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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/FT81
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 18 February 2014
Application Deadline: 11 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 - HQ/PCT Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission control
Within the HIV, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM) Cluster, the objectives of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are to reduce the negative impact of endemic tropical diseases through the prevention, control, elimination and eradication of selected endemic tropical diseases, as specified in the WHO NTD Road Map "Accelerating work to overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases: a roadmap for implementation (2012)". Within the PCT Unit (Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission control), preventive chemotherapy aims at optimizing the large-scale use of safe, single-dose medicines as a major public health strategy for the control or elimination of four NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminthiases). Additionally, a key component of the SAFE strategy against trachoma _ the large-scale administration of azithromycin _ is amenable to close coordination with preventive chemotherapy interventions targeted at helminthiases.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties in close collaboration with PC (Preventive Chemotherapy) disease focal points within the PCT Unit (Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission control) and WHO Regional Offices:
1. To assist countries with annual work planning, preparation and submission of joint application packages for PC medicines and development of national action plans for elimination and control of NTDs targeted by PC interventions;
2. To systematically monitor and analyse progress of implementation of PC interventions at national and sub-national level, including drug distribution and forecast and M&E including transmission assessment surveys and surveillance, identify and report obstacles against implementation of work plans;
3. To provide technical support to countries for expansion and/or scale-down of implementation of PC interventions in line with work plans, including development and dissemination of operational tools, and strengthening programming and implementation capability and resource mobilization at national level;
4. To assist projection of the needs of PC medicines and diagnostic tools in collaboration with member states and partners in order to ensure their availability and accessibility for timely implementation of PC interventions;
5. To perform other related tasks as required by his/her supervisors.

Decision-making: The incumbent is expected to work and take decisions independently but in close contact with his Unit's colleagues responsible for other NTDs and his supervisors.
University Degree in health sciences, environmental science, epidemiology or relevant area.
*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

Postgraduate degree or equivalent in parasitology, public health or environmental health.
- Thorough knowledge of the epidemiology and mechanisms of transmission and interruption of NTDs, and particularly on the prevention, control and elimination of PC-targeted helminthiasis, namely lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis and onchocerciasis.
- Thorough knowledge of principles, mechanism and public health objectives of integrated PC interventions against various helminthiasis.
- Thorough knowledge of the drug donation mechanisms against various helminthiasis, including management of the joint drug application package.
- Proven ability to strategically analyse epidemiological, socioeconomic, and financial information to provide guidance and develop tools to facilitate the planning, resource mobilization and implementation of the integrated PC interventions in endemic countries.
- Ability to guide, support and encourage colleagues to work towards common goals.
- Writing and oral presentation skills.
- Extensive computer skills with experience in the use of Power-point, Word, Excel and other common softwares.
- Adaptable and able to work effectively at all levels of organizational complexity.

WHO Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Producing results.
Field-experience in supporting national NTD control programme in endemic countries. At least five years of national and international professional experience in project management in the fields of public health and/or international development. Working experience at WHO or other UN agencies.

Proven ability in analysing epidemiological, socioeconomic and financial information, supported by publications in international journals. Experience in development of tools to facilitate the planning, resource mobilization and implementation of the integrated PC interventions in endemic countries.
Expert knowledge of English or French with intermediate knowledge of the other is required. Intermediate knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.
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 56'091 at single rate
USD 60'091 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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