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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/IVR/TA87
Title: Scientist
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 14 July 2014
Application Deadline: 4 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/IVR - Initiative for Vaccine Research (HQ/IVR) /
HQ/RPD - Product Research and Development (HQ/RPD)
The mission of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) is to achieve a world in which all people are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. To this end, the objective of the Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) is to facilitate the development and optimal use of safe and effective vaccines against diseases of public health importance, with a specific emphasis on serving the needs of developing countries. Within the IVR unit, the Vaccine Research and Development (RPD) group aims to accelerate the development of new or improved priority vaccines and technologies, by guiding the research agenda, facilitating non-clinical and clinical evaluation, and providing evidence to inform vaccination policy.
Description of duties:
- Serve as secretariat to the WHO Product Development for Vaccines Advisory Committee (PD-VAC) as well as to the Vaccine Delivery Technology Advisory Group. Liaise with the Regulatory Advisory Group on Vaccine Technologies in EMP;
- Assist in development of deliverables and documents related to the remit of PD-VAC including Preferred Product Characteristics and Product Development Roadmaps in areas where activity is focused primarily at the vaccine design, pre-clinical or early clinical stages;
- Monitor progress of the global vaccine Ramp;D portfolio to guide decisions about relevant priority of different pathogens for WHO activities, and manage the process of developing annual pathogen-specific summaries documenting the global status of vaccine Ramp;D;
- Monitor progress of the delivery technologies pipeline, and coordinate WHO activities to advance development of immunization delivery technologies, guided by the Global Vaccine Action Plan, and interacting as appropriate with regulatory agencies;
- Serve as focal point for delivery technologies in IVB and coordinate the Vaccine Delivery Technology Project with PATH, BMGF and other partners;
- Collaborate on IVR's resource mobilization efforts and perform other duties as assigned. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Advanced university degree in biological sciences, medicine, or pharmaceutical sciences.
Doctoral degree in biological sciences. Post-graduate training in public health.
Ability to review, evaluate and synthesize scientific publications and other complex technical documents. Excellent drafting skills in relation to technical reports, scientific publications and policy documents. Capacity to interact with technical experts in regulatory agencies and academia and vaccine developers in the public and private sector. Thorough knowledge of issues related to early stage development and evaluation of vaccines against diseases considered a priority in low and middle income countries. Thorough knowledge of issues related to delivery technologies for immunization, and preferably experience working with novel immunization platforms, including recombinant viral vectors and novel adjuvants. Solid computer literacy with standard software packages.

WHO competencies
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Knowing and managing yourself
At least seven years of industry, biotech or academic work experience in vaccine design and/or delivery technologies and/or early stage vaccine Ramp;D (hands-on or managerial).

Experience with multiple delivery technologies. Industry experience, preferably combined with experience of vaccine studies in both high income and low income settings.
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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,611 at single rate
USD 72,605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 105.5 % 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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