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Technical Officer (Drug Resistance Surveillance)

Geneva (Switzerland)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The WHO Global TB Programme aims to guide the global response to the TB epidemic and facilitate partnerships; provide evidence-based norms, standards and policies; support Member States in adapting and adopting the End TB Strategy within strengthened health systems; measure global progress, monitor and assess national programme performance, financing and impact; and, enable progress across the continuum of TB research, linked within a wider health research strategy. The WHO End TB Strategy aims to achieve: universal access to quality diagnosis and patient-centred treatment; reduce the human suffering and socioeconomic burden associated with TB; protect vulnerable populations from TB, TB/HIV and drug-resistant TB; support development of new tools and enable their timely and effective use; and protect and promote human rights in TB prevention, care and control.The Tuberculosis Monitoring and Evaluation team (TME) is responsible for three major areas of work. These are (i) regular monitoring of the global epidemics of TB and drug-resistant TB and progress in the implementation and financing of TB care, control and research, the context of global strategies and targets; (ii) leading and coordinating global efforts to improve measurement of the burden of TB disease via the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement (convened by TME) and the Global Project on surveillance of anti-TB drug resistance, with results used to inform global and national TB policy, strategy and programmatic action; and (iii) economic and financial evaluation relevant to the development, implementation and impact of international policies and strategies for TB control. This work is done in the context of global targets for TB control. The team leads or contributes to the development of relevant policies, guidelines and tools, provides strategic and technical support to regions and countries, manages a global TB database, and widely disseminates findings from annual rounds of global TB data collection and analytical and policy-related work through high-quality written products including annual reports on global TB control and periodic reports on the surveillance of drug-resistant TB. The team collaborates with multiple teams and departments within WHO and with many external partners including other UN agencies, Ministries of Health, multilateral and bilateral donors and NGOs, particularly technical and financial partners that are members of the WHO Global Task Force on TB Impact Measurement. Description of duties: 1) Provide, and coordinate provision of, technical assistance to Member States in designing and implementing anti-tuberculosis drug resistance surveys or surveillance systems in close collaboration with WHO regional and country offices and partners, including via technical meetings and workshops, and country missions;2) Ensure close monitoring of ongoing drug resistance surveillance projects to ensure high quality design, implementation, analysis and reporting of results; 3) Support field evaluations of innovative methods for drug resistance surveillance, including the use of Xpert MTB/RIF and genome sequencing technologies, and expansion of their use if results show that this is appropriate;4) Maintain a global network of internal and external expertise on drug resistance surveillance and facilitate the sharing of new knowledge and evidence, including via workshops, technical meetings, and presentations at meetings and scientific conferences;5) Conduct periodic analyses of anti-TB drug resistance surveillance data at global, regional and country levels, and prepare associated technical reports and publications;6) Ensure the periodic updating of guidelines on surveillance of anti-TB drug resistance; 7) Contribute to major projects or products led by TME, such as the annual WHO global TB report;8) Contribute to the development of project proposals on drug resistance surveillance and/or TB epidemiology, and the implementation and reporting of progress of funded proposals;9) Act as focal point for bovine tuberculosis in humans in GTB;10) Contribute to other work in TME, as appropriate; 11) Perform all other related duties as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:Advanced degree (Masters) in Epidemiology with advanced formal training in public health.Desirable:PhD based on epidemiological research. Excellent understanding of communicable diseases epidemiology including TB epidemiology, learned through courses or on-the-job training.In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually. Skills: Excellent knowledge of principles and methods related to epidemiological analysis and evaluation of health-care programmes. Excellent coordination skills and capacity to establish effective working relations within WHO and with technical partners. Excellent analytical skills, including a high level of competence in a statistical package (either Stata or R). Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proven ability to prepare high-quality presentations and papers for publication. Ability to develop project proposals and to prepare progress reports on funded proposals. Proven ability to work in a wide variety of countries, and to coordinate and lead country missions. Ability to be proactive/take initiative, and to work independently. Excellent at working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Competencies:1. Communicating in a credible and effective way2. Producing results3. Fostering integration and teamwork4. Ensuring the effective use of resources5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Experience: Essential:At least seven years of combined national and international experience working in health-related programmes, including analytical work related to TB epidemiology. Of those seven years, at least four-five years of experience of working with colleagues in developing countries in multi-agency collaborative projects. At least two years of experience working on TB and drug-resistant TB surveillance and control. Considerable experience of working with governmental, academic and international organizations/institutions.Desirable:Experience of working in WHO and an excellent knowledge of its mandate. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English.Desirable:Intermediate knowledge of French. Additional Information: Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int (to learn more about WHO's operations)http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateWHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. This vacancy is published in English only.Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. Post Adjustment: 87.1 % 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 Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. 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. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-19

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