or related field with advanced university degree in epidemiology and/or public health. Preferably with training in public health.
- Has a broad knowledge of principles, practices, methodology, and techniques in public health, and epidemiology.
- Has significant knowledge and skills in communicable disease control, including teaching and advisory techniques at the international level.
- Has a very good interpersonal skill with the ability to work well with, and positively relate to, people at all levels and from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and orientations and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
- Understands the principles of results-based management and can develop plans, organize resources and take actions to ensure objectives are achieved within realistic timelines.
- Can quickly acquire, a thorough working knowledge of essential WHO procedures, policies and rules and regulations that support WHO's presence in countries.
- Able to work independently, to take initiative.
- Able to establish and maintain harmonious relations with national and international colleagues.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
4. Setting an example
5. Fostering integration and teamwork
Minimum of seven years' working experience in epidemiology and/or public health, including experience at international level. Experience in acute outbreak investigation and management, particularly in the international environment is an asset.
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67 483 at single rate
USD 72 467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 43.3 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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