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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/FT59
Title: Medical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 11 February 2014
Application Deadline: 4 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
HQ/NTD Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases - IDM Innovative and Intensified Disease Management
The objectives of the Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are to reduce the negative impact of endemic tropical diseases on health and on the social and economic well-being of all people world-wide: to reduce morbidity, mortality and disability through the prevention, control and, where applicable, eradication or elimination of selected endemic tropical diseases using, where possible, a synergic approach, through the formulation and implementation of evidence-based strategies; provision of technical support to countries; capacity building; and involvement of relevant partners for implementation, including in countries facing emergencies; formulation of integrated disease-control strategies, including integrated case management, and vector control. The objective of the WHO Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) control and surveillance programme is the elimination of Human African Trypanosomiasis as public health problem in 2020 (WHO NTDs road map) and the establishment of a sustained surveillance system in all disease-endemic countries. To achieve sustainable HAT elimination, wider accessibility of people at risk to diagnosis and treatment has to be provided and control and surveillance has to be strengthened. New innovative and adapted control and surveillance approaches are in development and have to be applied. This process requires reinforcement of operational research at the field level for the evaluation and introduction of new diagnostic, treatment and epidemiological tools. Close monitoring and evaluation of the elimination process is also a key element.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
Direct main responsibilities:
1. To design, implement and follow-up the monitoring and evaluation system of the process of elimination of HAT including development of appropriate tools, database management and training;
2. To ensure collaboration with research partners developing new appropriate control and surveillance tools: identify the needs and priorities in research for the elimination process and support the evaluation and demonstration process of these new developed tools;
3. To manage (collect, store and analyse) the epidemiological data of the programme to monitor and evaluate the elimination process, ensuring the respect and application of principles of confidentiality and general regulations of data management.

Shared responsibilities in the HAT team:
1. Design and lead strategies for HAT control and surveillance, in the process of the disease elimination, especially setting up and following-up a surveillance system to monitor HAT elimination;
2. To contribute in planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting the activities of the Human African Trypanosomiasis control and surveillance programme;
3. To facilitate and follow-up field implementation of control and surveillance activities, in linkage with HAT national control programmes, cooperating also with other partners in the implementation of WHO HAT control and surveillance programme;
4. To provide expert technical and strategic advice on HAT to disease endemic national programmes and other stakeholders, developing the required technical documentation and guidelines and facilitating capacity building in the frame of the support to endemic countries. To actively participate in the different HAT forums as expert and official representative of WHO/HTM/NTD;
5. To contribute in ensuring the distribution of medicines and diagnostic tests and equipment currently under the responsibility of WHO, including the pharmacovigilance follow-up of the medicines distributed;
6. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
A medical degree with post-graduate qualifications in public health and/or epidemiology subjects.

Specific training in monitoring and evaluation, surveillance, clinical trials and database management.
Thorough knowledge of the epidemiology methods in disease surveillance. Good knowledge about HAT (field epidemiology applied to HAT, clinical aspects, diagnostics and treatment). Proven ability to provide technical advice on HAT control methods, practices and principles and to facilitate training of medical staff. Capacity in design of strategies for control and surveillance and in planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and reporting activities. Skills for capacity building in different cultural settings. Proven ability to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner. Extensive knowledge in design, development, management and analysis of database.

WHO Competencies:
1. Moving forward in a changing environment
2. Producing results
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership.
At least seven years of progressive professional experience working in Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) control. Experience in monitoring and evaluation of HAT control programmes and management of epidemiological data. Experience in operational research including design, management and monitoring and evaluation of clinical and epidemiological trials to test new tools.

Experience in working in a diversity of geographical locations and sectors of work (institutional, NGOs). Experience in developing guidelines and technical protocols. Experience in working in international organizations if possible in the UN system. Experience in WHO.
Expert knowledge of English or French and intermediate knowledge of the other language. Beginners knowledge of Portuguese and of another UN language would be assets.
Additional Information:
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. 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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