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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/RHR/FT396
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 15 August 2014
Application Deadline: 4 September 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/RHR - Reproductive Health and Research (HQ/RHR) /
HQ/HRX Human Reproduction (HQ/HRX)
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) aims to promote and support an
expanded global effort to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and
reproduction and to have access to and receive health services when needed. To achieve this, the
Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards,
provides technical cooperation, and supports relevant research. More information about RHR can
be found at The Human Reproduction Team (HRX) in RHR is responsible for research and development of new technologies, including microbicides. In this context, the Team is the focal point within the United Nations system for research, development, advocacy and promotion of microbicides, to develop normative guidance for countries, to build capacity in developing country institutions to design, implement and complete clinical safety and effectiveness studies of promising candidate microbicides, and develop strategies for and support acceptable and sustainable product introduction; to sponsor and coordinate selected microbicide research projects in collaboration with partners; to strengthen national capacity to oversee microbicide research in the context of best practices for HIV prevention research; and, to strengthen developing-country national regulatory authority capacity to oversee clinical trials, review licensure applications and implement appropriate post-licensure monitoring procedures.
Description of duties:
The incumbent leads WHO's work in advocacy, research and development of topical microbicides
for prevention of sexually transmitted infections, especially HIV grounded in comprehensive sexual
and reproductive health and human rights, and builds capacity in developing-country institutions to
advance topical microbicide products through the development of normative guidance, clinical
testing, licensure and introduction. In order to achieve this, the incumbent will: (1) Develop
normative guidance and other tools on topical microbicides. (2) Coordinate programmatic research
in safe, effective and sustained use of microbicides within the context of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health. (3) Review the potential of promising leads for further development and clinical
testing of multipurpose prevention technologies. (4) Develop and implement plans for strengthening
research capacity of developing-country institutions to undertake introduction of microbicides and
research on multipurpose prevention technologies. (5) Develop and implement plans for
strengthening capacity to promote and distribute in a sustainable and equitable manner safe and
effective microbicide products in resource-limited settings, working with national governments, the
public and private health sectors, non-governmental organizations and international partners. (6) Convene, plan, coordinate, and facilitate meetings of coordination groups consisting of product developers, sponsors, advocates, international organizations and national health authorities to ensure successful introduction and sustained availability of novel microbicide products as they complete clinical safety and effectiveness studies. (7) Convene, plan, coordinate, and facilitate international and regional meetings on scientific, regulatory, ethical, and other relevant issues relating to microbicide research, development and distribution, in collaboration with other partners.(8) Initiate, develop and strengthen collaboration with public and private sector agencies for
advocacy research, development and introduction of microbicides. (9) Ensure close coordination
with work of the WHO HIV Department Prevention Team and UNAIDS to build upon activities
related to oral pre-exposure prophylaxis and other HIV prevention strategies in supporting
microbicide research, development and promotion. (10) Participate in the work of the Department
related to research, research capacity strengthening, and the development of research to address the
social and behavioural issues related to use of microbicides and novel barrier methods; and
(11) Perform other duties as requested relevant to the work of the Department.
PhD in basic or biomedical science or public health.
Advanced university degree in a related discipline.
Broad knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention programmes at
international levels. Track record of peer-reviewed publications in new prevention technologies related to sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention, including in microbicides. Strong skills in project management and ability to facilitate the involvement and collaboration of a broad range of external partners in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and HIV. Integrity, tact, discretion and demonstrated sensitivity to cultural differences. Proven track record to organize and manage meetings of national and international partners. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships at national and international levels.

*1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
*2. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
*3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
At least 10 years' experience at international level in sexual and reproductive health, including in
the development of global strategies and policies. Experience with monitoring and appraising
woman-controlled prevention technologies in sexual and reproductive health and HIV such as
intravaginal rings, topical gels, or female condoms. Experience working with pharmaceutical industry and technology transfer agencies.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain inter-agency networks and partnerships.
Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of another WHO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian).
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80887 at single rate
US$87069 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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