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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/14/TASR35
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  One Year
Date: 30 July 2014
Application Deadline: 20 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Organization unit: WPCO Countries (WP_ACO) /
WP_KHM Cambodia (WP_KHM)
ESR_Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response
 To support the efforts of Member States to prepare for and handle health emergencies and disasters, by leading intersectoral collaboration efforts, and by providing technical support in the areas of programme planning, capacity building, risk management and mitigation, and recovery / rehabilitation efforts.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent will:

- Act as WHO expert focal person for diagnostic, and public health laboratories, and in collaboration with a focal person for pharmaceutical, antimicrobial resistance to the Ministry of Health;

- Provide technical guidance and support to the Ministry of Health with achieving IHR core capacities, in particular those related to laboratories, in line with APSED (2010);

- Play a leading role in the development of a public health laboratory system for surveillance of and response to EIDs;

- Support field activities related to outbreak investigations and responses of EIDs;

- Play a leading role in strengthening national coordination of laboratory services among authorities and partners, which include the Bureau of Medical Laboratory Services, National Blood Transfusion Centre and National Institute for Public Health, in laboratory support and between programmes within the health sector related to laboratories for diagnostic, blood safety and public health surveillance;

- Provide technical guidance and support related to laboratory matters and antimicrobial resistance, including training and continuing education of laboratory personnel, laboratory commodity supply and distribution, maintenance of laboratory equipment, laboratory quality assurance, laboratory safety and legal and regulatory issues;

- Provide support, when necessary and requested by WHO ESR Cambodia and Regional Office, to other WHO country offices in the Western Pacific Region for strengthening laboratory services in order to manage emerging infectious diseases.
Postgraduate degree in medical laboratory sciences or related field from a recognized university is essential. Postgraduate degree in public health or related field, strategic planning, programme development, management and evaluation an advantage.
- Excellent knowledge of laboratory techniques, organization and management to support health system development and outbreak investigations
- In-depth knowledge of WHO strategies and guidelines on EIDs, health laboratory systems, and antimicrobial resistance
- Skills in the management of laboratory and blood safety services including formulation of strategies, and the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with Government counterparts and WHO colleagues, as well as with donors, other UN agencies and relevant partners in civil society
- Team management skills in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
- Thorough knowledge of WHO policies, rules and regulations
- Working experience in resource-constrained setting and understanding of health system
Minimum of seven years' experience in health laboratory systems planning, management and evaluation as well as laboratory programme design and implementation including experience at international level. Experience of working in microbiology services and experience in management of large health projects, international coordination and collaboration an asset.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67 611 at single rate
USD 72 605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 30 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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