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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/FCH/FT385
Title: Scientist
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 6 August 2014
Application Deadline: 31 August 2014 Vacancy declared unsuccessful
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) aims to promote and support a global effort to enable people to protect their own health as it relates to sexuality and reproduction and to have access to health services and receive care in matters related to sexual and reproductive health when needed. To achieve this, the Department advocates and promotes sound public health strategies, sets norms and standards, engages in technical cooperation activities, and supports relevant research. RHR's overall strategic framework is provided by the WHO Global Reproductive Health Strategy approved by the 57th World Health Assembly in 2004. More information about RHR can be found at RHR includes the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating interdisciplinary research on sexual and reproductive health; for collaborating with countries in enhancing national capacities to conduct this research; for promoting the use of research results in policy-making and planning for sexual and reproductive health care; and for the setting of standards and guidelines, including ethical guidelines, in the field of sexual and reproductive health research. More information about HRP can be found at
Description of duties:
(1) Leads and convenes WHO technical and scientific staff, both inside and outside of the Department, in the design and implementation of modelling approaches for and estimates of sexual and reproductive health indicators.
(2) Leads research and technical work in developing and applying methodologies and modelling techniques for estimates of sexual and reproductive health indicators.
(3) Coordinates activities at the regional and global level to develop and build consensus on methodologies and estimations of sexual and reproductive health indicators.
(4) Prepares reports including progress reports and manuscripts for submission in scientific journals, emanating from the work on estimating and modelling of key reproductive health statistics including maternal mortality.
(5) Provides technical support and advises Member States, UN agencies, other inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies on matters relating to estimating and modelling approaches for reproductive, maternal and perinatal health measures, working in close collaboration with all staff of the Department, other WHO Headquarters Departments and WHO Regional and Country Offices.
(6) Establishes and manages collaboration with relevant scientists, organizations and institutions, including WHO Collaborating Centres in order to achieve the objectives of the Department.
(7) Carries out other tasks, as required by the Director.
Advanced university degree in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology or a related quantitative discipline.

PhD in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology or a related quantitative discipline.
Extensive knowledge of statistics, especially relating to modelling. Solid knowledge of research designs and epidemiological studies. Knowledge in development and application of innovative statistical models. Demonstrated track record as evidenced by publication in peer-review scientific journals.
Demonstrated ability to write concise reports and scientific publications, as evidenced by a track record of publication in peer-review scientific journals. Ability to work with multiple partners, technical networks and in a multicultural environment.

WHO competencies
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 10 years of experience in development and application of statistical methodologies in public health related areas. Demonstrated experience in developing and applying statistical modelling for estimations and projections. Experience with innovative statistical modelling and methodological approaches.
Expert knowledge of English.

Expert knowledge of another UN language.
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 80,887 at single rate
USD 87,069 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.

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Vacancy declared unsuccessful

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