Lyon | Paris

Description of duties: Under the guidance of the Responsible Officer for the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention in IMO, the Scientist has the following key duties: 1) Assist the Responsible Officer in all aspects of the preparation of the Handbook meetings. This involves: (a) contributing to setting-up the outline, selecting the experts, and distributing the writing assignments; (b) doing initial literature searches, and follow-ups (c) sorting the retrieved articles by subgroup and chapter ("tagging"); (c) answering scientific or other queries of the Working Group members relative to their writing assignments; (d) contributing to pre-meeting internal review and follow-up of peer-reviews by Working Group members. 2) At meetings, the incumbent serves as rapporteur in one of the subgroups. This involves: (a) working closely with the subgroup chair, individual members of the subgroup, and IARC support staff to complete tasks on time; (b) recording text changes and verifying that revised drafts are accurate; (c) acting in the interests of the programme to ensure that the section conforms to Handbook standards; and (d) coordinating with the other rapporteurs to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made throughout the meeting.3) After the meeting, the incumbent reviews text and tables issued from the meeting to ensure scientific accuracy and clarity. This involves: (a) checking the information provided in the drafts against the scientific literature; (b) making corrections and editing the text as necessary to get the drafts ready for the editor; and (c) responding to queries from the editor.3) Contribute to writing grants with a view to attracting research funding from competitive sources.4) Perform other related duties related to the Monographs programme as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:PhD or equivalent in epidemiology or closely related fields in cancer prevention. Skills: Functional Skills and Knowledge:- Knowledge of the scientific disciplines involved in cancer prevention: excellent knowledge of epidemiology.- Ability to guide committees to produce scientific reports; to review manuscripts for accuracy; to integrate scientific information across multiple disciplines.- Familiar with preparation of grant applications.Required WHO Competencies:* Produces and delivers quality results* Works constructively with people from different backgrounds and orientations* Develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members * Produces effective written communications* Expresses oneself clearly in conversation and interaction with others; actively listens* Adapts and responds positively to change Experience: Essential: - At least two years of professional experience in cancer research, including at least one year at the international level.- Experience in assisting to prepare international scientific meetings.- Experience in guiding scientific committees, either as chair or rapporteur.- Experience in assisting in evaluations, based on reviewing studies.- Experience reviewing epidemiological data across a wide spectrum of primary and secondary cancer-preventive interventions.- Proven scientific publication record in the field. Desirable: Experience working in a multi-disciplinary scientific unit. Languages: Essential: Excellent knowledge of English. Desirable: - Working knowledge of French. - Working knowledge of another UN official language. Additional Information: Important Note:It is mandatory to attach a full list of publications. To add this list, please go to your profile under additional documents. All candidates are also strongly encouraged to add a cover letter to their online application. Candidates called for interview will be expected to give a seminar. IARC/WHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, assignment grant, rental subsidy and home leave. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. 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-2, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-05-30

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