Saturday, August 23, 2014

Medical Officer - World Health Organization (Apply by: 15th Sept'14)

Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/FT412

Title: Medical Officer

Grade: P5

Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment

Duration of contract:  One year renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 6 August 2014

Application Deadline: 15 September 2014
(23 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland

Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
HQ/HIV HIV/AIDS - GHP Global Hepatitis Programme

The WHO Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP) secretariat is located in the HTM cluster and is part of the HIV Department structure. The World Health Organization Programme on HIV (WHO/HIV) is guided by the Global Health Strategy for HIV 2011 - 2015 (GHSS), and the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP) is structured along the four axes of the Framework for Global Action for the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis (GAPCVH). The objective of the HIV Department and the GHP is to lead an effective, Organization-wide effort to support Member States in the implementation of both global HIV and hepatitis strategies. The Department provides strategic and normative support in national policies and key technical areas; promotes advocacy & communications; builds effective partnerships and mobilises resources, and ensures its work contributes to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage in WHO Member States. The GHP was formed as a result of the World Health Assembly Resolution 63.18 on Viral Hepatitis. The Programme is structured along the four axes of the Framework for GAPCVH:
1) Awareness raising, promoting partnerships and mobilizing resources,
2) Promoting evidence-based policy and data for action,
3) Prevention of transmission, and
4) Screening, care and treatment.
The staff in and attached to the GHP is responsible for the implementation of the Framework. The GHP covers hepatitis work undertaken across a range of WHO HQ departments and all six Regional Offices. The GHP secretariat coordinates the broad GHP work plan and leads in a number of technical areas.
Description of duties:
- In consultation with the GHP Team Leader, develop and oversee plans for the dissemination, adaptation and implementation of key normative guidance on hepatitis screening, care and treatment, including HIV-hepatitis co-infection, and providing guidance for the incorporation of this guidance into national hepatitis plans, in collaboration with the WHO Regional and Country Offices;
- Coordinate development of hepatitis normative guidance by convening groups of experts, providing oversight of entities conducting systematic reviews, and drafting, reviewing, and finalizing guidelines documents;
- Oversee mapping of evidence to address existing knowledge gaps relative to the provision of hepatitis screening, care, and treatment services and liaising with research partners on formulation of research questions and strategies to fill these evidence gaps;
- Actively participate in the preparation of annual work plans and budgets for the roll-out and implementation of hepatitis program activities and develop annual reports;
- Liaise with experts as well as WHO Regional and Country Offices on the generation of reliable data on burden of disease as well as the impact and cost effectiveness of treatment through updating of country intelligence, systematic reviews and modelling activities;
- To ensure regular communication and liaison with other units in the HIV department including Treatment and Care, Prevention, Strategic information, and Drugs and commodities relevant to development and implementation of normative guidance, development of methods to monitor scale-up of treatment, and monitoring price and availability of hepatitis medicines;
- Maintain a network of internal and external expertise and facilitate the sharing of new knowledge and the review of evidence;
- Represent GHP at international meetings and conferences;
- Work with WHO and external experts to plan and develop scientific documents and publications that will promote awareness of viral hepatitis, improve knowledge of the burden of hepatitis-related disease and demonstrated examples of implementation of hepatitis control plans in-country;

The incumbent may be requested by Senior Management to assume additional responsibilities and/or other duties.
An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in medicine.

Advanced degree in public health and/or specialization in infectious diseases (hepatology or gastro-enterology).
- Demonstrated scientific expertise and expert knowledge of contemporary clinical and public health issues related to hepatitis screening, care and treatment practice experience in multi-partner collaboration including with academia and civil society.
- Proven ability to coordinate external groups of experts, to promote consensus, and to maintain partnerships.
- Excellent organizational, management and analytical skills, complemented by excellent communication and presentation skills.
- Proven ability to manage and produce high-quality results for complex projects involving multiple components and partners.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with solid writing and editing experience and ability.
- Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate plans.
- Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
- Ability to produce results under pressure within designated timeframes.

WHO Competencies:
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2. Moving forward in a changing environment
3. Producing results
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in provision of clinical services or management of infectious disease programmes or other public-health disease-control programmes. Of those 10 years, at least 5 years of experience in infectious-diseases clinical services in resource-limited settings. Experience in public health related research with a proven track record of publications in peer reviewed journals.

Experience in clinical and public health issues related to hepatitis screening, care and treatment practice. Experience in multi-partner collaboration including with academia and civil society. Experience in the conduct of systematic reviews and/or experience in development of WHO guidelines or other normative work.
Expert knowledge of English or French, with intermediate knowledge of the other is required.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. 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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