OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The objective of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is to foster an effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty in which disease endemic countries play a pivotal role. The objective of the unit is to strengthen the capacity to undertake this research (with a focus on implementation research) to address health needs through evidence-based approaches, thereby advancing health and development in disease-endemic countries
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
- Initiate, lead and manage research capacity strengthening projects and initiatives.
- Proactively engage in partnerships and identify innovative opportunities for synergy and fundraising.
- Interact, collaborate and harmonize research capability strengthening activities with TDR`s global engagement and with the research for the implementation portfolio.
- Manage, with the assistance of relevant advisory committees, the selection, initiation, management, monitoring, support and closure of project grants.
- Equitably and proactively engage with low and middle-income country individuals and institutions to facilitate regional and country efforts to develop sustainable local research leadership and translation of research into policy and action.
- Manage the development and production of reports and publications arising from this work and provide input into corporate TDR documentation, particularly relating to Research Capability Strengthening.
- Communicate effectively on these activities, and more broadly represent TDR, to a large array of stakeholders, including to governmental and international agencies to reinforce TDR's vision and added value.8. Contribute to other TDR projects and activities as required.
Essential: Post-graduate degree related to infectious diseases of poverty and/or international health/or other related areas.
Desirable: PhD degree in a field relevant to global public health.
Essential: At least ten years of experience in strengthening the capacity of health research in Low or Middlie Income Countriess including the development of training tools/courses and programmes. Demonstrated international experience. At least 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Desirable: Experience with the UN System or WHO.
- Strong track record in managing activities to strengthen research capacity in low and middle-income countries.
- Good written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to manage and effectively negotiate interactions with internal and external partners including funders.
- The ability to promote TDR's facilitating role in research training mechanisms through its networks.
- Broad public health understanding of infectious diseases of poverty.
- Demonstrated appreciation of the issues associated with developing individual excellence, capacity and leadership in health research in developing countries.
- Ability to lead, guide and motivate partners towards success and to manage and plan strategies in relation to objectives.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of WHO's official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 90,664 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 5395 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
- This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test may be used as a form of screening.
- 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 will require individual review.
- Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
- Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
- For information on WHO's operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
- WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
- WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
- WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
- WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
- WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. 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.
- Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.