TECHNICAL OFFICER (HQ/14/PED/TA110)

29 June 2016
 
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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/PED/TA110
 
Title: Technical Officer
 
Grade: P5
 
Contract type: Temporary appointment
 
Duration of contract:  1 year, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
 
Date: 4 September 2014
 
Application Deadline: 24 September 2014 Selection in Progress
 
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
 
Organization unit: HQ/PED Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (HQ/PED) /
HQ/HIP Influenza, Hepatitis and PIP Framework (HQ/HIP)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
In May 2011, the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly adopted the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits ( "PIP Framework"). Section 6.14.3 of the Framework established an annual Partnership Contribution ("PC") to be paid by influenza vaccine, diagnostic and pharmaceutical manufacturers using the WHO global influenza surveillance and response system (GISRS). Resources contributed are to be used to strengthen pandemic influenza preparedness and response.
The incumbent will be responsible of the implementation of the PIP Partnership Contribution in the 5 areas of work, selected by the Director-General, In consultation with the PIP Advisory group and other stakeholders,
 Surveillance and laboratory capacity building;
 Disease burden studies;
 Regulatory capacity building;
 Risk communications capacity building; and
 Planning for deployment of pandemic supplies

The main aims of the Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases unit (PED) are to:
1) Make available to others expert knowledge and guidance based on scientific and public health experience related to the prevention and control of epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases and related risks such as antimicrobial drug esistance.
2) Develop, implement, facilitate or coordinate the mechanisms, activities, public health research and initiatives needed by countries and the international community to prevent, detect, assess, notify and respond to acute and longer term public health risks related to epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases.
3) Strengthen, support and promote important measures such as research, vaccination and infection control that are critical for mitigating the impact of infectious diseases.
4) Provide programmatic support during outbreaks and other urgent health security events. The department
covers influenza and other respiratory diseases, cholera, meningitis, yellow fever, and numerous other emerging and dangerous pathogens as well as the management of specific related systems, networks and groups. This list may change over time.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will work under the supervision of the team leader of the PIP framework secretariat and will oversee the implementation of the Partnership Contribution in line with the high level plan, 2013-2016.
- Coordinate the development and technical review and revisions, as necessary, to Detailed Work Plans in the 5 areas of work to ensure their technical quality and feasibility, as well as their coherence with outcomes, outputs, key deliverables, indicators and argets set out in the approved Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan, 2013-2016.
- Coordinate the collection, compilation and validation of baseline data for the performance indicators liaising with the Regional Offices and HQ technical leads, as necessary.
- Monitor regularly the implementation of activities, and progress toward achieving targets, in close collaboration with technical teams in WHO HQ and Regional Offices, in liaison with the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP) Secretariat. This may include field visits to countries and Regional Offices, as necessary, to review progress of implementation.
- Develop monitoring and evaluation systems accordingly.
- Ensure the data in the monitoring database is accurate and timely and generate standard technical progress reports in accordance with the Monitoring and Evaluation framework, informing regularly the Steering Groups and the HSE and PED supervisors.
- Compile and draft the Semi-Annual Report to the Advisory Group.
- Contribute ad hoc technical updates for use in the PIP Newsletter, highlighting progress and notable achievements team of PIP implementation.
- Actively engage partners in supporting technical activities of the PIP implementation.
- Manage the PIP implementation team.
- Develop proposals for the Advisory Group to update the high-level work plan when requested.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in public health, and an advanced degree (Master's level or above) in medicine epidemiology, virology and/or related field.
Desirable:
Certification in project management.
Skills:
Advanced knowledge of influenza preparedness and response and a sound understanding of the PIP Framework. Solid experience in project management and implementation. Excellent organizational and analytical skills complemented by good interpersonal and presentation skills. Ability to produce results under pressure. Effective writing of technical documents and high level of computer literacy, including
ability to advise on data management. Proficiency in working with MS Access an asset.

Competencies:
*1. Producing results
*2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
*3. Fostering integration and teamwork
Experience:
Essential:
At least 10 years' experience in public health project leadership and management, including experience at the international level. Considerable experience in management of complex projects with international partners.
Desirable:
Experience in field epidemiology and outbreak situations. Experience in WHO or the UN system. Experience in influenza preparedness and response or implementation, or infectious diseases prevention and control programmes.
Languages:
Essential:
Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable:
Intermediate knowledge of French.
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$ 80 887 at single rate
US$ 87 069 with primary dependants

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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