Technical Officer

Lyon | Paris

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : Within WHO Programme Budget Category 5 "Preparedness, Surveillance and Response" and under the Programme area "Alert and Response Capacities" the objectives of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response (GCR) are to support national International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity assessment, development and maintenance as well as to ensure further development and maintenance of an effective international system that is able to continuously assess the global context of public health risks (global risk assessment) and is prepared to respond rapidly to unexpected, internationally-spreading events and to contain specific public health threats. The objectives of the Unit Programme are to support WHO regional offices in building and maintaining priority IHR capacities identified by countries, i.e. national surveillance; laboratory and biorisk management and capacities for ports, airports and ground crossing; to monitor the progress of national IHR implementation and to provide an expert approach to capacity building and learning. Description of duties: The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Coordinator, Capacity Assessment, Development & Maintenance (CAD) unit, and immediate supervision of the Laboratory Strengthening and Biorisk Management Team Leader. The Technical Officer will work closely with the laboratory focal points in the WHO regional offices, and technical and funding partners supporting laboratory capacity strengthening projects.Assigned Duties:Under the supervision of the Team Leader of the Laboratory Strengthening and Biorisk Management Team, the Technical Officer will design work plans/project proposals, develop and implement technical activities and prepare technical and administrative reports with the objective of strengthening the level of capacity, quality and preparedness of public health laboratory system in resource-limited countries, giving support to the early detection and surveillance of emerging and epidemic-prone diseases and other events as required by the International Health Regulations (2005). More specifically, the incumbent will plan and implement activities such as organization of technical meetings, development of guidelines, tools and training activities, organization of and participation in laboratory evaluation or simulation exercises, management of twinnings and coordination of laboratory external quality assessment programmes. He/she will provide technical assistance to countries upon request from regional and country offices, and will carry-out any other duties, as required by the senior management. The incumbent is expected to welcome opportunities to support multi-disciplinary, cross cutting approaches to work and is required to facilitate participation in such approaches. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine, pharmacy or related sciences. Desirable: Advanced university degree in laboratory medicine, clinical pathology, public health, infectious diseases epidemiology and control. Skills: The position requires excellent knowledge in microbiology, especially in the area of laboratory diagnosis and investigation, the ability to assess laboratory capacity and to find solutions to fill the gaps, and requires knowledge of international public health laboratory systems including quality systems and external quality assessment schemes, especially in developing countries. Strong commitment to international health. Knowledge of WHO mandate, rules and procedures. Planning and analytical skills, with the ability to promote consensus and team spirit. Interpersonal and diplomatic skills, including ability to work in a multicultural environment. Computer literacy: MS Word and Excel processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Good interpersonal skills.WHO Competencies:Producing resultsFostering integration and teamworkMoving forward in a changing environmentBuilding and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Experience: Essential: At least seven years of experience in clinical or public health laboratories some of which at the international level.Desirable: Experience in laboratory capacity strengthening, and/or laboratory quality management system implementation, and/or laboratory evaluation including accreditation. Experience and collaboration with resource-limited countries. Experience working in an international organization. Languages: Essential: Expert knowledge of English and French. Additional Information: Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: (To learn more about WHO's operations ) 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. 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.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: 38.4 % 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: 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: Lyon | Paris
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-03-24

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