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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/FT329
Title: Scientist, Public Health Laboratories (PHL), Post #348039
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 30 June 2014
Application Deadline: 29 July 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DCD Division of Communicable Disease Control (EM/DCD)
EM/PHL Public Health Laboratories
Purpose of the Post:

To facilitate the collaboration and coordination of cross-cutting health laboratory activities among different disease control programmes in the Department of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control as well as with relevant technical units in other Departments.
To create synergism for strengthening health laboratory services under the broad areas of communicable diseases and clinical laboratories in the Region, accelerate the efforts for health laboratories system strengthening and support countries to develop and maintain the laboratory capacities.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity:

Within the framework of the Department of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, the Public Health Laboratories (PHL) unit works to provide technical support to Member countries in establishing national and regional networks of laboratories for communicable diseases of public health importance in collaboration with Member countries, international organizations, NGOs and other partners to promote and develop regional laboratory capacity for control of communicable diseases and monitoring of drug resistance to assure effective treatment, building public health laboratory capacity for detection and verification of infectious disease outbreaks or any other public health events of international concern, as well as other emerging public health threats; strengthening laboratory surveillance and response capacities of the member states of EMR Region for epidemic forecasting and monitoring through real-time laboratory diagnosis; improving public health laboratories preparedness for any emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases; ensuring that the EMR member states achieve the minimum laboratory core capacities required for strengthening national and regional surveillance, alert and response systems in accordance with International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR 2005).
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:

The incumbent will work as team member of the Public Health Laboratory (PHL) Unit in Health Security and Regulation Cluster of the Department of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control (DCD). He would be responsible for advising the Member States on developing national policy and plan for strengthening of health laboratories. He/She will communicate with other units within DCD and EMRO, WHO Country Offices (WCO), Ministries of Health through WCO, WHO Collaborating Centres, WHO Head Quarter, Private Sector, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD), NAMRU-3 and other partners. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Adviser for PHL and consult with him for policy and strategic decision. He/she will be responsible for taking decisions independently in his/her daily routine work.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

 Develop, coordinate and evaluate the Region's need for development of the following through assessment, follow up missions and training workshops:
a) Laboratory quality management system in health laboratories
b) National External Quality Assurance system "NEQAS" in health laboratories
c) Laboratory data management system in health laboratories
d) Laboratory Bio-risk management program in health laboratories

. Develop a cross-cutting regional and national plans and activities for the strengthening of laboratories.

 Provide technical guidance to Health laboratories for trouble shooting in day to day laboratory work and facilitate establishment of new methods and techniques in laboratories. .

Essential: University degree in Medicine and Master's degree in Microbiology, Clinical Pathology or Life Sciences.

Desirable: Training in laboratory quality management and bio-risk management.

Competencies: WHO Global Competencies model at:
1) Fostering integration and team work
2) Producing results.
3) Moving forward in a changing environment.
4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- Good knowledge and demonstrable skills in laboratory science with an understanding of resource-limited countries' needs.
- Ability to assess laboratory capacities and propose solutions to fill the gaps.
- Knowledge of health laboratory systems including its quality management systems and bio-risk management.
- Analytical and interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge and skills in laboratory surveillance and event detection.
- Effective presentation and writing skills.
- Ability to process and prioritize laboratory support for outbreak verification and systematic event detection.

Other Skills: Proficiency in MS Office.
- At least seven years relevant experience combined at the national and international levels in planning, managing and implementing laboratory investigation and activities.

- Working experience in establishing quality management and bio-risk management system in laboratories in developing countries.
- Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French an asset.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- This Vacancy Notice is published in English language only
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67611 at single rate
US$72605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 36.3 % 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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